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8 I Turtle Power

The Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles return in a new


summer blockbuster. See what the excitement is all about and get insider info from the film's stunt coordinator and stuntmen.

12 I Tigers are Roaring Back

Tigers are making a comeback in India, Napal and Thailand thanks to intervention efforts.

16 I Remember the Alamo

Keith D. Yates on how to develop indominable spirit.

20 I In This Corner


GM Joe Corley reflects on Humble Warriors.

24 I Counter Attacktics

Former Full-Contact Champion Bob "Thunder" Thurman has a whole new gig, training corporate America on the strategies of self-protection.

27 I Favorite Fighting Techniques From the Masters TM


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Some of Bob Thurman's tchniques for street survial.

28 I The Voice of Tradition


Hanshi Dan Tosh reveals true kata.

30 I Book Review

Master Colin Wee nominated Dr. Bruce Clayton,

author of Shotokan's Secret for a Official Karate TM Magazine Golden Shuto Award . Here is his review of the book.

32 I Kung Fu Korner Sifu Karen Schlachter reflects on the life of one of her TM

mentors, Sunyata Saraswati.

36 I Nutritional Self Defense




Are you wiped out after lunch? Craig Rubenstein tells you how to rectify that situation.


38 I Rising Stars Up and Coming young martial artists. TM

44 I Favorite Fighting Techniques From the Masters TM

Grandmaster Danny Lane demonstrates real self defense.

46 I Keep it Simple in the Street

Lt. Patrick Ciser shares years of law enforcement experience with you as he points out his favorite street techniques.

50 I Structural Self Defense


MMA action at the 2014 CBBHOF in Toronto.


Dr. Craig Rubenstein interviews Shotokan Sensei David Renner who is also a Chiropractor and expert in applied kinesiology.

54 I Photo Tips/Review

Chris Willson with the Karate Masters Portrait Project reviews the Pentax 645Z.

58 I Martial Marketing Tips


Dr. Andrew Linick on how to write more powerful and effective small ads.

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If You Instruct Children

by Jim Mather, Hanshi


n instructor/friend who was well-loved by his students was teaching karate after school one day at an elementary school. A group of former students (older girls who had moved on to the middle school) were on campus for an event. They saw him teaching and ran into the classroom, where they gave him a big group hug. By chance, a school administrator was walking past the classroom around the same time and noticed what was happening. She continued on but passed by again on her way back to her office a few minutes later. The girls were still hugging the instructor, as sort of a joke. But the administrator felt it had gone on too long and the instructor was soon fired. He tried to appeal the firing but was unsuccessful. The school’s position was it had raised a question mark about him in school administrators’ minds and they had no choice but to do whatever was necessary to make sure their students were not at risk. This is what scientists call a Type I Error. There are two types of errors one can make in this type of situation, Type I and Type II. A Type I Error is where an innocent person is erroneously determined to be guilty and sent to prison. A Type II Error is where a guilty person is erroneously determined to be innocent and set free. Our society has determined that they would rather run the risk that a guilty person be set free (Type II Error) than an innocent person be sent to prison. So our criminal justice system is structured in such a manner as to better prevent Type I Errors than Type II. (It doesn’t always work. Innocent people are convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. But we likely let far more guilty people walk than lock up innocent ones. And that is the continued on page 18

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The Turtles Release date: August 8, 2014 THE CITY NEEDS HEROES. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O’Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan.



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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Paramount Pictures Presents a Platinum Dunes Production A Gama Entertainment / Mednick Productions / Heavy Metal Production A Jonathan Liebesman Film Executive Producers Denis L. Stewart, Eric Crown, Napoleon Smith III, Jason T. Reed Produced By Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Galen Walker, Scott Mednick, Ian Bryce Based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman Screenplay by Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec and Evan Daugherty Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, K. Todd Freeman, Danny Woodburn, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson, Minae Noji Mutant Ninja Turtles Characters Created by PETER LAIRD and KEVIN EASTMAN with a Screenplay by JOSH APPELBAUM & ANDRÉ NEMEC and EVAN DAUGHERTY, Producer MICHAEL BAY (the blockbuster Transformers franchise) and director JONATHAN LIEBESMAN (Wrath of the Titans) bring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the popular franchise that has captivated audiences of all ages for decades, into the 21st century.

Official Karate Magazine's Exclusive Interview with Jonathan Eusebio­—fight coordinator for the film What is your own background? Any martial arts training? I started martial arts at age nine in the discipline, Tae Kwon Do. When I was in high school I started gravitating to wrestling and judo. At 18 I trained under Guro Dan Inosanto. At his school I trained extensively in wide variety of disciplines. It included the filipino martial arts, jun fan gung fu, muay thai, boxe francaise, silat, shoot wresting and boxing. I trained there for over 10 years and made my way into stunt work. The exposure and understanding of all these different disciplines has, I believe , helped prepare me to change things up in the cinematic realm.

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Turtles continued Where the costumed characters actually martial artists? The costumed characters were a mix of the actors and stunt performers. The actors did the voice work and physical action in the dialogue scenes, while the stuntmen did all the big action sequences and fight pieces. How much did you have to teach the actors? Did any of them have previous training? We started training the actors a month or so before shooting and throughout the movie shoot. I don’t think any of them had previous martial art training but they were good athletes and picked things up quickly. We didn’t train them so much to do the fight scenes but get them comfortable with each of their signature weapons. This way they looked liked they handled those weapons naturally in any of those dialogue scenes where they had to do certain fight movements. What about the sword and weapons work? How did that differ from the usual punch and kick fight scenes? Dealing with weapons, like anything else takes practice. Besides hand eye coordination there are many factors involved with handling weapons. You have to deal with the range of the weapon, the shape of the weapon, the weight of the weapon, where the danger points on the weapon are located, etc. These parameters have to be taken in account because the person handling the weapon has more of a chance in injuring another person but also runs a great risk in hurting themselves. I think with the popularity of boxing and MMA most people can adapt to kicking and punching. In a fight scene most people are familiar with kicking and punching so there is an easier understanding of targets and understanding why you do certain movements. Weapons, depending on what they are , aren’t as commonplace and people need more training and practice in how to handle them. Is there anything that is going to set this film apart from the other super hero movies out there? I think what sets this movie apart from other superhero movies currently out there is it is going to be fun. There is going to be hardcore action but the bottom line is the turtles are going to be the same guys everyone has grown up with. They have the same



humor and comradeship that endears them to people of all ages. Anything unique or humorous that happened on the set? One moment that sticks out in my mind is the guys bought these nice replicas of star wars light sabers and everyone started swinging them all over the place. It was just funny to see guys with turtle shells on the backs swinging these light sabers. I thought even ninja turtles want to be jedi knights. What is your own fitness and training regimen? I try to train 5 or 6 days week depending on my work schedule. I try to come in the morning and do a circuit that usually involves a core workout. Then afterwards do a martial art workout. Depending on the show I am preparing for, I will focus on a specific martial art. I like to do kicking and punching on one day and grappling and throws on another day. Another other films you are working on that you can tell us about? I just finished a show called Agent 47, a reboot of the movie Hitman, which is based on a popular video game of the same name.

Official Karate Magazine asked “StuntTurtles” Jackson Spidell (Stunts for Donatello) and Jon Calera (Stunts for Leonardo)
about the film and about themselves. Are you guys martial artists as well? Jackson—My personal martial arts background is that of a Japanese mix of Shorin Ryu and Goju Ryu know as Isshin Ryu, which I started when i was 10. Thru competing I also transferred to a mixture of different styles like capoeria and learned many acrobatic moves from gymnast friends. I also excelled in many sports such as football, track and field, and basketball to name a few. My family was very sports oriented to say the least. Jon—I’ve been a stuntman for 14 years now and my martial arts training began when I was 8 years old ... started training w/a freestyle blend of tae kwon do and shotokan but also trained in various martial arts growing up. I traveled all over the world for martial arts competitions and shows where I met the people who introduced me to the film industry.

The Turtles are know for their weapons. Most kids can name the weapon that the individual turtles weild. Jackson—The weapons work was a lot of fun. You get to think outside the box a little bit and figure out new ways to incorporate the weapons that you would’t ordinarily see. Having studied many of the weapons we used it was great to have a place where our imaginations could run wild and perform special moves in fights that we wouldn’t see anywhere else.

Each Turtle has his own personality. How does that come out in the techniques and moves you make?

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Jon—As far as the sword and weapon work goes, I trained in martial arts weaponry growing up. I continued training weapon work throughout my stunt career.  I’ve done several films already using alot of sword work. Our team usually trains together in all facets of choreography. So whether it’s straight punching and kicking, weapon choreography or using anything in our environment ... chair, table, etc ... we’ll use anything that we find useful and creative.

Jackson—Yeah, I think the fact that these characters are traditionally trained, yet each has their own unique personality that we tried to incorporate into their fighting styles, will set this movie apart from other hero films. It’s been a long time since a ninja essence has been able to captivate an audience while still trying to keep a level of tradition, that when growing up, we know these turtles to have. We didn’t wanna make NEW turtles, just expand on their universe that we grew up with. Jon—It’s the ninja turtles! Whether you’re a martial artist or not we all grew up w/ninja turtles. Even the younger generation today, they’re watching and following the cartoon series. Even though we wore the mo-cap suits and the turtles are computerized, the moves are us. It’s our exact martial art moves and choreography. Jackson—I think in the fact of uniqueness, watching Jeremy roll around and fight on a skateboard with a big ass shell on his back was pretty funny. We would

have a lot of fun with those things. They were made of foam so we’d always be running and flying towards each other and knocking into one another, or just doing really big back drops on the ground. It was like constantly having a giant pillow on your back, so we took, maybe too much, advantage of that. Did you have to get in better shape for this film or were you already physically ready? Jackson—My training regimen consists of a lot of lifting and flipping. It’s hard for me to keep weight on and I don’t like to get too skinny in-between jobs so I am constantly eating and lifting, as well as keeping up with my martial arts training with judo, kicking, and our acrobatic skills as well. Jon—We all train together as a team. All the turtles are part of the 87eleven Action Team so we’re always together at our shop. We usually get together in the morning to start our circuit training and then after we get into our martial arts training which usually consist of various weapon work and martial art styles. Depending on the style of the movie we’re working on at the time, we’ll do research and train for a specific style. Since you guys are part of a stunt-team, what do you have coming up? Jackson—I recently finished a movie called “John Wick” that Dave and Chad directed where I was doubling Keanu Reeves. In addition I ended my run on the “Hunger Games” franchise this year, where I had been doubling Sam Claflin. I’m now in London doing reshoots for a Dracula based movie. Not much I’m allowed to say at the moment, but I hope you enjoy it when it comes out!   Jon—I atually just finished the film “Agent 47.” It’s based on the video game, the hitman. I was the fight coordinator for the film. Be on the lookout for it early next year. Thanks guys, we are excited to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie! Martial Arts Grandmasters International ®


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TIGERS ARE ROARING BACK IN INDIA, NEPAL AND THAILAND, THANKS TO STRENUOUS INTERVENTIONS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. While the fate of the world’s tiger populations remains extremely precarious, indicators suggest that the combined urgent interventions, increased anti-poaching efforts and habitat management efforts of the last few years may be taking hold, reports Josh Cohen, company director of wildlife viewing specialist Wild Planet Adventures. Thailand has had initial success with a tiger comeback in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in the vast Western Forest Complex, which includes Kaeng Krachan National Park, the third largest and least-visited national Park in Thailand. Close to the border of Myanmar, visitors may see black leopard and have the best possibility to see tigers in the wild. Thailand’s Klong Seang Wildlife Sanctuary has been 12


nearly inaccessible until recently. It is several hours from the nearest village and the only other humans are occasional passing fishermen. Because of this extreme isolation, Klong Seang harbors healthy populations of rare animals including the elusive clouded leopard and Sumatran tigers. This lakeside wildlife sanctuary features hundreds of inlets and coves best explored through a combination of long-tail boat and silent kayaking, offered exclusively Wild Planet Adventures, the only US operator in the park. Unknown and nearly inaccessible, a new floating aqua-lodge on the lake makes an ideal base near breathtaking limestone karst formations. Cohen promises that this lodge “provides previously unavailable creature comforts in style, in a completely isolated setting and with a world-class Thai restaurant.” Visitors also

