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Reminder that we are having our Mid-Winter Park Workout tonight! We'll start at 6:30 at the Washington Square Park arch. Get there whenever you can, and dress warm! ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 4 days ago  ·  

We are in Washington Sq Park on Thursday, starting at 6:30 - 8pm. Wear whatever you need to in order to stay warm. Brief (1hr) after party at our place - bring food / bev to share if you want to. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 6 days ago  ·  

Last night we did some work with advanced joint locks and their counters. We focused on a pair of techniques I call complementary locks - where the counter to technique A sets up technique B, and the counter to technique B sets up technique A. Pairing these sorts of techniques is helpful for learning to flow between different control positions as well as how to overcome a resisting opponent. Tactile sensitivity is very important for these and needs to be developed through basic drills.
Here is the video we discussed in class:
youtu.be/oRGaJOLPDJQ
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Updated 2 weeks ago  ·  

Awesome but small workout tonight, to those of us that braved the blizzard. For the snowed-in Empty Cuppers, see you on Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 2 weeks ago  ·  

We will not be having any classes Dec 25, Dec 28, or Jan 1. Our next class will be January 4. If everyone gets together for their own New Years workout we would not, of course, complain. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 4 weeks ago  ·  

Last night I asked one student what she wanted to work on in class. She looked thoughtful for a moment and said "The things I _want_ to work on, or the things I _don't want_ to work on but _should_ work on?" We did both. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 1 month ago  ·  

Nage waza night! We spent most of our last class studying koshi nage (hip throw) and its many, many variations. It is a versatile throw helpful in many situations, and works well as bunkai for lots of kata (especially that funny turn in shisochin). Also, a night of throwing and falling helps adjust your back. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 2 months ago  ·  

Last night we spent some time working on defending against attacks from behind. As usual in self-defense situations, awareness is much more important than physical techniques, so we practiced using peripheral vision to spot and avoid possible attackers. If you do get attacked, you won't see the strike coming so you can't block conventionally. Instead you need a quick flinch reaction that covers against a variety of possible techniques and sets you up for a quick counter. We found that saifa and shisochin provided us some good options for this. ... See MoreSee Less

Updated 2 months ago  ·