Tien Tae Jitsu September 2006
Volume 1, Issue 1
9/9/06 - Self Defense and
Asian Fighting arts
9/16/06 - Adult Self Defense
The True Martial Artist
9/23/06 – Movie Night
The goal of a true martial Ours is the way of honoring our “will,” we unlock our
9/30/06 - Defense against artist is to achieve those who came before us internal energy and forge
enlightenment by bringing and those who will follow our bodies with the “force”
Ultimate Fighting Workshop the mind, body and spirit our way. Those who came from within.
together as one with the before us sacrificed their
Universe. lives so the martial arts
Through honor, we learn
might live. They lived in
the difference between
poverty...owning nothing so
A true martial artist uses “right and wrong,” “good
nothing would own them.
their skill for self-defense or and evil” and “yin and
the defense of others. Any yang” (in and yo). Through
other use of the “art” would Those who would choose honor, our spirits guide our
be considered a to follow our way would do hearts.
perversion. so through discipline and
honor; the two most
A true martial artist tries to
important traditions in the
A true martial artist is not co-exist in harmony with
life of a martial artist.
concerned with nature. Unlock the door
competition for “pride,” and free the martial spirit
“proof of skills” or “plastic Through discipline, we may that lies within you. Strive to
trophies.” achieve what others may achieve your full potential.
not. Through the power of
– Master Johnson
Defense against Ultimate Fighting
Ultimate Fighting is an they conduct themselves. Samurai. Today, we must
aggressive form of learn to defend ourselves
entertainment billed as a against individuals trained
UFC fights are less sport
competition to find the in ultimate fighting
than spectacle - a brutal
world's best fighter, no techniques.
form of "human
matter their style. The UFC
was to be based upon a Plan on attending the
version of Brazilian vale upcoming workshop on
tudo fighting but quickly Political pressures September 30, 10:00 – 4:00.
evolved to an often violent eventually led the UFC into You will learn how to
and brutal event with the underground but the defend and defeat UFC-
Student Birthdays this Month minimal rules, and NO UFC reformed itself, slowly style techniques.
HONOR. becoming sanctioned by
Grayson Aban athletic commissions, and This workshop will present
marketing itself as a techniques not found in
Portland is one of the
Brad Lockett legitimate sporting event. regular TTJ classes. Visit our
leading cities in the US for
this type of no holds barred web site or speak with
Brian Quigley fighting. The practitioners If we were in ancient Master Johnson for more
are elitist, athletic and have Japan, we would be information.
Sylvan Renner very little morals in how training you to defend
yourselves against the
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Thought of the Month
- By Master Johnson and an observant eye, the However, when provoked,
deer is ready to prance there are few wild animals
We often study exotic way and run from danger. that can match a bear for
animals and take clues Very few predators can its ferocious strength, reflex,
from their behavior to sneak up on a deer; much and sheer killing power.
strengthen our art. Tigers, less catch one once in
snakes and cranes are flight. If you are attacked and
perennial favorites in Kung must defend yourself, be
Fu. Be a bear. If you tangle like a bear. Hold nothing
with a bear, what will back until your attacker is
But did you know you can happen? If you are lucky subdued sufficiently for you
learn a lot by considering to survive, you will most to escape and call the
the strengths of animals likely come away with very police.
more familiar to our severe injury.
Northwest environment? A deer is cautious, but not
A bear would rather avoid afraid of life. A bear is
Be a deer. A deer is always human contact and is, for peaceful, but expert at
“Supreme excellence aware of its surroundings. the most part, a peaceful defending itself and its
Always with a cautious ear animal. family.
consists in breaking the
enemy's resistance without
Tien Tae Jitsu has many situation. You do not have comfortable! Students,
upcoming events for our to be young, fit, strong, or siblings, and friends
- Sun Tzu agile to learn and practice welcome. Must be old
students and school
these effective techniques! enough to enjoy & be
families. Check our Website This is a hands-on class – entertained by the movie.
at www.tientaejitsu.com to practice makes perfect! $5 for movie, popcorn &
find out about upcoming You will have fun – bring a drink; $10 for pizza, movie,
school functions and other friend, or come by yourself! popcorn & drink. Bring a
school related information. friend!
