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Krav Maga Workshop PDF Print E-mail

Thank you Mr. Milt Rudy! Mr. Rudy provided an insightful Krav Maga workshop! It was an outstanding presentation! Again, thank you Mr. Rudy!

Congratulations New Black Belt! PDF Print E-mail

On August 29, 2015, Thomas Pisklak was promoted to 1st DAN Ki Do Black Belt! Congratulations to Thomas!  The test was rigorous mentally and physically, but he took on the challenge with enthusiasm. Towards the end of the test – when he was exhausted – his mental drive kicked in. Nothing was going to stop him from achieving his goal.

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Photograph: Richard L. Kimball, Jr., Sean Kimball, Thomas Pisklak, and Keith Rudy

Thomas joins an elite group of black belts at Delaware Hapkido Martial Arts Academy. Since 2007, the academy has certified eight black belts. We are extremely proud of Thomas Pisklak! Great job Thomas!

Chad C. Carmack, Ed. D.
President of Delaware Hapkido


Congratulations New Black Belts! PDF Print E-mail

Congratulations to Richard L. Kimball, Jr., Sean Kimball, and Keith Rudy who were promoted to 1st DAN Ki Do Black Belt on July 30, 2015! They demonstrated focus and resilience during the grueling test. We are extremely proud of your accomplishment! Again, congratulations!

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To our Delaware Hapkido families, instructors, and students, I am sincerely appreciative of your support of our new black belts. Thank you!  Thank you to the following instructors who assisted during the test: Elyse Carmack, Kyra Carmack, and G. Jason Phillips. Your contribution was significant!
Also, for years-and-years of guidance, instruction, and support, thanks to instructor Master Bradd Zullo, 7th Dan, and Master Brian Alexander, President of Park’s Martial Arts.

Chad C. Carmack, Ed. D.
President of Delaware Hapkido

Restart Your Brain PDF Print E-mail

Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a Yale University psychologist, has specialized in the study of the tendency for people to worry when faced with a major challenge. Worrying can stop or significantly inhibit moving forward and overcoming the challenge. Nolen-Hoeksema recommends distractions which will deactivate negative and worrisome thoughts.

Use a martial arts technique as a positive way to disengage negative thinking. When faced with a daunting challenge, solutions sometimes seem overwhelming.  Take a short break, and moved into a martial arts technique or form. The short break will help to "restart the brain."

Leadership Seminar Results (July 31, 2014) PDF Print E-mail

The leadership seminar was a complete success because of the exceptional teaching of our presenter, Mr. Milt Rudy. Thank you Mr. Rudy for sharing weapon disarm techniques and facilitating our skill practice. Your presentation was outstanding! Again, thank you!

A few weapon disarming fundamentals learned during the seminar:
·    Safety in training must be the first priority. Real weapons must never be used.
·    Practice techniques slowly and effectively before speeding things up.
·    Timing is everything – the element of surprise helps.
·    Always move out of the line of attack.

Identify Your Purpose PDF Print E-mail

Peter Drucker, management thinker, believed in writing what is to be accomplished – a purpose. Writing down a purpose summary can move a person to action and positive results. After writing a purpose summary, on a weekly basis, revisit the purpose summary to evaluate progress.

Martial Arts Example – This week, outside of class, I will practice my forms a minimum of 10 times.

We have sad news. PDF Print E-mail

We have sad news. Mrs. Carmack's father passed away. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

"In what case would you use the s technique in self-defense situations?" PDF Print E-mail

Many of our self-defense techniques include joint locking to immobilize an attacker. The definition of "S technique" varies throughout the martial arts community. To answer your question, I will refer to the "S technique" as a technique which utilizes an attacker's momentum followed by a wrist lock and immobilization. The attacker's body moves through an upside down s shape. Fluid motion, circular motion, and harmony of motion are principles which allow success with this defense.

The fundamentals are important:
·    Utilize footwork to avoid the initial attack.
·    Timing and fluidity of movement allow grabbing to secure for a wrist lock.
·    Do not stop the attacker's momentum.
·    Maintain proper distance to control the attacker.
·    Secure the wrist lock.
·    Change direction when the attacker's hips reach a pivot point called the v area.
·    Immobilize the attacker on the ground.

When students progress in martial arts training and begin to explore how techniques can be applied, they discover the creative side of our art.

"Are people born to be leaders or do they become one by studying and effort?" PDF Print E-mail

Noel Tichy, author of the book “The Leadership Engine,” suggests that leadership skills develop from experiences. This philosophy makes sense. It takes time to become proficient in any skill. Leadership is no different.

To become skillful as a leader, study and search for leadership opportunities. From those experiences, find out what works and what does not work. In many cases, the best learning comes from failures and mistakes. It is also extremely beneficial to work with and read about different leaders. Learn from their accomplishments and mistakes.

To become an accomplished leader, participate in the adventure of leadership. Look for opportunities to lead. The lessons learned from the experiences are as important as reading about great leaders.

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