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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:

'Grab the baby!': Duck boat victim's desperate plea
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 20:47:00 +0100
A grieving mother whose nine relatives died in the Missouri duck boat disaster heard her sister-in-law shout "grab the baby!" before a huge wave struck the vessel.

Trump: 'Your favourite president did nothing wrong!'
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:17:00 +0100
Donald Trump has questioned whether his former lawyer was acting illegally when he secretly recorded him.

Reunion for boy separated by Trump immigration policy
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 02:40:00 +0100
A boy who appeared in court after being separated from his father when they illegally crossed the US border has been reunited with his parents.

Girl, 15, raped by brother jailed for having abortion
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 12:24:00 +0100
A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion.

Gunman kills father of school shooting survivors
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 08:25:00 +0100
The father of two survivors of a high school massacre in Florida has died after being shot at his convenience store.

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Martial Training as a Timeless Portal

Thanks to several centuries of enlightened teachings by extraordinary men... Read More

COMBATIVES A Rose by Any Other Name?....Part 2

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Im Soooo Confused...

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

Regular or De-escalated

We always stress that NOTHING occurs in a vacuum. There... Read More

Are You Frustrated Yet?

I was talking to a parent recently and they told... Read More

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Martial Art for You

One of the questions I get asked most frequently, in... Read More

Real Life Self-Defense Starts From...

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Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

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The Plight of Industrialized Man

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Martial Arts and The Bible

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Eight Simple Rules for Saving Your Life

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Sensing Intention

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Things to Know About Learning Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)

For Easterners, particularly Chinese, this MAY not be an issue.... Read More

The Dojo

Just as an aside. For those who would "box" us... Read More

The Test

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

Its Not a Matter of Who is Right

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Samurai Swords ? Choosing a Sword to Buy

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The Shocking Truth About Stun Guns

If you are outside the world of law enforcement, chances... Read More

A Samurais Power Is In His Little Finger, Not His Samurai Sword

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The Fallacy and the Myth

It's always amusing when "know it alls" dismiss certain methods... Read More

Martial Arts: Mind, Body and Spirit Presented Online

This Martial Arts website uses body, spirit and mind to... Read More

Have No Misconceptions

I just received an Email from a woman who has... Read More

New Book: Positive Aikido

A new book with a practical look at Aikido and... Read More

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1

Over the next couple of day's I will writing an... Read More

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

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