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Choosing a Self Defense / Martial Arts School: A Parents Guide

"Daddy, I want to take Karate!""Mommy, Jimmy on the bus hit me again today"There are many reasons why parents want to sign their children up for Self Defense or Martial Arts classes. Once you have made the decision, now you are faced with many different options and questions. What style?... Read More

Basic Drills

We all have a good foundation in the basic blows and combinations.Think about adding the following drills to your basic syllabus.These can be trained as "stand alone" combinations OR worked into existing "Defendu" combinations either "before" or "after".1. HARD left lead to chin (mental foramen) HARD overhand right to chin... Read More

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1

Over the next couple of day's I will writing an article of the history of Pre-WWII Japanese Jujitsu/Judo. I wasn't sure where to start, but here I am so let's get started.I'm going to start with H. Irving Hancock, who in the early 1900's wrote several books on the history... Read More

A Great Question!

It's a question that we went back and forth with for awhile ourselves many moons ago. The "how" and "why" of our conclusions may be of some interest. Whether or not anyone agrees with them, well at the least you'll fully understand the basis for them.The question is this:Why does... Read More

The Acronym That Saved My Life

Frequently, I get asked about certifications, systems or methods. We made a decision a long time ago of purposely staying away from things like this.Obviously, it's a no-brainer, money maker and it's not that I don't want to make money; but our purpose was to give you real training on... Read More

Are You Still Standing Toe to Toe?

How many times do you practice techniques with your training partner and you stay in the same spot? Next time you are training, see how much you and your partner move. You will find you move very little or not at all. You see, when you are training, or doing... Read More

Are You Frustrated Yet?

I was talking to a parent recently and they told me that their son was not going to compete in wrestling because they were afraid they would get frustrated when he lost. The parent felt the child was far too sensitive to handle the frustration of failure and may get... Read More

By-Rote Combinations

Do not believe that practicing "by rote" 1-2-3,etc. type "responses" to street attacks is a viable or particularly useful training exercise. Example: He does this, I do that. For attack A I use Defense A.Realize that in a street fight there are far too many variables, too many contingencies. Uncle... Read More

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it is applicable for all methods of self defense. It may also explain why martial arts are the way they are.Catholic, by definition, means universal or "broad minded".I could pull out STACKS of manuals, syllabuses, films,... Read More

Bogu Training

About four years ago Carl recommended we start using the Bogu during our kumite (sparring practice). This method was developed in Okinawa and then found its way into mainland Japan and eventually to the U.S. where only a few clubs still do this. And even in those clubs, only a... Read More

In The News:

Turkey agrees 'ceasefire' in Syria offensive to allow Kurds out
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 18:21:00 +0100
Turkey has agreed to suspend its incursion into northern Syria to allow Kurdish fighters to withdraw, following talks with the US.

Former Nazi, 93, on trial over 5,000 concentration camp deaths
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 15:15:00 +0100
A former Nazi guard has gone on trial over the deaths of more than 5,000 prisoners at a World War Two concentration camp in Poland.

William and Kate's turbulent flight aborts landings in thunderstorm
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:50:00 +0100
Prince William has said he and wife Kate are fine after their turbulent flight's landing in Islamabad was aborted twice.

HK politicians dragged out of parliament after activist attacked
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 11:15:00 +0100
Pro-democracy politicians in Hong Kong were dragged out of parliament for heckling leader Carrie Lam as they demanded an inquiry into a vicious attack on a prominent human rights activist.

Cars set alight as protests erupt in Barcelona
Wed, 16 Oct 2019 21:26:00 +0100
Protesters in Barcelona have set fire to several cars during violent clashes with police.

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British Aikido Board National Nepotism Seminar

For many years The British Aikido Board (BAB) have shown... Read More

Who Created Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)?

I have read a number of books, articles, and novels,... Read More

COMBATIVES? ...... Don?t Tell Me. I Know What That Is! (Part 1)

"Combatives" from the root word COMBAT ? "to fight in... Read More

How To Defend Against A Knife - Dont Use The Stuff Taught In The Dojo!

Defences against Knife attacks, Firstly if at all possible get... Read More

Dermot Michael (Pat) ONeill

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Sensing Intention

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A Few Things Everyone Should Know to Keep Themselves Safe

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Its Not a Matter of Who is Right

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Martial Training as a Timeless Portal

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What To Expect When You Least Expect It

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Samurai Armor Part 1

The first prototype for Japanese samurai armor came about in... Read More

Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts

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Choosing a Self Defense / Martial Arts School: A Parents Guide

"Daddy, I want to take Karate!""Mommy, Jimmy on the bus... Read More

The Test

"Will this work so that I can use it instinctively... Read More

Expect the Unexpected Grass Hopper

The Myth perpetuated by Self Defense Oriented Martial ArtsI just... Read More

Grown Man Quits After 3 Mat Pulls!

A matt pull is the simple act of lying on... Read More

Learning the Modern Dynamics of Judo

You may have the erroneous idea that force is not... Read More

Nuts & Bolts of Self Defense

Fundamental "Nuts & Bolts" training for close combat should be... Read More

Martial Arts Sparring and Training Protective Equipment

The benefits of Martial Arts has always appealed its practitioners.... Read More

Im Soooo Confused...

I was going to write about the BASICS of "practical... Read More

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Back in the early times of sword manufacture, the production... Read More

By-Rote Combinations

Do not believe that practicing "by rote" 1-2-3,etc. type "responses"... Read More

Is it a ?Hurt? or is it an ?Injury?

My father fed me this line every time I felt... Read More