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Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists

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Vol. 41 No. 1 Spring 2019

Life is a Kodenkan School

By MB Austin

Apparently, I enjoy a long learning curve. Ironic, given my low tolerance is for being bad at…anything. Last year I began Danzan Ryu Jujitsu (DZR) training. Half healing art and half martial art, DZR encompasses techniques similar to those found in judo, Aikido, and karate (but with its own variations and kata), plus a self-defense curriculum and first aid, massage, etc. Wonderful variety; but oh so much to learn.

The first few months were especially humbling for me. Even with experience in other dojos, learning related arts, my brain felt overwhelmed, my body stuck with outdated muscle memory. Everything familiar was slightly different, making a challenge of things I expected to be easy for me. (I’d done hundreds of rolls and falls before—why were these so tough?) And so much was new, from terminology and principles to technique. Some days my mantra was, “Mizu means water.” If nothing else, at least I knew what to do during breaks.

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Martial Arts Games

By Nikki Smith

Games are fun! No one can argue with that, they can be silly, physically demanding or brutal! Most people like playing games, so if we martial artists use them wisely we can increase participation in activities and enable people to learn new skills while having fun, improving cognitive and physical abilities. We can also use them as a reward system.

Any traditional game can become a martial arts game and any martial art move/technique can become a game! You just have to be inventive!

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My Black Belt Test

By Kathy Long

Editor's note:

Kathy Long is a respected martial artist, a PAWMA board member, and a talented and generous teacher. We are thankful to her for sharing such a vulnerable and deeply personal story. Please be aware that some readers may find this hard to read.

I attained my Shodan in Aikido at age 17. I immediately started training in Kung Fu San Soo and when I was 19 and opened my first Martial Arts school with my boyfriend at the time. He was a black belt in Kung Fu San Soo and Tae Kwon Do, with a lot of experience in Judo.

Kung Fu San Soo, is a Chinese martial art based in several Chinese systems, Fut-Ga, Choy Li Fut, and Hung-Gar. The art does have wrist and arm locks, leverages, sweeps, throws etc. Mainly, a technique has a block and stun, (strike to a vital target) the body of the technique, (several strikes, or sweeps, throws, etc.) then the follow up, which usually involves striking a downed assailant.

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