Thursday, November 24, 2016


Be thankful for the what you have work for what you don’t and be thankful for the life’s lessons you gain by training in the martial arts - Coach Marty Martin

Thursday, November 3, 2016

4 Principles of Kenpo Jiu Jitsu

1. Control the Distance
2. Control the Chaos
3. Effective Striking 
4. Survive

Apply these to the situation
Apply these to the decision you make
Apply these to survive 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Student Creed

We all need a code to follow whether it is religious in nature, a set of guidelines for behavior such as the military code of conduct or rules in school a code is the glue which binds members of society into tribes. 

I use a simple student creed to remind students of their primary objectives in class. Here it is...

Student Creed 

I will study

I will practice

I will use

I will improve  ossh!


The intent is makes oneself better. My instructors have their students recite the creed at the end of every matt chat where we explain lessons of life and how they blend our martial skill with every day behavior.


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Think before you speak!

When I was younger the phrase was "think before you speak".

Now lets use this logic in self defense especially if you are trying to deescalate the situation before it becomes physical. Think of what the other person is thinking, why are they doing what they are, this is referred to as empathy. Understanding where the other person is coming from can guide you to say the right thing which calms the situation down and prevents escalation of the situation.
Not getting in a fight means everybody walks away...




Think before you speak!

When I was younger the phrase was "think before you speak".

Now lets use this logic in self defense especially if you are trying to deescalate the situation before it becomes physical. Think of what the other person is thinking, why are they doing what they are, this is referred to as empathy. Understanding where the other person is coming from can guide you to say the right thing which calms the situation down and prevents escalation of the situation.
Not getting a fight mean everybody walks away...




Friday, September 16, 2016

Strength and Spirit

The Tiger and Dragon symbols of strength and spirit in the martial arts and particularly Kenpo Karate. I personally associate the early days of my training when I see images like this. Coach Martin

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Get out and share

To validate your training get out and share, train with friends who may be in other martial arts, never stop learning. Coach Martin