In the spirit and tradition of the Warrior, regardless of the culture or era, there has always been a common thread - a common ideology - which has guided the men and women who have chosen this path. Through all of the philosophical expressions and explanations about "engaging the world," "overcoming limitations," or "protecting self and loved ones," the path of the warrior has always involved one very special quality: the giving of self for the benefit of others.

Of course, there are those who call themselves warriors, and certainly live up to common perception and simplified definition of the term which implies "engaging in war, or conflict." But, the true warrior sees beyond their own ego-centric sense of self to the greater good and always uses the skills of violence and destruction as a last resort. Only after all other options have been exhausted, or the situation dictates that it is the only course of action, does the enlightened warrior fight.

Let us always be reminded of a long history passed to us by those who have given the ultimate gift, the gift of life, so that others may live in peace and comfort. Use the life stories of those who sacrificed the easy road of lackadaisical living for one of service. For, as the Japanese warrior teacher and 33rd Grandmaster of Togakure Ninjutsu, Toshitsugu Takamatsu once said, "No one would willingly choose to be a warrior - to choose to get up early in the morning and train for hours in cold, chafing armor, while others lie warm and sleeping next to a lover..." It is a heart-felt drive to do what must be done. To do what others can not or will not do.

This gift, or sacrifice, is rarely given with an expectation of a return or reward for the warrior. No, he or she gives of themselves, not for reward but, because they can. It's what they do. It's who they are.

At my own dojo ("training hall"; lit. "place where enlightenment takes place"), as with many other traditional martial arts academies that focus on this warrior ideal, we have an established set of beliefs and values that, together, express the heart of a warrior. It defines "us" and is a reminder for our staff, students, family members, and others. It is who 'we' are and what 'we' hold to be important in our world. Here are our Belief's and Values:

Without loyal clients, friends & family, nothing else matters

Our most valuable assets are our staff and our vision

There is great strength in numbers & what the world needs is more individuals who are powerful, confident and in-control of themselves and their lives

We are experts in the field of self-protection and personal development. That's it. That's what we do

We will strive to constantly improve our products, facilities, programs and services

We provide a support group and central meeting place for like-minded individuals seeking to unlock their untapped potential

There is enough lying, illusion and self-serving manipulation. We will always be honest with ourselves, our clients and our world

There is no purpose for warrior skills aside from the protection and security of life

Warriorship is much more than fighting for trophies or the job
of a soldier - it is a mindset and a way of life

Our corner of the world will be a better place because we arehere
Not only will our client's lives, homes & families be safer and happier, but our community as well because we enable our staff to serve with compensation

Life is Short

Dream Big - Play Hard - Laugh Often - Live Free - & Be Happy!

A moral code of action - a set of beliefs and values, when driven by and expressing the warrior's heart, is not only a set of beliefs or rules to follow, it is a promise. A promise to not only achieve one's goals, but, to help others and to leave the world a better place than we found it.

So, what are your belief's and values? What guides your Warrior's Heart?

 

If you're serious about women's self defense training, regardless of whether the training is for you or for someone else, you must approach the subject with knowledge and clarity. Without these two elements - the clarity about what it's like to be the smaller, weaker person, defending against a larger, stronger attacker coming at you with hatred, rage, and contempt...

...and the knowledge of how to use what you do have to bring the attacker down, quickly, easily, and with the least amount of wear-and-tear on yourself in the process.

The problem, however, with most martial arts and self-defense programs is that they don't make any distinction between self defense for men and women's self defense training. And that, is a dangerous problem!

If you're a woman, and your serious about getting effective women's self defense training, you must make sure that the program you're considering is either:

1) Designed with women in mind, or...

2) Taught using principles and concepts - not rigid, unchangeable techniques.

I know that this sounds obvious, but it bears pointing out: You are not a man!

Again, I know how obvious that sounds, but there is a lot of understanding that you will have to recognize and develop under neither that apparently simple statement.

The point here is this...

You should not be learning techniques that require you to need as much as, if not more, in the way of size, speed, or strength - as that of a man. Your training should not have you "muscling" anything to make it work.

If it does - run! Don't walk - run away from that school, that program, and that instructor.

If the techniques, strategies, and tactics that you're learning are not teaching you how to do what you need to do, and be effective, with as little effort as possible...

...if you are not learning to "fight smarter - not harder," then you need to find something else. Because...if you have to struggle to make a technique work in class, with someone who isn't really trying to hurt you - seriously - then how are you going to be able to survive an attack from a brutal male assailant who has size, strength, and the element of surprise in HIS favor?!

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3 Powerful Self Defense for Women Tactics

While some experts would debate whether or not self-defense training is or should be different for women, one only has to look at the facts to see the truth. These facts come in the form of crime statistics and reports that detail, not only the fact that a woman was the target of the attack, but also "how" and "why" she was attacked.

