Archive for March, 2009

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.