Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

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​Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

Self Defense & Terror Attacks [Toronto]

The topic of Self Defense & Terror Attacks is a complicated one.  As I am sure you are now aware there was a "terror" attack on Yonge Street North in Toronto [North York] on Monday April 23rd. A man drove a white van down the sidewalk kill 10 and injuring another 15 at the last count. Here is a link to CTV News regarding this attack. 

Could something have been done?

From the information available thus far most likely nothing could have been done to prevent this. At least as far as I have seen there is little to no talk about "social media" clues of him having issues. But it is really beyond the scope of this blog to find answers to these complicated questions.

But there is one thing we can say!

The man was seriously mentally ill. And this is becoming a BIG problem.  Whether it is a radical religious or political view, or the man was just homicidal because of personal issues, the result would have been the same. What can we do? Outlaw vans? No we need personal solutions for the other times these things happen.

Knife attacks last night.

Toronto is a big city. About 2.7 million people these days. It is a beautiful city too! Being that I am Canadian, from Windsor Ontario I have spent a lot of time in Toronto. I love the city!  In a city that size and with the stats for crime in Canada there was likely a knife attack.

We can't stop a van, but a knife?

The only thing you can do when someone is coming at you with a truck is get out of the way. But there are skills the martial artist can acquire for the "one on one" situations including knife attacks. And yes Kyusho Jitsu is part of this scenario.

First I will tell you that there are many things martial artists believe about knife defense that is simply not true. So I refer you to an article written by a police officer about this sunject. Here is a link to read more.

There are no guarantees

Successful self defense has no guarantees! In fact there are no guarantees in life. However you can prepare for as many situations as possible. That is part of what martial arts training is supposed to be about. This is why in my teaching I cover a broad base, and relate it all back to the science of pressure point self defense [Kyusho Jitsu].

The entire idea or process behind martial arts training is to not just prepare the body for self defense situations, but also prepare the mind.  Doing this will always increase your odds, and increasing odds is all we can do!

Psychology

In order to be successful in self defense one must prepare the mind! This requires some very specific training, and most of all "thinking" to get the jobs done. This link here will send you to my Kyusho Jitsu eBook website where your can grab a FREE copy of the first chapter of my Psychology of Self Defense eBook. Click here to download now.

Preparing the Mind

​I hope you read the article linked above on the 13 Misconceptions of a Knife Attack because it far more likely this type of Self Defense & Terror Attack situation will happen then a van coming at you. Chance favors the prepared mind, and we need to training hard and remain vigilant in our training.

Today the world is an unpredictable place, and self defense needs to be taken very seriously. The good news is that adding the science of pressure point self defense to your current system of training will enhance everything you do. And increase your effectiveness, thus your odds of success.

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Yours in the arts.
Grand Master Art Mason

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Important Pressure Points

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​Pressure Points

Pressure Points of the Arm

Pressure Points of the Arm

Today I was thinking about the pressure points I will be adding reference too in the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu. Now I have already added Alarm Points, Associated Alarm Points as well as Special Alarm Points. However I want to add a good reference for certain "regular" pressure points that could be considered as "important" or critical to learn. Therefore I am asking for a little help.

I am getting myself in deep here! But I do want this to be the premier Kyusho Jitsu reference on the planet.

Points to add

So the following pressure points will be part of this reference.

  • ​St-05
  • GB-20
  • TW-17
  • BL-10
  • ​LI-18
  • ST-09,10
  • SI-16
  • LU-10
  • ​LU-5
  • PC-06
  • TW-11
  • TW-12
  • ​SP-21
  • SP-11
  • GB-31
  • SP-06

​Now I have excluded Alarm and Associated Alarm Points from this list. Plus I did it so the layout here would work too. But aside from that what other points should I give specific references too? What ones would you like to see referenced as part of the Encyclopedia Of Kyusho Jitsu?

Please comment below and tell me what else I should add! If you are not yet familiar with the Encyclopedia of Kyusho Jitsu use the link below and read more.

