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 […]
Todai is honored to welcome back our founder, Shihan Matthew Woodard, for an exciting seminar: Fundamentals: Classical vs. Tactical Drawing from his decades of training in Martial Arts and years of experience as a Law Enforcement Officer, Criminal Apprehension Team (C.A.T) member, and Executive Professional Specialist, Matt Woodard (Shihan/Ju-go dan) will be guiding you through […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
…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.