Valuable Self-Defense Training Aids - Part 1

by Diane Ruth on Nov 30th, 2012

During a recent study session, I started thinking about the significance of Ed Parker’s Kenpo reference materials. We are fortunate to have so many principles, theories, study aids, terms, basics, etc. written down for us in Mr.

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Fight Or Flight?

by Dennis Lawson on Sep 19th, 2012

We were genetically built for Fight or Flight. Our bodies were “constructed” a.k.

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Slips, Trips, And Falls --- Studio Or Real World Safety?

by Dennis Lawson on Aug 15th, 2012

Modern culture often views slips, trips, and falls as a reason to laugh. From Charlie Chaplin’s “Little Tramp” bumbling along in City Lights, to Chevy Chase’s stumbling characters on Saturday Night Live, or Kramer’s shenanigans on a Seinfeld episode, we laugh when comedians hit the floor. As a Safety manager, I’m all too familiar with the tragedy associated with falls when they occur on a jobsite.

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On Your Own Part 7

by Mark Brosten on Jul 15th, 2012

So much time in the art is dedicated to the physical part of training; through repetition of motion we internalize self-defense Ideas. Another way of internal izing self-defense Ideas and developing other fitness(es) (mental fitness, emotional fitness, etc.), is to apply these same self-defense principles in an argument.

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Martial Arts Practice --- Pre-Incident

by Dennis Lawson on May 14th, 2012

This is the first of what will be a series of articles concerning the “Practice” of Martial arts. After the publication of “Talking Kenpo” (See Subscribe to Talking Kenpo to download your copy), I received a number of questions concerning my definitions of: training, scenario, model, technique, and, of course, practice. PRACTICE (v) --- To engage in frequent consciously directed activities.

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Balance: A State Of Being In Physical Or Mental/emotional Harmony With Environment.

by JJ Simon on Feb 29th, 2012

If your intention is to work on being in balance then your attention has to be focused on whatever you are working on while training. The study of balance in the Martial Arts begins with the physical dimensions. It should not end there.

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Five Ideas To Make Solo Training More Interesting

by Lena Varuolo on Jan 15th, 2012

Recently, I moved from my comfy little apartment in a small town to a major metropolitan city. This move posed a number of challenges for me; first and foremost, it moved me 2 1/2 hours from my marital arts coach and training partners. Twice a month, I make the trip back to my old home town to get a lesson from my coach, but this isn't enough to keep my skills fresh.

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9 Planes Project, Part 2 - Joint Destruction

by Melvin Ruth on Nov 15th, 2011

As discussed in my previous article, “Universal Pattern Project Introduction” published in May 2011, I’ve been working with the Universal Pattern that Mr. Parker left for us in the Infinite Insights Book Series, Volume 4 for the past 10 years. In Chapter 8 Mr.

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On Your On - Part 5

by Mark Brosten on Oct 30th, 2011

Shadow boxing has been around a long time and is a very useful tool in your training. As a non-impact cardio work out, it is a very handy exercise. It takes no equipment; moreover it can be done almost anywhere or at any time.

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Thinking Errors

by Diane Ruth on Sep 30th, 2011

Thinking Errors, such as, good or bad, right or wrong, all or nothing, and black or white are what gets us in trouble or holds us back from personal success. They lead us to irrational thinking and do not allow for the many shades of grey in everyday life. Irrational means to lack the power to reason.

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My Way Of Thinking, Using Kenpo

by Paul Christ on Aug 15th, 2011

As I see it, Kenpo is way of thinking. What does that mean for my daily life? It means I evaluate everything according the Kenposcope. For those who might not be familiar with the Kenposcope, the Kenposcope is a model created by Skip Hancock and illustrated in his book Mastering Kenpo The Path of Excellence.

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Locks And Twists - Specialized Moves In Ed Parker's Kenpo

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 15th, 2011

I came across a book project I had started (and never finished) a number of years ago concerning joint locks and their use in Kenpo. This article is a result of dusting off some of those notes. The terms, written in capital letters, are an important part of how students of Ed Parker’s Kenpo describe the “chaos of combat”.

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6 Tips For Tailoring Your Art

by Diane Ruth on Apr 15th, 2011

Defined below, the principle of tailoring can be illustrated best in modern day Mixed Martial Arts matches. You’ll notice the best fighter’s try to dominate the fight utilizing their primary fighting strengths. For example: A strong grappler tries to get the submission, the boxer tries to get the knockout.

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Is It Worth Fighting For?

by Lena Varuolo on Mar 31st, 2011

The majority of people look to martial arts as a study of self defense. Although I can't find any hard statistics to back this up, countless hours of discussions with people either in the martial arts or looking to study makes this point quite clear. Since the focus for most is learning to defend themselves, why is it when confronted with a self defense situation people freeze, even after obtaining an intermediate to advanced belt rank in their system? When I first started studying the martial arts many years ago, I joined several online martial arts news groups.

