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Katana Basics Class

masamune01We are pleased to announce a 3 session beginner class (February on the basic handling, cutting and moving with a katana.

Sessions will be on Tuesdays, February 11th, 18th and 25th, 2014.  From 7:00pm to 8:30pm

  • Strength and coordination drills for sword work.
  • Proper movement technique for cutting.
  • The difference between cutting practice (tameshigiri) and fighting (budo).
  • Sword fighting scenarios (waza) for beginning budo.  This is not to be confused with sparring.  A waza is a non-competitive 2 person training form that has been handed down through our martial tradition.
  • We will supply the opportunity to try tameshigiri using live blades on paper sheet targets.

Students will be expected to practice skills for a minimum of 20 minutes each day between class sessions.

Cost is $10 per session.  Students will need to purchase a boken (practice sword) before the first session.

If you are interested or have questions, please provide your contact information in the form below.

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Toughness & The fire of the mind.

I really want to share this video.  Watch it before reading my comment, please.

Believing that you will fail because you are tired, hurt, weak or inferior is almost a guarantee that it will happen.  In fact believing that you are tired, hurt, etcetera may actually create that condition where it did not exist.  Your subconscious controls your actions to prevent you from pushing yourself too hard, or as a tool to heal you by faith, which is a good thing.  It can also be used to destroy you if you hand it over to your doubts, worries and fears. To take some liberty with a quote from George Washington (pun intended):

Your subconscious, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

Being tough is really about not believing that you are hurting or suffering even if you think you should be.  Since I am already abusing quotes today, consider the following:

A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, “I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one.” The grandson asked him, “Which wolf will win the fight in your heart?” The grandfather answered: “The one I feed.”

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A new Women’s Defense opportunity.

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So, you have taken a women’s self defense class, and you have hit the guy in the padded suit. You probably left that class feeling empowered and more confident in your abilities than you have in a long time, but as time goes on that has faded a bit. You probably learned in your class that self defense skills are perishable, but have not been able to keep those skills fresh. Well don’t feel bad, you are not alone. Many people who have taken defense classes in the past would like to do more, but just don’t have the time.

To help with this, we have organized a womens defense club. We will meet for 1 or 2 evenings every 3 months in order to refresh some of the skills that you have learned, share some experiences, and generally offer each other help in maintaining a defensive mindset.

It doesn’t matter where you learned your previous skills.   Ladies who have attended women’s defense classes or other martial arts are welcome to learn and share their experience as they see fit.

The class will be guided by subject matter experts, and the occasional guest instructor as available.  The club will be an ideal venue to ask those “what if” questions and work through scenarios to that you might personally find challenging or scary.

There will be a suggested reading list that will not be mandatory, but will be discussed periodically.  The book list will almost certainly expand based upon the recommendations of members.

Finally, the club will also act as a mentoring opportunity for the young ladies in our lives. Members will be encouraged to bring their teenage or older daughters for the chance to realize that mom is not the only one who is saying that they need to be aware and empowered.

The cost of membership will go toward the purchase of supplies such as practice pepper spray, better equipment for the physical training and to generally improve the quality of future meetings of the club.

Meetings will cost $25 per night, and there will be a discounted rate of $10 per night for daughters of club members. The first meeting of the club will be at the Lander Fire Hall on Tuesday February 4th, 2014 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. After that we will meet every 3 months if there is enough interest.

An RSVP would be appreciated so we can plan, but drop ins will be welcome as well. Please fill out the contact form below if you are interested in attending or if you want to be on our email list to be informed of upcoming events.

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