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May 16, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Sparring Safety: Focus, Nick & Stick Drill

There is only one way to learn to fight and that’s to fight. Martial Arts is, after all, a warrior art. However, a basic problem is learning to fight without combatants being injured. Enter sparring. Simply stated, sparring is controlled combat. But how can individuals learn to fight with full intensity without hurting or being hurt? One solution is to utilize the “Focus, Nick & Stick Drill,” which is taught at the Karate Institute of America.

May 2, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Noodle Wars

What, you might ask, are “Noodle Wars?” Sound silly, right? Nevertheless, a good question. “Noodle Wars” are simply full contact sparring matches using common pool noodles. These inexpensive, prolific, Styrofoam toys with the hollow center make it fun and safe to indulge in full contact fighting without having to worry about pulling a punch or strike to avoid injury to an opponent or oneself, quite the opposite from normal sparring when punches and strikes have to be pulled to avoid injury.

Apr 18, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Kiado-Ryu Gun Fu - NRA Myths

Enclosed article courtesy of the NRA Self Defense Myths Knowing the laws of the land is just as important as knowing how to shoot. by Ed Head: posted on April 11, 2022 Teaching folks to defend themselves with a firearm goes way beyond the mechanics of shooting. And, while I’m not a lawyer and don’t have expertise in the details of the law in every jurisdiction, I also teach general principles of self-defense.

Apr 4, 2022 - Feature of the Week

The Constraint of Power

Download PDF Martial arts is a wonderful, dynamic, health-engendering and useful activity of life. However, because of its potential for generating pain, suffering, even death, its power must be constrained. Normal people do not want to fight or hurt other people unless absolutely necessary. Self-defense is a God-given right to protect us from those who would do us harm but such a right must be used with wisdom and clear thinking, not just for martial artists but for the general populace as well.

Mar 21, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Kindergarten Combat

The world has indeed turned insane. ~ Saint Dariya of Bihar 17th/18th Century SUN TZU WOULD NOT BE IMPRESSED . . . at all. In fact, he would be shocked that after 2500 years some world leaders are still in Kindergarten mode relative to their understanding of combat. They are blinder than the blindest bat. The first goal of combat is to win, always. There are no positives in defeat, especially if a country’s entire culture and way of life are in jeopardy of being annihilated.

Mar 7, 2022 - Feature of the Week

Lessons from Ukraine

It is tragic to witness what is happening in Ukraine. Regardless of the outcome, which we pray is positive for the Ukrainian people, i.e. keeping their independence and sovereignty, there are many lessons this needless and brutal attempted Russian takeover can teach us. Following are just a few. 1. REALITY A quote from Mirabai—a Saint of the 15th/16th Centuries. This world is truly a cauldron of evil. How lovely would it be to think this world is a beautiful place?