The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully

School age bullying is a major problem in the world today.  Millions of kids around the world are victims of bullying on a regular basis.  The effects of this bullying can be both costly and long lasting.  Situations that frighten us when we’re very young stay with us throughout our lives.  Bullying can keep children from learning how toContinue reading “The Self-Defense Mindset: The First Step in Handling A Bully”

A Non-Violent Martial Art

In my neighborhood, there was once an Aikido studio with a giant banner that read “A Non-Violent Martial Art”.  The studio was located right off the freeway exit to my neighborhood so I would drive by it often.  Unfortunately, this studio is no longer there.  Like several other martial arts studios, they closed when the COVID pandemic continuedContinue reading “A Non-Violent Martial Art”

What is the Best Martial Art?

There are countless articles online and in magazines ranking martial art styles or claiming this style or that style is the best or most effective.  While I enthusiastically read all of these articles, I also cringe nearly every time.  The reason I cringe is because it is impossible to rank or claim which martial art is theContinue reading “What is the Best Martial Art?”

The Self-Defense Myth: A Little Does NOT Go a Long Way

I can defend myself because I took a self-defense class 5 years ago.  I can defend myself because I have a red belt in karate.  I feel confident I can defend myself because I watched a video on YouTube.  I will be fine if I get attacked because I put pepper spray in my bag. On their own,Continue reading “The Self-Defense Myth: A Little Does NOT Go a Long Way”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense

In part 7 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of self-defense, ho sin sul, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  It can be somewhat confusing when referring to ho sin sul as self-defense; isn’t the entire art of Tang Soo Do for self-defense?  HoContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Self-Defense”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring

In part 6 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of free sparring, ja yu dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  As three step sparring is an extension of one step sparring, free sparring is an extension of three step sparring.  The gapContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Free Sparring”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Three Step Sparring

In part 5 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of three step sparring, sam soo sik dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  Three step sparring in some regards is just an extension of one step sparring so many of the sameContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – Three Step Sparring”

The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – One Step Sparring

In part 4 of this series, I will be going over the purpose of one step sparring, ill soo sik dae ryun, and how this aspect of Tang Soo Do training fits into the global self-defense system.  One step sparring is probably the area of training that takes the most criticism.   When someone sees one stepContinue reading “The Purpose of Tang Soo Do (Karate) – One Step Sparring”

The Self-Defense Mindset

Have you ever noticed there are those people out there that you see walking around and say to yourself, “I wouldn’t mess with that guy!”  Sometimes it is their sheer size or the way they dress but often times it is their demeanor.  The first thing everyone needs to know in order to defend themselves is theyContinue reading “The Self-Defense Mindset”