Archive for October, 2007

Be First! Initial Movement

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
30 Oct 2007

In sport karate we have a saying – Be First! That means as far as a point karate standpoint – being first is everything. Let me explain, in the open tournaments I use to fight in from the eighties, the most points in two minutes, won the match. While it was true that sometimes some sloppy but effective techniques would ultimately win bouts. I think generally that a practitioner that can hit their opponent first would also win in the street. Full Story »

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Boy Escapes Kidnapping Attempt!

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

I just read a story about a nine-year-old boy escaping a kidnapping attempt! The boy was playing and a man told the boy to come with him. The man then sprayed pepper-spray on kid and grabbed him. The boy fought back and escaped. Full Story »



Robbed at Gun Point!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
18 Oct 2007

I saw a story on CNN about a guy robbing a clerk with a rifle. The clerk was trying to get the money while the robber tried to shoot him! Luckily the rifle just clicked so the clerk figured he had nothing to loose and fought back! The clerk deflected the rifle and wrestled for it (the rifle). The robber then ran away! Full Story »



Sparring vs. Fighting

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
16 Oct 2007

I started with Tracy’s Karate Studios after the “Kung Fu” TV shows featured the Tracy’s Karate commercials. I still remember those checkered uniforms with the participants running through self-defense techniques. I wanted to do what those modern-day warriors (Tracy’s) were doing! Full Story »

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Is Self-Defense Legal?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
11 Oct 2007

This sounds like a crazy question but I guess we should talk about this. I was reviewing other blogs and found references to some self-defense moves as being inherently illegal (I’m paraphrasing). I think this should be a good time to look at what is self-defense and what is legal. Full Story »



Under: Self-defense
9 Oct 2007

I have been reviewing other self defense websites and blogs and have come to the conclusion that many of the sites use poison pills! A poison pill is an old sales technique where the sales person will be loosing a sale and then mention “the things the buyer should look for in another vendor’s product”… “and by the way our competitors do not have this feature or that feature…” Full Story »

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Knife and Club Defense!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
4 Oct 2007

When I as a little boy I wanted to be a black belt so I could register my hands as lethal weapons. I figured that when I found out all of the secret stuff – I would be able to easily defeat any opponent! Then I watch Tarzan take a 10th degree black belt and started wondering, what was better – jungle fighting or karate? But I am going off point. Full Story »

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