Mcdojolife Interview With The Deadly Art of Survival Magazine (Sneak Peek)

Q: Tell me a little about the Founder and Creator of Mcdojolife?

For sure. So my name’s Rob, I run Mcdojolife. I’ve been running McDojoLife now for a decade. I’ve been training in martial arts for about twenty-five years.

Q: Nice. Now, how were you introduced to martial arts?

So, when I was a kid, well, when I was born anyway, I was born with a cleft lip and palate. That left me with a lot of scars on my face. Going through school like that was pretty rough. I got picked on and beat up and teased a lot. One day I got jumped by a group of kids. Like five or six kids, right after a gym class. They beat me from the time the bell rang until the time the next bell rang, which was five minutes. So that’s fun. Oh yeah, two teachers stood there and watched the entire thing and did nothing about it. Even when I got my head stomped on and I got stabbed with a pencil. I actually still have a scar on my hand from that. And then, as I’m laying there bleeding, the second bell had rung. They all ran and scattered so that they could try to get to class. A friend of mine who was an acquaintance at the time actually became my best friend after that incident, he came over, picked me up and he walked me to the nurse’s office.

On the way to see the nurse, he handed me a card for martial arts classes. It was a free trial class card. He said, “you need this.” Later, I went home. I asked my mom if I could take martial arts classes. That next month was my birthday and my present was a year paid in full for martial arts classes. I’ve been doing it ever since. 

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WHAT IS KARATE? Deadly Art of Survival Magazine

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Words by Shidoshi Nathan Ingram & Shihan Glen Beck

The definition of the (Japanese) word, Karate, in its simplest form means “empty” (Kara), and “hand” (Te): empty hand. However, watching any of the thousands of movies available we know that weapons are also a large part of the use of karate. When it comes to its exact origins the world will debate endlessly that it was created in many different countries and centuries. As much as I’m up for the great debate about this, the truth is that I, like most of you, would be guessing because none of us were born yet and weren’t standing there at its inception. I feel that even scholars, on this, or any subject would argue their views to exhaustion. So, let’s get away from its point of origin(s), and talk about what we think karate is to us; keeping in mind that our thoughts on the matter extend to all of the arts by any name that can be practiced.

The discussions that I’ve had, read about or overheard with my teachers, contemporaries, or others were all far-ranging. In the decades of my life being integrated into the arts, and from every aspect in my younger years while I was a student, instructor, mentor, or warrior, differs some from the wisdom I gained when I got older and began walking a path of enlightenment. That’s just to say that I strive to be a better person each day than I was the day before. When I look in the mirror, I just want to know that I’m a good example for my students.

Some of the first things that come to mind concerning karate are words like discipline, confidence, fitness, and self-defense; all of which I believe to be true. However, as a Karateka what else comes to mind? In my opinion, thinking as altruistically as possible, being an honorable, caring, honest, person with high moral standards that our students can look up to are paramount when obtaining the title of teacher, and doing so without arrogance, or ego…. (Continued in the 5th Edition Magazine.) Use discount code DEADLYART10 to get 10 percent off when you checkout.

Nathan Ingram

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Keeping tradition in a modern way | Shi Fu Gregg Zilb

By Lloyd K. Coleman:

Authentic Shaolin Kung Fu

The 3 section staff has been a weapon of mystery and misunderstaning with centuries of battle tested techniques that was used in various situations throughout history. The sanjiegun, or three-section staff (三節棍 , sān jié gùn, shawm jeet gwam), is a Chinese flail weapon that consists of three wooden or metal staffs connected by metal rings or rope. The weapon is also known as a sansetsukon (三節棍) in Japanese.

A more complicated version of the Two Section Staff, the staves can be spun to gather momentum resulting in a powerful strike, or their articulation can be used to strike over or around a shield or other defensive blocks. Historically made of white oak or Chinese red maple, modern staves are constructed from rattan, bamboo, various hardwoods or aluminum. For optimum fit, each of the three sticks should be about the length of the combatant’s arm and have a combined diameter that easily fits in the hand.

A sanjiegun is typically constructed from three wooden staves with a diameter of convert|1.25|in|mm. These are connected by chains of rings, usually of five inches (127 mm) ; modern versions use ball-and-socket joints. The total length of the weapon is about the same as the Chinese staff, the gùn and greater than that of the single staff known in Japanese as a bō; Its larger size allows for a increased reach compared to the Japanese weapon.

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Grandmaster Odette Russell | The Sidagoo Experience

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Shidoshi: I’ve done some research and through this research I believe that along with being labeled “The Mother of SWAM,” you should also be referred to as “One of the Deadliest Women on this Planet.” How do you feel about that?

Russell: Wow, one of the deadliest women, damn, I would prefer to be known as a healer, mentor, leader, and if you’re within my inner circle, a hell of a good friend. Basically not someone that ignites violence and viciousness but peace and harmony. I do believe that it is my job as a martial arts instructor for over 35 years and a student for over 40 years that I should build others’ confidence so that they develop the sheepdog mentality. A sheepdog is just like a sheep when relating to a category of people who are a positive contribution to society, the difference is a sheepdog addresses violence with violence.

