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, […]

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 […]

Martial Alchemy™

Tweet In the Western world, the practice of alchemy has a long history as predecessor to modern chemistry (it’s where we get the name), school shrouded in mystery, and practice persecuted as pseudoscience or blasphemy by the powers that be. Outwardly, alchemists main goal was to produce the philosopher’s stone, a substance rumored to be […]

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. […]

Neutralizing Skill And Speed With Proximity

Tweet Make contact, keep it. That’s a basic philosophy of our system or ketsugo jujutsu. When someone throws a punch or a kick, or moves in to grapple – they are giving us a gift by presenting us a set of targets for attack. It’s a good idea not to box a boxer, or wrestle […]

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 […]

Kuzushi – The Art Of Unbalancing

Tweet Kuzushi (崩し) is a Japanese word for unbalancing an opponent. It comes from the verb kuzusu, meaning to pull down or demolish. You’ll find it commonly used in jujutsu and derived arts such as judo and aikido. Normally it is the act of taking an opponent’s balance rendering them incapable of counterattack. In most […]

Teaching Martial Arts To The Unconscious

Tweet I’d like to share with you a couple of important discoveries I’ve made with regard to teaching martial arts, which may be translated into other areas as well. An important lesson is that you are not good at anything you need to do in your conscious mind. When you first learned to tie your […]

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 […]

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