In addition to the fact that women will inevitably have to deal with many attacks that are less likely for men - attacks like...

1) Being slapped instead of punched

2) Being pinned and immobilized to be taken advantage of sexually, instead of being restrained for additional assailants to punch, kick, or bludgeon

Women also have at their disposal, a few techniques and tricks that just won't work for us guys.

I mean...Can you imagine a man...

1) Lifting or opening his shirt to expose his chest?

And yet, this unexpected move on the part of a female defender might just give her the time she needs to distract her would-be assailant before following up with a more permanently disabling move.

2) Using his purse as a weapon?

What purse, right?

I talk about this powerful tactic in my courses for women all the time. However, unlike other instructors, I don't have a woman go through her purse to inventory the contents as though each were a potential weapon. The truth here is that, if it's not already in your hand ladies, you're not going to be able to use it. However, I have seen what women put in their handbags and my advice them is...

...just use the purse!

3) Offering to let the assailant have his way with you?

I don't know about most of you guys but, unless I'm in a prison environment, which are not in my short OR long-term plans...

However, using the possibility of sex as a tool, regardless of whether the attacker was looking to rape his victim or not, could be a means to get him to drop his guard, or at least to get him into a different position where his strength and size are easier to deal with.

What I teach students in my articles, books, videos, and live programs may not be terribly popular with many people, but it doesn't change the fact that this is the way things are. And, if a woman truly wants to survive a dangerous attack, then she might want to add these suggestions to here little bag of tricks. They may require her to put her "princess-side" on the shelf momentarily, but I'm sure every women can muster just enough "she-devil" to do the trick!

Do you want to learn a few simple knife defense tips that might help save your life during a violent attack? If so, read on.

Some of the most dreaded confrontational situations that you can find yourself in are ones in which your opponent pulls a knife on you. When a knife appears in an attacker's hand, the stakes are instantly raised.

What knife defense techniques should you attempt, then, when you see the glint of light reflecting on a sharp blade? You might only have an instant to make a decision and the wrong one might be the last one that you ever make.

Tip Number 1:

Try to diffuse the situation while gaining distance. Sometimes a situation can get out of hand for everyone involved; there are times when even the one with the knife knows that things have gone too far.

Step away from your opponent slowly, try to lower the tension by means of conciliatory dialogue.

But don't turn your back on your attacker; you want to know where the knife is at all times because if you don't know where the knife is, it is almost impossible to mount a successful knife defense against it.

Tip Number 2:

The best defense might be a strong offense in many situations, but if tip number one fails to work - if your opponent can't be reasoned with - don't think about defeating your opponent, think about getting away safely.

That's right, the best knife defense is a safe escape. Remember, you can't do any of your cool moves if you are close enough to cut you easily!

Rather than attempting to grapple with or strike your opponent, focus on your body movement; on maneuvering yourself away from your opponent's knife; on unbalancing your opponent; on placing yourself in an advantageous position to flee.

Tip Number 3:

Use your environment to your advantage. Try to distract your opponent to give yourself a chance to escape or, if that fails to work, to protect yourself. An upturned stool can work as a simple, effective means of knife defense to help keep those slashes and stabs at bay.

Is there anything within easy reach that you can quickly pick up and throw as a distraction without taking your eyes off your attacker? Train yourself to recognize them so that you always have something to use.

Tip Number 4:

If you have no choice but to attempt a knife disarm, remember that complex, fancy techniques will probably be ineffective at best and get you stabbed at worst.

Pay close attention to your opponent's body language, because it often betrays movement before it has a chance to happen. Consider, though, that it takes training and experience to effectively read these sometimes subtle signs.

Don't go for the weapon, wait until an anticipated attack has been initiated and try to neutralize the hand and arm holding the blade. If a disarm fails, don't fumble around, trying to make it work. Instead, quickly disengage and regain your distance.

You'll notice that I have not written a step-by-step guide on how to actually attempt a knife disarm here. This is because knife defense disarming techniques are not things that you want to attempt after only reading an online article about them. Beware of practical-seeming disarming techniques that look good on paper, or in online videos, but don't work in real life!

To learn effective knife defense techniques you should seek out a qualified instructor with hands-on, real world experience in dealing with knife-wielding aggressors. Don't settle for less, and don't put your faith in luck to save your skin.

Effective knife defense and self-protection requires more than just a few "karate moves." It involves the ability to think strategically, and understand how to defend yourself with as little wear-and-tear on you as possible.

Are you a woman looking to learn effective, reliable, and practical self-defense? The truth is that, in the world of women's self-defense training, there is a lot of misunderstanding about what you need to know to survive. But, one thing is certain, if you really want to be able to survive a brutal attack, you had better be clear about where the threat may come from, and from whom!

