Thursday, June 16, 2016
Self Defense, Keeping it real.
10:48 pm edt
In light of the current events and violent acts taking place all around us. I feel compelled
to Write about realistic, and practical self defense. We have all seen the news and the countless soicial posts. Many
people are chiming in about gun rights, etc etc. So how do you know who to believe? How do you know who you should listen
to and who you should just smile and nod to. The answer lies within your own individual beliefs. It is however, extremely
important to consider the ramifications of becoming involved in a physical altercation. We all have the legal right to defend
ourselves and our loved ones from violent crimes. Lets say you are in a parking lot and waiting to park in a space where another
car is leaving from. You waited there while they loaded their car and strapped their children in and adjusted their mirror.
You even calmly waited for them to apply their lipstick, or adjust their hair. Then as they pull out of the space, they block
your access to it in the process, allowing another car to pull into "your" parking space. I'm pretty sure this has
happened at least once to all of us. Most people Will lay on their horn, and become outraged at the fact that they just stole
your parking space. Lets say for a moment that this happened to me. Now lets say that I waited for the individual to get out
of his car so I could give him a piece of my mind, for stealing "my parking space." Not knowing anything about this
individual, I hypothetically say to him "Hey Moron you didn't see me waiting there for that parking spot?" To which
he replies with a swift kick to my front fender. Ok now I am really angry and I am getting out of my vehicle, just like most
of us would do. But on this particular day, the other individual is having a worse day than I am, and feels threatened by
my angry face, and aggressive demeanor. His reaction is to pull a knife out of his pocket or waistband, or maybe even a gun.
This would force me into a position that could have and should have been avoided had I just chose to ignore his ignorance.
Or maybe he seriously didn't see me. Whatever the actual facts may be I am now in a situation that forces me to fight, possibly
to the death, or even risk being killed. But had I just ignored the situation and figured the guy must have had a good reason
to "steal my spot" I would not have placed myself in this scenario in the first place. Of course this is an extreme
example, and an example of an escalating nature. Under this scenario, we all have a choice to act out our frustrations, or
just suppress them and go about our business. Lets assume for a moment that the altercation went in our favor, we honked at
the individual, who possibly didn't see us waiting there. He kicked the front of the car and as the result you got out and
a fight ensued. The end result was the other driver getting beaten badly and having to go to the hospital. Due to his injuries,
he can no longer work. the end result is a judgement against you, where you will be paying this individual for the rest of
his life. For what? A parking space that actually doesn't belong to either of you. Kind of silly huh?
On the other hand, there are scenarios like what just took place in Orlando, where a gunman enters
into a business and just starts shooting random people. What can you do? Are you armed? if so you will need to make the split
second decision to draw your weapon and dispatch the shooter. Are you trained? Do you have experience in this type of situation?
If you decide to shoot the shooter, what is on the other side of the shooter in the event you miss? will it be your round
that kills an innocent bystander? These are split second decisions, and thoughts that typically only come from tactically
trained individuals. The shooter may see you and return fire. You may get shot as the result. What if the shooter is wearing
a flak jacket? (aka bullet proof vest) As you can see by this blog this is something I am passionate about. While I would
support a legally licensed, or otherwise skilled armed civillian dispatching the shooter, sometimes it may be the only option
to end the crisis. But what if on the other hand you are not armed? What if there are women and children present? Is the shooter
already shooting people or is he making threats and trying to take hostages? If you have a visual on the shooter, you must
look for an opening and make every effort to end the situation. Most people would not know what to do. Although I have training
in gun defense, as well as ample training in firearms, safety and tactics, I have never been face to face with a crazed shooter.
