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Practical Curriculum

When I look at martial arts schools in general, I think we’re pretty radical. I took the ninja martial art that I studied in the 1970s (how people fought in Japan in the 1500s and their specific principles) and, over some years, used those principles and overlaid those with modern, American street protection needs. It’s a very pragmatic martial art. In my school, we have a level one, which lasts from eight months to a year depending on how often people come in. Students practice 12 different fights against padded targets with themselves in a mirror and with a training partner. We tell them that when you practice with a

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An-Shu Stephen Hayes
An-Shu Stephen Hayes
has authored 20 books, worked as a body guard for the Dali Lama, supervised over 30 school locations worldwide, and was named “A legend; one of the 10 most influential living martial artists in the world” by Black Belt Magazine

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