This is eleven year old Alex. A gold belt in our Goju-ryu Karate program. He suffered his first and hopefully only bloody nose while sparring. We do not advocate punching to the face in sparring. We don’t encourage attempting to hurt our fellow sparring opponents. But, this is martial arts and it’s definitely not checkers. Occasionally, one zigs and he should have zagged. So, the bloody nose, albeit, unfortunate, is also treated as a right of passage. What is impressive is the perspective he offers in the video, and that he realized he is not made of paper. Finally, it’s impressive that the ill placed shot to the nose made him motivated while sparring versus breaking down and shutting down. Martial arts is supposed to make us more durable and more confident in our ability to handle obstacles, pressure, and adversity. Alex shows a lot of maturity in the brief interview and a great deal of perspective. To an eleven year old a bloody nose is a big deal, and he handled it just fine.


Here is another Goju-ryu video. The simultaneous defend and attack are not unique to Krav Maga, as you can view in the video. In Goju-ryu we build one up slowly, which is why they are holding their punches in place for said block. Eventually, the block and punch are practiced on a live punch.


Great video! I would love to add this drill to the Goju-ryu and krav maga program. But, we have to get better at our roundhouse kicks.

These are two top level goju-ryu black belts in Okinawa. The kicker should rotate is plant/base foot more. Other than that- impressive.

Watch the video and we will talk afterwards.

Do you think your thumbs could join together in this eagle block and stop the downward thrust of a 250 pound man? If you crisscross two toothpicks would you be able to stop the downward swing of a baseball bat? No. So, the very first thing in the defense, which is the block to save your life would fail. If you get stabbed once chances are you will be stabbed time and time again. Where is the combative to take the attackers balance or focus away? I could go on and on. This is not an attack on this martial arts man in the video. This is simply an example of why I believe Krav Maga offers an effective and practical self defense system.

Please do not think I am criticizing styles or systems. I am Goju-ryu through and through. I love traditional martial arts. This is not a criticism of entire styles or systems. My critiques remain finite. We are simply taking a look at the way most traditional programs teach specific threats such as weapons or chokes or grabs. In these specific scenarios the leaner a defense is the better. The more quickly a combative is delivered the better. The defense should be instinctive and gross motor skill based. If a woman could really make it work against a larger male, then it certainly is a good defense.


Probably need to copy and paste this link. So, I find the video and report very compelling. Martial arts is a three prong deal. We seek to improve ourselves physically, mentally, and spiritually. Nutrition and longevity go hand in hand. Certainly luck and genetics play a factor as well. As stated in the report almost every single major defect or disease can be attributed to a high free radical count in the human body. Apparently this product is a straight up ninja of containing and defeating the naturally occurring free radicals in our bodies. The fact that this product and the video are part of a non-bias ABC News Report, is quite fascinating, and lends the product instant credibility. I will purchase a bottle and try it out. Remember nutrition is a huge part of what we do as martial artists.

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