Martial Arts

Krav Maga: So One May Walk in Peace

Unless you've been living under a rock you have probably heard of the hottest system of self defense to hit the scene called Krav Maga. For those of you out there who haven’t heard about it, it is the official hand to hand combat system used by the Israeli Military. It was designed to be stupid simple and brutally effective.

Seminar: Multiple Threat Engagement (06/29/2013)

Join Josh Sager (New Jersey Personal Defense Academy) and Jon Haas (Warrior Fitness) for a self defense seminar — Multiple Threat Engagement — on June 29th, 2013. This is a unique opportunity to learn protection of self and others against multiple attackers.

Train Like You Fight, Because You’ll Fight Like You Train

I have very fond memories of my early martial arts training experiences. The majority of my development as a martial artist in my youth was spent doing Goju Ryu and Tae Kwon Do, both of which are heavy in the kicking and punching department. While I am grateful for the amount of hours spent on the mat working through one-step and three-step sparring drills to build muscle memory, it took many years to realize that the training I had been doing for such a long time was, in reality, going to get me seriously injured (or perhaps even killed) if I ever had to protect myself in real life.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Training “Techniques”

At a recent Women’s Empowerment Workshop where I had just finished teaching a two-hour session covering Systema for self-defense, one of the participants asked, "What is the main difference between Russian Martial Art and other forms of martial art?" I responded by saying that in RMA we do not study techniques, per se, but rather we study concepts and principles, and ways to manipulate a human being so that an appropriate response can be improvised on demand for any situation given the unique circumstances of that particular situation.

Safeguard Yourself From Crime

We asked our friend to write a primer on home and personal safety measures you can take to safeguard yourself from crime.

My Journey to Aikido: An Early Observation

My attempt to learn Martial Arts at 42 years old is no midlife crisis. Being a teacher of both swimming and drums, I've seen many adults looking to accomplish something they have always had an interest in. My passion to accomplish this particular goal is no different.
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Pronia and Abdication

If you ask any person, “would you protect yourself if attacked?” or “would you protect a loved one from violence?” the answer is usually YES! But ask that same person to keep in shape, dedicate some time to study with a qualified teacher of combatives/martial arts, or simply set some time aside to visit a seminar or training course on the subject and pretty quickly you will see the positive numbers drop.

Top Five Favorite Martial Arts Books

I am what you would call an avid reader. Some would even say my reading habit borders on a reading obsession since at any one time I can be found to have at least three, sometimes four books going simultaneously. I have several on my nightstand next to my bed, a couple on the coffee table downstairs, one or two on the kitchen counter and, of course, my bathroom book. So when NJPDA asked me to write a guest blog post on my Top Five Favorite Martial Arts books, I was, shall we say, more than psyched to do it!

Join Our New Google+ Community

As NJPDA ramps things up for 2013, I’ve created a new Google+ community called “Personal Defense and Protecting Others.” I envision this community being a great resource for instructors, students and interested citizens alike. Organic is the key, and so over time the community will itself dictate how it’s used and what information is […]