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enjoy swimming in this “breathtakingly beautiful” area where rivers and waterfalls flow into a multitude of valleys amidst tall limestone karst mountains and lush rainforest. Because silence is golden when viewing elusive wildlife, Cohen has devised a way to access the isolated coves and inlets of rainforest waterways without disturbing the shyest and rarest animals. A combination of motorized long-tail boats and kayaks provide wildlife aficionados with silent access into dozens of fingers and 200 islands on Klong Seang’s Ratchaprapha Reservoir. “This strategy has already more than doubled sightings of notoriously skittish animals such as clouded leopard,” said Cohen. There is also good news for big cats in India. In a recent report, Cohen notes that the total of tigers on six tiger reserves in India’s Madhya Pradesh increased from 257 to nearly 300,

including increases in Bandhavgarh and Kanha national parks. The tiger population in Bardia National Park also doubled in two years. Tiger rescue / relocation programs at Manas National Park in the Assam region of India are also enjoying successes. The stunning sub-Himalayan beauty of the Assam region in India is another of Cohen’s favorite little-known secrets. Here, the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Manas and Kaziranga National Parks are located in India’s least visited region, nestled between Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Tibet and China. Kaziranga offers a safari experience unparalleled outside of Africa, says Cohen. “Imagine 40 rhinos, a few herds of wild elephants, a tiger and hundreds of deer and other large mammals, all in your field of vision all at once.” Manas, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, offers a Project Tiger Reserve, an Elephant Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve. Fewer continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International ®


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than 6,000 foreigners come to Kaziranga annually. “Our track record for seeing the world’s rarest and most elusive animals may well be the most comprehensive of any wild animal specialists leading tours today,” he adds. “We try to avoid unnecessary intrusion into an animal’s personal space or habitat to get a great photo. Instead, we rely on the tracking skills and wildlife expertise of some of the industry’s best guides and best practices. We take every precaution we know of to limit our impact so that when our guests witness, for example, a clouded leopard, the sighting is real and authentic.” The editors of National Geographic Traveler announced in April 2014 that Cohen’s company is the recipient of its fifth “World’s Best 50 Trips” award from National Geographic Traveler. The award recognizes Wild Planet Adventure’s “On the Jaguar’s Trail; from the Pantanal to the Amazon” wildlife safari as a “Tour of a Lifetime”. Wild Planet Adventures has now received this award for tours in five of its nine destinations, including its India Ultimate Wildlife: Leopards, Tigers & Palaces safari, and its Thailand & Laos Ultimate Wildlife eco-tour. For big cat enthusiasts award-winning trips offer the possibility to see leopards and tigers in India; clouded leopards, tigers, civet cats and black leopards in Thailand; lions, cheetah, cerval, and leopards in Zambia, and jaguars, puma and ocelot in Brazil. Of course, these and other wild planet programs don’t exclusively feature cats; sightings of primates, birds, amphibians, reptiles and especially many rare and endangered animals are amongst the industry’s highest due to Wild Planet’s expert wildlife guides and best wildlife viewing practices.



About Wild Planet Adventures The expert wildlife guides of Wild Planet Adventures go the extra mile to explore remote wildlife habitat and study wildlife patterns in destinations not often accessible to the general public. Thanks to the company’s comprehensive itineraries that balance diverse and complex ecosystems and habitats, guests enjoy wildlife and game viewing that is carefully aligned with animals’ seasonal, daily and nocturnal migrations. Following a philosophy that interacting with nature has the power to transform lives, tours are conducted in Africa, Baja, Belize, Borneo, Brazil, Costa Rica, Galapagos, India, Laos, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Thailand and Zambia. Wild Planet Adventures is recognized by top publications in the travel industry for its itineraries that combine intimate encounters with wildlife and local culture. When guests join a Wild Planet Adventures safari to India, Nepal or Thailand, a portion of the trip fees goes to Project Tiger and other conservation organizations. People can also contribute directly to Panthera Save the Tiger Fund. For a more information and a complimentary 2013 catalog call toll-free 1.800.990.4376, or e-mail: trips@wildplanetadventures. com. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto:

Life & Death Exploits of a Jersey Cop and Karate Champion Simple Streetwise Defense Tactics That Work! In his book, BUDO and the BADGE: Exploits of a Jersey Cop. Lieutenant Patrick Ciser, (Ret), Shihan, 6th dan, International Karate Champion, recalls mastering karate, kicking in doors, high speed chases, and dodging bullets and blades, during his 28 years as a Clifton, NJ police officer. From how-to tips on self-defense moves (complete with photos), to the state of the arts today—including historical photos of famous first- generation karate pioneers and legends—there's something to learn here for everyone regardless of rank or style. I wish to express my personal best wishes and gratitude to you providing an extraordinary level of service and sacrifice for the well-being of others. —Chief Christopher Trucillo Port Authority Police of NY/NJ Ciser isn't on the Clifton Police Department, He IS the Clifton Police Department. aster alist M d e —Walter Sudol, Passaic PD M e. old 1987 G Athens, Greec , r e Pat Cis You must read this actionpacked memoir. Shihan Ciser's lineage traces back to Japan. Edward Kaloudis, American Karate Pioneer and O'Sensei Brian Frost were his teachers. ­ —Andrew S. Linick, Hanshi, Judan, Publisher Official

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REMEMBER THE ALAMO or how to develop indomitable spirit By GM KEITH D. YATES



olonel William Travis drew a line in the sand with his sword. “Anyone who wants to leave now can do so but if you want to stay and fight with me then step over this line,” he is reported to have said. Almost 200 men stepped over the line including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, who had to be carried over on a stretcher. They knew they would probably die in the onslaught of Mexican soldiers but they decided that they would make a stand for freedom. In the end they were right. They all perished but their sacrifice became a famous battle cry and within a month Texas defeated Mexico and won her freedom. One of the major “Tenets” of the martial arts is the one called indomitable spirit. I know what you’re thinking, “What the heck does that mean?” Indomitable just isn’t a word we use all the time. “Do your homework with a indomitable spirit.” “I just love a man with an indomitable spirit.” Let’s start with the dictionary definition. In-dom-i-ta-ble (adjective): Incapable of being overcome or subdued.



So is that the same thing as one of the other commonly used martial tenets—perseverance ? Well, kind of. We probably all think of perseverance as never giving up or sticking with something. Is not giving up the same as not being overcome? It’s related but not quite the same thing. Perseverance has to do with trying your best. A person who perseveres is one who doesn’t quit. In this space I have already talked about the perseverance needed to become a black belt. But indomitable goes even deeper. It isn’t just coming back for more, it’s coming back with a vengeance. Perseverance means doing something in spite of your fears. Indomitable spirit is doing something without fear. Perseverance is an attitude while indomitable spirit is more a way of life. Perhaps that is why it is usually the last tenet on the list. A white belt can begin to learn the characteristics of courtesy and respect. They can be made to say “yes sir” and to stand in attention position. They may not get it at first but it is a beginning.

RANCE SELF-CONTROL INDOMITABLE SPIRIT Integrity takes a little longer. You can’t just make someone be honest by talking to them. You have to be an example over a period of time. As the students see the example of their teachers and senior students they can begin to understand integrity as something they want to emulate. Perseverance also can’t take place on the first or second lesson. Wait until the student doesn’t pass a test or gets beat the first match in a competition. Then we will see if they keep coming back to class in the face of disappointment. Self-control comes only after being tested—and I don’t mean just a belt test. The opportunity to lose control must present itself before you can practice not losing control. Again this doesn’t happen at white belt level. It probably is green belt level before most students get unintentionally smacked in a sparring match. This is

the time they get to show if they will lose their temper or not. Indomitable spirit takes much longer than all of the above. I know green belts and blue belts that I would categorize as having courtesy, integrity, perseverance and selfcontrol. But I would have to wait until brown belt or even black belt before I could say someone had indomitable spirit. I’m talking here about the martial arts classroom. Of course there are many people and many instances outside of the dojang where one can display an attitude of never being overcome. Think of the sports arena— the quarterback playing with a broken finger on his passing hand but refusing to come out of the game,

Lets face it, martial arts can be hard sometimes. It is demanding. It can even be painful at times. If you want to make it a way of life then you have to have more than just perseverance.

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the boxer bleeding badly from a cut over the eye but still coming back to knock out his opponent. How about an example from the business world—the business person who loses everything in a bankruptcy only to start over again with more determination than ever? Then there is the example of the battlefield—soldiers literally dodging bullets to rescue fallen comrades, the Texans refusing to surrender to Mexican General Santa Anna at the Alamo even though they knew they would probably die. Obviously this characteristic of indomitable spirit extends to much more than just the martial arts classroom. And this characteristic (as all of the tenets) can be developed in many other ways than by learning martial arts. But this in one way and, in my opinion, a pretty good one. Lets face it, martial arts can be hard sometimes. It is demanding. It can even be painful at times. If you want to make it a way of life then you have to have more than just perseverance. You have to have the attitude that nothing is going to keep you from it. Maybe indomitable is a word that we should use more in our everyday conversation.

Keith D. Yates has been teaching the martial arts for almost five decades. Besides being the managing editor of Official Karate Magazine, he is the founder of Nam Seo Kwan Tae Kwon Do, the President of the American Karate and Tae Kwon Do Organization (, the Chairman of the High Dan board of the American Karate Black Belt Association Chin Sook Hage Kwan ( and the Chairman of the Board of Governers of the Gospel Martial Arts Union ( 18


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intentional bias of the system.) When it comes to the protection of our children, however, schools, parents, and people in general almost always lean heavily towards preventing Type II Errors (that a guilty person will be allowed to walk free) – believing it’s better to send away an occasional innocent person than run the risk a guilty one will be allowed access to our children. This is the exact opposite slant of our criminal justice system. This was what school administrators applied in the case mentioned above. And it will likely be what will be the case in most similar situations you encounter. When in doubt, no matter how slight, they will let you go, pull their children out of your program, or file charges. I have become very careful about physical contact with students. I don’t hug students unless 1) I know them and their families very well, 2) it’s appropriate, 3) not done often, and 4) in a public setting, where other people are there. When students hug me, I make sure I keep it brief. I will say something comforting or funny to them and step back, separating us. Many children today need affection, as they may not be getting it at home. So I never want to hurt their feelings or do anything to make them feel even worse. But we need to protect ourselves. A classroom teacher once told me she never initiates a hug with a student. She only returns them when a student hugs her, as children do on occasion. This is good advice for all of us. This column is taken from Jim Mather’s Karate Life Blog. Mr. Mather is a well known traditional karate master and historian. His blog traces his over 55 years in the arts including friendships with many icons and celebrities. His new novel is called Arrow Catcher. He is also on the Board of the Karate Masters Hall of Fame® Contact him at



