We consider self-defense a serious subject; after all we are talking about potentially saving your own life, or the lives of those around you. Self defense is the focus of our martial arts school, and our training is aimed at preparing our students to tackle any situation that they may face.

The key to self defense is more about your mindset than your technical skill. There are many different styles of martial arts and each one has their methodology for addressing certain situations. However, those that are considered the most effective balance the physical training with mental training in order to prepare for the realities of a life and death situation.

Mental preparedness is the most important aspect of self defense training. It begins with raising your awareness level so you can identify potential threats; it’s when we are unaware that we are most vulnerable. Once you become more aware, you can begin to assess the “what if” that is self defense training. The more you train the better prepared you are to react properly if a situation arises -even if it’s one that you haven’t planned on.

That’s why at Todai Dojo, we put equal importance on the mental aspect of training as well as the physical. While this is no crystal ball that we can look at and say “this is a situation you will face, so this is what we do,” we can combine the mental training and physical skills to be able to respond to any situation to protect yourself and the lives of those around you.

Shidoshi Hamilton

Scott Hamilton is an 8th degree black belt in the Bujinkan, and travels regularly to Japan to train. In addition to being the owner and head instructor of Todai Dojo, Scott is also the CEO of a national manufacturing company. He has also received training in other martial arts, and in-depth modern weapons training.

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