In other articles about women's self-defense and having the ability to defend yourself against bigger, stronger, and intensely determined attackers, I have talked about having the proper attitude, and developing the survivor's mindset. To have the right attitude, you must be able to see the value in yourself, and be committed to surviving an attack - no matter what.

In order to develop the proper mindset, you must be able to identify the actual, or most likely, threats that you as a woman will have to face. Statistically speaking, most women that encounter violence or sexual assault are assaulted by someone they know. I'm not going to bore you with a bunch of statistics, but as a minimum in order to be able to effectively protect yourself...

...you should know that 40% of all rapes take place in a victim's home, and another 20% take place in a friend or relatives home. Also, approximately 70% of rape victims know their attacker. Therefore, from a women's sel-defense standpoint, you have to be aware of where and to whom you are most vulnerable in order to protect yourself effectively.

The bottom line is this, no matter what the statistics say, when it comes to effective and reliable women's self-defense training, each woman has her own unique life, and therefor will have to be prepared to protect herself somewhere she normally finds herself.

That means that, if you;re ever attacked, everything will depend on your own unique situation. The risk factor and most dangerous places for a single woman going to college will be different than for a woman in a stable marriage - who is a homemaker. However, that does not mean one should not have a plan for a place that they are unlikely to encounter something, because you always have to be prepared.

In reality, if you are a woman and you are isolated from everything or everyone else, then you need to have a plan of defense in place. You need to know the critical principles and concepts upon which all tactics, techniques and strategies are built, so that you can create a sound plan of escape, evasion, or counter-attack should you need to.

Unfortunately, the most likely place for any woman to be assaulted or raped is in her own home, in a friend's home, or in the surrounding area. Other places that are dangerous for women are their workplace, public parks, parking garages, colleges etc... A lot of places do not have to be desolate or dark to have to protect yourself. You could be walking at the park, a van drive up, someone jump out, pull you in, and drive off. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen.

The question is, as a starting point, do you have a plan of action for each of the places that are close to home, in your home, or familiar to you? After all, these are the places that will give you the greatest advantage over your attacker! Everything else becomes more and more difficult due to the unfamiliarity and disorientation that you will be facing.

After identifying the location(s) where you will be the most vulnerable, you need to identify the people who put you at the most risk. In actuality, if you have never had an incident with that person before, then you really do not know if they are a threat or not. Usually more often than not, it is someone you are either related too, know professionally, a friend or an acquaintance. Please know that I'm not out to make you paranoid about the people in your life. Just prepared.

If you think it will be difficult to strike, kick, or break the body of a complete stranger - if you can just imagine the shock and disbelief of being attacked by someone you've never met...

...imagine what that's going to feel like when the attacker turns out to be someone you know and love?

Have you ever heard someone say that it seems like family and friends will cheat you before a stranger does? The reason for that is because they are the ones that you trust the most, and you let them get closer to you than you ever would a stranger.

In the context of women's self-defense, the same is true; except that you are trusting them with something much more valuable than money... your life.

I will also say it again; that does not mean you rule out strangers and go around in public with your "eyes wide shut". This also doesn't mean that you should alienate everyone in your life.

What I mean is that to protect yourself with a balanced, aware, and objective women's self-defense attitude and mindset, you must understand, that the people you know could end up being the most likely culprits. If you have one of your acquaintances that stops by when he knows your home alone, they could be looking for an opportunity. It could also be a stranger saying he needs to make a call because his car broke down.

Either way, when that women's self-defense sixth-sense kicks in (regardless of where you are), make sure that you listen to it. Do not feel pressured or be "guilt-ed" or coerced into allowing them to come into your home. Listen to your intuition and, when the hair on the back of your neck raises, it means you're in danger and someone has a bad intention for you. Regardless though...

...with the proper training in effective and practical women's self-defense techniques, tactics, strategies and skills - you "will" be able to protect yourself.

Effective women's self defense requires more than just a few "karate moves." It involves the ability to think strategically, and understand how to defend yourself with as little wear-and-tear on you as possible - against an attacker who will be bigger, stronger, and determined to succeed!

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Benjamin Brudnicki and Mike Vaders posing after earning their Jr. Black Belts.

Ben Brudnicki and Mike Vaders test for their Jr. Black Belt on Saturday, September 15th. The test went extremely well and the energy was upbeat and entertaining. Although the test took a little more than 3 hours, both of these young men kept going until the end of it all. The test required them to know a variety of different information. In order to earn their Jr. Black Belt they needed to demonstrate a number of different things. Although this list does not include everything they were required to know in case they were tested, it does include the majority of what they were asked today in order to accomplish their goal and earn their black belts. Here are some of what was required of these guys including:

  • All past Japanese vocabulary words for all 5 Modules.
  • All history and information from Module 1 through Module 5.
  • They had to give a written account of 6 techniques they were going to demonstrate, and demonstrate those techniques.
  • Proper rolling to escape locks, holds, and throws.
  • Free sparring with Shihan Miller for 2 minutes each.
  • Not get hit by a Shinai, Shihan Miller's choice on type of strike.
  • And way more that doesn't end with the stress they had to cope with.

