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Breathing for Self Defense

It’s so important to study breathing for self defense. When adrenaline rushes into you body and you heart rate goes up, body function changes, and you need to be able to use natural breathing suited to what is happening—whatever it may be. Honing this ability will...
Chuden – 2019 Winter Boot Camp

Chuden – 2019 Winter Boot Camp

December 6, 7, 8, 2019 There are many ways to measure victory. In a serious conflict, getting back to the state of non-conflict is crucial. You could call that victory “getting back to zero.” When dealing with overwhelming power and strength, the ninja needed to find...
Studying martial arts for personal protection

Studying martial arts for personal protection

The main reason I started studying martial arts was for personal protection and self defense. Teaching it allowed me to help others defend themselves, too. But I also train and teach traditional martial arts. Some people ask me: why specifically traditional martial...

How learning martial arts makes you safer

A lot of people equate martial arts training with self-defense. While there is so much more to martial arts than that, the training statistically keeps people safer. And most of the reasons are not about punching and kicking. Through the training, students learn to be...

Am I too old to start martial arts?

Learn martial arts at any age Guest Post by Kerry Kokkinogenis One of my favorite quotes, from an advanced practitioner of martial arts, is “The white belt is the hardest to earn; mine took 30 years!” Mine took me nearly 40 to earn. Other practitioners start as small...

Why Should Kids do Martial Arts?

Guest Post by Cynthia Miller Ready for class to start “Can’t you just tell a kid who grew up doing martial arts?” I heard the gentleman say to a few of the other parents who were gathered, either arriving or about to depart after the day’s classes. I had recently been...

When studying martial arts to protect yourself

When studying martial arts to protect yourself, you first have to understand and learn how to use your body and mind effectively. Looking at the fundamentals arts of self-defense, there are tools that will ready your body to stay safe in a conflict. In each class, we...
Perception and Martial Arts

Perception and Martial Arts

Sitting in a field, overlooking Boston area watching the sunset on July 4, 2015. The other day I was driving by a state park in western Massachusetts and I happened to notice some deer. I pulled the car to the side of the road to observe them. The deer noticed me and...

Kukishinden Ryu Seminar in Bojutsu, Kenjutsu, and Taijutsu

Join us June 13 – June 14 2015 at Boston Martial Arts Center for Kukishinden Ryu martial arts as we study bojutsu (moving with a 6-foot long staff), kenjutsu (working with a sword), and taijutsu (hand-to-hand)! In the beginning, as with anything, we start with...