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.
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.
Our student of the month is… David Wolpaw! “Doctor Dave” (who is local area physician) has been training in the martial arts for many years now. (He first started in 2004, and he began training with us in 2010.)
Our Student of the Month for May is… Demond! He started training in the martial arts when he was in the military, and after he completed his service, he wanted to continue his training. (He was in the Army for five years.)
Our Student of the Month for April is… Kinte Barnes! Kinte trains in Kung-Fu, Karate, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He often comes to three classes a day! Kinte (who is a very physically fit individual) told me that he got tired of the “gym” and decided to do the martial arts.
Our Student of the Month award for February goes to two people this round, Alex Liew and Jonathan Rosenfield. Alex and Jon are best friends, and they have been training together at Plus One for about eight months. They train in Muay Thai, Kung-Fu, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.