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Saturday, 10 September 2016
Ensure you compare the same fruit!

If you're looking around for somewhere to train, make sure you're comparing the same things. If you were looking at playing a sport, and were trying to compare soccer and volleyball... Well, they're both sports, but they're not anywhere near the same thing.    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 09.10.16 @ 08:03 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Tuesday, 03 March 2015
We do loves us some Legos!

So the six-week (12-class) self defense seminar one of our instructors is teaching at a government facility in the area has had 10 classes so far. Eight were techniques; one a review day; and one missed because of snow (which will be added on at the end) - so nine training days so far. New techniques are shown in each class, after some review of what was done in the previous one.

As was noted when the class was held in May 2014, the defenses and body mechanics that are shown enable students to quickly assimilate the moves and find out what works for them. That's happening again in this class - pretty much all of the students are seeing that a Lego they learned for one attack can be used in another, if they move the "wrong" way or use the less-good hand to block etc. Once they learn how the body mechanics work, they're able to see where else they can use them.

Even better, they're moving without thinking! One gentleman got a little distracted at one point during the most recent class by something the instructor said, and was attacked - and moved and reacted without thinking. Two separate times. (Or was it three?)

And the putting-them-on-the-spot exercises? (Done on two different days so far.) They're doing just fine with those as well. And it's even more fun that they're clamoring to attack each other (safely) and the instructor!

On a side note, the instructor did briefly go over how to fall properly, both during the April-May class last year, and just in this class as well. One of the students in this class was in that class last year (three of the 12 who registered this time were repeats from the previous two classes). She said she'd since slipped/fallen three times - and hadn't landed on her hand/arm/elbow, nor hit her head. Probably the most immediately practical application of what we teach!

Class 10: a different student reported that he'd slipped and fallen (sleet and freezing rain here recently)... and had slapped out! Since there was ice/snow/refrozen melt, he cut the palm of his hand some, but that was the extent of the damage. Whew! And yay!

Oh - and the word "fun" has been used several times, by various people, and there's a general consensus that they don't want the class to end...

    JJDC on 03.03.15 @ 10:57 PM ET   [ link ] [ 0 comments ]

Sunday, 26 October 2014
I'm guilty? Say what?!

Did you know that self defense is an affirmative defense?

You're admitting you commited a crime, but have good reason not be held accountable for it.    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 10.26.14 @ 12:15 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Sunday, 07 September 2014
This ain't the movies

Do not rely on your (pepper spray, taser, handgun, long weapon, own body) to immediately stop the threat. That's movie stuff, for the most part. Yes, there are a couple of things that will immediately stop him or shut him down, but...    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 09.07.14 @ 08:21 AM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Thursday, 01 May 2014
How quickly can you learn this stuff?

It's generally accepted that you need to train in a discipline (not just martial arts) for 10,000 hours before you have truly mastered it.

Think a bad guy is gonna wait for that long? Nuh-uh. So... just how quickly can you assimilate the defenses we teach?    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 05.01.14 @ 08:58 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Saturday, 22 March 2014
And the newest martial art is...

... drumroll, please...    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 03.22.14 @ 03:03 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Sunday, 09 February 2014

Some of the dojo's current members have been training since before the dojo officially opened in 1990; a handful who are still here were training with the dojo's founder when he was teaching outside his condo a couple of years before he opened it. Are they still learning and teaching the same things as they were back then? Of course not! In fact, students who haven't trained with us in the last few years - including black belts - would not be familiar with some of the things we currently do.    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 02.09.14 @ 02:52 PM ET   [ 1 comment ]

Saturday, 01 February 2014
Dude, where's my blog post?!

Good heavens - it's been two months since we posted? What the heck happened?!

Been a busy fall and winter, is what - what with classes and seminars and holidays and (so far two) polar vortices and the attendant ice and snow, and now we're well into the prep sessions for our next set of black belt candidates... there's been hardly time to take a breath!

In other news, one of our instructors is teaching a 12-session self defense series at the fitness center at work (not on behalf of the dojo), which is being very well received - so much so that at the third meeting, the participants were already asking when it would next be offered. (And typical to such seminars, when the participants mention it to their friends or office mates, they are almost inevitably asked "what would you do if I did this?" - and attacked in a way for which they've already been shown a response. There's a reason we train common attacks first!)

We hope to be back to our semi-regular pontificating in the near future, and also to have some guest bloggers. Stay tuned!

    JJDC on 02.01.14 @ 04:30 PM ET   [ link ] [ 0 comments ]

Saturday, 30 November 2013
What's going on out there?!

We've talked about the OODA loop and how we train to shorten our reaction time and continually reset the attacker's. There's another phrase we sometimes use in class: Perceive, Assess, Respond.

In some scenarios - in the middle of a physical altercation - there isn't a lot of difference between the OODA loop and Perceive/Assess/Respond. The subtle difference seems to be that people use the OODA loop primarily to refer to what you do during an attack, whereas Perceive/Assess/Respond can be used both before and during.

Here are three recent stories from dojo members, illustrating how Perceive/Assess/Respond helped each of them decide what to do in the moment.    >>> read more 

    JJDC on 11.30.13 @ 05:45 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

First story

Some months ago, one of our dojo members mentioned that he'd gone out to lunch with co-workers. The conversation somehow turned to self defense, and it turned out that a female co-worker keeps pepper spray in her purse. Asked if she'd ever tried using it, her response was something along the lines of "no, how hard could it be?".
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    JJDC on 11.19.13 @ 09:59 PM ET   [ 0 comments ]