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September 23rd, 2009

September Update

Posted in Website Information by Mark

Its been a while since our last post, and a lot has happened in that time. As many of you may have gathered we did not hold our annual 911 seminar, we felt with the current climate the way it is, that it would be unfair to bring undue hardship to anyone by asking them to donate monies to charity. We will continue next year in a slightly different vein.
Its been a busy period for me, but a quiet period for others, its important during this busy times to take care of basics, as in not to overlook them, and when we have down time, its important to renew them and to re calibrate them, accuracy and consistency is in part based on the repeated application of technical knowledge in a physical format/medium.
I will be attending the NJ summer camp hosted by Jack Hoban this coming weekend and Im looking forward to seeing many old friends and some new faces….M

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March 25th, 2009

Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

Posted in Seminars, Website Information by Mark

We successfully conducted our first Women’s Self-Defense Seminar on March 14th at the 53rd St Dojo.  Approximately 25 women attended and many others stopped by to observe and donate.  In addition to Mark, a few brave dojo members were in attendance to play the role of attacker for the participants.

 

The day began with exercises in basic movement, followed by the application of that movement to various assault scenarios.  Each participant had a chance to demonstrate a technique in front of the class and this was definitely the most rewarding (and entertaining) part of the day.  Despite some initial trepidation, almost everyone managed to show an effective application of at least one technique.  Many of the participants surprised themselves and it was awesome to see their smiles when something worked for them.  Those “AHA!” moments keep us coming back to our training!  To supplement Mark’s instruction, many of the participants asked thoughtful questions and presented ideas that were explored during the course of the seminar.  The day was ended with some “helping others” training scenarios. 

 

This seminar managed to incorporate some of the basics of Budo Taijutsu and effective body movement into practical, real world assault situations.  It is our intent to conduct these seminars on a regular basis so that the training is fresh in the participant’s minds, ideas can be explored and skills can be built upon and further honed.  More to follow on that. 

 

Perhaps the biggest success of the day was that we raised $450 for Safe Horizon.  This NYC based organization offers counseling, case management, shelters and support programs for victims of assault and domestic abuse.  Their website is www.safehorizon.org. 

 

Sincere thanks go out to all involved –

  • Mark our fearless instructor
  • Brayner for the awesome training space
  • The guys (particularly Dan) who donated their bodies
  • Everyone who donated money
  • Everyone who attended

 

See you next time!

Mike

February 2nd, 2009

New schedule for the new year

Posted in Website Information by Mark

Happy new year to all, sorry its been so long since my last posting, things have been very busy, even in these times of uncertainty and unease we can still remain busy, simply keeping our collective heads down has never been a bad strategy regardless of whats ahead. Remaining an active member of society is as equally important as remaining physically and mentally active, if your wondering what you’ve been training for in the past, well here the chance to put your training into practice, we train hard for hard times, we are now living in  a time period where we will need our art more than ever, our training and practice keeps us prepared for these  changes and the basics  keep us centered in times of uncertainty.

We now have classes twice a week Tue and Thurs evenings 8-9.30pm at the 53rd & 3rd location, also new members can avail of training mon to fri . We will also have the occasional sat morning seminar for those that request it.  The  fee structure for  students enrolling in the new year can be found at www.bwarrior.com or simply contact the dojo by email and they will answer all your questions , and dont forget to ask if there are any special offers for new students.

BWarrior NYC Martial Arts
230 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10022
ph:  (212) 752-3810
email:  bwarriormartialarts@gmail.com
web:    www.bwarrior.com
  www.bwarrior.com 

 We have started the year with the basics and fundamentals of sword work if you have your own training equipment I strongly urge you to practice at home as often as possible, it is only thru constant practice that we can begin to improve,  and by developing an insight with which we can discern the change in ourselves, “Times they are a changin” lets make sure were ahead of the curve, train when you can , practice when you can, stay in contact and be supportive of friends and family on a regular basis, take nothing for granted and  live life to your fullest potential for as long as you can. Sadness and loneliness and feeling helpless are common emotions in hard times like these, what makes them bearable is knowing that your not alone. If you where wondering in the past why structure and the basics where/are so important, its not that they simply have to be able to support just you, they have to be strong enough and stable enough to support and protect everyone else you care about, good luck with that….M

October 26th, 2008

New location, New Schedule!