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t was Saturday night, June 7, 2014 AD, and many across Ft. Worth were models of Humility. This Atlanta 70's Warrior our land were looking around wondering where we calls it the Clint Eastwood Assertive Paradigm. All these Americans and our country are. men and women here "walked softly," but they all carried "A Those of us in the Ft. Worth Hilton were not BIG '44'". wondering. Their era had been preceded and modeled for them by We stood tall, with hands to hearts, as country music their parents of “America's Greatest Generation," the men and icon Eddy Raven delivered a women from every walk of life moving, soulful Star Spangled who went after the Nazis and Banner followed by America the Pearl Harbor murderers the Beautiful. with a passion. These honored We applauded Eddy’s passionmartial artists on this night had filled salutes to our land, and presented their world with a then we cheered each other. peacetime version of this ethic, We knew from where we had and they had set a Standard we come, and we have faith we pray will be replicated in a new can make a difference going generation. forward. Today's martial arts Grandmaster Pat instructors are themselves cut Burleson hosted the Texas from a different cloth and Champions and icons Joe Corley, Jeff Smith, Al Francis Brand of the Masters Hall Of have been raised in a "kinder and Raymond McCallum at the Ft. Worth gathering. Fame, eloquently presented and gentler" world. Their in the Ft. Worth Hilton and produced by the tireless and students of today are daily pressured by the mind-numbing, creative Jamie Cashion. often mind-less, digital revolution where words mean different There was more than 3,500 years of experience things and/or are often meaningless—a world where bullies represented in this one ballroom. Platinum, Gold and Silver can now be anonymous "keyboard warriors," lurking, insulting ranked Masters of the Martial Arts moved powerfully across and name calling from the murky shadows of the Internet. A the stage to receive not just another award, but to stand on world where every one is a Master of Something. a red carpet with peers they may have beat on in a previous This Southeastern Warrior has observed a special brand of life. Tonight, they are relishing a bond—a bond of courage, men and women from the Southwest, molded by and modeled character and class—Texas, America style after J. Pat Burleson and Allen R. Steen. I always admired and The gentleman who is J Pat (GM Burleson) had his respected their toughness. And pride. There was never begging quiet signature on this atmosphere of humility of greats. for "contact" points, before or after safety gear, shaking off John Rushkin said about Humility, “I believe that the first whatever clobbered them with "I'm OK, let's go." test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, Losers bowed and shook the winners’ hands. No whining doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling allowed. Parents and coaches respected the calls of the hard that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they working officials. There was honor. Respect. Courtesy. see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, American Warrior style. foolishly, incredibly merciful.” These Warriors on this night in Yes, the men were men. And yes, the women were proud of it.



And I, a visitor from another place, was honored to have been invited to join this group on this June night, some four decades later. In months and years ahead, it will continue to be my mission to share with the world at large the intensity, the integrity and the fierceness that was represented in Ft. Worth at this Masters Hall of Fame. And for our friends who do not have a frame of reference to identify personally with what I have tried to convey here about these humble warriors, please search out these names to see what you can find on YOUTUBE and GOOGLE. What great legacies you will enjoy! GM Joe Corley was a fierce competitor and champion in the early days of American Karate and is a respected instructor, broadcaster and promoter who helped the sport of kickboxing acheive world wide recognition. He can be reached at



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Here I was, a champion fighter and I couldn’t even protect my family.

f you’ve ever followed the world of professional karate and kick-boxing then you know about Bob “Thunder” Thurman. For eight years he was the Professional Karate Association (PKA) World Champion and he appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, NBC Sports World, and on ESPN. But you may not know what Bob has been doing since he exited the fight ring. He was at the top of his game when tragedy struck. Thurman was finishing a karate class at a dojo in suburban Kansas City when he heard a commotion outside. When he rushed out he found his wife, Betsy bleeding on the ground. She and a friend had been accosted by two robbers and even though 24


they turned over their valuables, one of the men shoot Betsy point blank in the head. She was six weeks pregnant. Miraculously, Betsy and her unborn daughter survived. Thurman still is haunted by that day. “Why did that guy shoot my wife? She gave him what he wanted! Here I was, a champion fighter and I couldn’t even protect my family.” As Bob struggled to deal with his wife’s injuries and as she underwent a long and difficult recovery, he turned to a friend who was a nationally known social psychologist, former police officer and expert in criminology. Together, Dr. James Rasicot and Thurman started to devise a program that would not only teach self-protection tactics but

ATTACTICS From "Thunder" in the Ring to Training in the Corporate Boardroom also train participants in the mind and actions of criminals. Bob says that most martial arts instructors focus almost exclusively on the physical skills needed to neutralize an attacker, and while that is good, he believes that any potential victim needs to be aware of so much more. “Knowledge can be the equalizer,” he says, “The strong take the weak and the smart take the strong.”


efore he began his new career of seminars called “CounterAttactics,” Thurman and Rasicot interviewed over 300 victims of violent crime. They studied not just the mental state of the victims before, during and after an attack, but they also researched the mindset of the attacker by interviewing penitentiary convicts. Instead of starting his seminars with martial arts blows, Thurman will encourage the participants to begin an evaluation process. There are four elements of an assault he points out, the attacker, the victim, the so-called “meeting,” and the place, or location. Additionally there are three scientifically proven reasons for a violent act: physiological need, psychological need and sociological need. Physiologically a person might use violence to either survive or to gain possessions (take something away from someone else). If this is their motivation they will usually end the attack

Former champ Bob Thurman oversees a personal protection seminar which utilizes realistic attack and defense scenarios. after they get what they want. In the case of Bob’s wife, who was shot even though she gave the robber her purse and jewelry, the attacker had a psychological or societal need to up the violence level. Psychologically people resort to violence to humiliate others, to demonstrate dominance or to show superiority. Sociological reasons would be to impress others, follow orders (gang activity) or to simply show off. These kinds of attacks are often random and the attacker can be continued

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totally unaffected by the victim’s response (begging for mercy, being hurt and unable to fight back). Knowing all these things about an attacker can help you develop a plan of survival says Thurman. His program teaches the four rules of survival. 1) Keep your mind in the game. 2) Evaluate the situation. 3) Develop your escape strategy. 4) Finally, attack and escape. There are two strategies that you can utilize in a confrontation. The “cooperative strategy” is where you become an “actor.” Pretend to go along with the attacker until the proper time comes to fight back and escape. Bob says to comply with their demands and offer no physical resistance. Be cooperative, he points out, until the situation demands that you be uncooperative. The second strategy is that “uncooperative” one. This is where you send the message that you are not going to give up control without resistance. You must act aggressively and be “angry.” He often has his seminar participants shout out, “be mean,” when he asks them how they are going to be in an attack scenario. He points out that you should NEVER go with an assailant to a secondary crime scene. If they want you to go to an ATM or a more secluded place you must make your stand right then and there.

“Space is one of the best defensive positions you can take, “ he says. “The farther you can move back from an attacker, the less he feels threatened and the less chance of him reacting violently.” Ultimately, however, if you must strike back, do it with every amount of force you can generate. He has his charges actually strike against the instructors who are wearing heavily padded suits so the students can really “feel” what it is like to make contact with an attacker’s body and so they can begin to gauge how much force they will need to generate to stop an attacker in his tracks. Today Bob and his daughter, Maggie, that unborn child that survived the shooting attack, along with his team of instructors, travel the country helping to train thousands of women, men and even children in the principles and techniques of self protection. For the man once feared in the kick-boxing ring, he is still striking fear in the hearts of would-be muggers and rapists as he is on a crusade to protect real people from real crime.

You must act agressively and be "angry."


hurman also teaches principles such as verbal de-escalation and anger management. He covers topics like active school and workplace shootings, airplane, subway and taxicab safety. And, of course, being the expert martial artist that he is, he delves into the physical techniques of selfdefense. Some of his favorite techniques are palm strikes to the face or groin, elbows strikes and even knee grabs. He emphasizes a "space bubble" of about 4 feet around you. He says that you must be aware of and control that space. 26


Bob Thurman is a dynamic speaker and has taught and spoken at hundreds of corporate events across the nation. His real life experiences as a champion fighter and family member of a vicious criminal assault makes him uniquely able to address the topic of personal protection. He has personally trained almost 100,000 people. For information on booking Bob go to his website,

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GM Dan Tosh


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here is a lack of true understanding of kata and how it applies to everyday life in the martial arts. Part of the reason for this is the widespread use and showing of forms in tournaments. Most of the “real” kata would be somewhat boring and, to the inexperienced viewing audience, without the glamour they see in the movies. Many practitioners have opted to forego the traditional forms that were originally created for the practice or rehearsal of fight scenarios. This is much like the rehearsal for a play or a roll in a movie. The actor, or form performer, must dig deep inside to become one with the act that is to be performed. Kata must have an emotional connection and the practice must include several aspects of the mind and body. The mind must be sharply focused on imaging, yes imaging like a camera, the attacker and the attacks that are being directed to the performer. The body must be in sync with the mind and the shifting of the hips, feet, legs, shoulders and head must be done in such a way as not to expend too much energy so that all energy is not spent prior to the goal. In history past, not recent past, but long past, there was no show and no large audiences. There was no desire to become a famous actor or kata star performer. The goal was to be able to thwart off evil doers of all levels, from the bully troublemaker to the criminally insane murderer who would be willing to kill not only you but also your entire family. Of course along the way there are rapists, molesters and robbers who need to be dealt with and sometimes with no support from anyone else. The odds can be overwhelming and defeat is certain unless you muster the desire

and have the skillset to stop such aggression. In today’s world do most of us have this issue? Probably not, except for a few people who live in either war-torn countries or in neighborhoods that are riddled with gangs and violence. Most Americans and Europeans alike believe that we have rights and that those rights are Godgiven. We believe that we will simply be able to speak our minds, say our piece and all will be calm. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. And, as we get older, we are not going to be able to overpower our bigger, tougher assailants. We need to use swift, powerful and decisive technique that comes from kata. Not just flowery kata, real kata that allows us to practice commitment to an action which will result in more powerful techniques in our physical bodies that we could ever realize. The problem today with most kata is that it's done for the wrong reasons. And, of course, there are always those who say it’s useless—the only way to “street fight” is to “rock and sock” get out there and punch and kick until someone is declared the winner. Traditionalists try to defend their beloved kata and tradition as well as Bunkai and tuite’. Remember that fighters in the rings have rules and if even one rule is imposed, it is no longer a real fight. I cannot pluck out an eye, or squeeze a groin until it crushes in my hand. Additionally there is no “reason” to fight, except for fame or money and tradition has no place for that. If someone came to your home and wanted to rape or kill, you have a reason to fight! In summation, if the practice of kata was done as it was supposed to be, it would provide

The problem today with most kata is that it's done for the wrong reasons.



so much more and the return of the investment for the hours spent would be ten-fold. Anyone who is a good gymnast can and does win at tournaments because there are way too many novice judges that are wrongly impressed with someone who has a little martial art experience and a lot of gymnastics experience. The twirling and the jumping around are all that they see. The crowd pushes the judges into a direction that they feel they must go for fear of retribution. Our art has evolved and not all evolution is good, some weakens us while some strengthens us. Be open-minded about your training and remember that kata training is a remarkable tool in the development of your success as a complete martial artist! —Domo Arigato Hanshi Dan Tosh is on the Board of Advisors of Martial Arts Grandmasters InternationalTM as well as the Karate Masters Hall of FameTM. Hanshi Tosh has been training in Shorin-ryu karate-do since 1958. You can contact him at

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Shotokan's Secret by Dr. Bruce Clayton

BOOK REVIEW OF AN AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR We got this nomination for an Official Karate magazine Golden Shuto Award TM from Colin Wee in Australia. We thought the "reason" for nomination was so well-thought-out that we are reproducing it here.