I can only say that I would do what my training has taught me to do and trust that it will take over when needed. If you are
in a public place and an active shooter starts shooting, get to cover ASAP, and take those around you with you. Don't panic,
try to remoin calm. Make every effort to leave the area quickly, quietly and orderly, maybe consider barricading yourself
in a secure area. (a bathroom stall is not considered a secure area, going into a bathroom to hide is not always the best
choice.) I am currently working on a handbook for surviving an active shooter. The purpose of the handbook is to give readers
an idea of things they could do in the event of an active shooter. Do not take on the mindset that "this would never
happen to me." Truth is we never know whether or not it will happen to us until the time comes. There are simple things
that you can do to safeguard your workplace. for example, there are pens that you can buy, that are quite stout, and in a
pinch could be used as a weapon, Keeping a can of Wasp spray in your work area could also be a good choice as wasp spray can
reach up to 70 feet in some cases. Wasp spray would blind a would be attacker. Avoid pepper spray as pepper spray would fill
the room and cause others to be less capable of exiting as the result. There are several other things that can be done to
better your chances of surviving an active shooter. I will cover some of them in a handbook that I hope to be finished within
the next month or so. In closing this lengthy blog, it is important to point out the difference between having the option
of defending your self, and having no other choice other than to defend yourself. Stay safe, be alert, Be vigilant!
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
TIME TO RANT!
7:00 pm est
Greetings all. I hope all is good for you! Just got over the flu and
am looking forward to getting back to teaching . Today while I was out running errands, i came across a 5 year old child with
his mom. He was wearing a GI, with a brown belt. He was quite boisterous about almost being a black belt. In addition, he
was quite rude and disrespectful to his mother. I asked her if he is really a brown belt, to which she replied. Yes, he has
been training since the age of 2. He had just turned 5. I was a bit dumbfounded for a moment. I thought about minding my own
business, but then I thought Wait a minute, this is my business, and I am getting sick and tired of fraudulent "martial
artists" fraudulently making their customers believe that they are black belts. So I told her. If you bring that behavior
to the attention of his instructor, he will be bale to help you to correct it while it can still be corrected. I added, no
disrespect intended, but the attitude in which your son is displaying is no where even close to the attitude of a perspective
black belt. She replied "Oh so now you're gonna be one of those know it all about MMA?" I chuckled and said, no
Ma'am, not MMA. But given the fact that I have owned and operated my martial arts school for more than 22 years, and have
been training for more than 30 years, I would definitely say that qualifies me to make an obvious observation of an example
of another person who has been lied to by their instructor. She became irritated, and before she could come back with a sarcastic
reply. I told her "No offense to you, or your child is intended, but I see this all the time, and honestly it's getting
old. Schools promote students to black belt because that is what the parent wants them to do, not because they have earned
it." I went on, My youngest son also started training at the age of 2. although his classes were just 15 minutes at the
time, because his attention span had not developed to the point where Karate training would be of benefit for him yet. He
just tested for his black belt last June, at the age of 11 and a half. thats almost 10 years of training." My son has
the utmost respect for his mother and those around him. Additionally, by your sons display of a serious lack of respect for
you, it is also a display of the caliber of training he has received. She asked me for a card and said she would be interested
in bringing her son in for an evaluation, "you know, like a second opinion." I chuckled and politely refused. I
told her it would be best to find another alternative. We parted with no animosity, (which was my intent) but definitely made
her mind start to think about it more in depth. There are so many martial arts schools these days, but
very few good ones. Most schools are concerned with teaching their students how to win at tournaments, or give them their
black belt so that they can benefit from the financial aspect of the black belt test. which in some cases can run upward of
$1,000.00. Enough is enough! I am committing myself to set up and launch a how to site on finding the best martial arts
school for yourself or your children PERIOD. The choice may not always be my Dojo, and thats ok, but these fraudulent people
need to be stopped.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Where we are
4:21 pm est
Wow, it's been quite a while since I wrote in my Blog. Guess I'm not
much of a Blogger, or is it Bloggist? Anyway, I am going to try to dedicate a little time each week to writing something in
the blog. Hope you enjoy the insight, and my efforts. Please feel free to offer your feedback on my blog posts when you visit
So as most of you know, when We
moved the dojo to its current location in December of 2013, we had anticipated utilizing both suite D4, as well as Suite D3,
(to the right) Apparently it was not meant to be for us to have both suites. The Botox center has opened and they seem to
be doing very well. We wish them the best of luck and success. There is always an opportunity to learn from experiences in
life that do not go the way we had hoped for. I have embraced the concept of a smaller facility, and am focusing on making
some improvements in our current location. Though I am not quite at the point to make announcements, I offer this little insight
to those who read my blog that I never post to LOL. We will be remodeling the lobby, and creating more seating opportunities
as well as giving the whole appearance of the lobby a makeover. I have had plans drawn up and am in the planning stages. Most
everything will be built off site, then once completed, we will close for a couple of days and complete the install. I am
excited to get started on this project and am equally excited to be able to build this out the way I have it pictured in my
mind. Of course I will post some before and after photos of this process.