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On Your Own - Part 4

by Mark Brosten on Mar 15th, 2011

Staying motivated when training by yourself is one of the most difficult things to keep consistent. Having the sole responsibility for your training with no one else to help motivate you is tough. This makes it a personal learning experience.

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The BEST Targets & Weapons

by Diane Ruth on Feb 15th, 2011

“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” ~ Gavin De Becker As a Martial Arts instructor I wanted to look at the best targets and weapons to teach women and children, since statistically attackers are mostly male and stronger.

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On Your Own - Part 3

by Mark Brosten on Jan 31st, 2011

A training tool that is available almost everywhere is the heavy bag. They come in different sizes weights and styles. A bag can be purchased from a store or homemade by tightly rolling up an old futon mattress and duct taping it in place.

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On Your Own - Part 2

by Mark Brosten on Dec 31st, 2010

A training tool that always seems to be available is the staff. When thinking of training with a staff we tend to think of a long range weapon that we spin and twirl in a large room with high ceilings. This is not that kind of training.

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On Your Own

by Mark Brosten on Nov 15th, 2010

Having a training partner is the best resource for achieving real progress in your chosen art. A partner can help to keep you motivated and dedicated to your training. Because you are interdependent with a partner, motivation is provided by positive competition, generating training ideas using creativity, the setting of goals and the chance to get feedback for your work.

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Why Adding Ground Fighting Will Help Anyone's Stand Up Game

by Scott Marker on Jul 27th, 2010

Senior Grand Master Ed Parker said for years his system was developed to handle the environment of modern day street situations. He modified existing techniques and added new ones in the development of his system. Initially, major changes in his movements were made; then, smaller changes (refinements) when he discovered a more efficient way to get the job done.

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by JJ Simon on May 30th, 2010

When a person begins to train toward any goal, they have a vision of what their life will be like when the goal is finally accomplished. Many times, there are certain factors needed for success that will help any person reach their goal.Some of the factors that aid success are having: an achievable goal, a supportive community, strong coaching, discipline and concentration.

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The Pinpoint Effect

by John Davis on Mar 30th, 2010

My earliest memories of the martial arts involve a former school mate who studied Shotokan while in high school. In that late 60's era, the practice of "karate" was not a mainstream activity and one might have looked upon such pursuit as an oddity. It is very likely that by today's definitions he would have, at the time, been branded a "nerd".

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Do You Have SMART Goals?

by Lela Simon on Mar 13th, 2010

As a general rule the people I meet in the dedicated martial arts community are motivated, driven people. They strive for goals based on intrinsic motivation, without much need for carrots or sticks. As instructors though, we can forget what it is to be a newbie, someone who has not yet seen the benefits of a particular practice, someone who has yet to experience personal fulfillment through self actualization.

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Weapon Range

by Richard Matthews on Aug 7th, 2009

TIMELY REMINDER Try to remember that the person you are training with may be more skilled or less skilled than yourself, so if speed and force are increased disproportionately to one of the training partner’s abilities then someone is going to get injured. Train intelligently and follow a couple of safety guidelines. Safety First will lead to a sustainable learning gradient in training.

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Best Practices For Seminar Day

by Dennis Lawson on Aug 15th, 2009

Eat a healthy breakfast --- Minimize your intake of simple sugars and caffeine. These act as “short term” stimulants and can leave you sleepy or agitated when they wear off. Wear the appropriate uniform --- If you have questions about proper uniform or anything else; ask the organizer or instructor ahead of time.

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How To Get The Most From TheMALC Seminars/classes

by Dennis Lawson on Jul 15th, 2009

Good training is all about communication. At The Martial Arts Learning Community, we want your learning experience to be the best possible. Consider employing these Best Practices to get the most from your training experience.

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Ten Ways To Train With A Receptive Spirit

by Jeremy Del Nero on Jun 14th, 2009

The following was adapted from a project by an 18 year old assistant instructor for his level 3 instructor certification in the Kenpo 2000 organization. Allow less skilled ranks to help you with your training. They may not know the exercise you are doing, but they understand the principles and can watch out for them.

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Learning To Think...

by Richard Matthews on May 28th, 2009

The brain's function of “thinking”, consciously or subconsciously, is a constant human activity, just like breathing. As Kenpo practitioners we know the benefits that can be gained from analysing and developing one of our most natural functions, breathing, the system also encourages practitioners of all levels to develop their ability to "Think", (it is or "should be" especially addressed at brown belt level). Earlier in this blog I made a bold statement," like the tradesman who couldn't read the instructions I had to think", maybe there was something or someone that could help me to develop a method to improve my thinking.

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