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10000 kicks

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” ~ Bruce Lee

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Self-Defense Training Starts Tomorrow!

The self-defense training weekend with Marc MacYoung starts tomorrow (Friday) evening!

If you’ve been thinking about attending, whether to hone your skills or to start developing them, now is the time!  There are still a FEW spots open for the weekend (or any part thereof – yes, you can do just one day of it, as well).

If you’re uncertain, but curious, consider coming just to the Friday night talk and Q&A!

Marc MacYoung – what’s he known for?

Marc MacYoung, No Nonsense Self-Defense

Marc MacYoung, self-defense expert

Marc is known for several things: an awareness-based approach to self-defense; his ability to break things down into easily understood and digestible pieces; his no-nonsense approach (what really works); and knowledge and expertise developed through both study and experience.

He’s thoughtful, careful, and challenging – challenging to our preconceptions, to our projections, to our illusions, to our stories. He’s dedicated to seeing reality as it is, and dealing with it.

Who is this appropriate for?

This workshop is appropriate for the young to the elderly, men and women, from beginners to experienced self-defense/martial arts practitioners.  In other words, it is appropriate for anyone who would like to learn more about self-defense – and, in fact, about self.

What if I need to know more?

If you want to know more about the event itself, check out the calendar event listing on the DTMMS site:http://www.dtmms.org/event/macyoung2013

If you’d like to know more about Marc MacYoung, visit his self-defense site, No Nonsense Self Defense.  (Our calendar listing also has links in the description to some of his writings on self-defense.)

If you have any other questions, contact Ten No Kishi at dojo.info@ten-no-kishi.com.

Aura Perceptual Analysis coming October 2-16

Aura Perceptual Analysis (APA) is the study of the human luminosity and the evolution of the soul. In this two week training course, taught by Thunder Strikes, students of the Sweet Medicine Sundance path learn to see, glean and know the 15 aspects of the human luminosity.

The Human Luminous Egg Cocoon
It has long been known within many traditions that human beings are more than just a physical body. Within the Sweet Medicine SunDance path, the energy body associated with the human physical body is called the human luminous egg cocoon. As a human evolves, this luminosity reflects evolutionary change just as the physical body reflects physical maturational change. The study of the luminous egg cocoon has been a primary focus within the Twisted Hair tradition for many generations.

In the same way we can map our physical health and development through an understanding of physical anatomy, we can map our spiritual health and development through an understanding of the luminous egg cocoon. This energy body contains information about how we perceive our world, how well we achieve a balance within our internal masculine and feminine energies, the patterns we have chosen through which we express our unique gifts, talents, and shining, the amount of lifeforce energy we have available to fuel our life choices and actions, and much more.

GleaningLearning to See, Learning to Connect
The APA training focuses on the experience of “gleaning.”  Learning to glean is learning to see and engage with reality as it objectively exists.  It requires learning how to remove the filters that lie between you and the world around you. It trains you “to connect” rather than separating.

For more information
The APA workshop will be held in Scottsdale, Oct 2-16, 2011.  De-armoring is a prerequisite for this training.  Contact emily@shamanicdearmoring.com for more information.

Self-Defense and Healing in Seattle

How does the inner knowing and being of a warrior overlap with that of a healer?  How does knowing healing ways and practices both support and require the mindset of a warrior?

In March the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge brought in two Black Lodge instructors for a weekend workshop dealing with exactly that question.  The weekend began on Friday with a day-long introductory self-defense class dealing with the ethics and emotional realities of self-defense as well as the practical how-to aspects.  On Saturday participants engaged in an NRA Home Firearm Safety class, in which they learned the essential rules of firearm safety, as well as how to identify and unload various types of firearms.  Then, Saturday evening, the crosstraining between the warrior mindset and healing began.  Mateo Swan, of Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge, took participants through the various mindset, discipline and training connections, and then everyone began preparations for a healing ceremony, which took place Sunday morning.

Comments:
“Excellent course.”
“Great that the instructors were so encouraging, understanding and supportive.”

A total of 17 people participated in the weekend in Seattle.

Upcoming events at the Raven Speaks Lightning Lodge include monthly classes in Portland and teaching weekends in Seattle, as well as a vision quest week in August and a Quodoushka in October.  For more information, contact Mateo Swan and Martha Iosbaker at LightningRavens@comcast.net.

You can find more information about Black Lodge, the physical health and skills development aspect of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path, and about the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path healing paradigm, at the DTMMS web site 

Five Belt Advancements in the DTMMS Dojo!

Ten No Kishi Dojos - Karate Self-Defense Jiu Jitsu Chulukua-RyuOn March 9, five martial arts students in DTMMS’s Ten No Kishi dojo tested for rank advancement.  Each student was asked to demonstrate a full range of knowledge and technique, including basic drills, katas, and self-defense sets to a judging panel of four – and each student showed significant gains from the time and commitment they had devoted to their training.  Our Soke, Harley SwiftDeer Reagan, presided in the assessment process, aided by two black belts and a brown belt.

Congratulations to all five students for their dedication and perseverance: Dakotah, promoted to yellow belt; Annetta, Love, and Galiel to orange belt; and Jon to blue belt (advancing two belt ranks in one test due the length and excellence of his training). We all gain from their investment.

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.