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 focusing on the activities taking place around you. Below are some ideas that will you develop safe habits for walking in public. Watch your surroundings Use windows to see behind you – Windows are wonderful things. They reflect images. As you are walking along, glance at the windows in the buildings and cars to the side of you. Learn to use the reflections to check behind and see who is following behind you. If you see someone who makes you uneasy, or is focused on you; then walk into a shop, restaurant, or other public place. Glance behind you and see if the person has followed you into the building. If they have, then find a security officer, or store personnel, to help you. If you believe a threat is imminent, call 9-1-1.   Look up – If your eyes are…

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 of class. Master Rod Kobayashi (Aikido) encouraged us to practice our wrist stretching exercises continuously throughout the day. Master Peter Deeley (Shorin Ryu, Fencing, Judo, and Unarmed Combat) consistently practices his martial arts skills at home several times a week. The extra hours of practice make a significant difference in mastery of skills and developing basic skills that enhance in-class lessons. Why practice at home? Classes are very important and should never be missed, except for exigent circumstances. The skills and knowledge taught in class are invaluable. Students should also practice at home those skills learned in class because the limitations on class hours doesn’t normally allow students enough repetition to convert skills into muscle memory: only enormous amounts of time can do that. Practicing martial arts skills at…