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Building Self Reliance


Posted: July 23, 2019


Dear Friend,


I trust this blog finds you well.

Martial Arts training is fundamentally based on cultivating the knowledge and skill to protect yourself.

That is the basic premise.  

Being able to defend yourself is not only your right, it is a responsibility.  

Not everyone sees it that way. 

At Thomas Clifford’s Martial Arts, we have a clear philosophy when it comes to self-defense.

Please read on...

building self reliance and personal responsibility

Don't worry, daddy is always going to protect you, no matter what."

I wish that was true.

But it isn't.

It's a lie.

I am only human and so is she. I will do all I can to protect her when she is with me.

But someday, I won't be there. Someday, she will have to protect herself. Will she know how?

“Don't worry, I will protect you no matter what" is one of the biggest well intentioned lies ever told.

I have been training for over 30 years and I still cannot protect myself "no matter what" and neither can you.

So why bother with Martial Arts if it doesn't make you invincible? Nothing makes you invincible, and that is the first lesson in Self-Defense.

We are not immortal, invincible, or indestructible, so we take care of ourselves, respect our bodies, avoid danger and destruction, and keep ourselves out of jeapardy.

My daughter is growing up in the Dojo, surrounded by people who I know and trust. She will learn how to protect herself within her fullest potential.

I will see to it, because I will not always be there for her. One day I will be gone, and she will be okay.

I owe her that.

Can you really protect yourself if you were assaulted? If not, you cannot protect anyone else, either.

You may be willing to die for someone, but living for someone is a better choice.

If you really want to be sure that you and your loved ones can protect yourselves, learn how.

You will never regret learning how to defend yourself.

Choose a reputable Martial Arts school with plenty of healthy and fit members, and discover the tremendous value of personal protection. 

I look forward to seeing you in class at the Dojo! 



Kyoshi Thomas Clifford

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