Check out the video and pictures below to see how well they did!

There has been a surge of social media posts in the local Greater Susquehanna Valley lately of women and their children being stalked in local shopping centers. There are a few things that can be done in order to help keep you and your loved ones safe before it ever gets to the point of a physical abduction or attack.

Here are 3 powerful tips to help keep you and your children safe. Although these are basic strategies and ideas, they are a great start toward saving the life of those you care about most, including yourself.

1. The first tip is to pay attention. Keep an eye on your surroundings and your children. It takes less than 10 seconds in a public location such as Wal-Mart for someone to grab your child and leave without anyone even noticing. It is essential that you keep your children within eyesight at all times and never let them get more than a few steps away from you.

It is also important to pay attention to your surroundings and anything that seems out of place or out of the norm. One tactic that is used, for example, is to place a $100 bill in the windshield wiper of your vehicle. As you are distracted chasing the money they grab you or your child and run. If you notice that someone or a group of people seem to be watching you and following you around the store it is essential that you don't ignore it. It could be what saves your life.

2. If you notice something out of the ordinary you should immediately get yourself and your kids to safety. This doesn't mean jumping in your car and running home. It means getting to the front counter or help desk and informing them of what is happening. You may be wrong and you may appear paranoid, however, it is better to appear paranoid than to ignore it out of fear of looking silly. Ignoring it could leave a mountain of regret so get past your fear of looking stupid and go tell someone who can help.

3. Start paying attention to situations and opportunities that someone would have to get to you or your children. Where in your life do you travel that would be the perfect location to grab you or your children? Do your children go to the bus stop alone? Do you work some place that has an open parking lot making it easy to grab you there? Do you drop your children off at after school activities without walking them in and out?

It is essential to evaluate those parts of your life that make you vulnerable and open to surprise attack. Do not be lulled into a sense of security simply because you believe it cannot happen to you or those you love. Being in denial is the biggest reason most people never take action, and why those same people end up being a victim.

Sadly the majority of women who take our rape prevention classes are women who have already been a victim and never want it to happen again. We wish more women would enroll into these programs BEFORE they become a victim so that we can provide them with the necessary skills to prevent that from happening.

Take advantage of our 6-week special right now in order to gain some basic skills for keeping you and your loved ones safe. This program includes:

There have been countless reports of women and children being stalked in the Central Susquehanna Valley at locations such as Coal Township's Wal-Mart, the Selinsgrove Wal-Mart, and other locations in our area.

Once you or your children have been taken it's to late to wish you would have done something different. Here are some tips to help keep you and your children safe, however, without training on how to avoid these situations and stay safe before it gets physical, the chances of survival are extremely slim.

You can get started now by visiting http://sunburymartialarts.com/membership-options/

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5 Steps for Quick Change

We all search for ways to develop results in our lives as quickly and easily as possible. Although there is no magic bullet that solves every problem, there are techniques, strategies, and skills that you can develop in order to properly prepare yourself for the best odds of being successful possible.

Our minds are incredibly powerful tools that can create change quickly in our lives. The ability to vizualise is essential, and we are going to take a look at how to tap into this powerful tool in order to create change as fast and as easily as possible.

The first step in this process is to think about something you want to develop in yourself. This may be anything from building confidence to overcoming a fear. Once you recognize what it is you want to improve or develop within yourself, think back to a time in the near past in which you were faced with a situation where you were faced with this fear or lack of this trait in yourself.

The second step in the process is to replay the scenario in your mind, but to view it as a third person watching you and the other person or people during this scenario. Look for a moment in the situation where you could have responded differently and more in alignment with how you would like to respond in similar situations and circumstances.

The third step is to create a new ending for the movie in your mind. How would you react or respond in that same situation if you were able to do so exactly as you wished? What would that part of the movie look like? When you create this part of your mental movie, play it over a few times in your head.

The next step is to begin your visualization again from the beginning. This time you will stop at the spot in your movie that we identified before. Once you reach this part of your imagery, replace the last part of your mental movie with the ending you just created.

The last and final step in this process is to replay the new movie over and over again in your mind, but do it from your own point of view, through your own eyes. Since your mind is unable to tell the difference between physical reality and mental thoughts, it will program itself to respond according to your programming in any given situation. The more you play your mental movie in your mind, the more you are going to be able to respond that way when you are in a similar situation in the future.

Creating change requires a simple and small set of tools, yet they are far from easy to develop and use properly. Understanding how the principles in this technique work will allow you to gain control of your mind in ways you never imagined, and to create things in your life you never dreamed possible. Give it a try and watch how quickly you begin to recognize a difference in the results you get in various areas of your life.