Fence marking a boundary line.

Setting boundaries for self defense

You’ve heard a lot about boundaries. I bet you even have some. Things you will or won’t do toward someone else. Not taking another person’s things. Respect for personal space.  Those are all boundaries.  But have you thought about boundaries for self defense? That’s exactly what we’re talking about this month.  In a moment we’ll …

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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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