Century Versys

IMOK karate

“Be sincere and grateful”

Be sincere and grateful; that is part of our dojo kun as set forth by our dojo’s founder, Kyoshi Brad Wells. At the end of each class, we take a moment to say thank you to everyone, but it’s not always possible for everyone I’d like to thank to be there at the end of…

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fighting dirty

One of the things that can be a challenge when teaching self-defense is fighting dirty.  When I get a group in that is taking a workshop or class, especially for the first time, and I start talking about gouges and rakes to the eyes or grabbing, twisting and ripping at the groin, I inevitably see…

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An ounce of prevention…

There has been a lot of discussion on social media recently regarding sexual assault and the best way to prevent it.  Obviously, the best answer would be for all humans to have respect for each other and keep their hands to themselves unless invited.  However, since this is not currently the case, we need to…

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What is self-defense?

It may seem like a simple question with a simple answer, but it is more complicated than you might think.  Most people think of it as physical, but in fact, much of self-protection is preparation, safety, mental, verbal, general avoidance of violence and good old fashioned common sense.  Using these tactics hopefully keeps you from…

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NO

No. It’s one of the first words we learn and also one of the first we try to get around.  As children, our parents may tell us “no” and then when they are not looking, we do it anyway.  As parents, we say no, but sometimes cave in to the begging, whining, or bargaining.  Our…

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Starting karate as a grown-up

There seems to be a misconception that martial arts is something that you need to start as a child or at least as a teen-ager.  While it’s good to start young, it isn’t a requirement.  Personally, I didn’t start martial arts until I was in my late 20s.  I have students that started in their…

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It’s not one size fits all

When it comes to self-protection, one size does not fit all.  Statistically, attacks against men are significantly different than those against females.  Matt Thompson of www.modelmuggging.org researched 3000 assaults back in the early 1970s and what he found was that when men attack men, it’s territorial. There’s a “squaring off” behavior; it’s a fight.  However,…

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Mindful practice and practicing mindfully

There is a lot of talk regarding the benefits of mindful practice.  To some, this means meditation and that scares some people off.  While they may be intrigued by the benefits, sitting still and trying to empty the mind seems either impossible (I don’t have patience for that), boring (I always need to be doing…

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Just because you can doesn’t mean you should…

Last weekend, a student of mine sent me a link to a disturbing story.  She was disturbed by it and quite frankly, I think everyone should be.  She asked me to address it from a self-defense point of view, but it’s more complicated than that.  Here is a synopsis of the article on Buzz Feed…

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The Math of Mastery

When it comes to kids and karate, it can be hard to balance this activity with family, school and other extra curricular activities.  As parents, we want our kids to experience as much as possible while they’re young; not only to enrich their lives in general, but to give them a start finding their passions…

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