Martial History #4: Sambo

Recently I mentioned judo having an impact and influence around the world, so much so, even the Russians were impacted! In September of 1907, a young man by the name of Vasili Oshchepkov went to Tokyo to study theology. While in the seminary ,he studied judo and became the best judoka in the program. On

Free Self-Defense Seminar!

On Saturday, January 25th we will be having a free self-defense seminar open to the public from 1:00 to 4:00. The first hour of this seminar will cover lecture/education (and a little Q&A) on avoidance and crime prevention. The remaining time will cover basic self-defense skills. We will also spend some time focusing on using

Sam’s Corner #30

I’m coming up on my 70th birthday.  So you might say I’m an old dog. But that doesn’t mean I can’t learn a new trick! Because I can’t jump as high as I used to, sometimes it can be hard for me to get in my daddy’s truck. It’s taller than me! That’s a big

Lessons for January by Mr. Stanford

Since the start of the New Year is a time for making resolutions, everybody with be talking about Goals and Goal Setting. A goal is something that you want, but are also willing to work for. If we aren’t willing to work for something, it is simply a wish. When settings goals, we want to

The Most Under-Rated Self-Defense Tool

Whenever I teach self-defense, I’m often asked about self-defense tools. Pepper spray, Tazer, batons/sticks, knives, guns and more. And although all of those afore-mentioned tools can have their place, there is one excellent tool that many people overlook: The Flashlight. About now you’re probably having the same reaction as many others when I mention this

Gracie Survival Tactics

Last week two of our instructors, Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames were both certified in the Gracie Survival Tactics system (GST). GST is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The course was run by Evandro Nunes and Tom Chukerel, two great guys and outstanding instructors. This makes these two instructors part of

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! As always, we have a lot going on (but you already knew that, didn’t you?!) There are a few things I wanted to draw your attention to: · We will of course be closed a fair amount over the holidays. I know a lot of training facilities close down for  both weeks, but I

A Cat to Kick

Early in my martial arts teaching career, I was put in charge of a pre-karate class of three and four year old students. It was called the “Tiny Tigers.”  I’m sure it was amusing to watch, but at the time it was a big deal for me. I was nineteen years old and it was

Martial History #3: Bartitsu

How Judo Affected Sherlock Holmes In October, I described the development of Judo and its interesting founder, Jigoro Kano. A real teacher at heart, Kano dedicated his life to teaching others the benefits of martial arts training in general and Judo specifically. Because of his efforts, Judo was shared with the world and Japanese martial

Lessons for December

Since we have so many days off later in the month, higher belts would hardly have any time to talk about a different topic after the first week’s review, so all belts will be working on the same topic. All Belts will be talking about Patience during the month of December. Patience is waiting for