Posted in Website Information by Mark

Starting November 4th will be training full time at the 53rd street location(www.bwarrior.com), classes start at 8pm sharp till 9.30pm, we will have two nights Tue and Thur , we will also have regular monthly Sat seminars , it has taken sometime to find a new home, but we have succeeded.

Thank you for you continued support, its because of this support that we have been looking for a more permanent home, and now we’ve found one. Current members/patrons and students that pay monthly will continue to have and maintain all the benefits and privileges, new students applying to the Dojo for membership will have a new option of pre-paying for 10 classes which will be valid for a certain period of time, there will also be a  separate fee for grades.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me, suggestions are always welcome and treated in the spirit in which they are offered;-).

I would just like to take this opportunity, to thank all the past, current patrons and friends of the Dojo for your continued support, without your kind donations and support we would not be able to continue to offer classes in the NY area, your efforts to keep training inspires me, to keep going myself.

 Thank you for the opportunity its been an honor and a privilege to be a part of your lives… and to the patrons of the past, I miss you to….M

July 29th, 2008

“A cut above the rest”

Posted in Website Information by Mark

This year after taking stock and taking charge of several issues in my rather chaotic life, I came to the realisation that there where several skills that I had a hankering to learn  but had yet to master, languages was one and the use of a Straight Razor was another, there are more skills, but I will limit this post to the Classic Razor.

A few years back a close friend of mine became interested in straight razors and I thought he was just plain mad to attempt something so dangerous as to apply a very sharp blade to a very bare neck, this comment needs to be taken in context, myself and Eddie have dueled and sparred over the years with various classical weapons,  and I am aware of his skill and control of these particular Japanese bladed weapons, it was this knowledge that made me acutely aware for my own personal health & safety.

The straight razor was commonly called the “cut throat” razor, I don’t think it earned this dubious distinction from peeling apples, no matter how deftly or precise that operation may be performed. My stepfathers father was a barber in London and though I don’t know if his razors or scissors have survived, the notion of using a razor myself, has always been hanging around somewhere in the recesses of my mind, under the topic of, “maybe this is something I should look into”.

So it was with great trepidation, and a lot of sweat, that I took my first step, albeit this step was taken with my hand, on the path to the closet shave I have ever had, and closer still to the ever elusive desire for self mastery.  Its amazing how steady your hand is, and how calm you become, when your own neck is on the line, this was the first realisation I had, it may have been an epiphany but I couldn’t/wouldn’t take my eyes of the mirror  to allow myself even the most fleeting moments of introspection.

I use the term self mastery because there seems to be two distinct processes  taking place a the same time, one is learning the skillful use of an extremely sharp instrument, and the other learning about yourself. This learning experience has been an interesting journey of self discovery, like a gambler who uses his own money, its not until you put your own neck on the line that you learn to trust your own instincts and skills, the downside of gambling is loss of money, whereas the downside of poor shaving technique is possibly the loss of some blood.  It’s a good thing if you suffer from Iron Overloading and bad a thing if your anaemic.

Anyway to make a long story boring, I started shaving, and its been several weeks now of regular shaving and I haven’t cut myself I can now feel the differences in blade sharpness and heft, and I can appreciate them. There is no room for doubt, or an imprecise stroke, there is no place or space  for ego between the blade edge and the skin, there is less distinction between where the blade starts and the skin begins, you become an artist through self education and self enlightenment, and you become painfully aware of your own mortality with a single drop of your own blood, shed by your own hand.

 To grasp life by the throat and to live to the fullest, takes a skill and determination that requires practice and constant honing, it is only through the process of wearing down a razors edge with continuous use against your skin that you can create a razor sharp mentality, and a polish/shine that radiates outward that puts you simply “a cut above the rest”.

 “The wearing down of one, sharpens the other”,  but that’s just my spin on it……..M.

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