The next Movie Night is
September 23 (6:00 PM - For more information on
Adult Self Defense is 9:00 PM). Come watch on any special event, please
coming on September 16 the BIG SCREEN (Many call 503-544-9975 for more
(9:00 AM - 3:30 PM). This thanks to Mark Gardiner for details or visit our website
workshop is open to teens his monthly contribution)!! www.tientaejitsu.com
and adults and will teach The movie is “Mighty Joe
simple techniques that can Young.” If you want, bring
easily be used by anyone a bean-bag and get
put into a self-defense
TTJ Backpacks have TTJ Pencils are also
arrived just in time for available. They come in
school. No pre-ordering is white and black…with red
necessary. lettering. Three for a
dollar. If you buy a
The backpacks are black backpack, we’ll throw in
with a red & white TTJ three free pencils.
dragon logo on the top
portion. Look sharp…be sharp!
Get yours for only $20.
Student in the Spotlight
You may not know it, but black belt/instructor Phil Seder Broadway Veterinary Clinic, 2315 N.E. Broadway. Part
is a Portland sculptor and was recently featured in the of the clinic's opening ceremonies featured artwork
Oregonian newspaper. The article features Phil’s they also commissioned through Phil -- a dog's head
announcement of the creation of what he describes as that Phil’s resume describes as "Doglandia -- largest
the largest stainless steel cat's head west of the copper dog's head west of the Mississippi.
The cat’s head, it turns out, is not huge -- about 25
Why does he believe his cat's head is the biggest in the inches high, 19 wide and 17 deep with a whisker-
West? He replies that it just seems like it probably is, that spread of 27 inches tip to tip. But he insists that it is still
he has gone on the Internet for a few minutes and that probably five or 10 times bigger than a genuine cat's
the only thing close was a big stone lion somewhere in head.
Be sure to ask Phil about his other pieces of sculpture,
He also says the cat's head is bigger than what many and get to know one of our talented TTJ family.
scientists have suggested was the size of the universe
just before the big bang that perhaps led to its still-
inflating size today. Then again, that pre-bang place
was thought to have been smaller than this comma, so
the next step is to take a look at the head itself.
Soon others will. Within a couple of months, Phil’s cat is
set for mounting on the outer front wall of the
would be allowed to Follow instructions for
overextend and tear easily. exercises carefully. There is
But it is also undesirable in right and wrong way to
cases where it prevents you stretch every muscle. Good
from fully using your body. flexibility exercises are
designed to provide a
maximum stretch with a
minimum risk of injury.
“deconditioning” of the
myotatic reflex takes place.
Stretch to Strengthen Little by little, you teach Do gravity assisted
your Skills your muscles a new limit of stretches with caution and
safe extension. This is why only after fully warming up.
stretching must be slow Gravity assisted stretches
Stretch every day. The only and consistent. If you are exercises like splits that
way to improve your overstretch and injure the use the force of gravity to
flexibility is through muscle, you have to go increase the pressure on
consistent stretching back to a lower level of the stretch.
exercises. Every muscle is flexibility and start over. Set
subject to the myotatic your stretching goals over a
reflex (stretch reflex) which You should never feel pain
period of weeks or months, in your joints during
opposes changes in muscle not days, for best results.
length, especially sudden stretching exercises. If you
or extreme changes. When do, stop immediately and
a muscle lengthens beyond Cautions discontinue that exercise.
a certain point, the
myotatic reflex causes it to Do not overstretch. A mild When doing flexibility
tighten and attempt to sensation of burning or exercises that require
shorten. This is the tension pulling should be felt in the bending at the waist,
you feel during stretching target muscles. It should be always bend from the hip,
exercises. uncomfortable but not not the lower back. The
unbearable. lower back is extremely
The myotatic reflex is vulnerable to injuries.
desirable because it Avoid bouncing during a
prevents, in many cases, stretch. Bouncing causes From “Ultimate Fitness for
muscle strains and tears. the muscles to tighten and Martial Arts” by Sang H. Kim
Without it your muscles heightens the risk of injury.
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11945 SW Pacific Hwy The Adventures of Yin & Yang
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Tigard, OR 97281
“Building Discipline, Honor
About Tien Tae Jitsu
Tien Tae Jitsu focuses not just on the physical, but also the mental and emotional aspects of the
student. Our goal is a healthy mind, body, and spirit. We place great importance on the
principles of discipline, honor, and respect. These principles are discussed and enforced as a
part of the daily curriculum. The art has produced champions in life as well as in the martial arts.
Master Eric Johnson began studying martial arts in 1975 and he founded Tien Tae Jitsu in 1990.
He has a Black Sash (master instructor) in Tien Shan P'ai Kung Fu, and holds a 7th Level Black belt
in the Art as well as a 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate.
Tien Tae Jitsu
11945 SW Pacific Hwy
Tigard Plaza, Suite 230
Tigard, OR 97281
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