hen I first heard about the Shotokan’s Secret Shotokan’s Secret seemed like it was written book in 2002, I was a martial artist on the verge for me. It offered a glimpse of who these Okinawans of losing my way. I had moved countries twice over, were, why they had to devise such deadly survival could not have been farther away from my teachers, skills, and how they embedded these skills into the and was utterly frustrated with the patterns they practiced. That made so development of a training syllabus that much sense to me. I wanted to be able was threatening to run away from me. to use that perspective to make sense I have acquired more than my fair of my patterns, create the syllabus I share of martial art books, but was wanted to work with, and steer my intrigued by the premise put forth by own students away from the trough I Bruce Clayton, Ph.D. I was intrigued was finding myself in. because the book delved into the lives When I eventually received my of the people who developed the precopy, I couldn’t put the book down. cursor of the martial arts I practiced. It I thought the first part of the book presented the risks these Karate maswas an award-winning piece just for ters faced and how they then develbringing the Karate masters of old to oped hard style Karate. It asked if I life. All I knew to date was that the was interested to understand Karate’s Father of Modern Karate was called “true purpose.” Could this be the guide Gichin Funakoshi. It never occurred to which I had been waiting for? Would me that I should ask who his teachers it clarify fundamental assumptions of were, where did his art come from, nor the martial arts I have made which may why did it develop. It never occurred have been flawed? to me to ask about the influence of Up to this point, I of course Chinese Chuan Fa on the Okinawans, “Oustanding Scholar & Author Category” prided myself with what I considered and certainly I never thought there’d Shihan very adequate martial art skills. But be a link between combative skills and Dr. Bruce Clayton when I started looking objectively at geopolitical dynamics. is hereby presented this the situation, was my pride just based Yes, the spoiler is that several Golden Shuto Award in recognition on fast reflexes and the inordinate weapons bans within the Ryukyu of his vast contributions to the the martial arts. amount of time I invested in physiKingdom in the early 17th century cal fitness? If you drilled down a little may have led to its eventual dual would those superficial achievements subordination to both China and Japan be betrayed by a meagre understanding in the mid 17th century. This meant of practical combative skills? that the Okinawans were always faced off with bet-



ter armed foes, be they Satsuma samurai, Chinese government officials, pirates or even US Marines. Despite such incredible odds, their need to protect their King or Regent was ever present. And it was that duty which drove them to hone their bodies and their fighting skill to a rarefied level. A good history lesson is not just a story of what has passed, but a prelude to what could happen again. If we may judge the Okinawan Karate masters of old to be successful, then as I was reading the book, could I judge myself as being equally successfully or have I entirely missed the point of my own training? What were the threats I faced? What was the objective of my practice? What were the skills I needed to deal with those threats? Did I have what it took to meet such challenges? This kind of approach was no different to the analytical process I use in a professional setting. For instance when trying to understand a company’s business needs, I would look at their strengths and weakness, and then ascertain opportunities and threats. That is easy to say now, but why was there a massive gulf between that analytical ability and what seemed to amount to my ‘martial arts for fitness’ sessions. Shotokan’s Secret allowed me to make the paradigm shift I needed, and it re-energised my passion for traditional hard style training. The insight I received after reading the first edition allowed me to seek out and identify pragmatic and potential lethal uses for the patterns. It prompted me to look at my opponents objectively. Lastly, it encouraged me to look at the training regimes I use. This ultimately led me to craft a training program for my students to face off dynamic physical threats with tactical skills that always consider the legal and ethical implications of self defence.

The clarity I have gained from Shotokan’s Secret has helped forge my practice over the last decade. It has shown me my own weaknesses, and has helped me reflect on the truths that have been passed to me through my teachers. Many of the things I was taught were spot on, but I could not perform them adequately until I reflected on the why’s and wherefore’s of my practice. Shotokan’s Secret has had a profound impact on my practice. It isn’t that Dr Clayton taught me a new martial art, nor did he negate any of the knowledge or important lessons I had already acquired. What he and his book inspired me to do was to ask the right questions and to keep making sense of the many puzzles we face as martial artists. I hope you will gain the same inspiration when you read this incredible resource. Keep training! Colin Wee 6th Dan, an American Karate and Taekwondo Organization trained black belt has practiced in three continents over the last thirty years. He is the Coordinator of International Alliance of Martial Arts Schools, an online networking organization for martial artists. He currently leads a small Traditional Taekwondo school based in Perth, Western Australia.

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Sifu Karen Schlachter

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have had several wonderful teachers in my life. It's a blessing to look back and reminisce about the good times and the hard times we had together. It takes a special person to be able to be able to make you cry in shuddering muscle pain and earn your devotion at the same time! Need I say more? No, I'm sure you know exactly what I mean. I just said the final goodbye to one of my favorite teachers and I want to tell you about him. I met Sunyata Saraswati in April 2003. My brother from another mother Bryant Harrell had just opened a karate dojo in Statesville NC and was had decided to have a birthday/grand opening meeting of American Chi Kung group party. He asked me to come down and celebrate with him. So I loaded up my daughter Dana and AJ my grandson and 5 month old granddaughter Honor in the car and took off for North Carolina. 10 LONG HOURS LATER we were hugging and crying and passing the kids around for more hugging and crying! Its like that when the Martial Arts Family gets together after a long absence. There is no bond like it. The next day we headed for the new dojo for the all day party. There were kids and parents everywhere and the party set up was in full action. Moms and grandmoms were bossing the men around trying to get the heavy long tables set up in the right spots. The men were rolling their eyes but laughing with their lifting buddies in learned obedience, everybody disciplining everybody's kids and food everywhere! I hadn't seen so many versions of macaroni and cheese since the Church suppers of my youth. Someone had even made the classic orange jello/shredded carrot mold I used to love so much! I paused to grab the end of a fluffed table cloth and fitted it onto the table as the introductions started. (I was raised right, I knew what to do so I concentrated on making sure the table skirts were even before I left the set up area,) Bryant wanted me to follow him to the back office and was in a hurry so I waved to the ladies and kids and helpers and promised to come back and help as soon as I could. I stumbled over gi

bags and kicky mitts as I made my way across the training floor wondering what was so important in the office. When Bryant opened the office door I saw 8 men sitting in a circle and they all looked up at me and smiled as Bryant took my hand and guided me into the center of the room. "This is my sister Karen Schlachter, also my teacher, my friend and my rock" he said as 7 of the men stood up to greet me. One man did not. My eyes met his the moment the door opened and his whole expression changed to shock and confusion. The only open seat was next to his and I hesitated to sit there because I had made him so uncomfortable. He started to laugh and patted the seat next to him and so I sat down as the man at the head of the circle (bigger chair and briefcase, a dead giveaway) told me about the American Chi Kung organization and invited me to stay for the meeting. As I listened to the minutes of the last meeting the old man sitting next to me reached out and took my hand and held it between his and squeezed tightly. I looked into those dancing eyes and knew we were old friends somehow. He nodded and whispered "you were my sister last time around" That was how I met Sigung Sunyata Saraswati. I was totally mesmerized by him then and continued to feel that way until he passed May 21,2014. Its still hard for me to admit that he is gone. He was the ageless guru, the immortal heavenly dragon, the very human man that was always a phone call away. He shared very little about himself unless pressed or bribed with good food and coffee. His life was magnificent, the stuff that books are made of, the essence of a Bodhisattva, the humble man with incredible chi. He was born into an enlightened family of very mixed cultures. His father was Indian and owned an ashram in India. His mother was part African, Cherokee and Cajun. He lived with his grandmother in Chicago and was taught opera, Mentalphysics and classical music and yoga. She sang in the Chicago Opera Company. One of the men in the opera for a short

He was the ageless guru, the immortal heavenly dragon, the very human man that was always a phone call away.



time was a man who would become known world wide as the Paramansa Yogananda. He was making his way across the country introducing Yoga to the Western World. When Sunyata was around 10 years old he remembers running into the kitchen and slamming into that man's legs and falling back on his behind. He recalls that the man lifted him up and sat him down on his knee saying "this one is going to be trouble" and then he placed his forehead to Sunyata's forehead and transmitted "the Graces" to him. This attunement is said to transfer knowledge to the person immediately. From that moment on it was decided that Sunyata would study in India every summer and eventually become an adept in Yoga and meditation. He said that on the last day of school every year he stepped off the school bus and onto a plane for India. His summers were spent in the advanced schools of Yoga allowed only to certain people. Because he was the son of a known guru and 1/2 caste he was permitted into the inner circles of the mystery studies. At age 15 his teachers decided he needed to study Chinese Boxing and become grounded so that he could better control his meditations. They sent him to Hong Kong to study the Snake style. While there he also studied the White Crane Taiji and Qigong systems from a nun who also lived at the temple. He loved the Snake system and soon became a talented fighter and forms practitioner. After a few years his idyllic life changed dramatically. He was drafted into the Army during the Korean war and was somehow chosen to be a Ranger. He said he didn't know what that meant, he just wanted to jump out of planes! His gentle life and sacred upbringing didn't prepare him for war. Disillusioned and damaged after returning home he sought out the people who could help him heal his spirit. He heard about the energy healing method called Reiki and soon made his way to Hawaii to find Mrs. Takata the renown Reiki healer. After staying there and learning all he could from her he made his way to Tibet and spent 9 years in the 9 Dragons temple learning healing and restoring his mind and body. He often talked about the training there and wanted to return there one more time. He eventually returned to the United States and began travelling and teaching often working as an artist or a jewelry maker to make ends meet. His studies never ended and he often attended workshops from younger teachers just to see what they were teaching and enjoyed himself immensely. He always told us to learn as much as you can whenever you can. He said he doesn't have an ego that tells him he's learned it all and doesn't need to be open to new ideas. After meeting him that day in April 2003 we were close comrades. I worked with him all day as we worked

with a group of kids and then some of the black belts. His soft voice and gentle demeanor didn't fool me. He demonstrated his energy abilities by dropping an entire line of men who were pushing against him. He just raised his arm and they flew back. Another time he slapped a wall and the man on the other side fell back and rolled. He was strong and he was skilled. Over the next 11 years I opened my home and my heart to him many times. He would come up and teach a workshop with my students and other friends and he would spend a few days just enjoying the family. He would call ahead and ask Dana if she was going to make turkey and dressing with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. She would always promise him a huge dinner would be waiting. He loved to sit in the kitchen and talk to her while she cooked. He would sip wine or coffee and laugh and talk to her for hours. Then they would go outside and smoke cigarettes and think nobody was wise to them. He always had one of our cats in his lap and a dog at his feet. He would call and remember all their names and cry when they passed unexpectedly. Sometimes he would have a student drive him up here for a workshop and would forget to tell me that 3 other students were also coming along. We have a tub of inflatable mattress because of those surprises! You should see how far we can stretch a turkey dinner. I'm sure the law of the loaves and fishes was in effect. I would look at him and he would just look at me and say "What?" But all I can say is the training was worth everything and more. I learned so much from him and have had the joy of passing it along to new students and other martial artists on many different occasions. In 2013 Sunyata asked me if I would like to come down to Florida and teach a workshop for his students. I was so excited to be asked to do it I did the happy dance. To me that was the highest compliment he could give me. In November 2013, I travelled down to his studio and spent the day with him and his dear Amrita and the students. It was one of the best days I ever spent with him. He told me that the set I taught that day was one of two sets he had always wanted to learn. I was really happy to have the chance to show it to him. Then he said there was only one more set he wanted to see in this lifetime. I asked him which one and he said Sifu Ken Cohen taught a Snake Qigong set that he always wished he had had the chance to learn. He said Ken rarely taught it and Sunyata could never attend the class when it was offered.. I laughed because I had just signed up to go to a workshop with Sifu Cohen the following April and it just happened to be the Snake set he was teaching. Sunyata was so delighted to hear that. He loved the fact that I was a part of Sifu Ken Cohen's continued on next page Martial Arts Grandmasters International 速


