The Mental Fire Drill

I’m fortunate that I get to teach self-defense in a lot of different settings around the country, and I teach on a variety of topics. But I realized that regardless of whether I’m teaching about active shooter events, personal safety, or actual fight tactics, there is a an exercise that I advocate in almost all

Current Events

It’s been great having everyone at the academy! I’ve been so excited to get back to seeing everyone in class and getting back on a teaching routine of sorts. I even got back to training police officers at Owens! Of course there are still some events and seminars that are up in the air, so

Manage Your Expectations by Jon Penny

I originally planned on writing this article back in March or April. It seemed appropriate as it was on my mind in that season. That time of year we have two events pretty close to each other. Ninja Night and Glo-Chux. For those of you who don’t know, Ninja Night is a guest event where

Lesson for April – Mr. Stanford

  In April, students will be talking in-depth about the meaning of each line of the Student Creed that we recite at the beginning of each class. “I will develop myself in a positive manner, and avoid anything that reduces my mental growth or my physical health.” Just about every decision we make affects our

Family Safety

Family Safety Sometimes it’s the simple things that can be the most important in an emergency, but at the same time they can easily get overlooked.  I feel confident that I can say, on behalf of police officers, paramedics, and even firemen: Put address numbers on your house! As a police officer I know this

Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Level 2

Right before things started getting interesting in regards to COVID-19 Mr. Penny and Mr. Grames completed Level 2 of the Gracie Survival Tactics program.  As we wrote about a couple months ago, this is the Gracie family Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program for law enforcement. The Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy which was hosting the week-long course

Lesson for April – Mr. Stanford

For our end of class discussions this month, we are going to be discussing our four karate homework assignments. Each week will focus on a different homework, and because students will be spending so much time at home for the next several weeks, the discussions will center on actions and behaviors at home. Week 1:

Family Spotlight: The Kirkhams

        Names  (Age)  Parents Rachael &  Andy, Simon(7) Eli (10) Abe (11)         Hobbies: We love playing games. Board games, card games, dice games.         How many family members do you have training? Four         Rank(s)? The boys have Purple belts. Rachael earned second degree black belt in 2001. What benefits were you originally looking

March 2020 Academy Update

This is going to get crazy. So March wins the prize for the busiest month in recent memory, and that’s saying something!  Coming up this month we will have Ninja Night (Friday, March 6th) and Black Belt testing (Stage I, Saturday the 7th).  We have two after school programs getting started. We will also have