• Is there a connection between Freestyle training (fight training) and actually learning self-defense? Without a doubt, many feel that the two forms of training are completely separate in practice.   I believe there is an overlapping continuum of self-defense, fighting, and combat and [...]

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    Is it "Violence?"

    24 Aug 2016 | News | admin

    Recently while talking with one of member’s parent they mentioned how there was a particular friend of the member they knew needed to come train with us. Unfortunately, they knew this friend’s parent would never consider it because of the opinion that Martial Arts was too violent. I have run [...]

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    Age Doesn't Matter

    1 Feb 2016 | News | admin

    Several years ago I was asked to work with a Seniors group on some simple self-defense. There had been some incidents in the area with some Sr. Citizens being mugged and the community center we had a program at thought it would be a valuable service. The program was going fairly well as we had [...]

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    Not "Good Enough"

    24 Jan 2016 | News | admin

    ​ So often I work with students both young and mature. You can see them working on a specific pattern of moves or skills and they tend to accept a level of performance. When attempting to encourage them to reach for a greater level of precision they become frustrated. Probably the worse [...]

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    Simplify...

    13 Sep 2015 | News | admin

    ​ So often people confuse the sophisticated movements of our art with the applications and qualities that Martial Arts training develops. To probably better understand what we are discussing let’s consider weight training. Absolutely you could go in each session grab a comfortable set of[...]

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    Setting Goals

    6 Aug 2015 | News | admin

    Team- We ran across this article from an association that we're involved with. We thought it was a good description of how Martial Arts Training helps to achieve goals. Please read the article and let us know if you have any questions/comments. info@attitudefirst.com Ever wondered what [...]

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    Attitude First enjoyed some really fantastic training this weekend with our first but definitely not last "Brown Belt Intensive."The Intensive was a full 6 hours of some great training. Conducted over 2 days (3 hours each day) participants worked on requirements for Brown Belt and it's [...]

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    Increasing Value

    19 Jul 2015 | News | admin

    I have to admit this summer has an exciting feeling for me. It might be hard to understand but I will do my best to explain. At one of my first schools that I owned; “Dragon’s Lair” Self Defense Studio- It had a unique setting that has not been repeated for Attitude First. It was [...]

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    A Special Visit

    11 Jul 2015 | News | admin

    So recently during a night of training where the schedule was all out of whack. I had the joy of getting a visit from one of my former students.- Sean Azevedo (I hate saying that because he is still a student just not actively training on his Martial Arts. At least that is how he and I [...]

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    Connect to Training

    5 Jul 2015 | News | admin

    Recently while discussing with members about their plans for the holiday weekend, one of the members stated that he was going to Washington D.C for a week. He was working on Short Form 2 for class. He had been struggling with memorization of the form for months. He got an opportunity to have [...]

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