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Understanding Triggers

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

A trigger is something that sets off a memory tape or flashback transporting the person back to the event of her/his original trauma.

Triggers are very personal; different things trigger in different people. The survivor may begin to avoid situations and stimuli that they think had triggered the flashback. They will react to this flashback trigger with an emotional intensity similar to that at the time of the trauma. A person


Possible Reactions of Male and Female Incest or other Sexual Assault Survivors

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

Note: I include this sections to illustrate the multitude of sometimes contradictory effects that sexual assault survivors experience. This list was created from several lists that compiled responses of many survivors, both male and female. Not all survivors necessarily experience all or even most of these. [read more..]


Coping with PTSD in Family Members

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

Coping with PTSD in family members can be a difficult thing to do. The effect of PTSD on family can be great. Studies have shown that families where a parent has PTSD are characterized by more anxiety, unhappiness, marital problems, and behavioral problems among children in the family as compared to families where a parent does not have PTSD. [read more..]


Understanding PTSD

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that


Understanding Sexual Assault

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact or attention achieved by force, threats, bribes, manipulation, pressure, tricks or violence. Sexual assault may be physical or non-physical and includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation and incest, and sexual harassment. [read more..]


Understanding Domestic Violence

by Doug Cobb :: Healing Center

Domestic violence is defined as abuse from a current or former intimate partner, boyfriend, ex-boyfriend, husband, ex-husband, girlfriend, ex-girlfriend, wife, ex-wife. Domestic violence can mean physical abuse


Block (uke) versus Sweep (barai/harai) in Karate

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Recently, my wife and I had the great pleasure to attend a seminar taught by three well-versed master level instructors in the art of Isshin-Ryu Karate. [read more..]


Solving Our Clients

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

As the head of our system, one differentiating factor I have as compared to the competitors is my twenty-five plus years as a professional scientist coupled with the more than thiry-five years in martial arts study motivated by the rape of someone I loved. This unique combination of skills and heart-felt desire has resulted in what I and most of our students believe are the more practical and thorough solutions. [read more..]


Victims Beware! Self-Defense Classes Can Severely Hinder Your Healing Process!

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Last night in class, one of our female students recounted a story told to her by a man training locally in one the world


Tiger by the Tail

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Two of my instructors, Kiyoshi Stroud & Professor Cates, both used to refer to a concept they liked to call


Legally Justifiable Use of Force

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

No matter what martial art or self defense class you take, you still have to obey the law.


Reflex Responses

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Reflex response is typically broken into two types: simple reflex and conditioned reflex.


Escalation of Force

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

While self-defense lies at the core teachings at Gendai Martial Arts and within our primary art and its curriculum, Gendai Goshin Jitsu and Kobu Jitsu, it is imperative that each student be informed of their legal responsibilities.


Kinetic Energy Linkage

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Whether dealing with movement, throws, strikes, etc., one must understand


Fight or Flight: What will you do?

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

If the truth be known, the fact is that no one truly knows what they will or will not do in extremely stressful circumstances until the moment of truth. But, there are historical scientific studies that lend some aid in understanding animal and human behavior in response to extreme stressful stimuli. [read more..]


Reading Body Language

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Another important concept that requires practice is reading a person


How to Stop an Attack Before It Happens!

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Next to ‘Awareness’ and Maintaining a Safe Distance’, is the aspect of self-defense training overlooked in most martial arts training. But, any self-defense system requiring the thoroughness you should expect for your own safety and benefit is a strong


Shoes Verses No Shoes in Martial Arts Training

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

In most martial arts schools even today, students are expected to train in their bare feet. While one can argue that there


Stopping Power

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

Fact is, it doesn


Adrenal Stress Effects

by Doug Cobb :: General Articles

The following is what you can expect to happen to you in the event of an attack. Training and experience can offset some of the negative responses, but even the best trained are not fully immune to these effects. [read more..]