Sitting next to you is a distinguished gentleman or gentlewoman older than you. Although their outward appearance is rather regal, they carry the burden of their days of teaching. Their gi (e.g., uniform) looks like a rat eaten corn sack, and the mangled ribbon around their waist was a black belt at one time. When they walk the left knee goes pop! boing! snap! And they will give a grin with a tooth missing. Their feet resemble two rawhide chew...

By Master Peter Deeley Having performed much security work during the late night and early morning hours, I am driven now by experience and and instinct to determine whether an environment is safe or unsafe.  Much your safety depends on good habits modified with unpredictability.  A few good rules go a long way to keeping you alert and out of harms way, and an unpredictable schedule and venue heightens safety.  And yet! I see experienced secur...

Have you ever wondered how to protect yourself when facing a scary opponent? Someone larger and more powerful than yourself? How do you stop the attack? Answer: you don’t. Instead, redirect the attack. A rushing attack, or a pushing attack, should be redirected away from the target: your body. A redirect uses a small amount of energy to move a mass from hitting you and placing it where it may be under your control. Think of a forty-foot ...

Proper breathe control is essential to remaining calm during stressful situations. Aikido breathing exercises help students learn to remain calm by controlling their breathing. What is the proper posture? It’s important to maintain the proper posture during breathing exercises, so that your lungs can completely fill with air during the exercise. The proper sitting posture is one of the following: a. Tailor fashion Sit on the floor with y...

In 1931 D. Appleton and Company published Colonel W.E. Fairbairn’s book, Scientific Self Defense, which presents the Fairbairn fighting system known as Defendu.  Colonel Fairbairn developed his fighting system through a scientific study of most of the methods of self defense. Colonel Fairbairn’s Background Colonel Fairbairn earned a second degree black belt from Kodokan Jui-Jitsu University in Tokyo, Japan.  He was the first foreig...

It’s important to pay attention to your environment when walking in public. Victims of “stranger” assaults are usually targeted by their assailants because of behaviors that indicate the victim is not paying attention. Instead, the victims are “mentally elsewhere.” Fortunately, there are some simple habits that people can develop to reduce their odds of being targeted by assailants. Safety involves focusing on the...

The Masters that I studied with agreed that their students who practiced their martial arts skills at home, as well as in class, progressed faster than the students who only practiced while in class. Students who practice martial arts at home develop muscle memory through repetition of movement. Grand Master Jerry Warren (Shorin Ryu, Judo, and Kuan-Tao) routinely instructed us to practice each kata at least 10 times per day, outside of class. ...

Welcome! I’m very glad to meet you. WHY I STARTED TRAINING In the fall of 1974, I began studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman. I was small, tiny and very vulnerable. That fall, a man began attacking women on campus and if I was attacked, I would be “toast.” So I began looking for a skill set to increase my chances of successfully defending myself if I were attacked. While walking across ca...

De-Escalating Conflict
Uncategorized / June 6, 2018

Author: Peter Deeley The tragic news events of the last few years, whether shootings in schools or so called “disgruntled employee” (what ever that means) have made a distinct stain on our society. What immediately comes to mind after the investigations have been done is that no counseling interventions or any other options were used to prevent a tragic episode. There only seems to be two options open to authorities: nick...

Sensei Problems
Uncategorized / April 23, 2018

Sitting next to you is a distinguished gentleman or gentlewoman older than you. Although their outward appearance is rather regal, they carry the burden of their days of teaching. Their gi (e.g., uniform) looks like a rat eaten corn sack, and the mangled ribbon around their waist was a black belt at one time. When they walk the left knee goes pop! boing! snap! And they will give a grin with a tooth missing. Their feet resemble two ra...

How Do I Reach My Car Safely-After Dark?
Uncategorized / April 1, 2018

By Master Peter Deeley Having performed much security work during the late night and early morning hours, I am driven now by experience and and instinct to determine whether an environment is safe or unsafe.  Much your safety depends on good habits modified with unpredictability.  A few good rules go a long way to keeping you alert and out of harms way, and an unpredictable schedule and venue heightens safety.  And yet! I see experie...

How to Redirect an Attack
Uncategorized / March 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to protect yourself when facing a scary opponent? Someone larger and more powerful than yourself? How do you stop the attack? Answer: you don’t. Instead, redirect the attack. A rushing attack, or a pushing attack, should be redirected away from the target: your body. A redirect uses a small amount of energy to move a mass from hitting you and placing it where it may be under your control. Think of a f...

Aikido Breathing Exercises
Uncategorized / January 28, 2018

Proper breathe control is essential to remaining calm during stressful situations. Aikido breathing exercises help students learn to remain calm by controlling their breathing. What is the proper posture? It’s important to maintain the proper posture during breathing exercises, so that your lungs can completely fill with air during the exercise. The proper sitting posture is one of the following: a. Tailor fashion Sit on the fl...

Scientific Self Defense – Book Review
Uncategorized / January 21, 2018

In 1931 D. Appleton and Company published Colonel W.E. Fairbairn’s book, Scientific Self Defense, which presents the Fairbairn fighting system known as Defendu.  Colonel Fairbairn developed his fighting system through a scientific study of most of the methods of self defense. Colonel Fairbairn’s Background Colonel Fairbairn earned a second degree black belt from Kodokan Jui-Jitsu University in Tokyo, Japan.  He was the fi...

Self Defense – Pay Attention To Your Environment
Uncategorized / January 15, 2018

It’s important to pay attention to your environment when walking in public. Victims of “stranger” assaults are usually targeted by their assailants because of behaviors that indicate the victim is not paying attention. Instead, the victims are “mentally elsewhere.” Fortunately, there are some simple habits that people can develop to reduce their odds of being targeted by assailants. Safety involves focus...

Practice Martial Arts At Home
Uncategorized / January 15, 2018

The Masters that I studied with agreed that their students who practiced their martial arts skills at home, as well as in class, progressed faster than the students who only practiced while in class. Students who practice martial arts at home develop muscle memory through repetition of movement. Grand Master Jerry Warren (Shorin Ryu, Judo, and Kuan-Tao) routinely instructed us to practice each kata at least 10 times per day, outside ...

About Rita
Uncategorized / January 14, 2018

Welcome! I’m very glad to meet you. WHY I STARTED TRAINING In the fall of 1974, I began studying at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as a freshman. I was small, tiny and very vulnerable. That fall, a man began attacking women on campus and if I was attacked, I would be “toast.” So I began looking for a skill set to increase my chances of successfully defending myself if I were attacked. While walking...