Why We Use Canes

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Most self-defense programs are made up of striking or grappling techniques.  A few self-defense systems use techniques from both.  Striking and grappling techniques can both be effective but sometimes a defender needs an equalizer.  Policeman carry night sticks and tasers for this reason. The laws of the United States ban most weapons but one tool legal to carry anywhere is

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Are Forms Important for Martial Arts?

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     The legendary Bruce Lee wrote an article for Black Belt magazine many years ago that challenged the efficiency and efficacy of kata, forms or pattern training.  Ever since that article, many other martial artists have begun to challenge or question the need for forms training.  Since I am dedicated to teaching self defense, you would think that I might

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Can You Create Something Great After 4 Years?

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     A common myth in martial arts is that a master studies for 40 years, develops an almost superhuman understanding of self-defense, creates the perfect system and turns out generations of unbeatable fighters.  Prior to the popularity of mixed martial arts, many of the magazines such as Black Belt were full of stories about which martial art was the best.  

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