On another note, I am excited about the recent growth of the Dojo, and am feeling highly
motivated again about everything. Be prepared for some amazing training in the coming weeks. I am also revamping our Kickboxfit
program, and will be pushing everyone in that program to truly achieve greatness through an increased amount of effort.
This will start Monday March 7th. If you are in the Kickboxfit program, get ready to look your best for the summer. That's
all the time I have for now. Thanks for reading, and We will see you on the mat!
Sunday, November 13, 2011
3:36 pm est
So I thought about taking this section of the web site down. I started to read about my accident, and the progress of my
recovery, and all it involved, Then I decided to leave it up because although this was an extremely difficult time in my life
of which I am STILL feeling, it can serve as an example that no matter how tuff things get, you can get through it! We recently
expanded, adding an additional 1700 square feet of training floor. We will be hosting new programs like Zumba, Yoga, and a
crazy Cardio/conditioning class that comes from the concept of the insanity, and p90x workouts in a group environment. The
buildout is pretty much done except for some final touches. Now comes the Marketing, and promotions. If you have been thinking
about Zumba, Yoga, or insane cardio training, now is the time to get started with our programs being super inexpensive during
the early enrollment process. Although classes have already begun, we are offering huge discounts to get some volume coming
in. Beat the rush of the New Year Resolutioners. Once our volume reaches the Zero line, we will be adjusting our prices upward
for new members coming in. wanna see a sample marketing video? Do a Google search for Zumba Rancho Cucamonga, as of yesterday
we are on Page 2 of Google, soon we will be in the number one position. :+)
Adult Martial Arts program is growing as
well. Come in and Take advantage of our endo of theyear specials.
That's all I got for now. Will Blog again in another
year or so hahaha. As I mentioned before, I am not much of a Blogger LOL
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Not much of a blogger
3:14 pm edt
Ok So by now it must be pretty obvious that I am not much of a blogger, I mean who has time for
that? But since I am here blogging, We are winding down on the city programs. Our Kids self defense program is turning out
to be very popular, we will be restructuring the program a little bit in the fall. Our Kickboxfit program continues to be
one of the city of Rancho Cucamonga's most popular classes. (Rancho Cucamongan's like to sweat.)
We have had a couple of minor set backs on our Black belt Academy Elite program, but are still moving forward. So
far we have established the curriculum, set the logo and made final proofs on the Uniforms and silk screening for the t shirts,
now we are waiting on the design people to finalize the application of the logo for the back of the uniforms. We will officially
kick off the BBA Elite program on 6/15/09. We will also have some inception enrollment specials so if you are considering
becoming involved in our BBA Elite program, contact Sensei Duffy and ask how you can be a part of the Elite BBA.
Today is Sunday and I have been building a BBQ in my back yard, so I am chomping to get out there and work
on it some more, Maybe I can BBQ on it tonight. You're all invited to come over to my house for the BBQ tonight. Be here at
5:00. We'll have some social time and then some training, followed by great food and fun. See you then.
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Happy New Year!