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Grand Master Art Mason

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Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

​Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

​Expanding Kyusho Jitsu Teachings

I am very pleased that we are expanding Kyusho Jitsu teachings across the world! This weekend we added another country, ​Chile in South America. You can read more about that right here.

One of the reasons I view this as so very important is that the science of pressure point self defense, when practiced by dedicated martial artists WORKS. And in today's world of ever increasing problems effective self defense becomes more and more important. ​Therefore the role of the Kyusho Jitsu Teacher cannot be overstated! Martial Artists teaching Kyusho Jitsu locally to students, special self defense calls and children is over critical importance. And it needs to be spread without the politics so often associated with these kinds of programs.

Creating Teachers

Because creating qualified, certified Kyusho Jitsu teachers across the planet is my goal and mandate. And I know this means that I must be heavily involved in this process. Answering questions and providing support along the way. When a student asks a question I NEVER send them to an FAQ. I answer the question.

So ​right now I am offering an unprecedented chance to get in on the ground floor.

​But I am up to this challenge!

Growing an organization like the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance requires good people, dedicated to what they do, who want to make a different in the industry. We have those people here in the KJWA.

Are you a motivated martial artists? Would you be interested in joining us and becoming a Certified Kyusho Jitsu Instructor? Right now I have torn the barriers down to do this. ​ There has never been a better time! The usual cost of Level One Instructor Certification is $997! But right now you can get this all inclusive course for ONLY $97! Plus I am even offer ​to divide this up into 3 payments. Therefore now is the time to act!

If this is something you would like to do now is the time! The price will never be lower, however it will not remain this low much longer either!

Ground Floor Opportunity

Follow the link below and learn more about our Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance Instructor Certification Courses. Currently Level One and Level Two are being offered at $900 each! No experience is necessary! This is a complete A-Z training! 

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Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason

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Kyusho Jitsu’s Yin & Yang Hands

Kyusho Jitsu's Yin & Yang Hands

​Kyusho Jitsu's Yin & Yang Hands

​Kyusho Jitsu's Yin and Yang Hands

What are Kyusho Jitsu's Yin and Yang Hands?  These are a set of 6 different hand positions coming from various ancient martial arts. Sometime referred to as Ji Hands. This is some really cool stuff! So why do I not talk about it? Because I am breaking it down to a different level.

​From my understanding of this there are 6 different hand positions. They are all mechanically very sound and work quiet well! But they work for very specific reasons. This has to do with 2 things.

  1. The understanding of the Principle of Yin & Yang
  2. ​Plus the proper use of 2 Way Action

So why do I not teach it directly? Mostly because I am more concerned about the real life self defense street aspects of Kyusho Jitsu and not the addition of tradition forms from other martial arts. However the hand positions are very easy to find if you wish to learn them. 

​Most of all these hand positions will do you no good without a solid understanding of the Principle of Yin and Yang, plus 2 Way Action in all your strikes and/or joint manipulation work. Here is a short video on 2 Way Action.

Yin and Yang Hands

Now the hands are an interesting subject. The are both Yin on one side and Yang on the other. Plus the transition areas. However this is too much to be able to cover in a single blog post. I do however have an excellent video on the subject of the Principle of Yin & Yang that goes into great details on the many aspects of it! Follow the link below and read more!

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Yours in the arts,
​Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

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Best Way to Learn Kyusho Jitsu

​Learn Kyusho Jitsu

Best Way to Learn Kyusho Jitsu

Best Way to Learn Kyusho Jitsu

What is the best way to learning Kyusho Jitsu? This is a great question, so let me explain with a real life example from my own history.

I started my formal martial arts training in November 1984. After I got my green belt the following June my instructor wanted me to begin to help out teaching class in a neighboring town which he had a branch location in. I accepted with great honor! ​A gentlemen who started before I did was also asked to help in a different location. He declined.

