Archive for September, 2007

Road Rage!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
28 Sep 2007

You are driving on a freeway in the slow lane. You notice a driver on your tail. You tap your brakes a couple of times, saying “get off of my tail!” You and the tailgater exchange birds… and the rage is on! Full Story »



How to Evaluate a School

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
26 Sep 2007

How can a prospective student figure out if a karate or self-defense school is any good? This is a perplexing question facing many folks. Some people start taking karate only to discover that they cannot fight their way out of a paper-bag, but look cool. Others discover they still don’t have any idea how to mount a successful defense but think their Sensei could! Full Story »



MMA? What is this stuff?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: MMA
24 Sep 2007

As a karate guy – in the 80’s I noticed mixed martial arts become popular. At first I like many of my peers thought that ground work was beneath me (pun intended). If the MMA practitioners would just stand up and fight – things would work better. Chokes, arm bars and throws were the stuff of movies because if anyone tried to get close to me – I would deck them. Full Story »



Are You Tougher than a Board? :-)

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
21 Sep 2007

When I was a youth I use to watch the television program Kung Fu. In that program, Grasshopper was taught the process of toughening up his hands for combat. I read articles in Black Belt magazine and watched tournaments that involved board-breaking. I thought that those guys and gals had to be tough! If anyone messed with them – they would just break the attackers with their power! Karate demonstrations like that inspired me to start breaking boards and jam my hands into buckets of sand. Full Story »



Surprise Advantage!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
19 Sep 2007

You are a woman walking alone in a darkened parking lot, trying to find your car. You sense someone watching you. You cannot see anyone but you have a few seconds to decide on a plan. What would you do? Full Story »

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Critical Distance

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
17 Sep 2007

One of my son’s was getting hassled walking to 7/11 when he was about 7 years old. It was a group of kids that warned him to stay away from their neighborhood. I got wind of this and decided it was time to teach him some practical self-defense moves. I had already taught him a karate counter-punch so I decided to teach him about fighting distance. Full Story »



Can Women Fight?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
14 Sep 2007

This topic sounds like I’m being sexist but please hear me out. First let me point out that many women in my life and women I have observed can fight. I have many self-defense stories involving women! I have also seen examples of women that were apparently trained but did not have the heart or the chin to win their fight.  Full Story »