Memorizing words isn’t stressed in our training, but knowing key vocabulary terms is certainly helpful in speeding up your learning!  The following list are some of the most frequently used terms during training and in Aikido in general. To make …

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You are Free Freedom from fault Attack situations impacting someone are never accidents or misfortunes. The fault, accountability, and blame for the creation of any attack situation is exclusively owned by the attacker(s) The creation of an attack situation is …

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The core beliefs of You Defense self-defense courses are a self-defense course must do no harm, it’s content must match the needs of the students, and it must empower students’ abilities to create unique solutions matching their needs. Self-defense courses …

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Enable the creation of student-owned content Place students in COMPLETE CONTROL of who they are Allow students to ask & answer “who are you” in their individual-self Guide students to ask & answer  “who are you” in your situational-self Challenge …

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The Story of Movement You Movement You is a balance and movement course specialized for individuals with movement disorders.  In many ways, it began in 2002 when I witness a Tai Chi master perform a full form flawlessly, despite his …

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The Story of You Defense There are so many stories behind the creation of You Defense.  From the writings of a Brazilian educator to a report of a safely resolved mugging on the streets of Baltimore; the story of You …

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