Sweet Irony

Oh how I will miss them…Especially these two! We’ve trained together since they were born. In SAT terms… Mom is to Renshi as Dad is to Sensei. She is already showing the signs: Black belt test. License and first car. Looking at colleges. Raising them in the dojo was the best thing we ever did. […]

Renshi Lisa Magiera

Whistlekick Podcast: Episode 128

I had so much fun doing this interview with my good friend, Jeremy Lesniak, on whistlekick Martial Arts Radio. On YouTube: https://youtu.be/D4llVKDzEpU MP3 Audio: http://www.whistlekickmartialartsradio.com/ iTunes Download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whistlekick-martial-arts-radio/id986000331?mt=2  

Sparring: It’s NOT What you DO, It’s What you SEE.

One of the benefits of being the old dog in the room is that you have SEEN it all before. Specifically, thousands of front kicks have come my way; left side, right side, front leg (Sensei John), back leg. Probably more round house kicks, and twice as many punches: high, low, middle, straight punch, reverse punch, […]

Grappling is NOT Self Defense

  I really hate it when big guys try to tell me, a 5 foot 5 inch woman, that joint manipulation and arm bars are self defense. Maybe for you. But not for me. Joint locks are fun to learn. They teach incredible body knowledge; exposing strong and weak ways to link wrists, arms and […]