Who do you Admire in the Martial Arts?

Tweet When I was a boy I was drawn to martial arts mainly because of images in the media. I saw Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee beating up bad guys. I saw the Karate Kid win the tournament. This was inspiring, but even more spoke to my insecurities with a promise to become someone more […]

Lineage in Martial Arts is Mostly Stupid

Tweet Martial arts Internet forums are full of some of the biggest collections of haters I’ve ever seen. There’s so much trolling by low self-esteem chairborne warriors that these things are nearly 100% useless. One of the things that frequently comes up is the topic of lineage. Who’s your teacher, who is their teacher, who’s […]

Why You Don’t Have a Black Belt

Tweet You’re lazy. The truth is, we’re all lazy. But some of us earn black belts while others don’t. Most people who try out a martial art quit after the first week or two. Why is that?

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, […]

Who Needs to Learn Self Defense?

Tweet Everybody needs to train in self defense and the sooner the better. Living in a relatively low-crime area like Southern Maine, it may seem strange to recommend that every single person here get self defense training. However, it’s not really such a strange idea, and it’s an idea that may save lives. Damian Ross […]

What Does Black Belt Mean?

Tweet Many martial arts schools today focus on belt-rank as an end goal. They have black-belt clubs, accelerated black-belt training, etc. That’s fine, and I’m sure most give good instruction. I take issue with the view that a black belt – or any rank should be an end-goal. The myth that the black belt makes […]

Couch Potato Training Plan

Tweet It’s been said that the hardest part of martial arts training is getting into the car. I have seen this first hand when 11 people tell me they are coming to train and 2 show up. I don’t take it personally when people tell me they were “busy” or there was “traffic” or whatever. […]

Killing Is Easy

Tweet The purposefully provocative title of this post is meant to point out a “truth” about martial arts and self defense. In Ketsugo Jujutsu we say that the three possible ways to finish a defense are to kill, cripple, or control. We say that killing is for soldiers, crippling for bodyguards, and control is for […]

The Juggernaut: Debunking A Persistent Media Myth About Self Defense

Tweet I am a big fan of action movies, specifically martial arts action movies. I have been my whole life. Anyone who has some training in a Reality Based Martial Art (RBMA) knows that the movies and TV have little to do with real self defense. Unfortunately many people without training, including those who shape […]

The Difference Between Self Defense and Sports Martial Arts Training

Tweet Someone once asked my sensei what he would do if Royce Gracie attacked him and tried to take him down. My sensei’s answer, “I dunno, probably pull out my knife and stick him.” The questioner was awestruck at the answer. My sensei went on, “I don’t train for sport, this is a school of […]