Jump Kick Tips for Self-Defense

Howdy. Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts. Do you like jump kicks? I used to love them. They were fun to practice and– come on, who doesn’t dream of flying over a car or your girlfriend’s head to knock out a bad guy? Of course, nowadays I’m more likely to hit a bad guy…

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 9 – On the Ground

Welcome back! Ando again from Happy Life Martial Arts and this is Lesson #9 in your Self-Defense Basics Course. Did you know that the #1 cause of injury-related death for people 65 and over in the United States is falling? When you add the number of people who take a fall and suffer brain injuries…

Kicking Tip for Self Defense Training: Hands Up!

Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com and Happy Life Martial Arts. One of the most common bad habits that I see when people throw kicks is dropping their guard. Could be one hand or both. Either way, it’s a bad habit. Hold on—before you write me some nasty comment, let me say right up front that…

Clinch Escapes for Self-Defense – Muay Thai or Collar Tie

If I just do this, that doesn’t do anything. I just do this, you follow me.>>Again–two directions, like on the elevator.>Yeah, exactly. Hey! Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts. Back again with Sifu Randy Brown of Randy Brown Mantis Boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Acton, Massachusetts. How are you, Sifu?>Excellent.>As always. In case…

Self-Defense Tip Against a Bigger, Stronger Opponent

Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com and Happy Life Martial Arts. Today, it’s my honor to be standing here with Sifu Matt Ember, longtime practitioner of Kung Fu San Soo and, more importantly, my teacher for over 20 years. So, if you like the content you see on my site or if you don’t like the…

Worst Self-Defense Position and Fighting Stance

Hello again. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com. So, the other day I’m doing some multiple attacker scenarios. Two on one. Three on one. Four on one. And boy, that is always a humbling experience. I don’t care how cool you think you are, and for sure, I think I’m pretty cool, when you turn up the…

How to Block and Dodge a Punch for Self-Defense

Hey. Ando here from SenseiAndo.com and Happy Life Martial Arts. Two questions I get all the time. #1: Dear Sir–what’s the best way to block a punch? Question 2: Hey, bro–how do I get better at dodging punches? Good questions. Today, I’ve got a short answer and a long answer for both of them. The…

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 8 – Pull and Turn

Hello again. Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts. Welcome to Lesson #8 in your Self-Defense Basics Course. In Lesson #7, we talked about scaring off a bad guy by getting in his space and in his face. But what if the bad guy gets in your space first? What if he gets in your…

Self-Defense Advice Every Woman Should Hear with Fauzia Lala

Howdy. Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts and today I have the honor of standing here with Fauzia Lala. She’s the founder of Defense Ninjas. If you haven’t checked out her YouTube channel, I’ll put the link below. Fauzia, I was hoping you could help answer a question for me today.>>Absolutely.>>Sometimes I meet women,…

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 1 – Make Yourself Comfortable!

Hey. Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts. Welcome to the first lesson in your Self-Defense Basics Course. Now, I know you might think the first lesson should be back there hitting the bags, but let me tell you a little secret about the martial arts— the physical fighting techniques are actually the easiest part….