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MESSAGE FROM SENSEI CAMPOS

There is a huge interest in something called "street" or "realistic" self-defense training that is getting a lot of play in the martial arts media. They talk about it like it is a new idea. So I thought I would give a little time to this "new" concept in this space.

First of all, there are a lot of us who have always worked hard on developing realistic self-defense skills and training methods. As an example, if you train at HQ or w/a ZDK system instructor you probably donít use mats a lot after green belt rank. You learn to throw, sweep and fall on the dojo floor. This training is invaluable because you learn that you can survive and fight w/o mats (or a lot of protective gear for that matter). Of course, attention to safety and an individuals readiness for a more intense experience is important to the process.

I discovered growing up in NYC that self-defense involved more than just physical skills. Therefore our training has always had a component that added a lot of mental and physical stress to the classroom situation. It is challenging but people get through it and find that they really do have the skills to defend themselves.

We have always worked hard to add realism into our training and continue to refine and develop new methods that really work.

How do I know? Well, for one thing I have had a number of physical confrontations in my life. Growing up in NYC, in the military as an MP, and as a bartender for several summers in Lake George, NY. I am not especially proud of that fact but, I learned some valuable lessons from those experiences. There are a lot of instructors who have NEVER had a fight or the training needed to fight successfully in the street.  While there is certainly a place for traditional training and the sport aspect of martial arts, I have always emphasized street skills with my students.

Additionally, I have had several of my students attacked in my 33 years of teaching. While I realize that no one would admit to losing, I can say that the stories I am aware of from our members have more than proven the effectiveness of our training. There was the time one of our black belts disarmed a guy with a knife, the time I witnessed a guy try to slice one of our black belts in the neck with a broken drinking glass - Bad Decision - guess who went to the hospital! We have had two of our female members, a green & brown belt, break the arm of an attacker. One of these events happened in 2002, the other about 10 years prior.

I understand that good self-defense training teaches other skills that are designed to promote awareness, thinking, & decision making. Of course the best self-defense is not having to fight. We just canít forget that "realistic" fighting should be at the core of a self-defense curriculum component.

Finally, the seminars I instruct are designed for individuals who have not been exposed to the kind of training we offer our students.  We approach training in terms of a continuum - from basic to advanced based on the level of the participant.  Since I was an educator for 31 years, I understand the methodology of teaching.  The use of analogies, humor, theory, and application all play a part in a successful presentation.

Below are some of the many comments & letters I have received from various instructors and individuals after one of our presentations.

FROM SENSEI JEFF MELANDER, RED DRAGON KARATE, BALLSTON SPA, NY (4/05):  "The response from your seminar on Sat. is unanimous - everyone loved it!!!  The younger ones came up to me last night and informed me how much FUN they had.  I think  everybody there (myself included) benefited from the self-defense that were taught and have adapted a better mindset needed for defending against an armed attacker.  We will now practice the techniques that you showed us, as realistically as possible, in upcoming classes."

The following letters represent some of the numerous testimonials Sensei Campos has received regarding his program:

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ALTOONA ACADEMY OF TKD, ALTOONA, PA

 
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PINNEY'S AMERICAN KARATE/COLGATE UNIV., HAMILTON, NY

 
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UNION COLLEGE, SCHENECTADY, NY

 
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GREENE DRAGON MARTIAL ARTS, GREENE, NY

 
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CHUCK NORRIS' UNITED FIGHTING ARTS FEDERATION CONVENTION

 
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U.S.A. GOJU KARATE (NEMAC ORGANIZATION)

These are just a few of the hundreds of testimonials regarding the seminars presented by Sensei Campos.  If you are interested in learning more about the ZDK or if you are thinking of hosting a seminar contact him directly.  DIRECTOR@ZDKUSA.COM

 

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