6:15 pm est
Happy New Year
As 2009 takes hold, focus on the positive things
in life, Your family, Training, and your personal goals. This is the time of year when everyone likes to jump on the band
wagon of making new year resolutions. Forget about all the hype. Set yourself some realistic goals and make up your mind to
conquer them. I have set some business goals as well as personal goals this year, along with deadlines and commitments. I
have also set some rewards for accomplishing those goals as you should too. This year in the dojo from a training standpoint,
we will take a more physical approach. There will be more conditioning, more sparring, and other things along the way. I will
also try to post something to my blog every week or two as well. This is the part where I say I have been so busy with everything
leading up to the holidays. But at the risk of sounding like all th others who simply just dropped the ball, I will just say
it I dropped the ball. LOL So now I will pick it up and move forward. Thanks for reading.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
3:08 pm est
I guess it has been quite some time since I have posted anything on my blog. Sorry? I have been extremely
busy working on quite a few new projects. Thanks giving was nice. had some down time and spent some time with the family which
is always good. I hope you and your family had a great holiday as well.
It's hard to believe
it is already December. This is the time to focus on new goals for the upcoming year. As for my goals, I am focussing on the
growth and development of the dojo as well as a few other areas of interest.
We will be
having a Goal setting seminar on Saturday January 10th @ 1:00. You won't want to miss it. The fee is $10.00 and inludes
a binder to assit you in reaching your goals. Sign up at the front desk. We will also be making this available through our
web site for the same fee. Watch for the button on the home page.
Today is Sunday, and it's all about football and decorating
the ouse for Christmas. Ihope you all have a great Christmas, and a safe New year!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Getting ready for summer
Summer is right around the corner. Now is a good time to start training extra hard to prepare yourself for the summer months,
Shorts and tank tops require just a bit of extra training to make those legs and arms look their best. Start each day with
a few push ups, followed by crunches to target those abs. If you want your legs to look their best try sitting down a little
lower in your stances, maybe throw in a few squats every couple of days, squats will pump up your quads (thighs) in a muscular
way. Try to do 50 squats per day. It's gonna hurt at first, but the payoff will be worth it in the end. The beach trip
is right around the corner. start now to look your best by July
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19th. be sure to drink plenty of water. if you are at
the dojo and have forgotten your water, we have water available for $1.00 per bottle. just see the front desk.
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Time flies by
Wow Time is flying by fast here it is already March 2nd.
Sorry it has taken me so long to update the site, I have been crazy busy with the move. In case you havn't heard, We have
relocated to 9879 Foothill Blvd Suite E at the South west corner of Ramona and Foothill, just 1 block East of Archibald. The
new dojo is awesome and you will love the entire atmosphere, stop in and check it out. The winter Kickboxfit session is winding
down and the numbers are still great. Lots of people have seen tremendous results. To those of you who are registered and
planning on re-registering for the Spring session, Please do not stop attending class on the 14th. When the session ends.
As a courtesy to you we allow you to continue your training in between sessions at no charge. Please remember to turn in your
membership cards on your last visit between sessions so we are able to update them for your renewal. Thank you for your continued
support Rancho Cucamonga, and we will see you in class!!
4:12 pm est
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
With the New Year upon us, this is a good time to recognise your true
potential. Are you living up to your true potential? I challenge each of you who may read my blog to challenge yourself to
be your best. do the things you love. Be passionate about what you do. Strive to do your very best every time. Set some some
goals and chase your dreams! You can do anything when you set your mind to it!
11:52 pm est
Sunday, December 23, 2007
8:44 pm est
From our family to yours. We wish
you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe New Year celebration. The Dojo will re-open on Wednesday January 2nd, 2008
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Well here we are winding down toward the end of the year. I am improving, all though it is a slow process,
I am listening to the Doctors and following their advice. Those of you who really know me, know that this is a hard thing
for me to do. I do not do well with just sitting around. However, in this case, it is required that I listen to the Doctor's
advice so I am able to make a full recovery. I anxiously await a full recovery so I will be able to get back to my regular
routine. I am looking forward to our Christmas gathering this year as well I will make some announcements, along with some
reflections and closure on my accident. Thank you all for your support during this time and I look forward to returning the
favor in the near future.
