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Prior to finding Gendai I spent 3 years studying various forms of martial arts. I was not able to find any one form that prepared me to defend myself against a real world, unscripted threat. The one thing that seperates Gendai from other forms is that it is formless. They teach their students to adapt to and overcome threat using various techniques to include vulnerable point strikes, chokes, holds, submissions, grappling, and just about anything else that works derived from multiple disciplines. In the past 4 months studying self defense at Gendai I have gained more confidence in my ability to protect myself than I gained in the 3 years prior.

My prior experiences included: (1) Tae Kwon Do – This is probably good for children to learn discipline, respect, agility, flexibility and mental gymnastics (aka memorizing form). In my experience it is absolutely worthless for self defense. (2) Muay Thai – This is good for striking, but oriented toward competition rather than self defense. This has numerous shortcomings. Although you may gain comfort with a linear striking attack, most real world altercations are not that simple. This discipline does not teach you how to defend yourself against multiple other attacks, such as chokes, pushing, tackling, grabs, holds, etc. (3) Aikido – This tought me locks and throws, but lacked in striking, ground work, grappling. This was also pretty scripted. I think you may be able to defend yourself in a limited number of scenarios if you spent 10 years studying this. (4) Ninjitsu – I thought this was a nice balance of striking, holds, ground work and even weapons defense. The problem was that it was also pretty scripted and not realistic. Needless to say, my search is now over. I have found my home at Gendai.
» Rob Hunter, MD

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As we all know, the world is a dangerous and sometimes lonely place to live. With the growth of gangs locally and a general increase in violent crimes a person needs to be concerned about how to survive, in the event they are robbed or assaulted. I have a wife and 3 children to worry about.

I had decided two years ago that training in martial arts was one way to help prepare for the possibility of having to defend my family. I enrolled my 3 children in a jujitsu dojo. After a year I was disappointed that the owner of the dojo, ( a 7th degree black belt), was more interested in the income the dojo brought in than actually training his students. He gave away belts and the stripes for the belts on a monthly basis and charged more than an appropriate fee for the rank increases. He always promoted his students, even if it was not appropriate. The income this brought in for him was amazing. He actually has black belts that can not do easy, basic techniques. I had serious doubts that my children could use what they learned to defend themselves. We left the dojo and actually attended 7 other dojos to see what was available in the area of self defense. Of the seven dojos we attended only 2 were of any interest to us at all. The other five were more interested in promoting their students then in training their students to actually defend themselves. After taking a vote in the remaining two dojos, we chose your dojo and began training with you.

My three children have been taking Martial Arts lessons from you for about 13 months now. All three of my children believe that they have learned 100 times as much with you, than they did in a the previous jujitsu/ninjutsu dojo after spending approximately the same amount of time in each dojo.

The mixture of types of activities you offer, (conditioning, martial art techniques, and real life defense scenarios), are great. Your training provides both great physical conditioning and great mental awareness of how to defend yourself. My children have learned a tremendous amount of martial arts techniques and how to use those techniques to defend themselves. They are developing a confidence that they can defend themselves in almost any situation. The hands on training and martial arts knowledge that you provide are exceptional.

All three of my children are very upbeat and positive about their experience with you and they look forward to many years of training with you. The exceptional quality that I see in you is that you actually care about your students and how they grow and learn with you. After being a student of yours for a year, I talked with each of my children to see how they felt about attending your dojo for another year. They were certainly happy and very positive about the way they expect to grow in the next year of training with you. Thank you for helping my children to grow toward having a healthy and positive outlook on life.
» Mike Redding

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I just wanted to write and thank you for the great presentation you put on at Camp Budo. I knew it would be good having participated in your session in 2006. It is always a pleasure and a great learning experience for me to learn from you and I am so thankful you are returning kata practice to its combat applications. My nephew is a police officer in Raleigh and I have already recommended your school and seminars to him for his own personal training. I