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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:

China threatens 'further actions' over US downing of suspected spy balloon
Sun, 05 Feb 2023 07:40:00 +0000
China has threatened "further actions" in response to America's "serious overreaction" in the downing of a suspected spy balloon.

How US shot down China's 'spy balloon' with a single missile - and what was likely on it
Sun, 05 Feb 2023 12:47:00 +0000
A US military operation to shoot down a Chinese "spy balloon" that had been hovering in American airspace came at a tense time for the two superpowers, whose relationship has been on rocky ground for years.

Beyond the 'balloon watch' gimmicks this is an extremely serious moment
Sun, 05 Feb 2023 03:36:00 +0000
For beach-walking South Carolinians, it would have been quite the Saturday afternoon spectacle. 

Ukraine expecting major Russian offensive around invasion anniversary
Sun, 05 Feb 2023 15:04:00 +0000
Ukraine is expecting a possible major Russian offensive launched for "symbolic" reasons around the anniversary of its invasion later this month, the country's defence minister has said.

Protests in Iraq after YouTube star allegedly strangled in 'honour killing'
Sun, 05 Feb 2023 15:04:00 +0000
Dozens of Iraqi protesters gathered on Sunday to stand against the "honour killing" of a 22-year-old YouTube star - who was allegedly strangled by her father.

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A Few Things Everyone Should Know to Keep Themselves Safe

The following are a few thoughts about how to decrease... Read More

The Economics of Self Defense

The following is a recent email I received; I thought... Read More

Does It Hurt When I Do This?

Let me tell you something. I don't bruise too easily.... Read More

Judo Nagewaza (Throwing Technique) In The Street

How practical are throwing techniques (nagewaza) for self-defense or street-fighting?... Read More

New Book: Positive Aikido

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

Aikido Philosophy: An Oriental Concept of Energy, Self, and Mind

PrefaceThere are many different ways to understand Aikido philosophy and... Read More

Im Soooo Confused...

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

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

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

Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts

Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an... Read More

Learning the Modern Dynamics of Judo

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

Combatives

This is our last installment on "defining" the parameters of... Read More

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu... Read More

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1

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

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

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

Martial Arts and The Zone

On the occasions you delivered the perfect strike; blocked without... Read More

British Aikido Board National Nepotism Seminar

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

Martial Arts Strength Training

According to various sources on the internet, a 1996 article... Read More

How to Relax During a Fight

I received a returned video from a well meaning, but... Read More

How to Select Your Martial Arts and Self Defense Equipment

The most common place to buy martial arts or self... Read More

The Test

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

Nuts & Bolts of Self Defense

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

Martial Arts and The Bible

As a Christian and a martial arts student, I have... Read More

Tae Kwon Do As A Means To Stay In Shape

Becoming a martial artist is a fanatastic method of fitness.... Read More

Bogu Training

About four years ago Carl recommended we start using the... Read More

Are You Frustrated Yet?

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