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Never Let Your Guard Down, a Lesson From Football?

Posted: February 20, 2011

What does a trick play in football have to do with martial arts?  In all sports as well as in life, it is important to never let your guard down.  In football it results in your opponent scoring a touchdown.  In life, or in a self-defense situation, it can result in you getting hurt.

In football it is referred to as a “trick play” or a “gimmick play”.  In the street please be aware that many street fighters have their own “gimmicks”. They like to do things like throwing something at you to make you flinch, before attacking you.  This clip demonstrates in a fun way, why you should never let your guard down.

I hope you enjoy the play.

Don’t Make It Complicated

Posted: February 18, 2011

I recently read an article about Nordstrom’s Department stores and I thought about it’s relevance not only to martial arts, but to life in general.  For many years the Employee Manual for Nordstrom’s consisted of a 5″X8″ card with the following words:

Welcome to Nordstrom

A Cool Parenting Resource

Posted: February 18, 2011

I just wanted to let everyone know of a pretty cool parenting blog on  The blog is by Katherine Lee, and she covers a lot of different subjects.

As with every parenting resource, it’s up to each parent to determine what is good information and which is bad.  I may agree on certain topics and not on others, but in general her information is pretty good.  Additionally it’s on, which is a very trusted internet resource.  The Blog is located in the link below.

Event for EMA Adult Students, Saturday February 19, 2011

Posted: February 17, 2011

We will be holding a Special Event on Saturday 2-19-11 at 11:00am. This event is for all adult students who wish to find out more about our MMA and Kali Programs. We will explore a sampling of different martial arts from our MMA program including Wing Chun, Savate, Silat, Muay Thai, and BJJ. We will also be exploring a few of the areas of Kali. Including stick, dagger, and empty hand.

The event will be at our school: Elite Martial Arts 1575 Palm Bay Road NE #124

Qi on the Show “Fight Science”

Posted: February 16, 2011

I really like this show. It’s always nice to see things that we speak of in a hypothetical context, quantified. This segment doesn’t try to give you an opinion about qi, but instead tries to explore it. In that respect, I think this is a pretty interesting clip.

I think the demonstration of the bat to the stomach was pretty impressive. Say what you will, but I’m sure if I asked for volunteers to hit in the stomach with a bat, I wouldn’t get any. That guy is pretty tough.

As far as the spear to the throat, I have seen that done many times before, and as the narrator said in the video, the collarbone took some of the force. In my opinion, I think the collarbone took all of the force. That is why the shaft bends downward. In essence he is re-directing the force so that it goes downward against his collarbone instead of into his throat. Even so, it takes a lot of time to do this so well that you can attempt it with a spear. He also had to maintain his focus and the pressure on the spear when the other guy hit him in the back. All in all it’s a great demonstration with what I believe to be a sound, scientific explanation.

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