Two more knife attacks in Portland, Maine

Tweet PORTLAND, Maine — Local police are reporting that two men were stabbed in unrelated incidents early Sunday evening. Portland police report that both men are expected to recover. Ar least one attack was on a security guard who was overwhelmed and then stabbed in the back multiple times. Simply watching the news, it’s difficult […]

Martial Arts Activities and Events in Maine

Tweet Just look around many of our towns and cities in Maine today and you’ll see many martial arts schools flourishing. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) schools are springing up everywhere. Traditional schools abound. And a few self-defense oriented schools (such as ours) have been added to the mix. I view this as a good thing, […]

What to Carry for Self Defense

Tweet Frequently, when I teach self defense classes, I get questions about weapons.  It’s usually something along the lines of, “what about guns?” or, “what do you think about pepper spray?” My stock answer is that all weapons are good and useful, when carried, when you have time to get to them, when you have […]

The Role of the Sensei and Courtesy in Practice

Tweet Courtesy Martial Arts practice begins and ends with courtesy. At the beginning of our practice we “bow in” with a short ceremony, at the end we “bow out”. The ceremony is spiritual but not religious, and is a very important part of the training. The importance of the ceremony is that we are shifting […]