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November Newsletter 11/06/07

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This month's issue includes:

1. Latest Budoshin News: AJA Western Region Fall Tournament.

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month: Are Drive-up ATMs Safer?

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Gun Defense - Robbery.

4. Up-coming Seminars: "World's Most Powerful Striking Techniques"

5. Our Classes: Come Visit a Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo

1. Latest Budoshin News

The Santa Clarita Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo hosted the American Ju-Jitsu Association Western Region Freestyle Kata Tournament, Saturday, Nov. 3rd, at Valencia High School.

Students and Sensei alike, participated in this year's tournament. There were approximately 35 competitors in five separate divisions, from beginners all the way to Black Belts. Competitors came from all over Southern California.

It is always good to see a lot of competitors in both the Purple and Brown Belt divisions. This shows a high level of commitment and a great ability for sensei to retain students for the long term. The competition in these divisions is an excellent indicator of how well students are progressing in their training.

The competition was at the highest level I have seen in several years. The students were obviously well prepared by their sensei for this year's competition. The techniques were quite varied and indicated a great enthusiasm for the art of Jujitsu. Congratulations to all who participated, and especially to those who won trophies for their fine performances.

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month

Are Drive-up ATMs Safer than Walk-up ATMs?

Many banks have drive-up ATMs, and most people prefer them for two reasons. First, they are too lazy to get out of their car even to walk to the ATM. But besides that, people seem to think that they are safer than the walk-up ATM, because if anything happens, they can quickly drive away.

For the most part, that is true. Unfortunately, crooks have figured out how to get your money no matter what you do.

There have been instances reported of people driving up to ATMs, but the car in front of them doesn't fully pull away. It moves forward just enough for the victim to get to the ATM and begin their transaction, but doesn't leave the victims car any room to escape. The victim thinks the "previous customer" has just been courteous and moved forward while they count their money or check their receipt.

That is not what is going on. The car in front is only watching for the right moment, usually just as you are entering your PIN, for someone to jump out, run back and snatch your money or put a gun in your face. There have even been instances where the bandits worked in teams of two cars, and one also pulled in behind so that the victim is unable to back up, either.

The key to avoiding this crime is to remain aware of your surroundings at all times. If you pull up to an ATM, make sure the car in front completely leaves the scene, and you have a clear avenue of escape, before you ever put your card in the machine. Usually, it is just someone counting their money. But it is always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Gun Defense - Robbery

Speaking of ATMs...

What if you are at a walk-up ATM and someone sticks a gun in your back?

One important thing to remember: criminals are lousy shots. So, your best self-defense technique is to RUN! Police statistics show that your chances of being hit, even if the criminal shoots at you, are very small. But if you can't get away, because you are pinned into a small space, then...

Go to (copy or click on the link above) and see the rest of this technique. There are also plenty of articles and other insights on the website that will help you with your training.

4. Up-coming Seminars

There is still time to register and get the discounted rate!

"The World's Most Powerful Striking Techniques"
Taught by Sensei Mark Jordan, Godan, Budoshin Jujitsu.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007.
Location: Harvard-Westlake High School, 3700 Coldwater Canyon, Studio City, CA, 91604.
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (check-in starts at 9:30), lunch is included.

Improve Your Striking Techniques!

Striking techniques are the mainstay of the martial arts. Even grapplers understand that a well-rounded martial artist must have an understanding of striking techniques. Real-world evidence shows that most throws and joint locks won't work on the street without first slowing your opponent down with a well-executed striking technique.

You may not know it, but the striking techniques of jujitsu are some of the most powerful and most effective of any martial art. What you learn in this course will enlighten even the most experienced martial artist. You will leave with a complete understanding of martial arts striking that only a few people know.

If you attend only one training seminar this year, this is the one you don't want to miss! Go to the website now and find out more about this seminar. Also find out how you, as a subscriber to this newsletter, can receive a special discount on the admission fee.

Click on this link "The World's Most Powerful Striking Techniques" or copy and past the following address into your browser, to go directly to the website information page:

Register now! Space is limited, and this course will not be offered again until 2009.

5. Our Classes

Come visit, or join our classes. You will enjoy the benefit of enhancing your present training with our instruction in Traditional Japanese Jujutsu.

North Hollywood (Studio City) Location: Harvard-Westlake High School, 3700 Coldwater Canyon.
Tuesday evenings, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Saturday mornings, 9:00 Am to Noon.

Santa Clarita (Canyon Country) Location: North Oaks Park,
27824 N. Camp Plenty Rd.
Monday and Thursday evenings, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

Find out more about the Santa Clarita dojo at:

Our Studio City location also offers courses in:

Combat Jujitsu

Essential Self-Defense (10-Lesson Course)

And Coming Soon! American Judo: the ultimate in MMA training.

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November Newsletter 11/06/07