Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More pictures from the 1st degree black belt grading

Reese Wunnink - 1st Degree Black Promotion

After 9 years of training at Seabrook Martial Arts Academy, last night I promoted Reese Wunnink to 1st Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate. For the final portion of his testing, Reese had to fight 4 black belts at the same time: Matt Trejo (4th Degree), John McDonald (4th Degree), Brennan Weatherhead (3rd Degree), and Vince Brock (1st Degree). Reese Wunninck is the 32nd student I have promoted to 1st Degree Black belt level since opening my school 23 years ago. Congratulations Reese!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pictures from my seminar at Southwell's Can-Am Camp

Here are a couple of photos from my seminar at the Can-Am Camp. As always, it's a huge honor to be able to teach at the same event as Grandmaster Larry Tatum.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Grandmaster Larry Tatum Seminar

Tonight I had the opportunity to teach a seminar at Southwell's Can-Am Kenpo Camp. My seminar consisted of footwork drills (both offensive and defensive), single-hand collar grab defenses, front choke defenses, bear hug defenses from the front, mount escapes, and the Americana Armlock from the mount. After my seminar, Grandmaster Larry Tatum taught the 8 considerations of combat, as well as Delayed Sword, Sword of Destruction, Deflecting Hammer, Captured Twigs, Grasp of Death, Checking the Storm, Mace of Aggression, Attacking Mace, and Triggered Salute. Such an honor to be able to teach at the same event, and to learn from one of the best Kenpo black belts of all time.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The problem with training jiu jitsu for sport

One of the biggest problems with many sport Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools is because you aren't allowed to strike (e.g., punch, kick) in tournaments, instructors put little to no emphasis on street self-defense against common striking attacks in their schools. For this reason, I can't say enough about how impressed I am with the Gracie Jiu Jitsu curriculum as taught be Rener and Ryron Gracie at Gracie University. Their focus is 100% street survival, as taught by their grandfather, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. I recommend Gracie Jiu Jitsu to everyone who is interested in learning street self-defense and want to improve their physical and mental health.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Chantel meets E.L. James!

Guess who Chantel got to meet today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? E.L. James, author of the famous Fifty Shades books!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tip for defending against a toe hold

If you get caught in a toe hold, turn 90 degrees on the same angle as your big toe and then the toe hold is no longer effective.