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…

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…