Now I am not a natural athlete. I played hockey for 18 years, boxed and wrestled but nothing came easy. I had to work HARD to get good. Martial Arts was no exception. But by the time our Black Belt grading rolled around in 1988 I was miles ahead of my friend. Why? Because I was teaching as well as training!

Teaching is NOT for everyone, but it will accelerate learning more than you can imagine!

​Teaching Kyusho Jitsu

When you teach it requires you to know the material even better than someone else at your same level. That is why teaching is the best way to learn Kyusho Jitsu! This is the main reason for my "clinical" knowledge in the art! I began teaching it the month after I started my Novice program!  Now I was not running study groups at that point, but I was integrating into my adult classes!

Right now you have an unparalleled opportunity to learn Kyusho Jitsu by becoming a teacher! I am offer our Novice Kyusho Jitsu Instructor Certification Course for a FRACTION of its value! Plus you can divide the payment into 3 if you would like too! Follow this link and be prepared to be SHOCKED at how economic this is right now!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. You can also subscribe to our posts by using the "Red Bell" in the bottom right corner.  This way you know what the post is about before you come and read. Also share this an other content with friends on social media. Help spread the teachings of the science of pressure point self defense.

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Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Kyusho & Zen Musings

Kyusho & Zen Musings

Zen Musings

Zen Musings

What are Zen Musings? Back many years ago I wrote a very successful BLOG called My Buddha Nature. It was my thoughts on life and its relationship to martial arts. If you believe the folklore martial arts has its roots deep into the teaching of the Buddha. As legend has it one of his disciples traveled from India to China to discover the monks in very poor health.He implement a body/mind/spirit training that became the martial arts of today.

My Studies

I became very interested in the teaching of Buddha back in the 90's while I was study with a Chi Master from Korea. Se encouraged my study as it would help me deal with life in general. I did not very diligently for about 10 years. Here is a LINK to my old Twitter account called My Buddha Nature.

Now you must realize that true Buddhist teaching are NOT a religion because there is no "god" references. They are a way of life and understanding ones self. This is one of the reasons why there are many people of different ​faiths who also practice Buddhism.

After the Blog came down when different events in my life caused me to remove it I kept the essays. If you are interested in a copy of this work, the eBook I call Zen Musings​.

So what does this have to do with Kyusho Jitsu? Everything! Today as I am sure you have noticed the world has gone a little crazy. People need to find peace of mind. These teaching will help. What the martial artists truly needs is a  "peaceful heart" but also a "warriors spirit."

I hope you enjoy these writings.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. You can also subscribe to our posts by using the "Red Bell" in the bottom right corner.  This way you know what the post is about before you come and read. Also share this an other content with friends on social media. Help spread the teachings of the science of pressure point self defense.

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Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Self Defense is Neurological

​Self Defense is Neurological

Self Defense is Neurological

Self Defense is Neurological

The root if all Self Defense is Neurological! It does not matter what we are taking about, including in MMA style of sport combat, it all gets down to the neurological. Back last year I made a post on a well know martial arts form about Neurological Knockouts. There was a comment that if pressure point strikes are neurological why do we need Kyusho? Because they are inseparable! Acupuncture is about the neurological also, but they just don't want to say it.

Watch this video, then below I will explain it!

The ​Nervous System

What happens in this knockout? Very simple really, the Uki's unconscious mind become confused because both of his hand have crossed center. This happens in the brain any time you reach across your own center line. The unconscious mind looks for the limb that crossed by connect the 2 hemispheres of the brain more closely. When I kick him at SP-11, which is a DANGEROUS point the brain rebooted to protect itself. The body protects itself by "relaxing" to prevent serious injury.

What makes this area dangerous? If the femur were to break then the ​femoral artery could rupture. The femoral nerve protects this! In a life of death situation I would kick this location for all it is worth, assuming the opportunity to do so. If you do not believe this ask your doctor or an orthopedic surgeon.

Everything is Neurological

So I am hoping you can see that everything is self defense is, after you get past learning the movement in martial arts, neurological. So if you are not studying the science of pressure point self defense WHY NOT?

