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 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….

How to Practice Martial Arts Alone – Solo Training Tip

Hey. Ando again from Happy Life Martial Arts. How can you practice martial arts alone? Maybe you don’t belong to a club. Maybe you don’t have any friends. Maybe you just think it’s cool to run around naked in the woods and play ninja all by yourself. Hey man, I don’t judge. Just don’t touch…

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 2 – Fighting Spirit!

Howdy. Ando again from Happy Life Martial Arts. I said in Lesson #1 that physical fighting techniques—punching, kicking, biting, gouging—are actually the easiest part of self-defense. So, what’s the hardest part? Ah. The hardest part—especially if you’re a good, kind-hearted person—is hurting someone on purpose… even a bad guy. Of course, if your safety is…

Self-Defense Basics: Lesson 3 – Stance and Breathing

Hey. Ando again from Happy Life Martial Arts. Welcome to Lesson #3 in your Self-Defense Basics Course. As you already know, self-defense is more than just learning a few slick moves, it’s a lifestyle. So, let’s talk about two more exercises that you can do all day, every day– stance and breathing. Stance. No, I’m…