Now addressing violence with violence is due to the inability to avoid being attacked. Nonetheless, if the self-defense is legitimate, than maybe you need to take one or two souvenirs (eyeballs or testicles), only kidding. My primary focus and responsibility is to assist in building my students’ mindsets for preparation to prevent panic against extreme situations that will require legitimate defense. My students will learn the basics of kicking, punching, locks, pressure points, elbows and knee strikes, however, their primary defensive skills will be from open hand fighting: ripping, tearing, and puncturing.

Psychological tools are also enhanced to control fear while awakening their warrior spirit. This also conditions them to reduce intimidation so they don’t become overwhelmed by someone’s size, body odor or bad breath (preparation for close quarter attacks). Elevating self-confidence pulls my students off the predators’ radars as their victimized demeanors are diminished. Most attackers are not interested in attacking someone that will give them a good fight where the attacker can get hurt.

As a result, my teaching heavily focuses on attack defense, developing muscle memory to instantly execute shocks and debilitating strikes. From my teaching methods, I understand how others can categorize me as deadly, however, this method of teaching is to prevent violence. I actually see myself as a peaceful warrior…

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GM Odette Russell

Traditional Arts vs Non- Traditional Arts | Kevin Pereira

Written by Kevin Pereira Renshi

In the traditional martial arts world, we learn many life lessons not just how to hurt someone or score a point. But rather how to set goals both short and long term. We learn how to set a plan into action and live the warrior spirit of resilience in our journey through the rankings.

As we get frustrated and struggle with new material, new terminology, languages and dojo culture.

We learn that respect is the backbone of our art and humility is its mother. Without humility, we can’t empty our cups to receive new knowledge and information.

The traditional arts give us a base in mental, physical, emotional, and moral strength. We learn various options for defense, our weapons are truly unlimited.

We learn that nothing comes overnight and the moment you think you have conquered or mastered a concept a new one arises. Things like techniques, kata, terminology, and hidden applications come to light over time giving the practitioner a constant proverbial carrot to chase.

The modern-day combat sport focuses too much on the concept of competition and does not foster the idea of brotherhood and family that traditional dojos do. They promote the idea that wrapping one’s hands and wearing gloves means you can knock someone out without having to condition your bones and skin. It is a bit ridiculous to someone who spent decades training their bones for such impact and the reality of street combat.

There is more of a fast-food aspect to their training. Give me six months and you’re already out there competing as opposed to spending time fine-tuning one’s technique before testing it. They go out with limited tools and fine-tune afterward.

Don’t get me wrong I respect the guts it takes to get in there and do what they do but most of these young guys take two months of boxing, four months of grappling, and they think they have all the answers. Things like the UFC do not prepare one to be pulled by the hair, raked in the eyes or grabbed by the wrist. They never learn how to assess those situations in a truly combative manner…

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Mildred Tse Gonzalez Shihan | D.A.S Karate Federation Champion

The year was 1978 and the dojo doors were always open at the Hamilton Madison House. Our dojo floor was always crowded with students 50 to 60 at a time. Students would come and go regularly because the training was so brutal and unforgiving. On this one particular day, a woman walked in with her little 12- year-old daughter. She walked over to me and said, “I would like to sign up my children in your class.” They were Michael, Melvin, and a little girl name Mildred. There was something different about Mildred. Her intensity caught my attention. When I asked her mother if she realized how hard we trained.

Immediately, Mildred responded for her mother and said, “I sure do.” My eyes opened wide and my response was, “OK see you tomorrow.” She came in the very next day, just to sit and watch everyone train. So I asked her if she would like to work out with me. Her answer was “sure.” From that day forward, we maintained a relentless training schedule, focusing on enduring pain and never giving up in a match. She was able to do it all- fight, forms, you name it. Everyone inside and outside our dojo could see the same thing I saw. She was special and demanded respect from the entire community, When I began to take her to compete, she did not like it at all. She didn’t like all the attention and she would say to me, “Sensei, why cant we just train?”…..

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The Importance of Martial Conditioning | Malik Shabazz

Written by: Malik Shabazz GM

Let’s address The Importance of the Tsuki (Punch):

Most, if not all Karateka’s started off doing Knuckle Push-ups in their training.

In the beginning, it was challenging and at times difficult because our Knuckles / Hands became sore until we strengthened not only our hands, but also our wrists and shoulders alike.

In Time, our knuckles became rounded off calloused and discolored.

A handful of us began to up-grade by striking walls, etc.….

Then there was those of us who began to “take it up a notch” by striking The Makiwara (A padded striking post used as a Training/Conditioning Tool by various styles of Traditional Karate).

It was there that we would begin to understand and develop the importance of the Body’s Alignment, Hip Rotation, and Breath.

This was just another level of Karate’s growth and development. Yes, this is but a small part of a much larger factor of karate Training – “Agreed”

Factually, there was a reason for doing Knuckle Push-ups in the beginning of Karate Training, other than it being a matter of punishment or discipline. Sadly, this type of conditioning has/is becoming extinct for many different reasons. Many say this type of conditioning causes arthritis. The truth is, any kind of unsupervised or incorrect training of any kind will cause setbacks!

Due to the World in which we live, having or developing “Stopping Power” is a necessity!!

“If you can imagine the impact of a bullet hitting a vest, that’s “Stopping Power”.

It’s called “Ikken Hissatsu”, a Term used in Traditional Karate, meaning “To Annihilate with one blow”

Note: (DIT DA JOW) Mandatory

MALIK SHABAZZ

STREETOLOGY – JUTSU

“World Peace Through Training”

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