Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Self-Defense in Arizona

The author several years ago at the University of Wyoming. You can probably date this photo by the computer.

Karate, self-defense, martial arts, kobudo - one needs to be prepared to defend oneself - especially in a classroom where the only people allowed to carry weapons are criminals. There are many dangerous people in Phoenix (as well as Congress), but let's focus on the ones we can do something about. If some thug attacks and you don't have quick access to a gun, some form of pepper spray, or other weapons; remember you have feet, hands, knees, elbows, car keys, magazines, books, coins, cane, belt, rings, etc. You just need to learn to use these for self-defense.

Taking a short course or a one day clinic at a MMA school or police station is not going to help much. A person needs to practice constantly and learn to punch with power and focus. Think of martial arts, or karate, as a form of physical exercise - like going to the gym, but now you also have an added benefit of getting into great shape and learning how to defend yourself.

Okinawa karate has been a successful form of self-defense for centuries. This is because it was taught as a weapon, not sport! It is the constant drilling and building of muscle memory under the watchful eyes of an experienced instructor that helps build self-defense abilities.

Attacks on senior citizens and women have become epidemic since 2008. In the cities of New York and Brooklyn, teens roam streets searching for senior-citizens, as they are cowards  - something all too common in larger cities. Our politicians and the white house no longer work for the people, but now work to harass and divide the people and search for ways to pick on the police and honest citizens.

Car keys can start a car and defend against an attacker when
used properly. These and other ancient and modern tools are
taught at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa.
Recently, a 60-year old woman was attacked and beaten in Phoenix while walking down a street. If only this woman was trained in self-defense and had been walking with a cane or car keys, maybe she could have turned the tide and beaten this coward. And it wasn't all that long ago that a priest was killed and another beaten in Phoenix. Isn't it time to turn the tables on many of these attackers! Traditional karate and kobudo classes will help prepare you in case you are attacked and will make you feel much better.

As a member of a rock n' roll band, we all grew our hair
and then had to learn how to defend it. The author stands
in front with the Gibson firebird electric guitar in the 

Churchmen band.
Some years ago, I played electric guitar in a rock n' roll band - it was not popular to have long hair. in this days. So, all four members of our band signed up for martial arts lessons at one of only two martial arts schools in our city at the time.  We learned how to defend ourselves using our hands and feet, but there was never any discussion about weapons that are all around us: car keys, pens, pencils magazines, rocks, belts, etc. So we had to live with our God-given appendages.

Later, something happened that was not exactly planned. We learned to break rocks in our karate class (rocks were much more affordable than boards in those days). One day during physical education at my high school, I decided to show off my new talent to a couple of the other guys in my class. I picked up a rock and broke it with my hand. It was like dropping a lit match in dry brush. Word spread like a wild fire all around school. Soon, no one in high school would cross my path - they all heard about what I could do to a rock - and possibly to them. It wasn't what I had really intended - all I was doing was showing off, but it worked in my favor.

I've wondered if this might work for school teachers. On the first day of class - break a rock for the students and continue with your lecture with no explanation as to why your broke the rock.
Teaching students at the University of Wyoming a little about geology and
more about karate - breaking rocks with one's hands.



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