No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;
Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.
As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.
On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.
On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
From Chris Roberts of Safe International:
"Today I taught a man and a woman privately for four hours. The woman bought this private self defense lesson for him as a Christmas gift! He had been in a situation where he was stabbed by his son. I want to thank him for his openness in discussing what must be about the most difficult scenario one could ever find themselves in.
After he told me the story, he wondered about what he should have done differently. I said NOTHING as I felt the chills in my body. You are alive. He handled it, in my opinion, perfectly, using a chair to create some space between him and his son. He used Rich Dimitri's/Senshido verbal tactics which I told him likely saved his life! He used empathy with his son in the middle of a knife attack! When I told him how amazingly he handled it, he was shocked thinking he should have done so many things different.
It just confirmed that people who teach knife defense analyzing attacks from different angles, etc need to really look at the rage, unpredictability, and sheer panic of a real life knife attack and address it not just physically, but environmentally, verbally, and psychologically. I told him his story taught me more about knife defense than anything I have learned, and confirmed what I now know about knife attacks.
He just remembered his son slashing over and over. He did get cut and injured, but he is alive and so is his son. And imagine if it was a family member who you love? This is a guy who could share his story and you would get more out of what he did than anything any of us instructors could teach. Thanks again to them!" ~ Chris Roberts - Safe International
Amen brother. Thank you for sharing that.
Monday, March 21, 2011
When I began in the “Senshido International movement”, I was very much against philosophy. In fact, I recall one of the first posts I every made on the Senshido forum as knocking Bruce Lee’s JKD due to its philosophical nature. I was blind and thought I was tough (or at least wanted to sound tough, as most armchair warriors do) so I didn’t “need” the philosophy “junk”. I was also hypocritical in that I preached and attached myself to a particular faith, without ever truly exercising its principles (at that junction in life). I had “book smarts”, but had not experienced my faith through putting it into physical, behavioral, emotional and psychological practice. I’d like to think that I’ve come a long way from then, but I am not egotistical to think I have “reached” the pinnacle of what human beings are capable of.
Senshido has forced me to evaluate myself on several levels, why do I do the things I do, why do I believe the things I believe, think the way I do, behave the way I behave, why is my initial reaction to such-and-such this-and-that? I am not referring to religious beliefs, but rather, what makes me tick the way I do? This has caused for serious introspection and honest self-evaluation – something that I was not too fond of, due to the complexity of the human nature and my desire to lie to myself, believing I am not as “bad” or “in need of help” in certain areas as I truly was. Please understand, I still have my demons I fight every day. I am not where I should be at, but I am making progress. I have learned, via my time in Senshido, to see my own illusions that I have built around my life and my mind, to understand that they are illusions and even how to begin to change them to where they reflect reality. This has been such a freeing experience, words cannot do justice.
I used to fight and argue. I grew up in a home where I was yelled and cussed at for 8 hours at a time for something stupid kids typically did and tried to hide and suffered some rough punishment, as others have (thankfully not as bad as it could have been or as others suffer daily). I have always associated pain with violence and fear with violence. I was at the point where I would hit my head on a cabinet door that I opened up and clinched my fist in an effort to hit the cabinet door. This was instinctual, took no forethought. Now, before we go any further, the truth of the matter is – this was childish and rather stupid. It’s an object, has no emotional or intentional qualities about it. It was my own mistake, misjudgment, etc. It was my fault short and simple. Honest introspection has caused me to evaluate why I do what I do, what is the root, and to change it. I began to realize why I associated pain with violence or why I have a short fuse and have begun changing my response and reaction. It is liberating.
It might not be a popular thing to say and I am sure many will disagree with me (sorry GEE!), but I believe Senshido to be a rebirth of what the “traditional martial arts” was meant to be. Originally, Martial Arts were methods of fighting that included philosophical emphasis on maturing and correcting the self.
Senshido has given me the tools to begin this process and for that I am very thankful. Sure, my confidence handling myself in a street altercation has greatly increased, yes, I am more tactful and respectful when dealing with people and working on eradicating my pride/ego, this has been the greatest gift I have personally received from Senshido.
If you want a method that enhances your survivability, then you cannot go wrong with Senshido and hundreds of thousands of people would tell you the same. However, if you want the means to begin to heal yourself, to see who you truly are and if you don’t like it, acquire the tools to change it, then I highly recommend Senshido as well. This, I believe, is the essence of Rich's "In Total Defense of the Self". Continue training realistically to survive reality, be it physical, verbal, emotional, psychological or spiritual.
Now stop reading and do some shit.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
|Lmao, the Devil incarnate.... lmfao.... some beliefs just aren't functional....|
Monday, March 14, 2011
|True self defense can be taught to any age, gender or limitability, Shred away brother!|
|Notice the similar position of the one being Shredded... the reaction is extremely similar in almost every individual Shredded world wide, panic arms flailing and total disorientation.|
|Throat strike off a one arm lapel threat...|
|Flinching off the passive stance with a jam, palm to the face & thumb to the eye off a sucker punch|
|Double handed lapel grab thwarted by a deflective jam,immobilization of the head and palm/Shredding start.|
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
When I first trained with you, I was just a kid. Now I'm training with Wes and I've got my bac in Kinesiology and my masters in Physiotherapy and I'm seeing the entire process from the other side and everything you ever said about physiology and psychology is true. Never stop. You have found a piece of truth. The worst thing people do with that is to continue on as if nothing happened! Keep teaching the truth." - Guy Razi
There are no winners in a fight, only survivors. Regardless of who comes out on top, people's lives are affected. So take a step back, stay humble and don't be so quick to prove that you are the 'good guy.' We are all capable of the evil which we hate." - Tiffany Côté
|"Richard Dimitri=self defense king. I've only picked up disc (DVD) one so far and I've been disecting it like crazy can't wait for more. Peace" ~ Rico Tarbert|
Thursday, March 3, 2011
|Shredding away, the only way I know how... that's just a little bit more than Chris's face will allow.... lmao|
|Shredder at work against a Ninja. A big strong as hell Ninja. My bro Brian attacking Chris.|
|With some of the Crossfit Potential & Safe International gang.|
|When no one else'll demo with ya, ya gotta start demoing on yourself.... dedicated to my craft, am I not? lmao|
|Cause the Shredder's much more than just eye gouging....|