Self defense vs. Competition

There is often the complaint that the martial arts don’t teach self defense. About two months ago, the local Fox affiliate ran a segment on Krav Maga. It was promoted as “real” self defense. **Please note that I am not saying that is how the Krav Maga people presented it** I had the fortune to […]

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True self defense

I have had the honor and pleasure to have trained with several outstanding teachers in Taekwondo, Aikido and Gumdo. One of them, Sensei Frank Guldbrandsen (Northern Lights Aikido -UMD), had stated during a class that he felt people learned in three stages – physically, intellectually, spiritually. I lead with this because I think that people […]

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…because it teaches self defense.

I chatted with the television reporter, recently, who did a story on Krav Maga. I asked her what it was about the art that made it worthy of a story. The answer that I got was that it isn’t a martial art, its realistic self defense. She said that during her research, no other martial […]

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Does this sound strange?

So, my day job is doing security for the local Fox affiliate. It has given me the opportunity to “meet” several celebrities as they come in for Morning show segments. Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet Terri & Bindi Irwin. While signing in, they started to chat with me. Nothing major, just the weather […]

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Fighting???

***The following was found on Craig’s List (Minneapolis) under “lessons”*** Martial Artists Have Blackbelt and still losing fights? (Metro) Look most schools are only teaching you bits at at time so they can make more more money. Or you are studying a exotic martial art that does not work in real life because real fights […]

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Speed along the Path

What does it take to become a Black Belt? How about a Master Black Belt? Of course, the answer is to “know” the curriculum required for your system. This leads to another question though…what did you learn? One day I hope the American desire for immediate gratification changes to fit the desire for personal growth […]

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The importance of "Forms" training.

“If you have two fighters of equal skill, the one who knows his forms better will win.” – Master Tom Sullivan (Karate North). This was told to me about 20 years ago while I was still part of Master Sullivan’s Karate North organization. At the time, Master Sullivan had stopped actively competing after several years […]

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Back after the Drama…and no computer.

Well, I had a short break in trying to write anyting due to not having a computer during the day for the past couple weeks and dealing with some political issues within the martial arts (Taekwondo side). Not having a computer during the daytime isn’t the best reason but timing is everything. Once I get […]

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So, why do you want to train in a martial arts?

Why do you want to train? Do you want to get fit? Become the next Bruce Lee…Jackie Chan…Jet Li? Is it for more personal growth or “spiritual” goals? Or maybe just for some self defense? First off, ALL reasons are valid and correct. There is probably no single reason why you want to train. I […]

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Find the RIGHT school!

Choosing a martial arts school should be something taken as seriously as what academic school is attended. Sounds strong but is true. The school will create people of the same character as the teacher. Things that you should check out and look for are:1) Will they let you watch a class. If not, what is […]

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The wrong thing…

One of the items that frustrates me the most about our society/culture is that people focus way too much on the wrong thing. Instead of working with people and their strengths to create bigger and better things, they try to limit who can do what with the knowledge they have. Sadly, the reasons are greed […]

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Here goes nothing

So… I was told a while ago that, in order to get more attention for the stuff that I’m trying to do, I should write a lot and put it on the internet. Well, here’s the start. These ramblings will range from technical & application insights found during martial arts training/teaching to personal rants to […]

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