Archive for November, 2007

Weapons for Self-Defense?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
25 Nov 2007

When I was a boy I heard the story about Okinawa being taken over by the Japanese and all weapons being outlawed! The Okinawans started co-opting farming tools as weapons. The dreaded nuchucku (chucks) are actually rice beaters. I was exposed to all of the traditional martial arts weapons but I noticed after “Enter the Dragon” was released – many martial arts weapons were banned. Lots of kids bought chucks and were hurting themselves and others due to their lack of skill and prudence. Full Story »



Under: karate
21 Nov 2007

I remember Steve Anderson when I was fighting white belt at open karate tournaments! He (Steve) was a brown belt that was dominating the division! Steve seemed to be at every tournament I went to (I went to about four a year) and almost always won first place. He went to every nearby tournament he could and I would guess the number to be 30 or more a year! Full Story »



Under: Self-defense
16 Nov 2007

I just reviewed a youtube video of Dr. Ruthless® “Self Defense with Palm Strikes for Women.” Talking about a great video demonstrating how small women can inflict pain against an attacker… this is great! Her (Melissa Soalt’s) webpage is here. I encourage everyone to take a look at the video and webpage. Full Story »

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The Karate Kiai! (Yell)

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: karate
11 Nov 2007

Most of you that have been exposed to movies and TV and have heard the karate kiai! The sound of the impending karate chop was supposed to frighten the opponent as well as release pent up energy. I remember reading books in my youth that mentioned particularly good practitioners of the kiai were able to kill small animals with a single yell! I use to practice the kiai at the same time I was toughening up my fingers to plunge into a chest and remove the still-beating-heart. :) Full Story »



Eight-Year-Old Girl Fights Off Attacker!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
5 Nov 2007

I found this story about a hobo (I know – not politically correct) grabbing an eight-year-old girl by the hair. Well this girl was not having any of it and tried to get away but then executed apparently a perfect scoop kick! :) Full Story »