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

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

I’m Not That Important

Recently I went to the Center for Emergency Preparedness to teach police cadets. The Center (often just called “The CEP”) is a part of the Owen’s College campus that focuses on training first responders, Police, Fire, and EMS. You may see the CEP sometime if you drive on Tracy Rd near the Owens campus; it

Sam’s Corner #29

  These last two years I’ve spent a lot of time showing Raylan how she’s supposed to behave. I’ve shown Raylan how to chase birdies. How to play nicely. How to use her nose to find things. How to act calm around the little kids. I’ve even shown her how to go to daddy’s office

Martial History #2: Jhoon Rhee

I was originally I was planning on continuing with some additional interesting tidbits about Judo. (Like how it influenced Sherlock Holmes!) But I realized with belt graduation coming this Saturday, this is a great time to talk about Jhoon Rhee.   Jhoon Rhee was born in South Korea in 1932 and began training in Tang

Lessons for November

Below are the lessons we’re covering in class for the month of November. If your child is not one of our students, and you would like them to learn these same great, life-changing lessons, visit us at http://www.jpblackbelt.com  White, Yellow, & Orange Belts: Respect Respect means to treat others the way you want to be

Martial History #1: Judo

Totally Useless Facts from Mr. Penny Originally in the newsletter I had a series of articles published as “totally useless facts.” And there are quite a few of those around this blog. However, some of those articles I have renamed “Martial History” simply because I think the history of the martial arts (while perhaps “useless”

The October Calendar!

A bit belated, but here is October’s Calendar. Some special items of note:– Friday October 11th is our staff in-service day (the academy will be closed)– Leadership seminar Friday October 18th– Free Women’s self-defense seminar Saturday October 19th (1:00-4:00) – Basic Pistol/Concealed Carry Course, Sunday October 20th– Parent’s Night Out Friday October 25th (6:30-11:00)– School

Sometimes, You Need Someone to Ask

My grandfather was a lifelong carpenter and a phenomenal woodworker. Even being one of 12 of his grandchildren, my home has many wonderful wood pieces that he created. We have cutting boards, picture frames, and toothpick holders. But before you think he was an amateur, we also have step stools and an amazing rocker with

Lock Your Doors!

Ok, I know. This is basic stuff right?  Well, you’d be surprised how often I need to say it. So I’ll say it now:  Lock Your Doors!! In Your Home: In recent months I’ve talked about the importance of having a strong door to your home, and the tactics of criminals to distract a homeowner