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October Newsletter 10/09/07

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This month's issue includes:

1. Latest Budoshin News: Camp Budoshin 2007 was a Great Success!

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month: Keeping the Bad Guys Away.

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Shoulder-lock Throw

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

5. Our Classes: Come Visit a Budoshin Jujitsu Dojo

1. Latest Budoshin News

The sixteenth annual Camp Budoshin (held Sat., Sept. 29th) was a great success. Almost 70 participants received top-notch martial arts instruction from some of the greatest living martial arts masters from all across the United States.

There is a reason Camp Budoshin is known as the "Supermarket of Martial Arts Training" -- it offered sessions in Kajukenbo, Karate, Yang style Tai Chi Chaun, Aikido, as well as various styles of Jujitsu, just to name a few. Students received training and hands-on experience in a variety of styles and techniques, including throws, take-downs, strikes, locks and weapons techniques.

The most remarkable strength of Camp Budoshin is that the teachers selected have a thorough and abiding understanding of the principles behind their styles. This allows them to effectively and quickly teach not just a technique, but a deeper understanding which students can then apply to other techniques and situations.

If you attended Camp Budoshin 2007, we would love to hear your comments. Send us an email (simply "reply" to this email), and let us know what you liked best about the instructors or the training you received. If you weren't able to attend this year, keep your eyes open for future issues of this newsletter for important information regarding next year's Camp Budoshin and other great martial arts seminars throughout the up-coming year.

2. Self-defense Tip of the Month

True or False? Most violent crime happens after dark.


In 2003, 53 percent of violent crime incidents occurred during the day, between 6 AM and 6 PM.
-- U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2003 --

The fact is, you need to be prepared to protect yourself at anytime, day or night. When you are out in public, don't let your guard down just because it happens to be broad daylight. Criminals will try any means to get what they want, and many don't care if you can clearly see them.

One of the most common ploys of the "hit and run" thief is to approach you and ask for change for a five. As soon as you pull out your wallet, they will snatch it right out of your hand and run. Don't fall for this one, or any other request from a stranger. It's just an excuse to get close enough to take something from you, or to attack you. No matter what they ask for: directions, a cigarette, or change for the bus, just say "No." They will usually turn and walk away.

The tip-off: Someone who truly needs directions, or anything else, will be courteous enough to respect your personal space. Anyone who approaches too quickly, or gets close enough to make you uncomfortable, is certainly a potential threat.

Sometimes, "No" isn't enough, and they will continue to approach, asking, "Are you sure?" Assume a firm stance and posture and reply, "Yes, I'm sure! Now leave me alone." That will probably be enough to convince them to go away. If not, you will already be in your defensive stance and prepared to respond with force, if necessary.

For a technique that may help you in such a situation, be sure to continue reading. The next section contains a link to a great jujitsu technique you can use if someone suddenly grabs you.

3. Jujitsu Technique of the Month: Shoulder-lock Throw

Contrary to popular belief, most attacks don't start with a punch or kick. Most altercations begin with someone grabbing your arm, hair or clothing. Why?

To keep you from running away, of course. It is hard to rob someone, or beat them up, if they run away. So, your best self-defense technique is to RUN! But, if you can't get away, because they are holding on to your arm, move toward the attacker's "grabbing hand" side. In other words, if he is grabbing with his right hand, move towards his right side. If he is grabbing with his left hand, move towards his left side. 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

This is the one everyone has been asking for!

"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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October Newsletter 10/09/07