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 rawhide chew toys, and their hands…well, their violin playing days are over. Welcome to the Black Belt Club! If you go to your distinguished sensei’s house, you are likely to find; a hole in the garage wall, a tree stump, a bent steel post that sensei at one time tied the dog to, and a barbecue pit with a wall missing. Oh yeah! A missing dog! You too will go through the time honored routine of trying to find a place to put your makiwara, ignoring what your sensei said to you about installation. So, Where do I put my makiwara? Okay, for those readers not familiar with a makiwara…it’s a board firmly padded (as in hard) covered with canvas that has…

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 experienced security officers have forgotten basic safety, or have become indolent in their duties.  Not only should you follow a few imparted techniques but be prepared to invent and develop some of your own. Before Leaving Your Building At an earlier time, while it is still light, move your vehicle closer to the exit from your the building. Before leaving your office or place of business in the dark go to the video camera screens and wind them back fifteen to thirty minutes.  Review the tapes looking for suspicious activity or suspicious people.  Call the police if you spot suspicious activity. Call a friend or relative before you leave and give them an estimated time of arrival. Leave a voice mail message if you did not…

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 forty-foot boat about to hit the dock; you will not be able to stop it, but you will be able to guide or redirect it to a safe settlement on the side of the dock. Different from a parry, a redirect not only moves the attack off its intended target, it places the attacker at a disadvantage. Is the attack real? Any perceived threat can be scary and cause fear. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an attack is imminent or that a response is needed to protect yourself. Try to maintain a confident demeanor (this will improve with training). You will be shaken. If the person is a stranger, ask, “May I help you?” Their reply will most likely giv eyou an…

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 floor with your knees bent parallel to the floor Feet are tucked in between your thighs, with one ankle over the other Your head should be upright, with your chin parallel to the floor Sit upright with a your spine straight. Place your hands loosely on your knees Your body should be relaxed Check your shoulders if they are tense or raised, then you are tense: conciously relax your shoulders b. Lotus position Sit on the floor with your knees bent parallel to the floor Place each foot on the opposite leg’s knee Your head should be upright, with your chin parallel to the floor Sit upright with a your spine straight. Place your hands loosely on your feet Your body should be relaxed Check your shoulders if they are tense or raised, then…

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 first foreigner living outside of Japan to do so. He also studied Chinese “boxing” with TsainChing Tung, who instructed the retainers to the Chinese Dowager Empress. Twenty-three years with the Shanghai Police Force gave W.E. Fairbairn experience in handling violent confrontations. His traing in Jui-Jitsu and Chinese boxing stood him in good stead because in the early 1900’s Shanghai was a lawless, violent international port. He was an Inspector with the Shanghai Municipal Police Force and was responsible for apprehending pirates, drug dealers, and other violent criminals. Fairbairn became the Instructor in Self-Defense to the Shanhai Muncipal Police Force. He also trained members of royalty and several high ranking Jui-Jitsu experts in Japan. In March 1925, Fairbairn went home to England on an eight month furlough for the purpose of writing a book on his fighting system, Defendu….

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…

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 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. WHY I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE Over the decades that I trained,…