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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Grappling and Jiu Jitsu: Modernizing our Training for the 21st Century

    Grappling and Jiu Jitsu: Modernizing our Training for the 21st Century

    “The reality is that we troubleshoot and problem solve for every individual in our classes. Our Common Curriculum serves as a guide, not a mandate. It is a foundation that provides for measurable, effective, efficient, flexible and admirable training and teaching practices (S.Sherbourne 2018).” It continually amazes me that one of the most progressive martial arts of the 21st century is sometimes mired in an old way of thinking that dismisses formalized curricula and scaffolded learning, in favor of dubious standards for the progression of students. As a middle-school teacher with a Masters in Education, I have always believed that a formalized curriculum with standard ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Training with the Valente Brothers

    Training with the Valente Brothers

    Visit to the Valente Brothers’ in Miami In August of 2017 I had the rare privilege of participating in a week-long private training program at the Valente Brothers Jiu Jitsu Club in Miami Beach, Florida. I have been there several times before to attend private lessons, and my experiences each time have been nothing short of phenomenal, so I was really looking forward to an entire week of training with their team this year. The focus for this visit was refining the Helio Gracie Self-Defense System that I have been working on for the last 10 years. I repeated the same classes several times and felt more capable each time, not only due to the repetition, but more ....

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  • Seikichi Odo (1928 - 2002) Still Lives through Karate, Kobudo, Jiu Jitsu and Self Defense!

    The Picture Below was taken at the Agena Dojo, Okinawa, Japan in 2002 (Seikichi Odo, Simon Sherbourne, Yoshiko Odo)
    Who was Seikichi Odo? What influence has he had on modern Martial Arts, and what was his role in the evolution of Karate? Odo Sensei was a small man of stature who was born, and lived his life, on the small island of Okinawa. He was descended from the feudal “pechin” or “samur” artistic class, which was the feudal class entrusted for hundreds of years with nurturing and passing on the art of Karate in Okinawa. This is also the same feudal class from which the Samurai evolved. At around 9 years old, Odo Sensei was introduced to judo ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - The Magic Formula of the Champion

    The Magic Formula of the Champion

    The Magic Formula of the Champion (Grit + Resolve + Discipline + Character and Skills - Fear) = Champion! Some people are graced with talent, fortune and fame, while others are confronted with great challenge in all directions. Yet people from both of these groups have risen to success as Champions in life. So what is it over time that reveals the true nature of a person’s ability to overcome challenge and adversity to become a Champion? Our perceptions of ourselves are embedded in us all as children. At this time we assign value to the characteristics of the people who surround us, and those who are closest to us. Mothers, fathers, grandparents are often the closest ....

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  • DOJO KUN assists by providing a Positive Way...

    What is the purpose of educational institutions (schools, clubs, organizations, fraternities, and other affiliations and associations)? One purpose of an established institution is to create unity of ideas, and conformity of learning goals. Another purpose is to formulate parameters for assessing the capabilities of students, in order to maintain a high standards of quality education (for example, a nationally accredited school or university). In addition, most educational institutions also establish rules of acceptable behavior (codes of conduct) required to maintain enrollment at the school or university. The goals, and outcomes for an educational institution may vary, ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Learning Brazilian Jiujitsu

    Learning Brazilian Jiujitsu

    Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: - first and foremost it's about survival... Learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is an ambitious goal no matter who you train with. Whether the club focus is self defense or tournaments, or a combination of both, you are beginning to train in an art that is more complex than most in its applications. You will progress more quickly in the direction you want to take if you have clear goals at the onset of your training that match the programs and training emphasis within the club you choose to train at. Our approach at SMAA/WKKJO to teaching BJJ is not soli about learning “fighting” techniques, or how to use a point system to win a match ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Choosing a Martial Arts School

    Feel like getting into shape through Martial Arts training? I often get calls from people looking for martial arts schools (Karate, Kobudo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Self Defense), and the questions I receive are plentiful. There may be questions on class format/structure, and timing/availability of classes, but the two most frequent concerns revolve around: 1 - Cost - How much does it cost? 2 - Location - Are you close to my home? Clearly these are legitimate considerations to factor into the equation. However, they do not consider the quality of training you, or the children you care for - will receive. In Southwestern Ontario childrens’ monthly rates can ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits

    Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits

    Kids Martial Arts - Karate and Jiu Jitsu - The Benefits Childhood is the perfect time to introduce martial arts as a practice of self defense and discipline. The benefits for children practicing martial arts are many and include both social emotional development as well as, learning skills that they will use throughout their lives, and in many different areas of their lives. In a well run martial arts school, the structure and consistency of the training in both Karate and Jiu Jitsu create an environment that encourages risk-taking and leadership - yes, life comes with risks and learning to step out of the “comfort zone” is one important developmental benefit of ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Adult Martial Arts: Considerations

    Adult Martial Arts: Considerations

    What makes adult martial arts different from children/kids martial arts? Is it maturity, vocabulary, prior education, or even social standing? What considerations should an instructor embrace, when outlining a curriculum and teaching a group of students? Let’s explore some of these considerations, and compare some key differences to better understand how to properly tailor the proper message for the desired audience. Maturity and Responsibility I would sum up the difference between adults and children in a single word: responsibility for one’s actions. There is a certain amount of unspoken vicarious liability when teaching children how to effectively defend ....

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  •  in London - Sherbourne Martial Arts Academy: SMAA - Okinawan Karate-Do: The Original Karate

    Okinawan Karate-Do: The Original Karate

    Most people do not realize that the origins of Karate-Do (vs. Kara) are strictly Okinawan (from the Island of Okinawa, or “Uchina” in the old Okinawan dialect). The origin of Karate is not from China through Chinese boxing, or Japan where it was popularized in the 1920’s by Gichin Funakoshi of Okinawa and from the Itosu lineage (same lineage as that of the WKKJO ). Although China and Japan did have significant influences on the development of Karate-Do, the Way of Karate is strictly from Okinawa. Karate began in Okinawa under the original name of Toudi (or Touti) with the word Tou being a reference to the Tang dynasty of China, and ....

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