Archive for the Seminars category

June 2nd, 2012

Spring 2012

Its been awhile since our last posting, a lot has been going on, births, weddings and job related issues, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Ive been busy recently looking after various people cant say who, only kidding.

We have been busy training away in the local park here in Queens, with the way the economy has been the last few years it didn’t seem financially or fiscally prudent to incur the monthly strain of renting a Dojo space in the city.

Our  for training schedule is the same, once week in the park weather permitting, if you haven’t heard about it, that’s because we didn’t tell you!

I’m still teaching and hosting seminars when possible, but in the present climate I don’t think its fair to ask anyone to put their hand in their pockets when they are having a hard enough time making ends meet themselves.


In Jan I was hanging with the crew/posse in Baltimore MD, as always its a great pleasure to train with such enthusiastic practitioners of the art.

I hope to be headed down that way again for the last Thur in June first W/endin July on the way to NC then on to TN (roadtrip),  if your interested in training or simply hanging out just let me know.

In my humble opinion  its only thru constant peer review and introspection that we can fully become not just  good teachers but good human beings, its a cathartic process and a humbling process where-by you let complete strangers see your art for what it really is, either its the embodiment of a life’s work of self expression and art, demonstrated as a free unhindered mindfulness, our simply some inane and arcane esoterica practised behind closed doors while wearing black  pajamas.

I feel personally the time is coming when our art will have to bear the full scrutiny and test of modern times and its inherent constraints (legal, ethical and moral) or simply evaporate into the haze as many  of the students of the past have done, are we practising a live/life strategy , or marketing a strategy for life.

I hope everyone is well and managing/coping during these stressful times, it wont be long before were out of the darkness/ tunnel and back on the straight and narrow and into the light, and making a decent wage, lets start looking forward again, we need to take responsibility for our lives our happiness and our own futures.

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 


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!


March 1st, 2009


Posted in Seminars by Mark

March 14th we will host a introduction to women’s self defence techniques and their application, it will take place at the 53rd St Dojo from 12 -2pm, donations on the day will go to a women’s charity TBD by vote on the day, all are welcome, there will be some “crash test dummies” on hand to practice on ( male volunteers). Look forward to seeing everyone on the day, Regards Mark .

March 1st, 2009

Seminars-Feb 09

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Thank you to the Guys and Gals of Chapel Hill NC. I had a great time there and felt a great energy and vitality , I was made feel very welcome . For those of you who aren’t aware of the history of their Dojo it was founded by Dr Richard Stack many years ago, in the days when I still some dark hairs on my head, its been over 10years  now since I first made my first foray into the wilds of North Carolina, Myself and Phil Little attended a Steven Hayes seminars Hosted by Dr Stack,  we had a fantastic time all those years ago, we made some live long friends, and found a small piece of tranquillity in the process, a place I return to frequently. Every time I’m down in NC I make every effort to visit the Chapel Hill Quest Center,  and say Hi, last week was no exception this time we covered some basics and their inter-relationship to other techniques in the various ryu’s, some are quite obscure, and some are obvious, but all of these connections are tied with deep roots to the basics.  I look forward to my next vacation and my next visit to the Carolinas.

October 27th, 2008

Sept 9/11 fundraiser update.

Posted in Seminars by Mark

Well its still a work in progress, but we have a rough tally of funds raised to date, I say rough simply because the matching funds programs that some of our contributors are members of have slightly different methods and means of completing the fund transfers, so to make a short paragraph longer, when the final tally comes in there will be another posting. We are waiting at this moment for the matching fund tranfers to be completed, so far there’s almost 1,000 dollars in matching donations to come in, which is a fantastic result and a big thank you to everyone invloved.

On the day  Mr Hoban led the way with a espirit de corp and panache that he seems to embody so well. The day progressed in an informative and productive manner, with the level of complexity increasing through out the day, culminating in the now regular annual apprisal of what it is we do, and why we do it, but I feel more importantly why what we do, needs to be done in the first place.

So far we have raised about 2,600 dollars (nearly 13,000  to-date) and as soon as we have the final number we will post it. Thanks again to everyone for taking the time out of their busy schedules to come to our assistance, thank you to our families for supporting us. Thank you to Brynard for his continued support and for  the use of his Dojo.

Fundementally what we are attempting to do is re-connect with the rest of humanity by showing others  that  we care, to those of you that support us in our efforts thank you, to those that haven’t theres always next year….M