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How we process fear

When studying self-defense, it’s important to understand just what you are protecting yourself from. Having an honest understanding of what you are facing is the key to honing a mindset relative to a problem at hand. In general, we don’t want to be controlled by our fear. What we should do is use our fear as an indication to be vigilant and prepared.

When self-created fears start to get in the way of good-natured vigilance, that’s when issues get overcomplicated. A general example from the martial arts is either lacking information or laying too much importance on the wrong information. In either of those cases, you’ll end up filling in the blanks with personal fears.

A tengu from lore, said to lure 
the faithful off the path.

In self-defense, we want to avoid being controlled by something that is not happening now.

That also goes for the fear of being seen as weak. This type of fear can put us directly in the line of danger (the “it-can’t-happen-to-me” syndrome).

It’s so important to find a balanced approach to processing fear. It is possible to find it in studying the ways we stay safe in the interest of the well-being of ourselves and others (self-defense).

…Or as my dad would say: “Don’t act like a darned fool: act for yourself, and act accordingly for those around you.”

Chuden boot camp going on now: a glimpse of the basics from the floor

Demonstration of shaku ken, a historic technique, in leadership class

Morning at Boston Martial Arts Center

Saturday leadership Training

Advanced movement skill training

Saturday class warm-up, doing hira no kamae

On the floor at BMAC Winter Boot Camp 2018…

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 help you control and direct your body energy to stay safe.

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 their way back to zero, to find a path to dissolving the conflict. In this year’s Winter Boot Camp, we’ll look at how to get back to zero by examining techniques from “Chuden,” the middle level of Ninpo Taijutsu.

Training consists of three days of instruction and practice in which we will build out fundamental methods before advancing to applications in context. We will start with the basics on Friday and proceed to advanced training by the end of Saturday, acquiring the tools needed to gain a high level of skill in old-school personal protection. Sunday will give you the opportunity to see how these methods work in today’s world by learning how they worked in the past.


The Basics  |  Friday, December 6, 9:30am – 3:00pm
Strategy and Methods  |  Saturday, December 7, 9:30am – 9:00pm
Application Day  |  Sunday, December 8, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Boston Martial Arts Center
161 Harvard Ave, Suite 4E
Boston, MA 02134

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