teacher training class. He asked me if I would please go learn the Snake set and bring it down and show him. Of course I agreed. I could tell that his health was declining and he was very weak. His doctor had recommended that he stop drinking coffee and he blatantly stole mine every chance he had. I gave up trying to hide it from him. He continued to live his life exactly how he wanted to and no one could tell him differently. Two weeks before I was to leave for Tennessee to meet with Sifu Ken Cohen's other students and learn the Snake set, I got a call from Amrita saying Sunyata was dying. He took the phone from her and was gasping for breath as he talked about Greg, Dana, Ed, the kids, the animals and how much he loved us all. I said that he couldn't go yet because I hadn't learned the Snake form yet. I reminded him I was leaving in 2 weeks to go learn it and bring it to him. He said "Ken's snake form?" "yes" I said. Then there was a long pause and I heard his soft voice crack as he said "OK, I'll hang on then, bye" And he hung up. Later Amrita called me back and said she thought I should come down right away because he wasn't going to make it another 2 weeks. I said I would be down when I said I would because I know Sunyata and he means what he says. I went to Tennessee and came back and made a DVD of the set for him. I got back on the plane 1 day later and arrived at Sunyata's front door with the DVD and the notes. He took them out of my hands, asked me to get him some fried fish and coffee and disappeared into his training area. So I did what he asked and left the food in his kitchen. The next morning he called me at the hotel and said to come over. So I drove back to his house and he was sweaty from practicing. He said "you did this part wrong and you left out the stepping on the last piece" He was right, but gees! I was in a hurry! He said he loved the set and it made him feel great. We went out to breakfast and sat and talked several hours that day. I flew home the next day after a sweet goodbye. I left him sitting in the old brown recliner that he had moved to the front door of his tiny house. Three of his students had dropped by and were sitting on the cement square at the door and his cat was sleeping between them. I stood at my rental car looking at the scene for a moment refusing to cry and blur the last moments of my time with my dear beloved teacher. He had always said that one day he would be walking along and would just drop his body and step out of it and keep walking. I knew that would be the way it would happen and that it would be soon. He smiled and waved goodbye one more time and told me to go on 34


now. Actually it was perfect. Just the way it should have ended with us. He was telling his students about the Snake set and Sifu Ken and they were enjoying another story from their teacher. Perfect. Two weeks later he got up and practiced and went into meditation and stepped out of his body at last. I am not sure how old Sigung Sunyata Saraswati was when he dropped his body. He was notorious for celebrating his 72nd birthday every year I knew him. He was well known for his book The Jewel in the Lotus which spent several weeks on the NY Times Bestseller list. His artwork is treasured all over the world. Yet he died rich in spirit and love with very little earthly possessions. His idea of wealth was knowledge and generosity. He said he would have liked one more turkey dinner and one more week on the comfy bed in my guest room. But he did get to learn the only 2 sets he hadn't seen yet and that makes me smile. If you have a teacher that you love, tell him, tell her, feed them and do whatever it takes to let them know they are appreciated. Take this story as a lesson too, if there is something they want that you can give them do it no matter what it costs or requires. I know that I did everything I could for Sunyata and that he died happy. I have no reqrets or sorrow about that. I miss him but I think I have seen him a few times already. He will always be available if I need him. Our teachers are precious jewels that should be valued and appreciated. Go call your teacher and check in with them. The day will come when they drop their body and just keep walking. Remember, Relax and Practice. That was his last teaching for all of us, And he said he loved us all. Go rest high on the mountain La Su, your work on earth is done but your light remains.

Sifu Karen Schlachter is the founder of the An De Institute of Peaceful Virtues in New Jersey. She is a full time teacher of Qigong, Taiji, Yoga, Karuna and Usui Reiki and Qigong healing. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work in the martial arts. She has been involved in the arts for 55 years and has studied several different martial systems including Kodokan Judo, Okinawan Shorin Ryu , Yang Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, and Sun Moon Fist Chinese Boxing. Sifu Karen Schlachter is training Qigong and Taiji teachers in Voorhees and Medford NJ. She is currently holding classes during the week and conducting Energy Medicine classes on Sundays. She can be reached at Website:

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o you have after-lunch blues? For most people, there is a simple solution to revitalize your afternoons, improve your mood, increase your productivity, and feel alive—really!

Take this test to find help Answer these questions as accurately as possible. It is important that you answer these questions in relation to your present diet and lifestyle, with the understanding that the symptom does not have to be present all the time, just most of the time.

1.____ Tired mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon. 2.____ I desire sweets or snacks within 2 hours after a meal. 3.____ Skipping breakfast feels good. 4.____ High desire to eat snacks, sweets or starches. 5.____ I will eat something or feel like eating something, if I think lunch/dinner is late. 6.____ Frequently not satisfied after eating a full meal. 7.____ I’d prefer starchy foods over vegetables and salads. 8.____ Snacking makes me feel better. 9.____ I’d prefer not to eat than to have frequent small meals to lose weight. 10.____I am frequently fatigued or sleepy after meals. 11.____Dessert is very important or very tempting. 12.____A meal without starches does not seem complete. 13.____I like to or feel like snacking late in the evening. 14.____People eating while I am not is unpleasant. 15.____Sometimes I feel like snacking or will snack at night, if I wake up during sleep. 16.____I will or would like to eat lots of bread in a restaurant before the meal. If you have checked more than four statements, and have the after lunch or midday blues, you may have a problem regulating your blood sugar. If so, try a simple experiment for one week. Eat a protein rich, starch and sugar free lunch every day, and feel the difference. That means, a lunch without any rice, bread, pasta, any other grains, fruit, potato, or other starchy vegetables 36


like carrots and peas and please, no deserts! “What’s left,” you ask? Fish, seafood, eggs, turkey, chicken, red meat, pork, and non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, spinach, asparagus and salad stuff such as lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber. And, please, use high quality oil in the dressing. You need some good fats for energy and hormone production!

For your beverages, water is best, or seltzer. No sodas or fruit juices. Decaffeinated tea and coffee are acceptable. These suggestions work best when you eat a low sugar breakfast that has some protein in it. If these suggestions work for you, you probably have a problem regulating your blood sugar. There are a few names given to this type of issue, the most correct would be reactive hypoglycemia. This means that your pancreas may secrete too much insulin in reaction to the food you’ve eaten and drops your blood sugar below normal thus causing symptoms. It is also possible that the part of the blood regulating system responsible to raise your blood sugar isn’t functioning well and is unable to prevent your blood sugar from “bottoming out” after an appropriate amount of insulin is released by your pancreas. This is typically due to low functioning of your adrenal glands. On the other hand, if these suggestions do not alleviate your symptoms, you may need a further in-depth analysis, and an individualized dietary and nutritional treatment plan, or blood sugar regulation may not be your main problem. If this is the case, further investigation is necessary and you should contact your holistically minded practitioner ASAP. Here are a couple of links you can try to find some help; or or shoot me a quick email at Dr. Craig Rubenstein was a team Chiropractor to the US Freestyle Ski Team in 1990. He is a certified clinical nutritionist and a Fellow and Diplomate of the International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture. His Park Avenue practice is in NY and he has a satellite office in Suffolk County, Long Island. 212-213-9494

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Nada with World Kickboxing Champion Orlando Rivera during filming The Martial Arts Kid movie this summer. Nasiera Abrahams received her black belt from Kaicho Hoosain Narker in Cape Town, South Africa at the age of 13. She has won several regional and provincial championships in both kata and kumite. Also an outstanding school student she was on a team that won the spelling Olympiad in 2012. In 2014 she is busy with her final year at High School. Nasiera is scheduled to travel and teach in India/Singapore in December.

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NEWS AND NOTES Dragon Society International Convention 2014

Martial arts and combat enthusiasts from a wide range of styles and disciplines took part in Dragon Society International’s three day convention in Myrtle Beach, SC in May. This hands-on event included students and DSI Certified Instructors from across the United States and United Kingdom with a special presentation from Columbian National Kata Champion Jean Sebastian Velasquez. Grandmasters Tom Muncy, Rick Moneymaker, Michael Patrick and Ken Miksch inspired participants with various kata breakdown using martial science and pressure point techniques. Grandmaster, Master and DSI Certified Instructors promotions were awarded followed by a beach-front party for attendees and their families. Tactical, firearms and use of force clinics from Buddy Morrison and Police Chief Roger Overholt finished the weekend. For more information on Dragon Society International seminars and special events go to Photo Courtesy of Michelle Annese

U.S. Taekwondo Grandmasters Society 2014 Events Taekwondo grandmasters and pioneers gathered in Dallas, TX, to hold their 12th Annual event, and 9th Annual Hall of Fame Induction. This society was formed in 2002 to provide a platform where the pioneers of Taekwondo in the U.S. could be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions, and to improve communications among the various Taekwondo organizations. The event included training sessions, motivational speaking, business conferences, and rank testing for upper-grade masters. For more info go to www.usgrandmasters. com 42

Inductees: GM Young Chul Rho, GM S. K. Kim, GM In Mook Kim, GM Kyu Boong Yim, GM Nam Kwon Hyong, GM Clinton Robinson

Examiners, front row: GM Won Chik Park, GM Jack Hwang, GM Yu Jin Kim, Dr. He-Young Kimm. Candidates included three going for 9th dan (back row), Rich Hodder (CO), Roy Kurban (TX), and Sergio Chavez (Mexico).


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Historic Partnership A two-year agreement between USA Taekwondo and the United States Taekwondo Grandmasters Society (USTGS) will allow both organizations to partner together to provide increased membership services to their members by initiating the USA Taekwondo National Dan (Black Belt) Promotion Test. The USTGS is composed of highranking Taekwondo grandmasters in America. USA Taekwondo is the officially recognized national governing body of the Sport of Taekwondo by the US Olympic Committee. Not every Taekwondo student wants to become an Olympic athlete. Many enroll for the aspects that are traditional to the martial art; including; respect, self-control, discipline, and self-defense. This partnership combines sport and martial arts. It is designed to allow the US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society to provide senior examineers for the USA Taekwondo National Test Commission. The National Dan Promotion Testing will be at the USA Taekwondo National Championships. USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris said, “I am pleased and excited for this partnership between our two organizations. This will be a great benefit for our membership, and it marks a milestone of cooperation with Taekwondo organizations in the United States.”

USA Taekwondo CEO Bruce Harris and US Taekwondo Grandmasters Society President Jin Song Chung announce their partnership.

Canada's best celebrate at the 2014 CBBHOF.

The Budo arts of Karate, Judo, Aikido, Kendo, Jujutsu, as well as Taekwondo, Muay Thai, BJJ are widely popular and attract a broad-range of participants – from preschoolers to seniors, men, women and children – throughout the great cities and provinces of Canada. Thousands of great teachers and schools teach the life-changing values of martial arts teaching through the Great White North. Established in 2006, the Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame (CBBHoF) recognizes the contribution of the incredible pioneers, influential teachers and champions of Canadian martial arts. The CBBHOF has celebrated the achievements of notable masters including Masami Tsuruoka, Frank Hatashita, Paul Chan, Park Jong Soo, Takeshi Kimeda, Larry Nakamura, Wally Slocki, John Therien, Doug Rogers, Jean Yves Theriault, and other legendary martial artists. The 2014 Toronto based SRO event (hosted by Cezar Borkowski and Northern Karate Schools) was an absolute success. This event celebrated Canadian excellence. The 2014 inductees included. Rick Joslin: One Canada's dynamic champions. Kickboxing and MMA pioneer. Marion Manzo: International champion and ultra successful school operator. Mike Bernardo: International Champion in forms, fighting and weapons. Robert Kranstz: Jiujitsu master/former Sport Jiujitsu champion/coach. John Douvris: International champion, coach and successful school operator. Bob Loyer: Legendary Canadian champion, Karate, Boxing and Kickboxing. Mo Chow: Kung-fu grandmaster, crossover champion and action film star. Bill Carr: Canadian champion, international coach and world class referee. Kei Tsumura: Patriarch of Shito-ryu in Canada. International coach. Armie Rizzo: Legendary promoter, leader and a Sport Karate pioneer. Gord Latimer: Owner/Norkim Trophies, supporter of countless tournaments. Two very special awards were also presented. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau award for humanitarian excellence was presented by City Television anchor Gord Martineau to John Therien (Jujutsu Hanshi) of Ottawa.

