Even though I loved the Judo I absolutely tripped over the 30 min of ju-jutsu we’d do at the end. I became infatuated with martial arts. I drew pics in my books, scoured old bookstores, haunted libraries, trained every second I could and was totally obsessed to the point where my parents were thinking of engaging a shrink, Bruce Lee hit a little bit after this and my infatuation increased. Here was something I was good at. And here was something I had a head start on everyone else with.
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As an example here we do a lot of gun disarming. If I was still in the UK my focus would be on knives. I also incorporated two missing elements I see in almost every system claiming to teach self defense and that is understanding the legal ramifications of what you’re learning (we live in the most litigious country in the world) and soft skills.