Two cats showing fight or flight response while playing.

The Fight or Flight Myth

I bet you’ve heard of fight or flight. If not, it’s the idea that when faced with danger, you’ll either fight for your life or run away. The term ‘fight or flight” was first coined in 1920 by an American psychologist named Walter Cannon. Now it’s a common term thrown around self defense circles. But …

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Two men carrying a stretcher after an injury.

Should Martial Arts Hurt?

Before I even realized what happened, I was on the ground in pain. Someone pulled me off the mats as I opened my eyes and tried to focus. Something was wrong. I couldn’t see out of my left eye. Just dark, like someone flipped off a light switch. A common concern for new students is, …

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