I want to welcome you to the “Self Defense Company of Greater Boston” my name is Dr. Carl Welliver and I am the manager and director of the academy.
We are not your run of the mill martial arts studio though.
I, of course, have all the respect in the world for the hard-working Senseis out there that teach class after class and help their students learn the moves and techniques that are so crucial to the individual student’s advancement through the ranks.
But, the martial arts of today have evolved into a sport. And sports have rules of engagement.
Self-Defense has no rules, the only rule in self-defense is survival.
I’m not sure if you have ever had the opportunity to read the book, “The Art of War” written by Sun Tzu but if you are not familiar with even who Sun Tzu was he was a Chinese General and brilliant military strategist, a writer and philosopher who was born in 544BC and died in 496BC. Truly one of the greatest military minds of all times.
But the reason I mention him here is because one of the quotes in “The Art of War” which in my mind sums up what self-defense is really all about and I want to share with my students along the way. “Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.”
Self-defense is, real self-defense is not really about defense, but about offense, and that is where the old saying that the “best defense is a great offense” comes from.