Summer 2016 has been an amazing summer for Johanne, but I always look forward to the fall term. This is the term were kids return from the summer break excited, and ready to go. I love watching our returning students to see how tall everyone has gotten during the break. I often wonder who is…

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I always try to do sword class a couple of times a term. My students for the most part seem to enjoy swinging a bokken or wooden sword whether an adult or child there is just something fun about it. Bokken class offers a different kind of focus from regular training. Distances are different  and…

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People constantly think that physical self defence is the most important part of a personal protection strategy. Just look at the States, “Guns keep people safe” mentality. The reality is, mental self self defence is actually more important than physical. If you can’t detect it coming than nothing you have will help you. Intuition is…

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When it comes to personal protection people are always concerned about the initial attack. The moment the tackle starts or the fist is thrown. We do train and prepare for that exact moment, like how to survive the deadly sucker punch, or the tackle from nowhere. The thing to remember is that a personal protection…

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Many people have a hard time getting their heads around the idea of non-competitive karate and assume that if you practice karate you must enter tournaments. After all, isn’t karate a sport? Karate was originally developed as a method of unarmed self-defence, not a sport. In addition, over time many teachers realized that there were…

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Young females attending university are known to be at significant risk for sexual assault, but a prevention program jointly tested on three Canadian campuses suggests the incidence of such violence can be dramatically reduced with a simple 10 hour women’s self-defence program. The self-defence program was introduced at the universities and there was a 46…

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At some point in a martial artists career whether they are youth or adult, something just clicks. It’s magic really and when “it” clicks, the learning and progress goes through the roof.  The “it” is more mental than physical and anything physical is more effort than talent. “It” is a point when the martial artist…

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Jujitsu is hard enough, add to that years of abuse and an aging body things just don’t work so well or things pain a lot more and injuries seem to take a lot longer to heal. I suffer from osteo arthritis and its seems even worse with these Nova Scotia winters. You can’t stop a…

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This was the second class back after Christmas for the kids. Today we ran the kids through techniques and started them in their groups. In the adult class I came up with a practice that isolated the lats and most of the practice was done is slow motion in a low stance so the legs…

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Our first youth Karate-do Shotokai of 2016 was a class of fun and review.  The kids had a blast as we played “Sensei Says” and other fun active games.     Budo Warriors Share…….FacebookGoogle+LinkedinTwitterMore

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