Introducing Our New Black Belt

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On April 27, 2013, on what would have been his grandfather and namesake’s 71st birthday, Ken “Trey” Zimmerman III became the first black belt in the Zimmerman Self-Defense System under his father Ken Zimmerman Jr. “Trey” began studying martial arts shortly before his fifth birthday.  “Trey” has trained in Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Gojo Shroei Weapons System.  His goals

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Theodore Roosevelt on Judo

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Theodore Roosevelt served as the twenty-sixth President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.  TR is famous for the “Strenuous Life”.  He practiced boxing and wrestling through his twenties and thirties.  What is not as widely known is that he practiced Judo around 1904, when he was in his mid-40s. Roosevelt would eventually earn a brown belt in Judo.  Yoshiaki

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Can TKD Learn from MMA?

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Despite its worldwide popularity and it’s rank as the most popular martial art in the United States,  (TKD) is beginning to lose some of it’s luster due to its perceived lack of success in Mixed Martial Arts.   (MMA) is the biggest thing to hit the martial arts world since Jigaro Kano decided to go to a colored and black belt system to denote rank within his school,

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Why Do Traditionalist Despise MMA?

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Why do traditional martial artists continue to despise the lessons of mixed martial arts? I am amazed that twenty years after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 1, traditional martial arts still feel that they have nothing to learn from MMA. One of the Taekwondo tournaments, where I used to referee, has a submission grappling division.  When I had a break, I would

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Martin “Farmer” Burns

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Martin “Farmer” Burns was a professional catch-as-catch can wrestler as well as wrestling and physical cultural trainer.  He had success as a professional wrestler even winning the American Heavyweight Championship.  However, he is more famous as a wrestling trainer. Martin “Farmer” Burns was born February 15, 1861 in Cedar County, Iowa.  Both then and now, wrestling is in an Iowan’s blood.  Burns

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