But Do You Really Need to Kick Over Your Head?

Years ago when I was studying Tae Kwon Do, I read a book by Joe Hyams called “Zen in the Martial Arts”. Joe was a Hollywood screenwriter, biographer, columnist, author who had written several books, and a life-long martial artist. When he wrote the book, he was living in Beverly Hills, CA, and was married to Elke Sommer. He had studied martial arts with several well-known teachers including Bruce Lee and Ed Parker.

In the book, he related a story where he was having Dim Sum in a restaurant with Bruce Lee, who at the time was giving him private lessons. Joe was complaining about how he had gotten older and it now took him 30 minutes to limber up enough to be able to kick over his head. Bruce’s reply was classic:

“You say you are unable to kick over your head without a long warmup. But, the real question is, is it really necessary to kick that high?”

In my view, this is exactly the same philosophy behind the The Self Defense Training System. It’s a no nonsense approach to self defense on the street.

Martial arts are generally based on sport, ceremony, and safety. However, they have limited use when you are brutally attacked on the street. The Self Defense Training System is different. It’s a complete training system that is broken down into 12 modules of DVDs and manuals.

Here’s why it’s the best training I’ve ever seen on self defense:

  • You don’t have to have a training partner to learn the system.
  • You don’t have to spend years in a dojo practicing the techniques.
  • The techniques are simple to learn and execute.
  • The system is based on gross motor movements, which means you can do them under extreme stress.
  • You don’t have to learn any kicks that are over your head.
  • You don’t have to learn any jumping 360 degree kicks like in Tae Kwon Do.

Check it out. You’ll be surprised.


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