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Tim

Tim Martin is a military veteran with over 27 years of service. Tim has been studying the martial arts and various self defense methods since his childhood. Tim’s passion for the martial arts extends to sharing his training and experiences with others. It is his belief that the martial arts are a valuable vehicle for improving and developing oneself to reach their maximum potential. He sees it as a powerful, life-changing gift for all ages to teach empowerment, confidence, self defense, and overcoming adversity.

The ’80s Ninja Boom

If you remember the martial arts phenomenon known as the “Ninja Boom” of the 1980s, then you will likely remember names like Stephen K. Hayes, Bud Malmstrom, Masaaki Hatsumi, etc.  They graced […]

What is Shugyo?

Musha shugyō (武者修行) is a samurai warrior’s quest or pilgrimage. The concept is similar to the Chinese Youxia, or Knight Errantry in feudal Europe. A warrior, called a shugyōsha, would wander the […]

Relson Gracie

Recognized as the world’s leading expert in self defense instruction, Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of the late Grandmaster Helio Gracie.  Helio Gracie is credited as the innovator of the […]

The Machados

I got invited to attend one of the Machado Brother gatherings in Farmer’s Branch, TX by Master Carlos Machado.  Of course I accepted!  It was a very informative two days of jiu […]

Demian Maia Seminar

Back in September I got the opportunity to attend a seminar conducted in KC by UFC Middleweight and multi-time BJJ world champion, Demian Maia. The seminar was simply awesome! Although the techniques […]