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Husband. Father. University Professor. GMAU Certified Krav Maga Instructor.

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Oct 23

The 3 Most Common Street Attacks & How to Defend Them

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

You train hard and you practice a lot. But are you actually “ready” for a real life physical confrontation? Maybe so, maybe not… There is really only one way to know for sure, right? Just find yourself in a situation where you have to actually use your knowledge and skills. None of us truly want that – but at the end of the day, if you are serious about using your martial arts skills for self-defense, it’s all about being prepared. One way to train specifically to defend ourselves is to organize your training to ensure you are as prepared as possible to defend yourself against the most probable (or common) attacks. That is exactly what the GMAU Krav Maga program does – it teaches you how to defend yourself against the most common attacks. Want to know more? Then keep reading!

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Sep 28

Modern Applictions of Old-School Hojo Undō Training: The Secret to More Power, Endurance and Conditioning

By Joel Williams | Home Study Students

Hojo undō (補助運動) is a Japanese word that means “supplementary exercises” utilizing various types of traditional equipment that can be traced back to ancient Chinese martial arts. Hojo undō training is used to develop muscular strength, endurance, power, speed, and strong posture required for martial arts. This training is also used to develop mental toughness and resilience. The purpose of this blog post is to provide the reader with an overview of Hojo undō and stimulate a desire to explore these traditional methods to augment one’s mental and physical fitness.  

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Sep 01

How to Fund and Start a Martial Arts School

By Joel Williams | Instructors

Starting a martial arts school can be a daunting task. It seems easy enough, just rent a space, get some mats, and do what you love – right? Well, for many, getting into the numbers, funding, business plan, pricing, marketing, lease, build-out, can get a little tricky.

To help de-mystify the very first stage or launching a school – funding your school – I interviewed five successful school owners. This group of individuals come from very different backgrounds, from teaching karate to krav maga, to working in law enforcement to designing jewelry. They all used different tactics to fund and launch their school. Here are their stories.

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Calligraphy of the Shotokan niju kun - first published in 1938
Jul 31

Funakoshi’s 20 Precepts: Essential Guidance for all Karateka

By Joel Williams | Shotokan Karate

Gichin Funakoshi (1868–1957), the founder of Shotokan Karate-Do, is often credited as being the “father” of modern karate. Funakoshi had trained in both of the popular styles of Okinawan karate of the time: Shōrei-ryū and Shōrin-ryū – see Karate-Do My Way of Life and refer to the table below.

In addition to being a karate master, Funakoshi was an avid poet and philosopher who would reportedly go for long walks in the forest where he would meditate and write his poetry. Following the teachings of Anko Itosu and Anko Asato, he was one of the Okinawan karate masters who introduced karate to the Japanese mainland in 1922. In 1930, Funakoshi established an association named Dai-Nihon Karate-do Kenkyukai. The association is known today as the Shotokai. He taught karate at various Japanese universities and became honorary head of the Japan Karate Association when it was established in 1949. Let’s take a closer look at his legacy and the insights he left behind for those who train in karate and wish to use it as a mechanism for growing and developing physically, mentally and spiritually.

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Jul 18

5 Secrets from GMAU Black Belts – And How You Can Get There Too!

By Joel Williams | Home Study Students

Distance learning has gone through many phases: correspondence learning by mail in the 1700s and 1800s, radio and television formats reaching the masses in the early and mid 1900s, and web-based learning first appearing in the late 1900s. Today, online learning is a not only widely available (there are millions of online learners and almost all colleges universities utilize online delivery methods to offer courses and programs), there are professional standards established by accrediting agencies and consumers demand high quality content. You can literally learn anything online today…

Global Martial Arts University is an industry leader in reaching individuals with high quality, personalized (and affordable) martial arts training. In this article, I will share with you some of the benefits and constraints of this learning format and summarize tips from successful GMAU black belts.

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Jun 22

How To Set Up A Krav Maga Rotating Curriculum

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

We’ve all heard this story …

” He was a weak, sickly child but through his training in martial arts he became one of the most admired martial arts masters. ”

I am sure this [common] story was true for some and an embellishment for others. Regardless, what we can learn from such stories is an important lesson: work hard, persevere, and do your best; sooner or later you WILL get better at anything you undertake.

I have personally accumulated over a decade of martial arts training. I know for sure that I am far better at martial arts than I was when I first started. Having studied several different systems, I can also say with certainty that there was a clear, temporal increase in my ability, in each system I studied, as time passed.

Just this year I began teaching regularly and I see many similarities in my knowledge and skill development curves for leading classes. In this blog, I will share some ideas about curriculum planning and execution from my experience teaching Krav Maga after completing the Instructor Certification with Global Martial Arts University. And yes, there was indeed a learning curve and trial and error involved!

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