Here is a great opportunity! I am going to offer you a 10 Video Neurological Knockout Course the unbelievable LOW PRICE of $7.97! This course is worth at least $40 and usually sell for $19.97!

How can you go wrong for the price of 2 Starbucks coffees?

Act now!

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Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason

Dim Mak is Advanced Self Defense

​Advanced Self Defense

Advanced Self Defense

​Advanced Self Defense

What do I mean by Advanced Self Defense? What exactly is the reference here to Dim Mak? Let me explain.

Self defense is a complicated subject. There are never any guarantees when/if you are attacked on the street. Remember this is NOT a fight. This "person" has a motive and it has NOTHING to do with his or her ego. Unless you are unfortunate enough to encounter a serial killer.

There is no way to predict anything when it comes to being attacked. Sometimes you ​see it coming because you are being "interviewed" while other time the attack can come long after the interview. So there is a lot to prepare for!

​3 Types of Attack

First we need to understand there are ONLY 3 ways to attack someone after the interview. These are the physical methods of attack. You will either be

  1. Pushed first
  2. Grabbed first
  3. Punched first

Now a knife is the 3rd option.  If you don't see it coming you need to rely on your self defense skills, based in your root art, with hopefully the addition of the science of pressure point self defense to make you more effective!

If you see it coming, realize you are being interviewed, you can then prepare for what comes next. This gives you opportunity, if trained properly, to assess the attack, like he did you, and use this information against him! Therefore this is what I mean about Advanced Self Defense.

It is also what the Dim Mak Project is about.

Dim Mak Project

The Dim Mak Project is what I would consider to be HIGH LEVEL Kyusho Jitsu Study. But then these are only "names." What it is all about is advanced self defense under the circumstances that you know the situation is going bad. It is learning to be aware and see the weakness in the attacker and capitalize on these weaknesses.  With this in mind I created the Dim Mak Project Development Courses

Currently we have 2 courses. The 1st one, and the place you need to start is the Novice Dim Mak Development Course. This covers all the basics of truly advanced self defense learning ​you can apply to your root martial art system. The second is the Intermediate Dim Mak Development Course which launched May 15th 2018 and is about "applications" for the information. Therefore helping with integration into you art.

In conclusion take a look at the LINK below and get started today!

Also if you have any questions please feel free to comment below! You can now also subscribe to our posts from the "Red Bell" in the bottom right corner of this page. Please share our content with like minded martial artist on social media also.

Have a fantastic day, stay safe and be vigilant!

Yours in the arts,
​Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Pressure Point Angle & Direction

​Pressure Point Angle & Direction

Pressure Point Angle & Direction

Pressure Point Angle & Direction

Understanding the Correct Pressure Point Angle & Direction to attack is a "master key" to success in self defense and therefore Kyusho Jitsu. We often overlook the simple things in favor of the complex and this one such example. Pressure Point Angle & Direction is a novice concept, often forgotten for more exciting things.

What is the correct angle and direction to strike a pressure point? Well the angle is ALWAYS 45 degrees. The direction will vary from pressure point to pressure point across the 12 meridians and 2 vessels.  Achieving the 45 degree angle is done each time using what is called 2 Way Action. Some will call this complex motion, however it is really just natural movement. But when you are ​learning a martial art you often have to circle back to natural movement.

Linear Movement is Death

At lot of self defense I see in the wild is based on 2 different things. One is linear movement, which is OK for beginners but it must not remain that way. That is meeting force with force and, well you just don't want to play that game.

The second is "circling," or responding to an attack like a boxer would usually circling to the right. That will also get you hurt. Why? Because the attacker is always going to move in a linear motion. They are DRIVEN by emotions such as anger, hate and desperation. You cannot control this "intent" like you control a "fight" in a ring.

Proper Movement

Proper movement is learning to use angles. This first and most importantly moves you out of danger momentarily because it is defense. You are not meeting their power!  Now if you were standing in the middle of the road with a car speeding at you would you backup? Of course not! That would get you killed! So why would you do this with someone attacking you?

