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What's On My Mind? The Secret to Self Defense

I've been thinking...

I've been in the martial arts for a long time. And maybe there aren't any real "secrets" to the martial arts, but there are some truths. These truths seem to become more and more clear the longer I've been doing martial arts.

As time goes on I'm realizing more that I need to do less. What I mean by that: the better I get at some basic defense moves, the more situations they work in. Meaning, I can reduce the techniques that I feel that I really need into less and less moves.

So, as time goes on, I'm getting better at doing less. And I like to pass this on in my classes. I play the percentages. If a certain move would work 90% of the time in a self defense situation, maybe we should practice that 90% more than some other technique that wouldn't be as useful much of the time? That makes sense.

What I've done is create a self defense Swill Army Knife. Those little knives seem to always have what you need (except the tooth pick, that thing always goes missing). I know I still have my Swiss Army Knife that my Dad gave me when I was a kid and I still use it pretty often.

So that is what I like to pass onto others: a self defense Swiss Army Knife. It's about 8 techniques that you can learn quickly. Sure, it takes longer to really get good at them and gain that confidence in them, but I can teach them pretty quick to get you on your way towards confidence in your personal safety.

If you are interested in learning these techniques I would need about 90 minutes of your time. Let me know if I can help. Email me at: -john g

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