Category: Self-Defense in San Diego

Articles about self defense and personal safety, in San Diego and worldwide

Kokusai Butokukai Summer Camp 2017 at ZBBK

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The annual  International Kokusai Butokukai Summer Camp will take place July 30 to August 5, 2017. This year’s camp is hosted by the Zen Bei Butoku Kia (ZBBK) at their excellent facilities in Santa Cruz, California, USA. The camp includes

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


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

Practical Karate: Learning to Hit Hard


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

Happy Holidays 2016


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? (Answers below)

Bruce Lee, The Tao of Gung Fu


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

Escaping from the Top Hold


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

Carmel Valley / San Diego Dojo Anniversary Training, 2016


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

Kata Practice — Waste of Time?


A criticism some practitioners of combative sports such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Muay Thai and Western boxing lob against “traditional” martial arts relates to forms. Forms are a core of martial arts practice in many Asian martial arts, including

The Pullback (Hikite) in Martial Arts


In several martial arts, including Karate, Kung-Fu and Taekwondo, it is very common to see practitioners performing techniques with one hand while pulling back / drawing back the other hand. This pullback, called hikite (or hiki-te) in Japanese, is evident

Karate Goju Ryu Israel Seminar 2015

My sincere thanks to to Eli Elfassy Sensei of Karate Goju Ryu Israel. I appreciate your invitation to teach a seminar at your dojo! I enjoyed meeting the students, and sharing some Okinawan karate and self defense! We worked on