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July Newsletter 07/02/08

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This month's issue includes:

1. Latest Budoshin News: Video Added to Website!

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month: Simple is Better

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Arm Wheel Throw

4. Up-coming Seminars and Events: Advance Your Training.

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

1. Latest Budoshin News

Happy 4th of July, everyone! I have a special Independence Day announcement to make. I know it's been a long time since I sent out one of these newsletters, but once you see what I've been working on, I believe you'll think it was worth the wait. I now have VIDEO available on the website to demonstrate techniques. It was hard work and took a lot more time than I expected. But, I just wasn't satisfied with the poor quality of video presented on most websites, so I found a better way to do it.

You see, most sites use to host the video, then they just provide a link on their website to the video. But since YouTube compresses the video file to such a small size, the quality is extremely poor. So, my videos will be uploaded directly to my website. This provides two benefits to the viewer; besides a much better quality video, you don't have to put up with the distraction of all the other junk forced on you by YouTube, and you can concentrate on the technique.

Access to the first video will be provided in the "Technique of the Month" section, below. I will add a new video each month as part of this newsletter, so as a subscriber, you will see it before anyone else. I want to thank you all for being patient, and if you have any suggestions, or subjects you would like me to address in future videos, 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

Effective self-defense techniques must be simple and easy to remember.

Complicated techniques composed of many intricate movements are too difficult to remember and perform when you are under the extreme stress of an assault. It doesn't matter if you are a combat veteran or a college student, everybody has the same reaction when placed in a life or death situation. Adrenaline immediately takes over your body and you will only be able to perform the most basic of body movements. These movements are known as gross muscle, or "gross motor" movements, and typically involve only the largest muscle groups around the shoulders and hips. That is why running away from the danger is usually your first instinct (and often your best option), because running is one of the few tasks your body can easily perform when under stress.

But what if your assailant is grabbing you and you can't run away? What then? Most untrained people who have no choice but to fight back during an attack can only kick and flail about wildly, but they are ineffective. That is because they cannot control their gross motor movements. True self-defense training teaches the student to focus these basic movements with a single-minded purpose. Learning to use your gross motor movements properly is the key to self-defense. Therefore, the only self-defense techniques that truly work don't require a great amount of skill or technical practice and can be used no matter what your state of mind.

Yes, we all like the flashy moves we practice in the dojo. They are fun to learn and they look really cool. But when you are facing a REAL threat, you MUST stick with the basics. When you are attacked, you will only have a few seconds in which to react and your actions must be swift and decisive. Intricate and complicated tasks will become impossible. Being able to take advantage of proper gross motor movements which utilize only your largest and most powerful muscle groups is the only way to ensure your protection during an assault.

So, now that you know this basic principle of self-defense, let's see it in action! Continue to the next section and get access to the VIDEO I told you about...

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Arm Wheel Throw

As I said in the previous section, simple is better! The Arm-wheel throw (ude-guruma) is about a simple as they come. It is based on the fundamental element of JU, which is what JU-jitsu is all about. The attacker supplies 90% of the energy with his momentum, and the defender needs only to get out of the way and apply the other 10% to HELP the attacker continue in the direction he was going.

In this variation of the arm-wheel throw, I have added a hammer strike to GUARANTEE the attacker goes to the ground. But even with the addition of the strike, it is still basically only TWO steps; Move & Strike. That makes this version of the jujitsu arm-wheel throw easy to learn, easy to remember, and easy to execute in a pressure situation. [The submission is optional, depending on whether you NEED to control the opponent, or just escape the scene.]

So, go watch the NEW VIDEO and read the full explanation of this technique. Click on the Title Link, above, or copy and paste the following address into your browser:

Let me know what you think.

4. Up-coming Seminars and Events

It's finally here! This is the one everyone has been asking for!

"Combat Jujitsu Boot Camp"

Taught by Mark Jordan
Dates: Monday, July 28 through Thursday, August 28, 2008.
Location: Studio City

I've been trying to get this program going for the last year, but for some reason, people keep canceling out. I have had dozens of people register, and then at the last minute, they back out. So, I'm scheduling it again, and we'll see what happens...

This is a Full Month of the Most Intense Training Available Anywhere!

Get the same hand-to-hand combat training as military Special Operations Forces. Nothing compares to what is offered in this course. I Guaranteed it!

Click on this link to Find Out How to Register for Training, Right Now!

This training is the Best! It's as plain as that.

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


Aug 15-17, 2008
Canyon Country [Santa Clarita], CA [30 miles north of Los Angeles]

This is your opportunity to personally train under Prof. Kirby's supervision and improve your knowledge of the art of Budoshin Jujitsu. If you're a BJJ yudansha, this camp is a MUST! This training camp is sponsored by the Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Dojo, Inc., Santa Clarita. Testing available for those who pre-qualify.

Seminar Location:
North Oaks Park Community Room
27824 N. Camp Plenty Rd.
Canyon Country, CA 91351


Other events:

Sept. 27,'08 [tentative date]: CAMP BUDOSHIN 2008, So Calif location TBD. Contact George Kirbyor Mark Jordan for more information.

Oct,'08: ADVANCED THROWS & JOINTLOCKS SEMINAR, Rapid City, SD., Contact Doug Langworthy for more information.

Nov. 1,'08 BUDOSHIN SHODAN & NIDAN KATA SEMINAR. Arlington, VA. Contact Thomas Salander for more information.

Nov.,'08: AJA W. REGION FREESTLYE KATA TOURNAMENT. Date & So Calif location TBD. Contact Steve Pendergrass for more information.

Visit the website for more details and contact information:

5. Our Classes: Come Visit a Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo

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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Visit the website for more information on the courses we offer.

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July Newsletter 07/02/08