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Can you possibly win every street fight? Yes...

How?

By never allowing them to happen.
Because to win without fighting is the greatest victory.
You see…

I’ve had many friends who’ve been kicked down, beaten up and even robbed.

From hearing about their horrible experiences, I’ve noticed something strange; no matter how much they bench press, or how many boxing classes they take, they keep getting into stupid fights.

It’s like some people attract violence!

Why?

I believe they lack something critical:

Awareness.

By following 5 simple steps of awareness.

Check it out:

  • Don’t frequent shady places. But if you do, stay away from drunk people and weirdos. If you’re out clubbing, go home before the bar is empty. You don’t need to stay until closing time.
  • Never walk, talk or act like a potential victim. Carry yourself with an aura of strength. Don’t look like easy pray. Ooze confidence. Just don’t do it in people’s face, because that might actually provoke them. Try to sense peoples intent and adjust accordingly.
  • See the trees, not the forest. Instead of looking right in front of your nose, try to see what’s going on twenty steps ahead. Take note of details. Like Wayne Gretzky, the legendary ice-hockey player, once said; “I don’t skate where the puck is. I skate where the puck is going to be”. Make it a habit to observe people’s body language from a distance. That way you can be proactive in your choices and actions.
  • Swallow your ego. There have been many instances where I could have ended up in a fight. But I avoided it by letting the other person think they “won”. Many fights start verbally, so if you let the agressor think they won with words, you don’t have to make your fists talk. Ignore your pride. It’s better to have a broken ego than a broken jaw.
  • Surround yourself with good people. The saying “you’re the average of your 5 closest friends” is very true. If you surround yourself with short-tempered, insecure and emotionally unstable people, you’re likely to end up in fights. A lot of violence is domestic. So make your environment safe and enjoyable – including the people in it. Stay away from loose cannons.

The list goes on and on…

Again, it’s all about a-w-a-r-e-n-e-s-s.

The bottom line is simply that I don’t enjoy fighting people. I hate gettin...

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How to fold your Gi

By Greg Shraiman

It is important to fold you Gi, because it helps maintain a nice fit, keeps it wrinkle-free and makes it easy to transport! There are few ways to do it, we would like to share with you couple:

1. Square Fold (works best if you’re packing your Gi neatly along with other stuff)

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1. It helps them make new friends.

The bond between martial artists is stronger than most other sports. Martial arts are physical, and they require physical confrontation. When confronted with someone of similar size, strength, and skill, students develop a sense of respect for one another. They realize they are capable, and so are others. Out of healthy respect for themselves and others, long-lasting and rewarding relationships develop.

2. They will learn better human relation skills.

During martial arts training, students need to learn the concept of physical space, how physical contact is both an invasion and invasive. The sport literally and figuratively breaks down barriers. Students will confront people of all types and abilities duri...

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Stop Bullying!

By Greg Shraiman

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

What Is Bullying

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

An Imbalance ...

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Must know... must believe...

By Greg Shraiman

In 1969, nobody expected a thin Asian man with a high pitched voice to become one of the most influential characters of the 20th century.

Nobody knew, that is, except Bruce Lee.

That year, Bruce Lee wrote a letter to himself:

My Definite Chief Aim

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.

Bruce Lee
Jan. 1969

Four years later, he was dead.

But in those four years, Bruce achieved everything he said he ...

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In an ever-changing world, many people have come to count on martial arts to fulfill their emotional, mental and physical needs.


At United Studios of Self Defense Burlingame, our goal is to build a program around you, the student. To help meet a students individual needs and to challenge a student's mind and body. One of the unique aspects of our martial arts program is that all United Studios of Self Defense locations offer group and private instruction as part of one package.

Private lessons are geared towards teaching the hundreds of concepts needed to advance in the art, while the group sessions are geared toward practicing those concepts with like-minded individuals.

In a private session, we focus on individual needs and concerns. We h...

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Do Your Research

By Greg Shraiman

Do you research - where does word "Pinan" came from? Let me know what did you found out :)

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