How do I know what I am talking about works? Here is a true story!

​True Story

Back in 2002 I was hit while working at Chrysler by a fork lift. I was severely lacerated and had lost part of my Achilles tendon. Therefore I end up in a cast on crutches for 3 months. After which I was put into a walking cast. My first day back on my feet in a walking cast I was out on the Dojo floor while my son Curt was teaching this movement. Now in my root system we train this each night. He was having some issue getting someone to understand what he wanted so I stepped in to help. Now when we train this we train FULL SPEED. If you don't move you are going to get CLOCKED in the face. Curt punched at me forgetting I was in a cast. he came FULL SPEED and I move out of the line, to the correct angle to counter attack flawlessly. He look up at me and said, "sorry you OK?" My response was "Yes, I guess we see how we this works!" There is much more to this, too much for a single post!

Kyusho Jitsu and the Secrets of the Octagon

If this has you curious, take a look at the link below to my new eBook called Kyusho Jitsu and the Secrets of the Octagon. It will really open your eyes to the possibilities for successful street self defense.

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below! Also share this and other content with your like minded friends on social media!

Have a great day!

Yours in the arts,
​Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason


The Fight or Flight Reflex and Self Defense

​Fight or Flight Reflex

The Fight or Flight Reflex

The Fight or Flight Reflex

Understanding the Fight or Flight Reflex is a "master key" to teaching and accomplishing successful self defense. But from what I have seen in the industry only a hand full of teachers actually understand it. Below is a definition.

Fight or Flight Reflex: "The fight-or-flight response is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival."

Now pretty much everyone understands this on an intellectual level. The issue is people do NOT understand it on an application level.

Application of Fight or Flight Reflex requires some specific training. Some people have "natural" control when it comes to this, I was lucky to have been one of these people. But this is a psychological occurrence and not related to normal martial arts training like some think. I will also say this categorically, this response has nothing to do with ring fighting, or sport. You DO NOT experience the Fight or Flight Reflect in a ring.

Training it

When this reflex kicks in one of two things are going to happen. You will freeze like a deer in the headlights, or your will fight back (or run). This is a massive dump of adrenaline to the systems, chancing blood flow, heart rate, breathing rate and many other physiological occurrences. You can train this in a martial arts setting by slowing ramping up "stress training." My favorite methods were to simulate an attack in the dark. This was a student favorite, and also multiple attacks. What martial arts teacher often don't get is this is the students response is look at first. Then after they get used to these things happening you worry about the defense.

Step by step!

Next we need to look at the tools required, once the student can deal with the response of the nervous system, required to end the conflict FAST! The very best scenario is to be able to end the attack in no more than 3 strikes, preferably one! Before i go on I will point out that everything happening here is due to a neurological response. So why would you not learn to take advantage of that?

The One Hit Knockout

Recently I was at a seminar with a Hapkido presenter, a very well respected man and rightfully so. What he was teaching as street caused me concern because it seemed to be the wrong level of escalation. If you put someone in an arm bar who is trying to kill you what will you do next? What will you do if h​is buddy is near by and is going to cut your throat?  Self Defense is not 1 ​dimensional. You are also not going to press a point and finish the fight.

You need to strike the correct place, the correct way and fortunately there are MANY such places on the body. Your root art training should be able to get you there! If not you need a new system.

There are also many systems out there and teacher who want this kind of information, but do not wish to commit to a full study of the science of pressure point self defense to get it. I have a solution for this! Back in 2017 I released a book called Understanding Neurological Pressure Point Knockouts which teaches how to knockout someone out with ONE HIT pressure points.

Follow the link below and read more about this eBook!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. He is a link also to another great self defense oriented post on the 13 Misconceptions of Knife Attacks. Please share our content on social media with like minded martial arts friends.

Have a great day!

Yours in the arts,
Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

Career Martial Artist Grand Master Art Mason

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