Martial Arts Belt Promotion 7/28

Congratulations to Karen Williams, who earned her promotion to nikyu, or middle brown, in Kenpo through Harley SwiftDeer Reagan’s Ten No Kishi Dojo on Wednesday July 28!

Ten No Kishi classes meet Monday through Thursday evenings at the DTMMS Center (see the DTMMS web calendar for details).

Martial Arts Belt Promotion 6/9

Congratulations to John Kent III, who earned his promotion to blue belt in Kenpo through Harley SwiftDeer Reagan’s Ten No Kishi Dojo on Wednesday June 9!

Ten No Kishi classes meet Monday and Wednesday evenings at the DTMMS Center (see the DTMMS web calendar for details).

Practical Self-Defense Articles Online

Mary Albee takes SwiftDeer out

Thanks to Google Books, four articles featuring the self-defense work of  Harley SwiftDeer Reagan, co-founder of DTMMS, are now available online.

In 1978, Richard Zimmerman wrote a 3-part series for Black Belt Magazine called “Assault on Rape” featuring Reagan’s research and self-defense techniques developed specifically for women of all ages and abilities to defend against the most common types of attacks.  Part I was published in April, Part II in May, and Part III in June of 1978.

Then in September of 1978, Harley Reagan and Mary Albee co-wrote Practical Self-Defense, also published in Black Belt (see page 59).

Gaining Skills and Confidence – Black Lodge!

This year, for the second year, two of our friends from Italy sponsored a Black Lodge (self-defense and physical skills) workshop here in Scottsdale March 22-28. 

(Note: It is called “Black Lodge” because, on our medicine wheel, black is the color in the west, which is the place of the physical body, of prowess, strength, and stability.)

The 16 participants, from Italy, Germany, Australia, Canada and the US, spent 7 intensive days with Thunder Strikes and the team, learning and practicing how to handle themselves in various circumstances.  Training included fundamental martial arts skills, sexual assault defense, basic firearms training, and awareness development.

Some came because they love this kind of work; others came because they did NOT love it, and wanted to find out why.  By the end of the week, though, everyone was participating enthusiastically and planning how they could continue their training once they returned home.

Are you interested in developing your physical skills, your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones, your prowess, your confidence?  Contact the Black Lodge team at blacklodge@dtmms.org.