Practical Curriculum

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Stephen Hayes column
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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