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My Journey In Self-Defense (Part 1)

This picture was taken 20 years ago while I was testing for my green belt. Who knew what would come next?

The term self-defense has a more literal meaning than I ever realized. As a young student I always felt that my training was preparing me for a time that I would have to defend myself from others in my world. I would assume that this is a very common stance on self-defense for a child or even a young man. I trained thinking I would always be ready for a bully, big or small, old or young, fast or slow. I trained to prepare myself if I were ever to be attacked, jumped, caught in a riot, or any other attack. I trained hard and got pretty tough¦ I think.

As my responsibilities have changed over the years in the Dojo and as a man, I have realized that my definition and perception of Self-Defense has changed as well. Through my 25 years of training, studying and teaching, I have come to understand that the greater meaning of Self-Defense is having the ability to defend one’s self from one’s self. It was the reinforcement of principles that I learned from my Sensei which led me to feel this way.

As many of you may know, my father created Pendo Karate, so I practically grew up in The Dojo. In fact, I don’t remember any part of my life without it. It has always been “the place for me to be.” Even when I thought I didn’t want to go, I went. This was never a result of my father pushing me to to go.

The bottom line is I love being here.

Sensei Nick

About Sensei Nick

Sensei Nick has been studying Karate and Martial Art for twenty eight years. He holds black belts in Tang Soo Do and Isshin Fu and has been teaching for more than 15 years. He is co-owner of The Adventure Squad for mobile enrichment programs at satellite facilities.