The look and feel of the new school is uniquely different. The design is a reflection of Jiu-Jitsu’s roots and warrior heritage. The goal was to create an atmosphere that calms the mind and lifts the spirit while maintaining the historical context, etiquette and protocol of our wonderful art.
by Frank Cucci ‘#$@! we’re going to crash! This can’t be true! But what’s happening?’ were the last words from pilot David Robert on board Air France flight 447 as it crashed into the Atlantic ocean, in June 2009 killing all 228 on board. During some recent flight training, I was reminded of the parallels (and perils) between aviation training and self-defense training: In December of 2016, I attended a three day course in Upset Recovery Training (URT) by Prevailance Aerospace Safety Academy, located in Chesapeake, VA. URT is designed to teach pilots how to prevent and recover from [...]
“So, boy. You wish to serve me?” Silhouetted against the blue-black sky, the horse-mounted samurai with the horned helmet towered over me like a demon as I knelt in the dirt before him. I could not see his face but there was no mistaking the authority in his growling tone, nor the hint of mockery in his question. I tried to speak and managed only a faint croak. My mouth had gone dry, as parched as a man dying of thirst. But I had to respond. My fate-and though I didn’t know it then, the fate of all of [...]