Martial Arts Tournament – Southern American, Fight 3

April 23rd, 2010

This is the last fight I had at the 2001 Southern American Nationals in Nashville, TN.

I was fighting for 1st and 2nd place against World Champion Brian Ruth.

When I was a young teen, coming up in the national circuit of competition, I always looked up to Brian, as he was a great fighter.

Anyways, at the time, in 2001, I was 20 years old and had a couple of years under me in the Adult Black Belt Heavy weight division.

During this fight, I started off pretty well, but Brian was than able to find some good openings.

At the end, Brian Ruth got a very good shot, on my chin. Next thing you know, I’m falling like a tree. The funny thing is, Brian didn’t hit me that hard. It was just a clean hit to the chin. Props to him.

I ended up having to bow out and getting 2nd place.

Even though, I lost, I still had a good showing at the Southern American. Unfortunately, though, I was unable to defend my Grand Champion title from the previous year.

Enjoy the video.

Martial Arts Tournaments – Southern American, Fight 1

April 19th, 2010

I’ve had quite a bit of videos uploaded recently of Karate tournaments I competed in back in my professional fighting days.

These next series of fights are from the Southern American 2001 in Nashville, TN.  I was a product of the David Deaton Karate Studios in Hermitage, TN and the previous year, I had actually won my division and the Grand Champion title, which was a big deal.

The Southern American Nationals was one of the biggest tournaments in the south that was hosted by World Champion David Deaton.

Going back to Tennessee to compete in this tournament was always fun because I was able to catch up with friends, but more importantly, show that my training and skills have gone to the next level.

In my opinion, in order to get better and grow, we must leave our small pond and venture into the ocean.  I did exactly that by moving to Colorado and training with other, world caliber martial artists.

Anyways, below is one of my first fights at the 2001 Southern American.

Broomfield Martial Arts School Hosts Free Adult Self-Defense Seminar

March 25th, 2010

Westminster, CO – March 24th, 2010 – Local Self-Defense and Fitness instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. recently hosted a Free Adult Self-Defense seminar on Saturday, March 20th, 2010 to residents of Broomfield and Westminster.

Participants who attended the self-defense clinic ranged from parents who’s child currently train in The Dojo of Karate’s Children Martial Arts Program, to friends who are members of their Fitness KickBoxing Program and Self-Defense Black Belt Program offered at their main headquarters.

Martial Arts expert and Certified Self-Defense Instructor, Javier Lozano, Jr. is the owner and Master Instructor of The Dojo of Karate — a local Martial Arts and Fitness school serving the community of Broomfield, Westminster, and Thornton, CO.  Javier has been training in Karate for 20 years, currently holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt, and is a former World Champion fighter.

His expertise, knowledge, and ability to teach and relate the subject of self-defense to adults places him in a unique category, and allows his students to gain more knowledge and skills.

The two hour Self-Defense Workshop taught participants the importance of awareness, confidence, and proper striking and escape defenses.

Says Lozano, “the one part of self-defense that many people neglect and don’t really consider is awareness and confidence.  Victims are typically the one’s that are not completely aware of their surroundings, busy talking on their cell phones, or distracted by something else.”

Master Lozano also mentions that one’s confidence can really change a situation. “When someone is walking down the street with their chin up, shoulders back, and walking with a purpose, they usually stand out.  Those people are less likely to become the prey of an attacker because attackers are always looking for the easy target.”

After teaching the class about the importance of awareness and confidence, the class finally went into the ‘meat and potatoes’ of their training — striking, blocking, and escapes.

What made Mr. Lozano’s class extremely different from other self-defense seminars is that he didn’t teach students how to properly punch, rather, use other techniques that are more likely to prevent injury and create more damage to an opponent.

For instance, he emphasized how palm heel strikes can be more effective for women when defending themselves, as opposed to punches.  The reason is a palm heel strike to a male’s face is a better technique than a fist because most women have smaller hands and can break a bone quite easily.

Some of the other strikes students learned over the weekend included elbow strikes, hammer fist strikes, stomp kicks, roundhouse kicks, and side kicks.

Each of these techniques were performed on free standing heavy bags, allowing participants the opportunity to know how it feels to make contact with an object that can mimic a human opponent.

Once the students learned how to execute some major striking techniques, Mr. Lozano taught them two basic blocking moves that are practical during self-defense.  Students were than paired off with partners to practice the blocking techniques while their partner threw punches at them in a controlled format.

“The only way to learn how to defend yourself is to train in a reality-based setting where you have an attacker throwing a designated technique and the defender reacting to the attack with a certain block” says Lozano.  “This will develop your timing and confidence, while not getting injured.”

