Friday, January 10, 2014

Kettering / Oakwood Karate and MMA Sparring

We just hosted another great open sparring night. The photos are available on our Facebook Page.

Check them out here: January 2014 Photos

- John

Monday, January 6, 2014

Hello,

We made a few changes to our schedule.

I'm looking forward to a great month of training!

- John
Noon class is canceled today. We will be open at 4. Be safe!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Noon class is cancelled today. Classes will start at 4pm normally.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

We will be closed on Tuesday the 31st.

We will be open for normal classes on Wednesday the first.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday this week.

We will be open today (Monday), Thursday and Saturday.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of you here training.

Happy Holidays,
John

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Knockout Game

The knockout game is a getting more attention, and it should remind everyone to take the same, sensible precautions that are always recommended for self defense.

Dayton Daily News Video and Article

The game is played by teenagers and young adults who try to improve their social standing by displaying the ability to knock someone out with a single hit to the back of the head.

While someone with the heart and work ethic to become a real fighter and test himself in a gym against equals will find the respect gained from this activity empty and pathetic, some young people do not have the capacity, perspective or courage to stand up to an equal and instead try to test their strength on someone who isn't suspecting.

When you are walking outside at any time in any traffic, and especially if you are alone, you should not display personal electronic devices or have earphones in.

If you see someone in a place between places like a side walk, stairwell or parking lot, it should be immediately clear where they are going or what they are doing (fixing a car, loading groceries, walking from one place to another, waiting on a bus). If it isn't clear - if they are simply standing around, you should allow yourself to be rude and walk a long way around them, even crossing the street if you have to. If you have no choice but to walk near them, for example if they are standing next to your car, get an escort to take you there. It is not you being rude. It is them, forcing you to be act that way, so you should not be ashamed.

If it turns out they are a criminal, the main method of attack is to rely on the victim's fear of causing offense to get them isolated.

While walking, do not stare at your shoes. Keep your head up and occasionally take in your environment.

These suggestions won't just help keep you safe from the knock out game, but will help you stay safe a variety of violent crime.

Better still, they will let you take in life. Maybe if you keep your awareness up, you will run into someone you haven't seen in a long time or catch a glimpse of something special.

- John