10:06 pm est
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Last night was my first night back to class. although I really didn't do too much, it felt good to be back
in the dojo and on the floor. Sensei Connie, and the other junior sensei's did a great job running the show. I will slowly
begin to get re-acclimated to my normal routine. I have seen a great deal of growth lately in the interest of the dojo. This
is a refreshing occurrence. Especially coming back after such a lengthy absence. Kickboxing class yesterday was fun too. It
was great to see everyone and the morning class offered a lot of energy. Although I was only able to teach 25 minutes
of the class before sitting down, it was great to be back on the floor. I probably should have sat down after the first 10
to 15 minutes. But now that I have realized this, I will pace myself better in the near future. We will be taking measurements
this week, and I will make it a point to update the "Sensei's project" page this weekend. I apologize for not
posting the recent updates I received. I have been a bit preoccupied, and unable to focus until recently. Keep up the good
work and I will see you in class.
12:10 pm est
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I'm coming back
Hey Blog readers.
9:31 pm est
Sorry I haven't posted in a while i have been a little preoccupied trying to get better. I had
a nice Thanksgiving with lots to be thankful for!!!! I hope yo did as well!! I have been trying to rebuild the cardio. It's
a lot of work. I am planing on coming into class this Monday I will be teaching the AM kickboxing class (or trying to anyway,
we'll see how it goes) then I will be in the dojo Monday night and suited up ready to go. I've got a lot of work to
do to get back in the shape I was in before the crash. Gonna take my time at first and then when the time is right I will
kick it into high gear. I look forward to seeing you all at the dojo. Have a great weekend and I will see you in class.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
STILL ON THE MEND, & MAKING DAILY PROGRESS
Greetings to all, and thank for taking the time to read my blog.
Not much to blog about these days other than the recovery, and those things associated with it. Not to mention the great support
that I am receiving from my Black Belts and Kickboxing staff. As well s all the others who have stepped up and offered to
help during this challenging time.
8:03 pm est
Good news to report. I went to the Dr. on Monday in Palm Springs. First I went
to the ER room at the hospital for a trauma check up. The Doctor said i am healing "remarkably well" The bones are
mending, the pneumonia is almost gone, and the lungs are getting stronger. As for me, I never realised it took so long to
heal soft tissue. I know how to totally destroy soft tissue real fast, but never thought much about how long it takes to recover.
My doctor was mostly concerned about my spline, and stressed the importance of avoiding contact and assertive activity until
it is fully recovered. Otherwise I chance rupturing my spline which would be catastrophic. So I will follow
the Docs advice to a T. Still moving pretty slow and starting to work on regaining my cardio. Started riding the stationary
bike today. (Thanks Doc for bringing that by) am able to move around a bit better. But still dealing with the pain. I am learning
that my experience has helped a lot of people look at things in their life a little closer and make some improvements, and
adjustments. I am a strong believer in leading by example but geeeeshI am sure there are easier ways to lead than
going through all of this. If there is one thing I would like people to learn from my misfortune, it would be the importance
of keeping your mind, body, and spirit strong. Scientifically they say the human body can sustain an impact up to 35 MPH.
