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YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT

Not sure which competitor I am most impressed with…

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Jo Chu Ji

Recently, I had the privilege of teaching an American Tactical Ju-jitsu class at the Agape-Do Karate Dojo on Sullivan’s Island. One of the “Dojo Dads” produced a very professional video of me going through the motions of Jo Chu Ji (Humanized Makiwara) with Kohai Daniel.

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Reconnecting with my First Sensei

When I first started training in the Martial Arts at Barkoot’s Karate School when I was 10, Andy Selcer was my first sensei. He instilled in me a deep love for the martial arts that continues to this day. I recently had the opportunity to re-connect with him after over 40 years at a celebration of Mike Genova’s 4oth dojo anniversary in Columbia, SC. I also got to meet one of the great legends of the martial arts, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace. Some of the other karate greats from in and around the Columbia area were also in attendance including Pete Manchee, Rick Vitali, Bruce Brutschy, and Tim Haney.

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Sensei Andy Selcer (left)

Wallace

Bill “Superfoot” Wallace

 

Pete Manchee, Rick Vitali, Tim Haney, Bruce Brutschy, & Ray Nash

Pete Manchee, Rick Vitali, Tim Haney, Bruce Brutschy, & Ray Nash

 

 

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New ATJ Dojo at the US Embassy

After a 7-month hiatus, we have re-initiated our ATJ course at the US Embassy in Kabul. The initial class was attended by about 20 highly-motivated students who did an excellent job in what was, for most of them, their first exposure to the marital arts.

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The Embassy Community Liaison Office (CLO) has been very supportive of our program, allowing us the use of the Eastside Country Club (ECC) on Tuesday evenings. In addition, the Kabul Embassy Employee’s Association (KEEA) has purchased some high-end Swain Flexi-roll Mats (developed by Judo Champion Mike Swain) from Dollamur Sport Surfaces for our use along with 6 Wavemaster bags from Century Martial Arts. Although it took almost a year for them to be delivered, we are grateful to have them as they will add a new dimension to our training.

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Practical Self-defense Course in Kabul, Afghanistan

We started our American Tactical Ju-jitsu training in Afghanistan with a Practical Self-defense Course held at the US Embassy in Kabul. These skills are particularly important for someone who is working  here in the war zone.

Here are a few photos of our students going through the martial arts techniques they learned to defend against a number of violent attacks.

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Ippon Kumite Kata #2

Ippon #2 begins with a Soft Block #2 followed by an arm break from the outside.

Arm Break

Next, a reverse palm heel strike to the chin and a roundhouse kick to the common peroneal nerve, followed by a outside foot sweep.

Arm Bar Roll-over

An arm bar roll-over using the knee for a pivot point places the attacker in a prone position.

Shoulder Pin

From here, the defender applies a shoulder pin.

Arm Lock

Then transitions into a arm lock.

Cervical Crank

A cervical crank using the attacker’s hair or eye sockets can be followed by a face smash to the ground to finish the sequence.

Thanks go to Gene and Bernie for this sequence photographed at a recent American Tactical Ju-jitsu class at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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Humanized Makiwara in Afghanistan

In a recent American Tactical Ju-jitsu class at the US Embassy in Kabul, we went through the paces of Jo Chu Ji or the Humanized Makiwara.

Special thanks to Brian, Bernie, Jeremy, Sam, Bruce, and Turk — part of our new crop of American Tactical Ju-jitsuka.

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