S.D.S. Concepts with Peter Weckauf
In today’s digital world, the internet is filled with all kinds of “masters,” instructors,” and self-proclaimed “guru’s” that offer how-to videos on everything from home repair to magic tricks. Martial arts are is no different. Occasionally, the cyber gods deliver the real deal – something legitimate and something worthwhile that teaches valuable information and practical techniques.
Enter SAMI International!
SAMI International is a unique concept that blends defensive skills, martial arts, and fitness to create a very practical system of self-defense that can be learned and practiced any time and any place. SAMI International is the brain-child of Peter Weckauf and Irmengard Hanzal and has become the largest self-defense school in Austria.
Peter was born in Vienna, Austria and is a licensed trainer, certified boxing trainer, author, and an internationally recognized expert in security. He has rank and experience in Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Eskrima, Kali, Luta Livre, Wing Chun, and boxing.
Irmengard Hanzal was born in Klosterneuburg, Austria and heads the largest self-defense martial arts school in Vienna; together, she and Peter founded the Austrian Krav Maga Association.
Irmengard is a certified boxing instructor and the head instructor for Krav Maga Austria, Eskrima, Kali, Jeet Kune Do, S.D.S. Concepts, and T.C.S. Knife fighting Concepts. She is particularly interested in teaching self-defense to women and children through her “Fight Back!” and “Kids Krav Maga” programs.
One of SAMI International’s premier programs is S.D.S. Concepts. It is very effective and rapidly growing in Europe, while just beginning to catch fire in America. The focus of this system is 100% self-defense with the guiding premise of “Always Armed.”
The bedrock principle of S.D.S. is to utilize a small defense stick (hence S.D.S.) such as a kubotan or a yawara to enhance the effectiveness of common self-defense techniques.
However, the system quickly evolved into the use of “non-weapons” or everyday objects to accomplish the same goal in a way that may be preferred in terms of possible legal implications.
Nutrition with Kristin
Love Your Heart
Appetizers can be healthy!
February has since passed, but it is widely known as the “month of love,” so I felt compelled to talk about how you can show your heart some love by eating in a way that protects it.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America- yes, scary but true. Roughly 29% of the population has some form of cardiovascular disease which is a staggering statistic; however, the good news is many of these deaths and risk factors are preventable with good food choices and regular physical activity. What are some ways to create a positive impact on your heart’s health through diet?
Increase your fiber intake: What’s fiber? Fiber is the part of the plant that is not digested or absorbed into the body. It helps the body gather and eliminate cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance created and used by our bodies. High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Soluble fiber has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol by helping the body collect and dispose of it through the normal digestive process. Excellent sources of fiber include: whole grain breads and pastas, oat/oat bran, beans, barley, brown rice, and fruits and vegetables. For an item to be considered a whole grain, look at the ingredients and the first ingredient should be “whole grain” or “whole wheat”. Shoot for 3 grams of fiber per serving (the recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men).
Get Fit to Fight
Protect Your Shoulders
You carry the weight of the world on them
“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live” Jim Rohn
This quote is simple, yet often neglected on a daily basis. Training to fight keeps you fit and prepared. Taking care of your body ALLOWS you to continue to train in order to stay fit and prepared.
As fate would have it, one of the most “called-upon” body parts in a fight is the shoulder joint. The shoulder is both free-moving yet vulnerable. By that I mean it allows for hundreds of bodily movement patterns used in combat (e.g. jabs, throws, elbow strikes, jiu jitsu moves, wrestling, etc.), yet it is stabilized by very small muscle-tendon units and ligaments. Therefore, caring for this joint in training is essential.
Since most of us have limited time in our days, it is understandable that focusing on one particular joint can easily be pushed aside; however, this mistake can be costly in the long run.
Why Law Enforcement Officers Should Not Suffer In Silence
By Lisa Lannon,
Former Law Enforcement and Warriors Heart Founder
A Law Enforcement Officer took their life approximately every 62.4 hours in 2017 in the U.S. (according to The Badge of Life Study), which does not include Corrections Officers, Probation and Parole Officers, and this tragic number is completely unacceptable. As a Former Law Enforcement Officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and now Warriors Heart Founder in Bandera, Texas, our team is committed to healing our protectors as the first private treatment program in the U.S. solely dedicated to “Warriors” (Law Enforcement, Military, Veterans and First Responders) dealing with chemical dependencies and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).
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Get Fit to Fight:
ROLL OUT! It Hurts So Good
If you are training the right way, it should cause you some pain. Some training can lead to bruising, injury, or even bleeding; however, all good training sessions will cause some damage. The soreness can be nagging or it can be very painful. Certainly, all of us can relate to a specific time when we woke up the next day or two after a training session to find we could not even put our shirt or pants on – that’s how sore your muscles may feel. It is the kind of pain that can leave you absolutely worthless for days.
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K9s For Warriors
Providing Service Canines For Healing
Family has always meant the world to Joshua Shelton. For him, the Army represented a brotherhood and sisterhood of his fellow soldiers. However, the addition of Duke to his family was the necessary result of other unwelcome, life-changing circumstances. Josh joined the Army in 2006. He was deployed to Iraq just two months after graduating boot camp, and soon thereafter lived through two particularly traumatic encounters.
During his first tour, his vehicle was blown up by an IED, and during his second, in 2008, he was involved in a VIC rollover. Not only were those hard on him, but, being a team leader, it was difficult to see his subordinates go through the same. The impact of those hardships carried over into...
James Williams Tactical Key
You need keys to drive. Adding one more key that could potentially save your life is not too much of a hassle, right? Plus, it has a Phillips-head screwdriver on the end as an added bonus tool.
Yes, your current key set can be used as a self defense tool if needed, but it may not be as effective as the Williams Tactical Key. Are you willing to risk your readiness when your life is on the line?
Consider adding this tool to your everyday carry. It's equal in cost to a fast food meal.
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