Self Defense: Defining Strength

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Steve Weber

Special to the Pinal Nugget

Measuring strength based on body size and muscular development is easier than defining what makes a person strong. Recognizing the brute force necessary to move or lift a large weight is obvious, but it is difficult to determine those less apparent traits associated with strength. We can understand such things as strength of character and strength of conviction, but what do we mean by strength of mind? Navy Seals are recognized as one of our elite fighting forces, yet the largest, most muscular or physically fit often drop out of the program. Why? Mental, physical, and emotional stamina are all key elements that must work together. Only the constant and severe trial of combat training can successfully test and select the best qualified candidates. Stress can often make or break anyone’s resolve. I saw that occur to Law Enforcement Cadets while teaching at the Police Academy.

A police officer’s role often requires action, not just reaction. A martial artist also must also be able to do that. This Yin and Yang concept (rule of opposites) uses energy projection, focused power, and speed more than muscle size. An aware relaxed nature, rather than tension, magnifies strength. Strength can also be enhanced by applying it accurately to an opponent’s vulnerable target area. Massing all one’s mental, physical, and emotional power at a precise time and location to defeat an adversary is sound strategy. Defining strength is a complex concept.

Mr. Weber is the chief instructor at the Aikido Academy of Self-Defense located at 16134 N. Oracle Rd., in Catalina. He has more than 45 years of experience in the Martial Arts and has achieved skills in a variety of disciplines. He also teaches Tai-Chi on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m.

Please call (520) 825-8500 for information regarding these and other programs. If you wish, check out the website at www.AikidoAcademyOfArizona.com.

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Mr. Weber is the chief instructor at the Aikido Academy of Self-Defense located at 16134 N. Oracle Rd., in Catalina. He has more than 45 years of experience in the Martial Arts and has achieved skills in a variety of disciplines. He also teaches Tai-Chi on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Please call (520) 825-8500 for information regarding these and other programs. If you wish, check out the website at www.AikidoAcademyOfArizona.com.


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