Darin is head instructor and founder of Plus One Defense Systems in West Hartford, CT. He has been studying martial arts for over 30 years, and is founder of a new system called Sho Biyn Jiu (First Understand Peace). More about Darin.
It’s very exciting to see people coming back to train in the martial arts! In June and July we have seen some great growth and participation, and we have brought back Capoeira! (If you used to train in Capoeira, we are now back to our three day a week schedule for that style.)
When seconds count, help will be there in minutes. Have you ever heard that expression? It’s a true statement.There are times when people need help- in all aspects of their lives. This is normal. There’s a difference between calling somebody to “help” and calling somebody because you are “helpless.”No
What happens in a typical Karate class?Karate is a traditional martial art that focuses on several key areas. The training involves learning techniques (punches and kicks), self defense moves (against pushes, punches, and common attacks), and forms (patterned movement that helps create muscle memory and promotes strength and mobility).
These last two years have been trying, to say the least. In the pursuit of following what others have to say about healthy decisions, we’ve seen many people who are now, ironically, in worse health than they have ever been. Weight gain, diabetes, and mental health struggles seem to be an increasing issue.
I’m very excited that, after more than two years away from on-site instruction, Suave is resuming Capoeira classes at Plus One on May 2nd. Classes will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:45pm until 9:15pm. Capoeira is a Brazilian style with African roots that utilizes a lot of ground maneuvers, aerial work, and dance type motions.
There is one primary reason why most people haven’t yet reached their goals, and it’s a simple one. It’s something that I’ve struggled with, and it just may be the one primary thing that’s holding you back from your goals.That one thing is consistency.Think
This is a question that comes up in a variety of ways. Both Karate and Kung-Fu have a lot of similarities, but they also have a number of differences. While there are variations on the them, for the most part, Karate is more linear in application than Kung-Fu.
https://www.teamplusone.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/David-Testimonial.mp4It’s been a brutal two years, and many people have come to us in that time expressing that they feel like they have lost control of their lives. If you feel this way, I have a question for you. Are you ready to take back the control of your life?
Why Doesn’t the gym… work?For many people, the “gym” doesn’t work at all. They want to get healthier, and the want to become more fit, but try as they may, they just cannot get themselves motivates to go to the gym to do it.
Time to Train… for Free Until January!What’s the catch?1.) You have to be a new or returning student.2.) You have to register for your first free session online at www.teamplusone.com this week. (The session can take place at any point before January, but you have to register for it this week.)3.)
The Best Martial Art Is…What’s the best martial art?This is a question that we get when people are unsure of what they should try, but they have a general interest in training in the martial arts. One of the things that makes us unique, is that we offer so many different martial arts styles, and we have such a large staff of instructors.
For the most part, there are a lot of similarities. Muay Thai, American Kickboxing, and Boxing all over a great workout. Typically, classes have a warm-up, and then they focus on partner drills, padwork, bagwork, and sparring (at the higher levels).
Online Self Defense TrainingDuring these crazy times, it’s easy to feel out-of-control. It’s also easy to wonder about whether or not you are “safe.” If something happened, and you needed to do so… how confident are you that you could defend yourself?
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As you may imagine, I get a lot of questions from folks about how they can be safer “right now.” Especially these days, people are more-and-more aware of the fact THEY are responsible for THEIR safety… nobody else.
Why Train?As we are now in the “back to school” season, it’s a natural time of year for people to get “back” to doing physical activity. Why do you want to train or exercise? Grab onto the first answer that came into your mind.
What is the value of your health?It has been said that one of the most valuable things we possess is our health.Let’s face it, today more than ever, health is a topic of concern. We take precautions to avoid exposure to others and to mitigate our risk of contracting disease.
The holidays are OVER! Your body is puffy and bloated. Your joints are achy. Your clothes feel tight.Let’s quickly get you back on track to being healthy.1) It’s Over. Draw a line in the sand. The bad eating stops now… not tomorrow.
This is a question that everybody should be able to answer with a resounding, “Yes!” As times are changing, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that there is one person responsible for your safety. That person… is you. As a professional martial arts instructor, and a former police officer, I often talk with people about safety.
The question has come to me a couple of times now. “Given the news about virus concerns, what are you doing differently at the dojo?” I’m going to give a long answer, and then a short answer to this question.
The long answer… as our standard procedure- we have cleaning personnel on staff.
We work hard for your continued success.
Whether your focus is self-defense, overall health, competition, sport, or getting into the octagon, the team at Plus One Defense Systems is behind you, pushing you to new heights!