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February Newsletter 02/22/08

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This month's issue includes:

1. Latest Budoshin News: New Year's Resolutions.

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month: Are You a Cop?

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Knife Defense - Knife Threat.

4. Up-coming Seminars: Advance Your Training.

5. Our Classes: Come Visit a Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo.

1. Latest Budoshin News

I don't know about you, but my New Year's Resolutions have already been flushed down the toilet. It was my goal to be better organized and to stay on top of the most important projects, like this newsletter. Well, you know what they say about the "best laid plans of mice and men..."

I have no idea what that means, but, that's what they say. Anyway, a string of several minor emergencies have kept me from getting this newsletter out for much too long. However, I think I now have things back under my control. If all goes according to plan, I will be able to publish this newsletter every month, and on time. I want to thank you all for being patient.

If you have any suggestions, or subjects you would like me to address, feel free to send me an email at:

I would love to hear from you.

Now, on to the good stuff...

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month

Martial Arts vs. Self-Defense

No matter what you have been told, there is a BIG difference between Martial Arts and Self Defense.

Self-defense is the ability to ESCAPE a bad situation, unharmed. Unless you are a law enforcement officer, you have no obligation to subdue an assailant. Submissions are not necessary in self-defense. Just get away! Look at it this way...

Someone starts a fight with you in a parking lot, but no one else is around. Let's suppose you are able to get the upper hand, take them to the ground and pin them down with a great arm-lock. They aren't going anywhere, but neither are you. If you let go and set him free, the fight starts all over again. If you call for help, how do you know that the first people to show up will be your friends, or his? Once you commit to subduing your opponent, you remain in jeopardy. The only way to avoid this is to escape at the very first opportunity.

I hope that you have learned by now that if someone wants to start a fight, your best option is to simply walk away. That way, you avoid not only a fight, but also any need to subdue anyone. If they are grabbing you, and you can't get away, all you need to do is create an opportunity for escape. It may require a well placed strike, or even a throw, to create that opening. But once you are free, don't stick around or try to be a hero. RUN!

So, why do we even bother training in Martial Arts? Why do we spend the time and effort to learn to control an opponent?

A policeman or soldier does not subdue the "enemy" just because they feel like it. They have a sworn duty to protect and defend OTHERS. Therefore, they must learn and practice martial arts; for the defense of others. There may be times when "self" defense is not the issue for you. Sometimes you may be required to forget about your own safety and come to the defense of others. If you are with your family when faced with an assault, your obligation is not to defend yourself (self-defense), but to protect your loved ones. In such a situation, you must rely on your martial arts skills to completely subdue the assailant, so that he doesn't harm anyone else.

But remember, the worst possible mistake is to use Martial Arts where only Self Defense is required.

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Knife Defense - Knife Threat

When dealing with an attacker wielding a knife, you must consider that if he is holding on to you, it limits your movements and therefore limits the types of techniques you can use in this situation. If you haven't trained for these types of scenarios, you may be tempted to try something that won't work, and find yourself in an even more dangerous position.

Check out the following technique and see how to deal with a more realistic knife threat that also includes a grab. Click on the Title Link, or copy and paste the address into your browser:

4. Up-coming Seminars

The next seminar for the Studio City dojo will probably be scheduled for some time in May '08. More information will be provided in upcoming newsletters.

Prof. Kirby will either be teaching or officiating at the events listed below. More details will usually be provided as it becomes available & the event draws near:
- Mar. 22,'08: JU-JITSU SEMINAR. Salem, IL.
- May 16-18,'08: CAMP DANZAN RYU, Ben Lomond, CA. - June 7,'08: PROFS. DYE & KIRBY SEMINAR, Santa Clarita, CA.
- Aug. 22-24,'08 [tentative date]: BUDOSHIN JU-JITSU SUMMER CAMP, North Oaks Park, Santa Clarita, CA.
- Sept. 28,'08 [tentative date]: CAMP BUDOSHIN 2008, So Calif location TBD.

Visit the official Budoshin website for more details:

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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February Newsletter 02/22/08