Traditional Martial Arts and C.H.E.A.T. D.E.A.T.H. Training.
An essential component of life after the military for most veterans is a feeling of being both a strong, disciplined, capable person in general, and also knowing that they can protect themselves and thier families specifically. Another key component based on the warrior ethos embodied by many veterans is being of service to others. For many veterans with psychological and/or physical illness or injury related to their service, these good feelings are nearly impossible. Many veterans have told us they feel like “half a man” because of their physical or psychological injuries, or that “they can never be in a relationship again” because of PTS, insomnia, anger, or other issues. A healthy part of the program offered through WfW is training in traditional martial arts that are grounded in the Bushido ideals of the samurai warriors of ancient Japan. Learning to embody calm, focused centeredness, and gaining physical skills of self defense—even if veterans are physically injured, have an amputation, are wheelchair bound, or have psychological trauma—helps many veterans “truly come home again.”
Bushidokai Traditional Martial Arts Dojo Head Instructor David LoPriore Sensei has been teaching traditional Japanese martial arts for over 30 years, and the C.H.E.A.T. D.E.A.T.H. program that he co-founded, for over 15 years. Students may train in the traditional arts of Kosho Shorei Ryu and/or Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu Kodo Kai. These are two of the most authentic traditional Japanese arts in existence today, and they have very much to offer all who train in them. See www.oldpinetree.com/bushidokai for more information.
Veterans may choose group or private training in C.H.E.A.T. D.E.A.T.H. – Close-quarters Hard-style Evasive Action and Tactics, Deployment of Expert Arresting TecHniques. This is training for the extreme circumstances when one or more very committed armed attackers present an imminent threat to your life or the live(s) of others you are bound or sworn to protect. Tactics taught deal with attacker(s) in very close quarters armed with edged, bludgeoning, and/or projectile weapons, while you are either empty-handed, or armed with a knife, handgun, shotgun, and/or assault rifle, and in four contexts:
- Special Forces Military
- Regular Force Military
- Law Enforcement
- Single female
- Single male
- Group and or family tactics
The unique C.H.E.A.T. D.E.A.T.H. program covers expert-level skillfulness in Kyushu-Jutsu lethal acupuncture point strikes, joint-locks, and throws, Tai Sabaki essential body movement skills, and effortless transition from unarmed to appropriate armed responses based on fluid situational awareness.
Bushidokai offers a 50% discount on training memberships at the Dojo for veterans, reservists, and active- duty members of the U.S. military Special Operations community. There is also a 25% discount on memberships at Bushidokai Dojo for combat veterans, and a 10% discount for other honorably discharged veterans. Since 1991, these discounts have been offered by the kindness of the LoPriore family. Warriors for Warriors would like to begin to subsidize them, or provide them free of charge, due to the large number of veterans expected to participate in these programs in 2016.