John Therien of Ottawa receives the Pierre Elliot Trudeau humanitarian award from Cezar Borkowski, Wally Slocki and City Television anchor Gord Martineau.

Monty Guest of Toronto joyfully celebrates being named the Mas Tsuruoka Lifetime Achievement winner.

Jean Jaques Machado, Sam Moledzki, Wally Slocki and Sanjay Three Canadian champions, Robert Loyer, Cezar Borkowski and Jean Frenette. Shuroya (who traveled all the way from India) enjoy the proceedings. The Masami Tsuruoka Lifetime Achievement awards was presented by Tsuruoka-sensei (the father of Canadian Karate) to Monty Guest (Karatedo Hanshi) of Toronto. Plans are already underway for the 2015 induction ceremony to be held in the culturally rich city of Montreal. For information visit CBBHOF. com

Send us YOUR News and Notes and they might appear in a future issue of In June, Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez, a 4th Dan black belt in taekwondo, was crowned Miss USA for 2014. Photo: Reno Gazette-Journal

Official Karate managing editor Keith D. Yates presented Dr. He Young Kim with the 2014 OK Annual issue at the USTKDGMS.

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Grandmaster Danny Lane


In MMA and Street Fighting the double leg takedown is a common attack to get your opponent on the ground. In MMA or the STREET there are no RULES about STRIKING the opponent’s HEAD as they SHOOT in to take your legs o. Their head moves much slower than their hands or feet and once you strike their head aggressively their movement and direction is broken and redirected. You can do this as you sprawl back. I like to use the front choke and neck crank to get a submission.

Danny Lane has 45 years experience in military/police/martial arts/body guarding and corporate and personal security. He is a highly decorated US Marine Vietnam veteran with two Purple Hearts and numerous other commendations, a retired decorated police officer, detective and police defensive tactics instructor, 10-time hall of fame inductee, world and national martial arts champion and a 9th degree grandmaster and bodyguard to movie stars and VIPS. Visit his website at or




Against the Shoot






Knife to Knife Both men have knives! If a fighter leads with an open hand cut the fingers of their hand to create fear and panic. When the slash comes at you use both of your hands one to block and your knife hand to slash their attacking hand. Your reverse motion is a reverse slash to their triceps and your continued circular motion slashes the neck and reverses into a stab to finish them. NOTE: This is survival and deadly defense and only to be used in life and death situations such as military or police required necessary force or if your life is in danger of being taken. Remember your actions even in self defense have to be justified.

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efore delving into what I consider some of my favorite techniques, or what really works in a street fight, let me introduce myself. My name is, Pat Ciser, and I’ve been studying Japanese Koeikan Karate-Do for 43 years and currently hold the rank of 6th Dan. I’ve competed as a member of the U.S.A. Karate Team at five international tournaments and won gold medals in South America and Europe, as well as the United States. Koeikan (Co- A- con) which is practiced on four continents was founded in 1952 by Kancho Sensei Eizo Onishi, of Kanagawa ken, Japan, and was brought to America by my first Sensei, Edward Kaloudis, who opened the first Koeikan karate dojo in 1965, which I own and operate today in Clifton, N.J. Koeikan(s) most famous Black Belt is no doubt, Chuck

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e in the street ‘The Iceman” Liddell, who has “Koeikan” in Japanese Kanji tattooed on the side of his head, and studied under Sensei Jack Sabat for a number of years in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Training in Koeikan, fighting full contact, and competing in the NJ golden Gloves (boxing) prepared me for the life I choose in 1977 when I was sworn in as a member of the Clifton, NJ Police Department. As my rookie years went by I became educated as to what works, and what is theoretical only, when it comes to our martial arts skills in a real fight. Working in the patrol division, as well as narcotics for a number of years, I locked up many violent criminals who tested my skills from time to time. Upon my retirement in 2008 at the rank of lieutenant, I wrote a book about some of my life and death struggles as well as many of my karate-do experiences in tournaments and such. My book, BUDO and the BADGE; Exploits of a Jersey Cop, not only tells the story of my “Lone Wolf” attitude while sometimes dodging bullets and blades, but also tells a story of compassion. Over time during my police career I came to realize that with my martial arts skills I could save lives, surprisingly, on both sides of the law. Now, let us separate some of the hype from reality in the martial arts world. Back in the 1960’s there was a lot of mysticism regarding eastern fighting arts as we lived in a land of boxing and wrestling. The “Green Hornet” television show, starring Bruce Lee, opened up our eyes to something that would explode here in America for years to come. Rumors would surround the arts that practitioners were “deadly” and even had to register their hands with local authorities; after all, their hands were deadly weapons. Magazines would advertise that with an “at home” course you could learn the secrets of “Dim Mak”

and poison hand. Thousands, including myself, would flock to karate dojo(s), Korean dojang(s), and wu su schools to learn all the secrets to defeat 3-5 opponents at once. Enter, in the 70’s, full contact karate and kickboxing to separate some of the real fighters from the theoretical ones. Fast forward to today’s caged matches, where worthy opponents beat each other’s brains in, under the watchful eye of a referee. What a learning curve from the days and promises of the “iron palm”. I’m a striker and believe that there are few better ways than splattering an attacker’s nose across his face, to win a fight. We all know that once that first devastating blow is thrown, the flurry that follows ends the match quickly, whether in or out of a cage. I love Aikido, but if it worked well in real combat we would not only see it in the movies, but also in the octagon. Jujitsu? again, gotta love it - in the octagon that is; but many street fights are fought where? on concrete or macadam, where the surface is unforgiving. When you take someone down HARD on concrete, you can easily damage your elbow, hip, or shoulder; not to mention your head. And many times your attacker has friends who can kick you in the head after you apply an arm bar; this can happen even more so in a bar where friends are almost always present. My advice? STAY ON YOUR FEET. Police officers are particularly at risk as they land on their gun, taser, or mace canister. As you can see, I have not yet divulged my favorite waza, (technique) but we’re getting close. I’ll be the first to tell you that tournament fighting is fun, and even rewarding, while we demonstrate our speed, timing, and sometimes, beautifully executed techniques. Full contact of course prepares you for battle in ways that point fighting cannot. Repetitious one step drills praccontinued on next page

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ticed in the dojo where you know what technique will be thrown in advance is somewhat useless, when preparing for a violent street fight. Aikido is totally misunderstood, partially, because of Hollywood. In Aikido, where it is said that practitioners create beautiful violence, the defender doesn’t want to throw you so you can break fall or roll out of it. He/she wants to break your arm or dislocate your shoulder to win the battle. Most people come into the martial arts studio to learn how to defend themselves, then later, they fall in love with the beauty and culture of these Eastern Arts. In Japan where there is little crime, practitioners are interested in the cultural aspects of the Bu Do as their main focus; self defense is secondary. Then there are others of course, just like here, who wish to become formidable fighters, and perhaps one day, enter the octagon. One of the most important aspects of training, which is sometimes overlooked in self defense classes, is the teaching of how to think. I mentioned Koeikan/ Kempo practitioner Chuck Liddell earlier. I don’t believe when Mr. Liddell, as we called him in the dojo, was the world’s most talented fighter when he was the light heavyweight champion of the world; but he was certainly the meanest! Chuck would fight you in an alley just to show you he was tougher. He enjoyed the competition and adrenalin rush of the battle, and never minded getting hit. There’s an old saying, “There is no safety in war”; Vergil. A more important saying which is absolutely true, is, “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog”. If you are fighting for real, to stay alive, or to protect your family, you must create a vicious attack and never say die. I don’t care if you’re cut or shot, if you’re not dead, keep fighting. There’s a saying in Japan; Nana karobi ya okii. This translates, seven times down eight times up, or roughly, never give up. I start teaching this concept to my children at the dojo early on. I don’t let them wear chest protectors or shin pads. When they get hurt in a kumite (sparring) match, I tell them this: Look at me. Tell me, THAT hurt! They will then say; that hurt. Now say, but it didn’t hurt THAT bad. Say it! And of course they do. The tears subside and the match continues. When a kid gets hit, they’re not usually hurt, but scared, it is up to us to help them overcome that fear. Many adults, including martial artist, have never been in a street fight or the victim of a street robbery. Many feel safe in the dojo, (the place, where we learn the way) because it is a controlled environment with teachers/ referee’s. So if you are training for the cardio/health benefits only, you can hit, and get hit to the body only. But if it is your desire to toughen up for that possible criminal attack or bar fight, you MUST step up your game, and stop kidding yourself about your imagined prowess. 48


Thanks to Carlos Hernandez, - 5th Dan, and Aslon Najok- Brown Belt- I-Kyu.

And finally, what we’ve been waiting for; my favorite fighting technique is (drum roll please) the foot/leg sweep. This attack on the lower leg can be used in countless situations, both in, and out of the ring. Everyone has the same short coming; we need two strong legs to launch an attack, not to mention, stand. Take out one of those legs and the fight is over. Now let me explain the difference between a dojo sweep and one used in a street fight. In the dojo we are taught to sweep below the calf usually closer to the ankle. A successful sweep in a kumite (sparring) match, would have you hook behind your opponents ankle/lower calf and pull the leg/foot out in the direction that the foot is facing. In a forward stance you would be pulling his leg out from under him toward yourself forcing him into a half split. If your opponent is in a shiko dachi (straddle stance) you would sweep his leg/foot to the side, again, in the direction of his toes. We attempt to avoid injury while sweeping in the dojo which is just the opposite of a sweep in a street fight. On the street where the stakes are high, we attack the leg with ill intent. Damage to the calf or the knee is of no concern. NO ONE, in a real street battle, has ever been able to avoid my sweep. The sweep I’m talking about is executed with the intent of taking the leg out completely. What sucks the most when training in Muay Thai? Getting kicked in the legs, that’s what. Fighters absorb, over time, considerable pain and bruising in order to withstand this sinister attack. Joe blow on the street cannot endure that kind of pain/punishment, nor can most tournament point fighters. Years ago I started to time fighters in the kumite ring for their front kick and mawashi geri (roundhouse kick). The second they raised their front leg, I would sweep their back supporting leg with my back foot coming around. Eventually, I came to realize, that I didn’t have to wait for the front leg to lift off the floor for a kick. If I could jump my opponent with an attack, I only needed them to shift their weight to their back

leg and BAM! I swept their back supporting leg. I used to call this my ‘levitation trick”. I would hit their back leg so hard it made them go airborne and crash to the ground in a horizontal position. The plus to this in law enforcement was that it didn’t look like excessive force, as opposed to someone losing their teeth or having their nose splattered on their face; although some deserved both. The caveat, however, is to be careful how hard you cause someone to hit the ground. I wrote in my book about a violent attacker who hit the back of his head on the concrete sidewalk a little too hard. He was a large, strong, Polish guy who hit the back of his head really hard. I was so happy to see him try to get up to fight some more. Many times someone will get in your face and you know from their body language that there is no way to get out of this fight. While standing toe to toe, stare into his eyes while looking slightly up; he’ll never see the sweep coming. I also love head butts for the street, as few opponents expect them. The same basic techniques that really work can be done again and again in a street fight, because your adversary is always someone new. One closing note; NEVER start a fight, walk away if you can. Our ego sometimes doesn’t allow us to walk away, but it is usually the better option if you can. Hospitalization, or worse for either party involved, and legal issues are always something to think about. If a junkie/criminal attacks you, then all bets are off; go for it and make sure you win. If a drunk has a big mouth sweep him softly, help him up while apologizing, and then sweep him again. Maybe he’ll realize that he’s in over his head. Trust me, it’s been done. Please check out my book BUDO and the BADGE; Exploits of a Jersey Cop, at or Amazon (see ad on page 15 of this issue).

