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Nachum Kaplan

Do you care about your safety?

Posted by in Blog on May 12, 2015

Here is a game I play every morning. I walk to my local MRT station for my daily commute and scan the people around me to see who would be an easy victim if I was criminal. As a martial arts instructor my job is to teach people to defend themselves and that process begins

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The path to black belt

Posted by in Blog on April 28, 2015

“How long will it take me to earn a black belt?” Prospective students ask me this surprisingly often and it always stuns me. Why would someone who has never done a lesson, who has no idea about the art or whether they would even enjoy learning it, be thinking about earning a black belt? I

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Is your training on target?

Posted by in Blog on April 7, 2015

Here is something that I get asked a couple of times a month. How does Ninjutsu’s intensity compare to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)? Answer: Who cares? I am not trying to be rude with my answer but comparing Ninjutsu and MMA is like comparing apples and oranges. Both may be fruits but they are very

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Survive

Posted by in Blog on March 3, 2015

“Survive” is our dojo’s motto. Ninjutsu is not a sport. There are no competitions or competitive influences in our training. Our aim is to survive and we must develop the intent required to survive and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to survive. Most well-adjusted people find it difficult to hurt somebody else. Unfortunately,

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More classes coming soon

Posted by in Blog on February 3, 2015

Good news!  We’re growing fast. So to accommodate our many new students and to ensure classes do not get too big, we’ll be adding more classes, starting in March. While we’re still finalizing our schedule, there will new Beginners Classes on Tuesday evenings and another Open Class (all ranks) on Wednesday evenings – meaning you’ll

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Freedom from fear

Posted by in Blog on January 30, 2015

Someone asked me the other day whether it was different teaching Ninjutsu to Singaporeans than to others. It was an interesting question because, apart from being foreign myself, I have Singaporeans, Malaysians, French, English, American and Filipinos among my students. The person who asked me – a Singaporean father – was asking because he felt

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The benefits of martial arts training

Posted by in Blog on January 21, 2015

I am always extolling the virtues of martial arts training because I know the powerful impact it can have on your life. However, I am a martial arts instructor so my singing the benefits of martial arts training can come across like a sales pitch. That is why I was delighted to see that Black Belt,

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The price of peace of mind.

Posted by in Blog on January 8, 2015

I am dismayed to be writing about knife defence again having done so after the Raffles Place stabbing several months ago but sadly I feel I must. After the Raffles Place stabbing I only half-jokingly told a friend of mine who teaches knife defence that it was shameful the way people like us use a

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The pyramid of improvement

Posted by in Blog on December 11, 2014

I’m not big on New Year’s resolution but at this time every year I do like to reflect on the year that has passed and the year ahead. The problem is that I am little bit like a rat in maze in one of those psychology experiments – I always end up doing the same

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Reflections on Knife Defence

Posted by in Blog on November 16, 2014

The recent stabbing in Raffles Place has shocked a lot of people and generated a lot of chatter in the martial arts community here so I thought I would share some of the teachings from my dojo on surviving knife attacks. 1. Recognise that you are fighting for your life. Knives are dangerous weapons whether

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