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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Muscle memory

"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

Again...practice practice practice. Develop good habits and good muscle memory. It will serve you well in time of need.
Muscle memory is simply a habit, a reflex you develop. Similar to being able to keep your balance when riding your bike. It was not always so. When you first tried riding a 2 wheeler as a child, you probably fell often. Then you developed that balance, that sense that you are in control of the bike, not the reverse. To properly defend yourself you need to develop appropriate muscle memory as to respond quickly, without even thinking.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Are self defense classes rubbish or real?

There is a lot of talk about this subject. And yes, there are a lot of self defense classes that are rubbish. They will teach you things that look cute but will get you killed. But there are also good classes out there that will teach realistic and practical self defense. I offer such a class. The things I have learned are the same techniques taught to police officers and we know they need those skills to go home alive to their family every night. So I know my material is not just Hollywood fluff. I have been studying martial arts for 13 years. I have seen a lot of good and a lot of bad. I have the pleasure and honor to train with some rather large gentlemen, the best police officers in the State and a fantastic Sensei, so I know that what I do works. They make sure it does. And NO, you don't have to study martial arts for that long to be able to defend yourself.
Plus in the process I have lost 35 lbs and have become in top physical condition. I am 52 years old and can run circles around kids one third of my age. It's defeinitely worth it!!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009


This testimonial is being written on behalf of Kasey Keckeisen and Lise Steenerson from the Keishoukan Dojo Martial Arts Studio in New Brighton, Minnesota.

For the past 10 years, I have been teaching an Elective Physical Education class called Renaissance Performance at White Bear Lake High School. One of the units consists of a variety of different martial arts. For the last 3 years, I have been privileged to bring in Kasey and Lise as guests into my classroom. Kasey brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Kasey and Lise have a special ability to connect with teenagers and special populations by creating a safe and positive atmosphere. They are able to bring out the best in my students by getting them excited and motivated to participate all while being respectful.

This definitely is one of the highlights of this class. Both Kasey and Lise are matter of fact when speaking to the class about personal safety and self awareness and discipline. A portion of their demonstration is hands on teaching basic self defense techniques. These techniques are easily remembered and are practical if ever encountering a compromising situation.

Some feedback from the students was: “It was awesome.” Shong Lee. “It was fun.” Amber Wild. “They showed me a lot of new moves.” Kyle Inks. “They were great instructors—it was the bomb.” Cris Landeros.

In these times when we are trying to battle childhood obesity, it has always been my philosophy as an educator to continue to expose students to opportunities not only in school but in our communities. The partnership between Keishoukan Dojo and the White Bear Lake Schools provides a valuable community connection for kids as well as creating the foundations for a healthy lifestyle.

Individuals like Kasey and Lise who give so much of their time make our communities a better place to be. Thank you for making a difference with our students.


Carla Nordenstrom
Physical Education/D/APE Specialist
White Bear Lake Area

Just another statistic

*Every 2 minutes somewhere in America, someone is being sexually assaulted according to the US Department of Justice

*72% of rapes are committed by friends, acquaintances or relatives

*1 out of every 4 rapes take place in a public area

*15-20% of female students have experienced rape

*In 47% of the rapes, the victims sustained injuries other than the rape injuries.


About the classes

Experienced and competent instructors have put together an effective and fun course to teach women the art of self defense.
Our main objective is of course
prevention. We achieve this through awareness and skills enhancement which will provide the confidence necessary. The actual techniques that will be taught have been put through the mill and proven to be effective.

The course includes the following:
Theory, mental and emotional control
Learning how to fall properly
Learning basic self defense techniques
Repetition drills
Basics proper strikes and kicks
Impact training
Simulated practice against an attacker

Great way to get in shape while getting educated.

We are located at:
2210 Silver Lake road
New Brighton. MN 55112