The basic techniques can be done again and again in a street fight, because your adversary is always someone new.

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Structural self defense


Dr. Craig Rubenstein

Interview with Sensei David Renner, DC Sensei David Renner, DC, DIBAK owns and operates a healthcare clinic in Glen Ellyn, IL. He is board certified to teach other doctors Professional Applied Kinesiology and is a senior instructor for the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs. He holds the rank of San Dan and can be reached at Hi David, first I’d like to thank you for sharing with our readership your vast knowledge of Applied Kinesiology, Chiropractic and the Martial Arts in regard to common martial arts injuries and what to do about them. I am excited to do this interview with you since I am also a practitioner of Applied Kinesiology. Please tell us a little about your background and training in both the healing arts and the martial arts.

Thanks Craig, I began training in Shotokan karate September 1st, 1985 under the instruction of Shihan John DiPasquale. For a few years, I was teaching full-time and managing roughly 700 students for the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs. Since I now own my own Healthcare practice, I only teach about 6 classes per week on a parttime basis. I have made a few martial arts pilgrimages to Japan and China, and through the years complimented my Shotokan training with Judo, Kendo, Iai, bojitsu, kung-fu, tai chi, and yoga. My interest in the healing arts stemmed from a fascination with kyusho jitsu. I taught myself all the acupuncture channels in high school and midway through college I decided to become a physician. I worked myself through chiropractic school teaching karate and have been practicing since 2007. I work with many martial artists and travel sometimes with the US team to international competitions. One thing that makes my background unique is that I specialize in Professional Applied Kinesiology. Essentially, I test muscles as a means of biofeedback. When I saw a man’s mus50


cles weaken involuntarily due to kyusho jitsu, I knew I had to understand why and how it all worked. Could you please explain a little more about Applied Kinesiology and also about kyusho jutsu?

Professional Applied Kinesiology (PAK) is a method of diagnosis that is used in conjunction with standard orthopedic tests, labwork, x-rays, etc. PAK originated in 1964, when Dr. George Goodheart began isolating and manually testing specific muscles within the body. What the readers will have trouble understanding, is that it isn’t about “strength” or muscle size… there is a distinct art to checking muscles based on the function of the nervous system. A muscle either locks in response to a change in force, or it does not. Any failure demonstrates an inability for the nervous system to adapt and survive when challenged. Kyusho Jitsu, simply put, is pressure point fighting. PAK validates kyusho jitsu by demonstrating how a healthy muscle inhibits (or weakens via the nervous system) after a related pressure point is stimulated. Now, before all the readers start testing muscles and striking points on their friends (like my students have), they should know that proper muscle testing requires the skill and knowledge of years of training. Also, not every muscle responds to every pressure point. I hope that the readers recognize how dangerous it would be to give a beginner an advanced move or to play doctor without a license. Many martial artists that I have treated and spoken to over the years have complained of a lot of foot injuries and foot problems in general. Why do you think that is?

First, a martial artist’s weapon is his body, so he/ she trains by punching and kicking various objects while training—sometimes improperly. Second, the top-level martial artists frequently teach to fund their lifestyle, so they are usually barefoot, standing for long hours during evenings and weekends, in addition to normal daytime activity. 25% of all your bones are in your feet. They support your entire body weight day in and day out. The average person takes over 6000 steps a day. If your feet aren’t balanced, then neither are your knees, your pelvis—Even your jaw and arms will hang differently. Hip and knee problems will also affect how the foot contacts the ground. Any one suffering repeated trauma from sparring will have numerous issues—particularly in the feet.

ally witnessed them rupture during training and it isn’t a pretty sight—it also requires surgical correction and months of healing. Calf and ankle flexibility will never be the same either. Blisters are very common, and when they occur, I pop them to drain the puss, leave the skin on, and keep the area clean. Within a week or so, the dead skin falls off and the skin underneath has matured enough to handle the air. Can you describe specifically how Applied Kinesiology is used in each of the aforementioned problems, other than the breaks, bruises, dislocations and blisters?

In each of the situations, one or more specific muscles can be expected to test weak. In the case of plantar fasciitis, I would expect the posterior tibialis muscle to be inhibited, possibly with the other intrinsic foot muscles which maintain the arch. Once the problem muscle(s) are found, various reflexes can be stimulated to see what What are the most common injuries and issues that strengthens the muscle(s). The true cause could occur in the feet? By far, the most common foot pain that I encoun- be one of many things: nerve entrapment, nutritional deficiency, neurovascular/neurolymphatic ter is plantar fasciitis. I believe each reader is familiar with the arch of the foot. Stretched across problems, etc. Rather than treat everything, or guessing in a hit or miss fashion, PAK allows that arch is a sheet of connective tissue or fascia. me to treat only what the patient needs while The arch can be likened to a bow and the fascia to the bowstring. Normally, the intrinsic muscles acknowledging that not everyone has the same cause for a particular problem. Treatment would of the foot support the arch, but if they fail, the depend upon what changed the result of the fascia is the only thing left keeping gravity from muscle test and could require joint manipulaflattening the arch. Fascia doesn’t stretch like tion, massage, acupuncture, nutritional/herbal muscles, so it causes intense pain, typically near supplements, etc. the heel. This pain is exacerbated with karate The cause of an ankle sprain is often attribshifting and is most acutely felt when someone uted to clumsiness or being tackled. However, if first wakes up in the morning and jumps out of the stabilizing muscles of the ankle are not firing bed. properly, a person is predisposed to tearing the The most common trauma to the foot in martial arts is jammed, broken, or dislocated toes. ligaments anytime sufficient stress occurs. My diagnosis and treatment of an ankle sprain, or Bad bruises occur on the top of the foot when an any injury for that matter, is no different in apelbow is accidentaly targeted. If we’re talking about the little toes, we usually just re-locate, rest, proach, except for which specific muscles are and ice. If the big toe is involved, or you are at all tested, which depends on the mechanism of the injury and its location within the body. unsure, I would get x-rays and seek professional In the case of Achilles tendonitis, I would help. Ankle sprains do occur in the martial arts, expect a weakness of the antagonist muscles: but not as frequently as running sports like soccer Quadriceps femoris or anterior tibialis. So the approach is universal: find the weak muscle and or basketball. make it strong; but the specific muscles tested I also encounter Achilles tendonitis from will vary. time to time. This is something that readers should take to me or my peers. I have personMartial Arts Grandmasters International ®


What are the most commonly misdiagnosed problems in the feet? Is there a universal problem or dysfunction found in most foot issues?

Foot problems are probably the most commonly misdiagnosed… try this simple demonstration: simulate a leg length difference by dropping one hip lower than the other. Relax the “short leg” and support your weight with the “long leg.” Direct the knee of the short leg toward the midline and notice how the arch of the foot is pushed closer to the ground. This illustrates how a hip issue can affect not only the knees but the arch of the foot, too! Look at students and classmates, do they have one hip higher than the other? Do they have one ear or one shoulder higher than the other? I have seen many unnecessary foot surgeries because the patient really had a hip problem! (See Figure A “Before,” and Figure B “After”)

How does the treatment that you offer differ from traditional treatments?

Traditionally, foot problems are given pain killers, rest, ice, and physical therapy. Sometimes orthotics are prescribed, and in extreme situations, surgical correction. My treatment utilizes joint manipulation and nutritional/herbal prescription. Most importantly, as a holistic doctor, I don’t just focus on the feet—I will often correct foot and ankle problems by adjusting the low back and neck! Medications have unwanted side-effects which interfere with the healing process. When I give vitamins or herbs, there is no negative side-effect. By using 52


muscle testing as a means of biofeedback, I can cater the treatment to the individual’s needs. No more “cookbook” medicine! What issues remote from the foot have you found to influence foot injuries?

Through clinical observation, organ function has been linked to specific muscles. Muscles of the lower extremity relate to the endocrine system and the digestive system. Therefore, anything that stresses the associated organs will weaken the muscles. Stress and endocrine issues can inhibit some of the muscles I’ve mentioned. Dehydration is also problematic. Poor diets, particularly those high in sugar and carbohydrates, will predispose one to foot injuries and slow healing time after they occur. What are the most important thing(s) that someone should or shouldn't do to either prevent a foot injury or to prevent re-injuring their foot?

Acute injury requires rest and ice. Make sure you get enough sleep. My sensei says there are two times when you shouldn’t train: (1) If you are sick, and (2) if you are tired. When tired, “accidents” happen. As I previously mentioned, eat a good diet. Drink at least as many ounces of water as 2/3’s of your body weight (lbs) every day. Avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Eat lots of protein and vegetables. Prevent traumatic injury by kicking makiwara with the ball of the foot and gradually increase speed and power as your confidence builds. Train your sweeps for finesse, skill and timing, not power. (A competitor once broke his ankle trying to power sweep me.) Proper biomechanics are just as important in martial arts as it is in day to day posture. Have a professional evaluate your posture. You can find doctors which know PAK at One of the best things that students can do to prevent foot and ankle problems is to wear good shoes when you aren’t training! Good shoes support the arch, have ample toe space, are not too tight or too loose, have good heel support, laces, and NO GIMMICKS like springs, air soles, high heels, or those soles shaped like boats that were marketed to tone your butt—they’re a complete

waste of money. Before workouts, one can tape the foot—I recommend up on the arch, around the heel, behind the outer bump on the side of the foot (5th metatarsal styloid process), up the arch and around the heel one more time. Make sure it isn’t too tight or too loose. Make sure to stretch the ankle out before and after workouts. A great stretch is to prop the foot up against the wall (as in Figure C) and gently lean forward (Figure D). Also important, one should point the toes and stretch the ankle in the opposite direction— I usually do this by kneeling. (As in figure G, NOT figure F) Once the nerve communication to the foot’s intrinsic muscles is corrected, a good way to strengthen those muscles is by making fists with your toes on a good carpet. (See Figures H and J)

See a video on taping the foot.

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Pentax 645Z â&#x20AC;&#x201C; High

Chris Willson is the photographer undertaking the Karate Masters Portrait Project on Okinawa. He takes studio lighting and a high definition digital camera ( the Pentax 645D ) into the island's iconic dojos. In June 2014, Pentax released the 645Z a 51 megapixel successor to the 645D. The Karate Masters Portrait Project will now be able to continue using state of the art equipment. First however Chris Willson needed to run a few tests to see if this photographic Godzilla would live up to the hype.

T This karate master is Tetsunosuke Yasuda, 10th Dan, Okinawa Goju-ryu Karate - Jundokan. Photographed at the Jundokan Dojo in Naha Okinawa, Japan. Pentax 645D lit with Profoto Prohead in Softlight Reflector powered by 7a generator.



he 645D is an amazing camera. I use the present tense, because the arrival of the 645Z does not diminish it all. The CCD sensor, however, does have a restricted ISO range from 200 to 1000. When I bought the 645D this was not an issue for me. I was used to using my Pentax 67II camera with Provia 100F or on rare occasions Provia 4ooX.

