The Bronx Combat Hapkido Club sponsored its first clinic today, June 18, Father's Day. What made today special was the fact that many of the participants were men, who happened to be fathers. To quote GM P "it says a lot about us, the system and our commitment to the system” As always, GM P taught simple, realistic concepts (not just techniques) for the most common self defense scenarios. Nothing fancy. Just simple techniques that can be done under stress, using gross motor skills. GM P also lectures between lessons, and he said something I thought to be very profound. Something most martial arts instructors don't take into consideration. He said that martial arts (any style) should be available to anyone that wants to learn. Not just the young and athletic, but the businessman, school teacher, bus driver, older person. As a person who comes from a traditional hapkido style, this was a refreshing change from the rigid belief that hundreds of years later, old techniques and ways of training are the tried and true way of today. It's good to know that I can teach some of these concepts and techniques to my older parents and siblings and not have them worry that they're too old to learn how to take care of themselves in a self defense situation. Again, anyone who doesn't believe in the effectiveness of CH should have their head examine and take a trial class.