“But once you have developed the basic skills, our Self-Defense classes will add progression to your training, making each class more challenging and unique.”

Once the students developed their striking skills, the workshop shifted to Escape Defense, where participants learned how to escape from 4 common attacks: Wrist Grab, Bear Hug, Choke, and Mount (on the ground, while opponent is on top).

The escapes taught were easy to perform, simple to memorize, and flowed properly with the striking techniques students learned earlier during the session.

At the end of the two hour Self-Defense seminar, Master Instructor Javier Lozano discussed how attackers work in groups, and how confidence can play a major role by sharing a few stories that related to the seminar.

All of the participants felt the seminar was invaluable, and that they walked out with a wealth of information, yet not overwhelmed with what they learned.  More importantly, students left with the confidence to fight back if necessary.

“I tell all of my students, when they join our self-defense program, if they are ever confronted and need to protect themselves, I want them to walk out safe by using every means possible to fight off an attacker.  My student’s safety is more important to me than anything else.  And, if I can teach them how to properly protect themselves, even better.”

If you would like to learn more about The Dojo of Karate and their Adult Self-Defense program, please contact them at: 303.920.4500 and ask to speak with Javier Lozano, Jr.  He will be more than happy to assist you with your questions and concerns.

Fitness Goals – Are You Being Realistic About Your Goals?

March 15th, 2010

Personally, I would love to be a professional snowboarder that traveled all over the world riding some of the biggest mountains, best snow, and get all the free swag that comes with it…

But… unfortunately that isn’t Realistic.

To set a Realistic goal it must represent an objective towards which you are both willing and capable of achieving.

Now, we’re not talking about EASY, rather do-able.

To achieve a Realistic goal, it must be challenging, however, you should be able to accomplish it.

An example of a Realistic Fitness Goal would be losing 1 pound per week, until you reach your ultimate goal of 50 pounds.

If you calculate that correctly, you should be able to Realistically surpass this goal in about 1 year.

When you are setting these Realistic goal, again, create a plan on how you’re going to do it.  This will give you an idea on how realistic it can actually be.

For instance, going back to fitness, your goal can be to join a Fitness Boot Camp for 2 days per week, and workout at the gym, or at home 3 days a week.

In addition, you would need to accompany the fitness portion of your training with a good, healthy, and balanced diet in order to lose 1 pound per week.

Remember, if the goal is just too difficult, because you may get overly ambitious, re-evaluate your goals… and than get back on track.  Don’t give up so easily.  Goals are meant to push you, but not set you back.

If you would like to join Colorado’s BEST Fitness Boot Camp call 303.920.4500 or email us at: [email protected].

Our Boot Camps service residents in the Broomfield, Westminster, Thornton, Erie, and Denver area.  And, our program is designed to give you results!  You’ll have fun, get a GREAT workout, and feel better about yourself.

Until Next Time!


Goal Setting Skills – A Corner Stone In Martial Arts Training

March 10th, 2010

As parents and adults, you understand how important it is to set goals in life.  If you don’t, basically you’re not going anywhere!

“Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.

Seneca says it best.

Training at The Dojo of Karate we help your child set goals in life.  But it begins with setting goals in Martial Arts.

The Dojo of Karate is a Black Belt School.  That means all of our students have the goal of becoming a Black Belt one day.

Mind you, achieving this goal is a long process, but they are determined to make it all the way… no matter what.

But, it all starts with the first class, and the baby steps in-between each rank.

See, we have a belt ranking system that helps students achieve goals and learn what it takes to accomplish them.  In addition, they are rewarded stripes on their belt for learning certain material in their curriculum.

This is almost the same format that is approached in the armed forces.

Plus, our Karate classes will organize certain drills, activities, and games that will help push your child to the next level by having friendly competitions.  This way, they learn how to set short term goals too.

As you probably know, in life, we need to have short, medium, and long term goals.  Students at The Dojo of Karate set their goals like this usually.

  1. Short Term – Get their next stripe on their belt for learning a certain form.
  2. Medium Term – Get to Low Green Belt – which is the half-way point to Black Belt
  3. Long Term – Become a Black Belt!

We’ve seen kids set goals at improving their grades in school, make the basketball team, become leaders at the Karate school… the list goes on!  And, they all achieve them.

Do you want your child to not only set goals in life, but achieve them in a way that will give them the confidence necessary to achieve anything?

Enroll them in our Beginners Karate Program by calling 303.920.4500 or email us at: [email protected]