ISO Performance / Dynamic Range

by Chris Willson

This inability to shoot at higher ISOs meant that there were times that the 645D was the wrong tool for the job. Several indoor events, including the yuta ceremony in the cave were shot with the more flexible K5/K3 cameras. If I didn’t have a tripod with me, there were times that I’d simply miss the shot. The new 645Z has an ISO range of 100 to 204800. Although the upper end of this range is not suitable for commercial work, the results at 3200 are very good. The shot at right is an example of where 645Z enabled me to get a shot I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to get. While exploring the Fukugi Tree Road in Okinawa I came across shells for sale as souvenirs. The seller simply placed an honesty box under the shells to accept payment. This says a lot about life on Okinawa. The shade of the trees meant that it was dark, at a low ISO the shutter speed would have been too long to handhold. Being able to push the ISO to 3200 meant that I had a shutter speed of 1/50 second and could get a sharp image. Along with higher ISO ability, the dynamic range of the sensor is greater than with the 645D. This means that when there are extremes of light and dark you are more able to maintain detail in the shadows and highlights. The improvements mean that with the 645Z I can produce images that I would otherwise have been unable to get. You have the advantages of shooting with a large high definition sensor with fewer of the drawbacks. A wider range of images, shot in a wider range of conditions, should make clients happier. Happy clients purchase more images, purchase larger images and commission more features. Martial Arts Grandmasters International ®


OKINAWAN SHORIN RYU KARATE Simplicity In Understanding


-by Sensei Jerry Figgiani




Martial Arts Milestones™


AGITM is proud to be participating in the collection of some of the most important MILESTONES in the martial arts. Not only will this eventually be a collector’s edition book, the individuals setting the Milestones will receive an impressive looking certificate and have their accomplishments listed in the Martial Arts Milestones Facebook Page ( It’s important we pass on these significant facts, milestones, and deeds in spreading the teachings of the MA to future generations who want to know about their history, style, roots, lineage, Asian customs and American traditions. Post your contribution on the Facebook page or send in your documentation to the editors at Official Karate magazine. All we ask is for you, or people you know, who qualify for this honor to provide us with supporting photos, documentation—anything else, to add to these wonderful stories, events, milestones, firsts. We ask for documentation because we want to present a credible and legitimate history of the MA (nothing like “I was the first to teach Kung Fu in my kitchen in Schenectady”). Instead we seek individuals who are documented to be responsible for first teaching the martial arts in public schools, colleges, camps, religious schools, or VIPs. Who was the first to demonstrate in a specific impressive venue, first to produce videos, write a best-selling book, appear in magazines (especially on covers), newspapers, radio, TV, etc. Were you first to win such and such, the first to receive a specific award or honor? How about the first to be inducted into a group or HOF? You get the picture. If you or your teachers have made MA history in any area we’d like to know about it. Preserving the knowledge of each noteworthy first event or Milestone is what this book is all about. We welcome any other facts you can share with us. The ones we choose to include in this new book will be eligible to receive a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed Achievement Certificate honoring your “Martial Arts Milestone.” By the way, this book has nothing to do with egos, bragging rights or boasting about one’s accomplishments—it’s a fact that many have contributed to the growth of traditional martial arts as well as sport karate in North America and throughout the world. Who did what, when, where and how is of great interest to most avid practitioners, fans and enthusiasts worldwide. Unless we share YOUR stories, the past will be forgotten. We must preserve the “old ways,” and historic Milestones for all future generations—lest they are forgotten. GM Peter Urban said, “If you don’t write down the past then it never happened.” Many students and teachers want to preserve the lineage of their arts and historic photos, events, traditions, and milestones should be remembered and passed on. This is one more way that MAGI™ is recording history and uniting many associations under our banner.

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MARTIAL marketing



mall space ads pose a creative challenge for any direct response copywriter. But by utilizing proven strategies and techniques, a one column by 1-inch ad can be written to yield a surprisingly high response. By the way of definition, an ad is generally considered small when it's no larger than one-quarter page of a typical 7 x 10 publication. (Thus, a one-quarter page in the New York Times or in Ad Age would not qualify for being small.) Since they’re less-expensive the place, small space ads S-T-R-E-T-C-H an advertising budget … making it economical to ‘test sell’ not one, but many unproven products or concepts for the money! Through the years, small martial arts schools and frugal entrepreneurs have reaped big harvests from small space. Online MA Suppliers, Vendors, Security Firms, Catalog businesses and companies selling high-priced products/DVDs, Courses, Retreats, Camps, Seminars, trade shows, weekend tournaments, expos, HOF’s promoters have relied on small space for generating qualified inquiries. (When you want to brand your event and look to fill in seats or want a sell out crowd to attend a function, you need at last a half of page or full-page ad to reap those benefits.) Small space can even go for the inquiry/lead generation while it sells something … and how's that for return on your ad dollar? What's the secret to creating a successful small space ad? Well, before you even attack your keyboard:


Understand your limitation. At a quarter page, art and layout remain important factors, especially if the ad is to be resized for different publications. In small ads, type style, font and border design become more important. And short, punchy headlines tell the story. When ads get smaller, coupons get discarded and mailing addresses, URLs need to be short and sweet. In the case of a 30 word classified, just one line of copy may have to convey the entire sell. REMEMBER THE MEDIA CHOICES!

If the ad is placed in a special Shopper’s Section or Little Ninja Kids Class Section be as descriptive as possible and write with character counts in mind. If the ad is sandwiched between other small ads (see the back of men's magazines), be prepared to play up the offer at the expense of product description. If the ad's to run in a "perforated" media like a Sunday newspaper coupon insert, take advantage of its full-color and good reproduction of art … especially if the product looks appealing. If the Ad runs ROP, (run of paper, mag, e-zine) write a short, punchy headline and utilize big, bold product silhouettes rather than set up shots for greater impact. If there's no room for art, imagine the ad running in reverse type or leave room for a broken-rule border. Understand your audience! Every word in a small ad is magnified in importance, so get the right frame of mind before writing. If you're appealing to grandparents, parents and families, take a low-key benefits approach. If you're writing for the National Enquirer figure on using at least three ‘Amazings’ in your copy. Because of that discrepancy it's best not to run

Through the years, small martial arts schools and frugal entrepreneurs have reaped big harvests from small space.


Reduce it to its barest components, fully understand the ad's purpose and make your offer simple. Then it will be easier to explain and easier to respond to.





by Andrew S. Linick, Ph.D.—The Marketing Copyologist®

FECTIVE SMALL SPACE ADS the same ad in diverse publications. But if you have no choice on this matter, create your Ad with a middle-ofthe-road use of words. WRITING THE AD

Using the guidelines above, a copywriter can now start visualizing the Ad. It's often helpful to draw several rough layouts to get an idea of just how much copy room there is … and to see whether some kind of artwork can enhance your copy. Once a working layout is established, the writing can begin. It's usually easier to start with the headline because it forces a writer to 'jell' the creative concept into a very few words. When developing the headline, try to either AROUSE CURIOSITY ("Onions hate asparagus but see how…) OFFER A PROMISE OR BENEFIT ("End Cyber-Bullying Forever!" or Announce Something ("Free Martial Arts Catalog. $50 gift inside"). In the perfect small space ad, all three elements will be combined! Certain keywords play a big part in successful headlines. FREE, NEW, NOW, GET, HAVE, BE, SEE, AMAZING, SENSATIONAL, INCREDIBLE, SAVE and EXCLUSIVE (to name a few) all command attention. The small – space headline can also be enhanced by a pre-head that qualifies the audience ("Tournament Teams – Martial Arts Fans . . . – ("IF YOU'RE TIRED OF BEING BALD,” and a subhead or starburst that adds excitement (Limited Time Offer … 64-Big Pages … “Act Now and Save”). For the most part, body copy must be created in bing, bang, and boom fashion … yet it must be informative AND persuasive. There's no room for puffery, no room to impress a reader with one's ability to

write. If you're asking a reader to order something, describe your product and scream out a low price. If you want a reader to send for more information, concentrate on the two-good-to-be-true nature of the offer. To qualify those individuals (rather than look for mass appeal) give more specifics about what is sent when the no-risk coupon is returned. A Free Catalog About Martial Arts will generate responses from all kinds of martial artists, a free catalog about Martial Arts Weapons of Okinawa will generate less response but it will come from people who have an interest in fighting or learning Okinawan weapons! The body copy in a small Ad should be readable, so don't overload it! Consider 7 pt. condensed an absolute minimum type size! Write in fragments, rather than in full sentences. Use bold subheads. Underline keywords or thoughts. And take advantage of bulleted copy lines – they're powerful, easy to read and they structure your offer in a clear, logical manner! ITALIC type helps too, especially for breaking up long paragraphs. Before the close, it's often critical to allude to a GUARANTEE. Just two words, ‘satisfaction guaranteed’ can do the trick. But if it allows, phrases like ‘money back if not delighted’ help reinforce the sale. At the close, remember to end all body copy with an urge to take immediate action. Phrases like ‘order now’ and ‘mail no-risk coupon today’, and ‘order at ‘name of website today’, really increase response. If there's room for a coupon use one. It instantly identifies your ad as a mail-order offer and alerts the reader that an action (tearing out the coupon) must be taken. The coupon should be as simple as possible.

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Since there probably won't be too much room for writing, ask the customer to fill out the least amount necessary. Make the coupon clearly defined with a broken ruled border and be sure to reiterate the name of the item, your price, address and web address/url. When there's absolutely no room for a coupon, list your street address and ordering instructions in a run-on fashion and make use of capital letters for easy reading. Use different department numbers or different box numbers when possible to Key each ad properly. And always use a toll-free number with or without a coupon whenever it's economically sound or put in a local number with an extension like Ex. 711 or ask for Ziggy. (Create a name that means it came from that ad only). When you use a URL, I.e. http://www. <http://www.> , the last word ‘/ advertise’ is a code which brings the reader to a squeeze or landing page where you can capture at least their name and email. Offer a freebie of value for giving you this info and be sure to mention you will not sell their name and you respect their privacy. At this point, the copywriter's his main job is completed and it's time to sit down with an art director or graphic artist who understands direct response advertising and have them translate your concept and copy into a finished ad. Before emailing or sending the ad off to the publication, make a copy of it and place it on the typical page of the publication it will be running in. If it's highly visible … If it makes a clear and exciting appeal … And if it literally BEGS FOR RESPONSE, you just may have a winner! 8 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR AD BELIEVABLE

1. Give a money back satisfaction guarantee 2. Give testimonials from satisfied customers 3. Give a testimonial from a celebrity 4. Cite scientific evidence or proof something works 5. Give your evidence in meticulous detail 6. Mention the fact your company has been in business for over 20 years 7. Show before and after pictures 8. Dramatize the evidence.




1. To make money, 2. To save money, 3. to save time, 4. to say effort, 5. to gain praise, 6. to be popular, 7. to protect family, 8. to be in style, 9. to satisfy appetite, 10. to emulate others, 11. to avoid trouble, 12. to avoid criticism, 13. to be individual, 14. to get more comfort, 15. to achieve greater cleanliness, 16. to obtain better health, 17. to escape physical pain, 18. to attract the opposite sex, 19. to conserve possessions, 20. to increase enjoyment, 21. to gratify curiosity, 22. to have or hold beautiful possessions, 23. to protect reputation, 24. to take advantage of opportunities, 26. to have safety in buying something, 26. to make work easier. 7 WAYS TO CREATE A DESIRE FOR THE PRODUCT YOU'RE SELLING.

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