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Self-Defense Combat Inside a Car, Bus, Train or Airplane

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For self-defense, awareness, escape and de-escalation strategies take precedent over fighting. When we are aware, we can identify problems before they turn into a situation requiring employment of physical skills.

Still, as we train our practical karate, it is useful and fun to practice physical self-defense skills in different environments. We present some fun exercises and ideas for developing combat skills inside a car. Similar concepts apply in physical self-defense in other vehicles such as trains, buses, and aircraft. We routines use those in our San Diego practical karate dojo.

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Practical Karate: Learning to Hit Hard

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Developing the ability to hit hard, reliably, and in a variety of situations, is a key practical karate skill. Being able to generate good power and hit hard is very useful in self-defense as well as in combative sports.

Simply said, the only way to learn to hit hard is to practice it. Therefore, impact training should be a key component in any practical karate program. “Air punching,” as is typically used during basics/kihon in most karate programs is invaluable in learning proper movement pattern and precision. However, air punching/kicking, etc. alone will not teach martial arts power generation. Read more ›

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Happy Holidays 2016

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Happy and healthy holiday season for all, from Full Potential Martial Arts in San Diego!!!

Here is a martial-arts/karate themed Happy Holidays card I designed.  Can you recognize the techniques in the artwork?

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Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu

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It is safe to say that, in popular culture, there is no martial artist more famous than Bruce Lee. Named “one of the most influential people of the 20th Century” by Time Magazine, Bruce Lee is an iconic figure throughout the world, representing both martial arts and Chinese culture.

A recently re-released book, Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu: Commentaries on the Chinese Martial Arts, offers views into the formative thoughts of the legend that is Bruce Lee. Although published after Bruce Lee’s premature death, the book was mostly written by Bruce Lee (with edits by writer John Little). In fact, Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu, is the only book that Bruce Lee ever authored (more about this below).

Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu makes an interesting read not only from a martial arts perspective, but also historically, culturally, and philosophically. Although the book refers to “Chinese Martial Arts,” the writings are equally relevant to other martial arts. Truth is truth, regardless of style or origin of the art.

A word of caution: although the book does touch on Kung Fu techniques, it should not be viewed as a martial arts instruction manual.

On a personal note, Bruce Lee played an important role in my martial arts career. Through his movies – in particular, Enter the Dragon –  I became interested in the martial arts. This led my parents to enroll me in judo at a young age (I started training in karate later). Read more ›

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Escaping from the Top Hold

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A top hold can occur in a self defense situation. For example, it is common for untrained people who are thrown to the ground (or stumble during a fight) to attempt to escape on their hands and knees. This allows the assailant to establish a top grab. Read more ›

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Carmel Valley / San Diego Dojo Anniversary Training, 2016

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Some video notes from the celebrating another anniversary for the Full Potential Martial Arts dojo in Carmel Valley / San Diego.

It is hard to believe that it has been five years since we moved to “92130”!

It was a great pleasure to train with students and friends. Special thanks to Sensei Paul Billimoria, Sensei Andy Prouty and Sensei Sandy Pappas for sharing your knowledge of karate and traditional martial arts!

See you at training!

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Karate Etiquette

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Newcomers to karate are sometimes intimidated by the unique etiquette of martial arts. They may not be familiar with the customs of karate training: When do you bow? How do you line up? When may you ask questions during training? What do you do if you are late?

As is common in any cultural groups, karate has a set of rules for proper and polite behavior. Traditionally, those rules were not written, and new karate students were expected to learn proper conduct by observing other students. (And, occasionally making mistakes and getting scolded for those). At the request of several students at our San Diego karate dojo, I put together this article to help martial artists get a jump start on karate etiquette. Read more ›

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San Diego Martial Arts Workout Meetup

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meetup-san-diego-martial-artsFull Potential Martial Arts is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Martial Arts Workout Meetup.

This is a regular Meetup that meets every Thursday, and explores different topics related to martial arts and self-defense. It is open to martial artists of all levels — from beginner to advanced.

Each Meetup explores a martial arts topic — be it a hold, strike, ground technique or anything else. The emphasis is on practical self defense that works. The origin of those in usually from Asian martial arts such as Okinawan Karate, Chinese Tai Chi, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Aiki-jitsu and Chin-na, as well as Krav Maga and Systema.

Prepare for a vigorous workout, and good martial arts sharing in a collaborative environment.

In this Meetup, everyone’s goal is to help each other learn. This does not mean that we are easy on each other. It does, however, mean that we are appropriate for the experience level of our partner, and respectful of their wishes. Read more ›

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The Bubishi — Helping us Gain a Deeper Understanding of Karate

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The Bubishi is an ancient manual of karate combat as used for civil self-defense. Chojun Miyaji, the founder of Okinawan Goju-Ryu karate, famously referred to the Bubishi as “the ‘Bible’ of Karate-do.” The Bubishi covers not only fighting strategy, tactics, and techniques but also history, etiquette, anatomy, healing and medicine.

While the Bubishi should not be regarded as an authoritative text on karate, it is a treasure trove of information. Any serious martial artist Read more ›

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