Karate-Selfdefence, the online course and video-library.

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Dear visitor,

thank you so much for your interest in this page! Before I tell you something about the content of this video-library and the modalities, let me please introduce myself. My name is Thomas Meißner. I live with my family next to the beautiful university-city Göttingen in Germany. Since my early years as a teenager I am involved in martial arts and meditation. At first I started my karate-training in the shotokan-style, later (for over 20 years now) I have been training Okinawa Goju-Ryu in the IOGKF Comparing both, Okinawa Goju-Ryu Karate-Do is more a close-distance-style with some grappling-elements and close combat training drills.

Since 2006 I run a dojo after my former sensei had to stop his training caused by health issues. Since that time I ask myself, if my students would be able to deal with violent assaults, verbally and physically. Students of martial arts should be able to defend themselves and their loved ones, I am absolutely convinced. This became my biggest concern, bigger than grading, competing or anything else. After many, many gasshukus, a lot of teachings from amazing karate-instructors, participating in seminars of other fighting-styles and finally after studying video-materials from security cams and mobiles with real violent content for hours and hours, I came to a point, where the traditional karate-syllabus makes perfect sense for todays demands when it comes to street defence. I don´t want to puff my chest and play the selfdefence-expert in this case. I think situations of violent assault are unpredictable and mostly different. There are no 100% experts in this field, there is no „one-size-fits-all“, just different ways of training and by the way there are a lot of far more experienced Senseis than myself, of course. All I want to do here is to offer my insights on the karate-way in terms of selfdefence and maybe I can help you to…

  • find a holistic and fascinating way to become an internal and external modern times warrior,
  • find blind spots in your training, which you can start working on
  • find ways to keep your peaceful warrior consciousness throughout the day
  • learn effective selfdefence-techniques directly from a very smart and ages proven karate-syllabus that originates on Okinawa, where karate-do has it´s roots before it became a sport.
  • learn stress-drills to make your training and real-world-preparation as realistic as possible.

 

We know, that learning too many techniques can lead to problems, when it comes to applying them outside the dojo. From this perspective, it makes absolute sense, to start working with one single kata, until it becomes ones ´second nature´, as many senior instructors of the IOGKF are repeatedly teaching. In this program, you will learn the kata „Gekisai Dai Ich“, as it was tought from Chojun Miyagi Sensei to An Ichi Miyagi Sensei and from him to Morio Higaonna Sensei. For this kata, you can expect techniques for the whole range of possible attacks outside the dojo. The other katas will follow step by step with regular updates. You can also expect a whole training plan, that shows you, how to integrate all the training aspects into your week and a whole module of videos and worksheets, that teach you the training and preparation of your mind. Another important aspect is the verbal part, from verbal skills to de-escalation. In this field you will also progress.

Around 15 years ago, Morio Higaonna Sensei (10th Dan, Hanshi), founder and former chief instructor of the International Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-Do Federation (IOGKF) emphasized, that there are three important aspects in selfdefence: Spirit, Technique, Conditioning.

Module 1: Spirit

Module 2: Technique

Module 3: Conditioning

*Bonus* Module 4: De-Escalation & Verbal Skills

We can work on those three aspects isolated, but in fact, real karate occurs, where these three areas are overlapping. This is a central part of the whole video-library. You can expect to get detailed, in depth instructions for these three interconnected parts. During my work as a highschool-teacher I finished an education to become a mediator, so I am officially acknowledged to work in the field of conflict management. This also finds it´s place in this video-library as other content I learned in seminars (concerning family-/child-security and so on) will follow later on. I hope, until now you got a glimpse that this program is made to help and support honourable people. It´s nothing for hooligans, streetfighters, haters, extremists (exception: karate-extremists), bullies, sexists and racists.

  • If you are looking for a self defence system, that goes deeper than learning techniques and ´remembering them in violent conflicts´, this program is for you!
  • If you are looking for a martial art, that is effective in it´s curriculum and application, that gives you a justified sense of security and freedom from fear and will strengthen your mindfulness, this is also for you!
  • If you are already practicing a martial art or training a selfdefence-system, even then you can benefit from this program!

If you take out this subscription, you can visit the video-library, download the training plans and jump right into your training! You have a 60-days-money-back guarantee. After these you are subscribed for at least one year with monthly payments of € 6,99. The video-library is growing continiously, expect regular uploads.
Thank you for your time and attention, I hope to see you in the members-area! If you have any questions, please write an email to info(at)karate-selfdefence.com.

Arigato gozaimashita!


Very respectfully,
Thomas Meißner

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