I usually don’t openly criticize other teachers – especially those in the same art. Sure I have my own opinions, but I don’t pretend to be an expert in all things. There might be something someone is showing that I just don’t understand yet. But every once in a while, I run into something so […]
The other night I was at a get together for a friend’s birthday. While there, one of my long time friends brought up that he was thinking of getting a gun, but was unsure of what to get. I am a gun advocate, and own several. “What do you think? Should I get a revolver […]
Due to the current political climate and what is happening across our nation, we think everyone should start learning self defense. Here we’re going to identify the statistics that make a strong case for a rise in hate speech, our rights of free speech, and how to defend yourself from hate. The Rise of Hate […]
Say whaa? Yeah – I said it. There’s no such thing as Women’s Self Defense. There is only Self Defense. Why would I make such a statement – someone who teaches women (and men) self defense? Some one who has advertisements that specifically target women to learn self defense? The answer is because it’s true. […]
To study a combative art is often a paradox; we hope that our training will never be needed. This is akin to the saying that “soldiers pray for peace, but hope for war.” And while we hope that we will be able to rise to the challenge of a self defense situation, we often pray […]
This was inspired by a post on Quora where someone posted the following: My friend was at a house with three other individuals. They were partying and apparently they had entered the house without the owner’s permission. The owner showed up and told them to get out. My friend said they refused and they might […]
In our second article on the Second Amendment, we will be looking at the efficacy (or lack thereof) of gun control. If you read our first article on the history behind our Second Amendment right to bare arms, you’ll know that it was formed by compromise between a means for defending the country against invasion, […]
I have been touched by moments in my short time teaching self defense at Todai. I have seen students take leap and bounds in growth through their sheer determination and enthusiasm. I have scratched at the walls of my limitations as I’ve stumbled through the dark of finding new identity. I have seen a community […]
Here is our two-part discussion on the Second Amendment – as it relates to our rights as Americans and it’s implications for self defense. The Second Amendment is one of the more controversial Amendments in our Bill of Rights. Opposition to the right to bear arms argue that gun violence is inherently a product of […]
We often talk about our martial art not being a sporting art, since there are “no rules to self-defense” or “no refs in a street-fight”. However, that is not entirely correct. In fact, there are quite a few rules regarding self-defense and impacts that extend beyond a physicality of the encounter.
Self defense is all about increasing your ability to identify and assess a threat, and then to respond accordingly. The best self defense is to identify a threat early and simply avoid it.
Self defense isn’t gender specific; what works for one sex should be applicable to the other. Still there are unique aspects to Women’s Self Defense that warrant discussion and focus.
…life is uncertain and frequently unfair. We often reassure ourselves that as long as we are good people, good things will happen to us. And if something bad happens, then there has to be some reason for it. Even though concepts like fairness and karma sound good and provide comfort, the harsh reality is that sometimes terrible things happen to good people – innocent people.