Friday, January 29, 2010

Street Effectiveness of Nihon Goshin Aikido

Nihon Goshin Aikido, a traditional derivative system of Aiki-Jiu Jitsu, holds an unique place in the category of street effective martial arts. With mixed martial arts becoming more and more popular, the general public is gettting a good look at more realistic fighting. However, a mixed martial arts event has rules, weight classes, time limits, referee's and the important detail of knowing when and who you are fighting. In self-defense none of these factors exist. Importantly, students who train for real combat must know how to defend themselves standing and on the ground as well as being prepared for weapons or multiple attackers anytime or anyplace. In Nihon Goshin Aikido, we work hard to prepare students for each of these realistic situations.

I recently had a student effectively apply the "come-a-long" (or shoulder lock) take down for real. The individual is a police officer and was securing a suspect. He brought the individual down to the ground using a technique from Nihon Goshin Aikido, controlled him and placed him under arrest. These real life stories are relayed to me often by law enforcement professionals. They are on the front lines when it comes to hand to hand combat. Be confident in what you are learning in Nihon Goshin Aikido. Work hard, train often, strive for perfection and if you ever have to act the technique will be there.

Sensei Carter

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Columbia, SC - January 2010 Nihon Goshin Aikido Belt Promotions

We had a packed academy for our January 25th and 26th belt promotions. Eighteen students were promoted during the last two days. Each student has shown great skill, perseverance and character on the road to earning their new ranks. I am especially proud of the entire student body and the honor in which training is being conducted. I want to extend a sincere congratulations to the following students who were recently promoted in the art of Nihon Goshin Aikido.

Joe Nochman

Tim McNeal

Jeshiah Scott
Aerial Scott
Becky Wilkerson

Jonathan Wilson

Brian Jordan
Ian Maclean
Beth Southwell
Joyce Southwell
Wendell Gordon
Chuck Caldwell

Laci Hulon
Mimi Pachecho
Ken Gatti
Jake Riffle

Junior Green Belt
Sarah Southwell

Little Samurai Blue Stripe
Trust Williamson

Again, wonderful job and keep up the good work.

Sensei Carter

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year Message for 2010!

2009 was some year. Even though our country experienced one of the worst economic times many of us have ever seen, our academy stayed strong and saw positive growth. We had a great year of events such as our Spring Training and Summer Camp, our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Seminar with Pedro Valente, and last but not least, the newest addition to our dojo family, Sensei Carter and Mrs. Carter's new baby. Our students in both the youth and adult programs showed tremendous heart, dedication, and perseverance. We had many students move forward in their skill and belt progression and we will have many more in the upcoming weeks of 2010. Our testing process, curriculum guidelines and rank system revisions have been updated and finalized and will go into effect Monday, January 4th, 2010. Any questions should be directed to me.

I have personally accomplished much in my continuing education in the Martial Arts and appreciate all my students, teachers, training partners and mentors. I look forward to learning all I can in the new year. You all help me in my personal journey. I can't thank you enough. I look forward to 2010 and the next decade to come. I see many great things in the future of our academy.

See you on the mats,

Sensei John Carter