Bill Kipp –FAST Self Defense Seminar

Tonight my school had a self defense seminar hosted by Bill Kipp. This is the second time I’ve done the seminar and it was just as cool the second time as the first time. The premise is to teach easy things ANYONE, not just a martial artist can do to defend yourself, and even better, prevent yourself from getting into the situation in the first place.

FAST stands for…ummm….lemme go look that up…lol oh here it is: fear adrenal stress training

We rehersed how not to be passive or aggressive in our stance, but to be assertive–stand with one leg back, hands in front, make eye contact…

Use your voice–NO STAY BACK lol…he called it the “bad dog” voice–dogs will listen to it and so will human “dogs”

Then we went over some basic strikes–eye pokes, knee to the groin, and slaps to the groin…

And the best part? Getting to practice on a fully padded guy who attacks you…

What a rush!

It is videotaped so you can watch it after you are done, because you are so hyped up while it’s going on its hard to remember later…its totally cool.

If there is ever a seminar near you, GO! It is one of the most amazing and useful seminars you will attend, male or female.

For more information, you can go to their website, here; or you can check out their blog, here.

and here are some youtube vids (not from my school):


Spazzy BJJ girl and cool seminar by Tom Callos

One of the new girls at bjj is SPAZZY!!!  Lisa tried to talk to her, but there was no go there…and she got all up in Lisa’s face, which Lisa didn’t take very well (and I think was kinda rude, since Lisa is an adult and the girl is a teenager…)…We were drilling how to start a roll from our knees, and getting into an armbar from there.  Lisa said the girl was throwing her to the ground like they were in a gold metal match…so when it came to sparring, we switched, and I sparred with her…I let her just drain herself of energy pushing and fighting to get out of my guard…lol….she was too strong for me to try to submit, but had absolutely NO technique…so I just let her flail.  I swept her a couple of times, attempted a choke here or there…but it was like trying to choke…well…hmmm…I’ll hafta think about that one…

Lisa and I weren’t going to stay for the seminar (Lisa didn’t want to stay and she drove me, since my car is still at the mechanic…who, after taking it apart and putting it back together again still doesn’t know what’s wrong with it :() but we ended up staying, and it was very cool..mostly self defense, and using stuff around you….we did a cool drill sitting with chairs and how to put the chair between you and your opponent…it was very cool…he’s a super cool guy…for more info on Tom Callos, click here!

anywho, all in all a good night….i miss my car!!! My vice principal lives in the next town over so she’s been giving me a ride to school…although I think if they don’t figure my car out by tommorrow I might give in and rent a car…*sigh* poor car….I miss her….:(