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Saturday Morning Training

Saturday Morning Training

More training in the sunshine with the Wash U club. Sofia makes the most of her guillotine choke on Katherine.

Training at Wash U

It was a beautiful day for our morning training session at Wash U today.

Photo of students jogging at Wash U

Photo of students training at Wash U

Linked Article: Before Reaching War Zones, Troops Risk Concussions

Considering that concussion risks are compounded by repeated injuries, and that the risks of concussions can include slower reactions, impaired cognition, and even changes in mood this should be something that concerns non-military self defense athletes as well.

A new military study suggests that some soldiers suffer mild traumatic brain injuries even before they go to war. These concussions, as they’re also called, can come from taking “combatives” classes that teach hand-to-hand fighting during the soldiers’ training…

The study looks, in part, at soldiers at sprawling Fort Hood, Texas, one of the Army’s main centers for basic training. The preliminary findings, which NPR and ProPublica have obtained, suggest that a soldier got a concussion in those classes every other day, on average, over nine months.

“The more hits your brain takes, the less likely it will be that you will have a full recovery,” said Dr. Alex Dromerick, director of neuroscience research at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dromerick, who has studied brain injuries with the military, didn’t work on this new study on concussions. But he says that based on our description of the findings, they raise a troubling scenario.

Click here to read the article.

George Bellows at the National Gallery of Art in DC

“I am just painting two men trying to kill each other” said Bellows.

MMA Competitor Brent Weedman Interviewed by JREF’s D.J. Grothe

Don’t try the “touchless” knockout on this guy!

While I have met my fair share of practitioners that believe in Qi, you won’t be surprised to learn that the evidence for it is quite lacking. Ultimately I feel that people are simply uninformed at the incredible limits the human body can achieve. I’m reminded of Arthur C Clark’s 3rd law “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It’s easy to write off incredible athletic feats as woo-ww. Side note: there are examples of martial artists performing “tricks” to prove their powerful Qi, but I relegate those to the dustbin of spoon bending.

Read the rest of the article here.

Motivating and Nurturing Students

I am always inspired when I see good teachers and coaches that understand and respect the interdependent nature of their relationship with their charges. Those that inspire and motivate while demonstrating a healthy respect for the challenges of daily life faced by their students, and their basic humanity always make me want to be a better instructor. In that vein I offer the following video:

Then again these guys are from Wall Street, so…

2012 FSRI Summer Camp Info and Registration

There is more info up about the forthcoming FSRI Summer camp at the http://www.tkri.net website. Check back often for details and updates.

FSRI Events Page

General Camp Info and Payment Options

Registration

Release/Waiver

Online payment options are now available on the General Camp Info page, however make sure that if you use this option you remember to print out the registration and release forms and mail them in ASAP and include a copy of your receipt in the same envelope. No registrations will be accepted at the camp site.

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