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"Everything begins in the mind. Create the intention and then apply the effort to receive the result."

"It is very easy to break a pencil in half. Breaking ten pencils in half is an altogether different matter."

--- Coach Ron Pfeiffer, 7th Degree Black Belt, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin USA

"Don't fear the person who has studied a thousand techniques one time. Fear the person who has studied one technique a thousand times."

--- Ed DellaCroce, 3rd Degree Black Belt and the North Carolina State Director for World Dragon Kenpo.

December Theme: Honor.

The Example of Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta

“I lost two dear friends of mine. I would give this back in a second to have my friends with me right now.”

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Dragon Kenpo Street Defense (DKSD) by Ed DellaCroce

You have probably never heard of Dragon Kenpo Street Defense (DKSD) as a Martial art. Well, that may soon be changing. Basic DKSD has evolved. No longer is it just a basic self defense class, it now incorporates expanded offensive moves as well.

The original course concept was to react, neutralize, and withdraw. Today's Street attackers are becoming increasingly violent. A new generation of evil has emerged from the shadows of darkness. With attackers killing their own parents, you as a victim do not stand a chance. We must all adapt. The change must begin with our mindset and expand into our training applications.

As the creator of DKSD, I have listened to my class participants. It is no longer enough to just stop the attack, I must now teach a more aggressive reactive approach. A straight forward punch to a victim now launches a block, followed by stepping forward and grabbing the attacker by the back of their neck. Next there is an unleashing of a knee strike to the mid section or chest area. The attacker is then pushed backward onto the ground. More than likely this counter strike will deter any further aggression. DKSD participants have now been given more options.

This new aggressive stance does not change the original concept of basic self defense. It merely allows the situation to dictate how much force is used in response to the attack. A straight punch to the face, not blocked, can immobilize you if strategically placed. My favorite expression of “I'd rather be tried by twelve, than carried by six” still applies.

The force used in an attack cannot exceed the force used against you. A slap on the face still does not warrant a broken nose in return. Again common sense prevails.

What has this got to do with the new and improved DKSD? First of all a set standard is in place. In the past classes, were never fully standardized. Tactics were added as the class was being taught. This concept was like Kenpo Karate itself, always evolving. A suggestion was made to recognize DKSD as an official street defense class. This will not only allow it to be taught in our local school, but eventually anywhere. The Soke of Tatsu Te Ryu, Grand Master Geoffrey R. Spohn, has taken a strong interest in DKSD. His style, which literally means style of the Dragon's hand, incorporates many of the same techniques as DKSD. Tatsu Te Ryu has been recognized and registered by the Japan All Karate Union as an art.

DKSD is an optional class being taught exclusively at Abi's Mixed Martial Arts studio in Goldsboro, North Carolina. What started as a Women's basic self defense class has turned into a new course with its own created logo. Abi's is also becoming a household word in the MMA circuit. They are the proud sponsor of a local based and international MMA gear distributor, American Stand Up. Visit the web site of Abi's Mixed Martial Arts at for more information.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Ed DellaCroce and the Dragon Kenpo Street Defense Association.