Anything over that will kill you you. It was determined that after I became dismounted from my bike, I slammed into a huge
boulder at approximately 50 MPH. Which would explain the severity of my injuries, and the numerous fractures in my ribs. Thank
God I am still alive. It is my intention to return to the dojo on 11-26-07 I am unsure of my abilities at that point so I there
will still be plenty of help on hand. Keep training hard and I will see you soon.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
2:24 pm edt
I'm going crazy just sitting around trying to breathe. But I am following the Drs. order to a
T this time. I have a tendency to follow the Drs. orders until I start to feel better, then jump back in the game too soon
only to be set back further. So given the nature of this incident and the severity of it, I would be a fool to not follow
the Drs. advice. Just know that I miss all of you and can't wait until I can come back. I have received a few E mails
on the status of the classes since I have been out. I am not surprised, but am happy to say that there has not been one complaint
about anything since I have been out. If you have any needs or requests while I am away, please address them with either Sensei
Connie, or Miss Holly. I anxiously look forward to returning. I see the Dr. on Monday the 5th. If he gives me clearance, I
will make an effort to stop by the dojo Tuesday night to say how do to everyone. I hope you are all training hard! Remember,
the Dr. said that if my body was not conditioned the way it was, my injuries would have been much more substantial if I would
have even survived. Turns out after talking to others that were there at the accident, that after I hit the ground, I slid
into a huge boulder, this would explain the amount of damage i received. I learned that slamming into a boulder at 50 to 60
MPH body first hurts worse than any round house or spinning back kick. Bye for now Train hard!!
Friday, October 26, 2007
I'm Still alive
WHEW! THAT WAS CLOSE!
11:49 am edt
Thank you for all of your support and help during my time of need. For those
who don't already know, I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident on 9/30/2007. Not sure exactly what happened
as I was in and out of consciousness as I lay on the side of the road. One minute I am riding with a bunch of my friends,
then next minute I am laying on the side of the road trying to breath and coughing up blood. I was air lifted to Palm Springs
trauma center, where I was placed on life support for 9 days. In the hospital for 3 weeks. I am home now on home confinement
with a home nurse. Each day a nurse comes over and administers an IV to chase away the Pneumonia. The whole experience has
been life altering to say the least. Thank God for my wife who has been incredibly strong through this whole ordeal and been
there for me every step of the way. The end result is I will be fine. I will make a full recovery, but need time to
heal so I will be back as soon as possible. I miss all of you and I miss doing one of the things I do best, Teaching. Look
for me to be a bit more active when I return. The final score on my injuries was 6 broken ribs on my left side with fragments,
a broken left scapula (shoulder blade) in 3 places, A punctured and collapsed left lung, severe contusions on the
right lung, a lacerated spline, and 1 dead Kawasaki zx9R. Thank God for good leathers, those were cut off of me at road side.
That hurt, they were good quality leathers, and those aint cheap, but the best way to look at that is they did their job.
I hit the ground at just over 50 MPH no road rash just broken body parts. I have lost nearly 30 pounds. I'll get that
back though. A special thank you to Sensei Connie Decker, Sensei Andrew Wildasinn, All the senseis who have stepped it up
and helped out while I have been out. Taz for taking control of the kickboxfit classes, Melinda for stepping up and handling
the morning Kickboxfit program, Sempai Rene for being there and helping out wherever he can. Big thanks to Holly for running
the show and holding down the front desk. You've done a great job all of you, And an extra special thank you to my beautiful
wife Katrina for stepping up and handling everything while I was down. If I missed any one I apologise, just know that I am
very thankful for your help and greatly appreciate all that you have done. In addition I would like to thank the group
I ride with Turn2sportbikes. These guys were great they comforted me as I lay on the side of the road, they comforted my wife
and offered assistance to her and my family in my time of need. Thank you to the Doctors who put me back together again, Thank
you Jesse One of my nurses who believed in me and helped me avoid having to have a tracheostomy. I am slowly on the mend and
will return soon so train hard and look at the positive attributes of this situation. As for myself, looking at the positive
things has helped me to recover as quickly as I am. The Doctors say they are very surprised at my progress and impressed with
my improvement. Thank you again for all of your support and I will see you soon. OS!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
"Sensei's Project" is coming soon watch for details
Kickboxfit is alive and on fire! we are starting a new program called "Sensei's
project." This program is designed to push you to your limits as well as give you proper nutrition guidance. If you wouldlike
more info on this program, cantact Sensei Duffy Either through this site or directly at the dojo. Sensei Duffy is also working
on some other pretty exciting things, including a new clothing line. Watch for fliers posted in the dojo and on this blog.
Almost everything upcoming and new will be posted here first. So check back often. This blog will refresh every 7 days
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