About Rita

January 14, 2018

Welcome! I’m very glad to meet you.


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 campus, I noticed a poster advertising an Aikido demonstration. I’d never heard of Aikido; but the poster looked interesting. I attended the demonstration and was impressed by the black belt, who was successfully defending himself from a much larger person. I thought, “If he can do it; so can I.” Aikido was explained as a “non-violent art of self-defense. This was a perfect fit: I signed up for the class.

As I began practicing I discovered that I very much enjoyed the training. It was the beginning of a life-long love for self-defense training. This lead to training in other arts, including, but not limited to,: Shorin Ryu, and fencing.


Over the decades that I trained, I watched martial arts students begin training; then drop out. It was due to many reasons: schedules, cost, and distance. I’ve been asked for advice on books, DVD’s, and other training aides that would help students enhance their training and allow them to practice at home.


Our goal is to provide tips from various Masters that will enhance training and help martial arts students understand the subtlties and strategies for successfully acquiring skills and knowledge. We also want to assist students with access to training materials that they can use for their own practice.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Rita Bingamon


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