7 Self-Defense Myths

Myth #1 You should reason with your attacker.
You’ve probably never pulled out a knife and demanded someone’s watch. That’s a good thing, of course, but it illustrates a vital point: Someone who would do such a thing doesn’t think like you. Deep down, you probably believe there’s a way to resolve a problem without anyone getting hurt. Attackers aren’t playing by the same societal rules you are, so you can’t react as if they are. All you can ever really do is level the playing field.

Myth #2 If you’re attacked, scream for help.
You don’t have time to wait for a hero. During a truly violent encounter, you have about five seconds to act, and the safest self-defense technique to take in a violent encounter is to cause an injury. Mistakes usually come from some hesitation: pausing to see how things are going, lacking the will to really kick a man, or jumping around in a fighting stance. These are opportunities for him to recover and hurt you. The reverse is also true—if your attacker hesitates or makes a mistake, it gives you a critical moment that you must use to survive..

Myth #3 You need to cause pain.
In order to be 100 percent effective, we have to discard the notion of pain as a useful tool in violence. You don’t want to “hurt” him; you need to injure him. Anything you do in a violent, life-threatening situation that does not cause an injury is worthless to you.

Myth #4 Being fit can save your life.
No matter how fit or strong you are, the best way to hone your self-protection skills is to focus on targeting key points of the body. After that, improving your fitness level can increase the force you deliver to the targets.

Myth #5 Women who survive are fearless.
The first effect in any violent situation is emotion, and the most common one is fear. When a man steps in front of you holding a knife, your adrenaline starts pumping and your heart beats faster. These are reactions that can’t be avoided—nor should they be. It’s the fight-or-flight survival instinct that allows you to focus on beating your enemy or getting the hell out of there.

Many people fear they will freeze up or act irrationally. When you know how to respond, you’ll still feel a certain amount of fear that you could be hurt, or that you’re about to cause harm to another human being, but that will be tempered with confidence.

Myth #6 Focus on blocking his attacks.
Many self-protection classes teach you to react to an attacker’s actions. This defensive thinking can make you hesitate (“What is he going to do to me?”), lose focus (waiting to get hurt makes most people freeze), and ultimately be one step behind the attacker. In a threatening situation, don’t worry about what he’s doing; make him worry about what you’re doing.

Myth #7 Try to back away from your attacker.
In life-threatening conflict, if you’re not injuring someone, you’re getting injured. Backing up or attempting to counter his “technique” with another technique (as is typically taught in self-defense classes) only gets you in more trouble: Your body is a lot better at going forward than it is at going backward; for every two feet you move backward, he can move forward three feet.

For more information on self-defense for women check out our 6 Week Women’s Self-Defense Course at our Port Jefferson Station Martial Arts Academy starting April 11th. Every Saturday at 11am for 6 weeks.


A Better New Years Resolution

Hey Team, Andre here with some exciting New Years News for you….

As you know, January 1st is a big day for us, but I want to make it big for you too. So instead of just making a New Year’s resolution and then forgetting about it, you’re going to send it to me!

Now don’t worry, I promise not to share this with anyone (except current trainers), but I want to hold you accountable for your words. You see, when you tell us your goal, we are going to not only keep you honest, but push you in the right direction.

So this year, don’t just make a resolution, set a goal and then smash it!

Just send your resolution to us at FusionMixedMartialArts@gmail.com with the subject “New Years Ninja” and we’ll do the rest!

Happy New Years,

Andre LeRouge

P.S. If you need some motivation just take a look at this highlight


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Holiday Workout at Home

Hey everyone, Joe here and I have a great “mini-workout” you can do at home. I know it’s been hectic and I don’t want you to miss another workout!

Here is an easy (as in you don’t need any equipment) workout that will take about 30 minutes:


It’s nice outside so try to go for a 5 minute run or walk, followed by various stretches and basic movements we use in class. Mountain climbers, jumping jacks, push-ups, do this on your own at a moderate intensity and slowly increase until you break a good sweat!

Circuit 1 – As Many Rounds As Possible (AMRAP) in 10 minutes of:

  • 15 squats
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 5 push-ups

Circuit 2 – AMRAP in 5 minutes of:

  • 10 dynamic squats
  • 10 switch-lunges
  • 5 jump-squats

Circuit 3 – AMRAP in 5 minutes of:

  • 10 hollow-body to tuck (knees-up chest-up)
  • 10 second hollow-body hold
  • 10 second superman plank

Skill – Spend 5 minutes practicing push-up variations. Don’t worry about pushing too hard, this is meant to be playful and around 60-70% intensity. Focus more on quality reps and on variations you can’t do! Here’s a short list of a few our our favorites:

  • dive-bomber
  • diamond
  • wide grip
  • spider-man
  • inch-worm
  • handstand (for the brave!)

Cool down & stretch!

P.S. I hope everyone has noticed handstands we’ve been getting more excited about handstands and encouraging members to try them….. keep your eyes open, I think someone is trying to add handstand progressions into our workouts!

Have fun & see you at the party tonight!

Joe Funaro

Fusion MMA and Kickboxing Review Contest

Hey Team Fusion, I want to ask for everyone’s help, plus give you a chance to win some cool stuff!

We are holding a Review Contest for 2014, we rely heavily on member reviews on a few major websites. In fact, most of you have probably looked us up online before joining and saw all the positive reviews.

That’s why I’m asking everyone to take part in this contest, so we can jump into the New Year ready to go!

All you need to do is write us a review on these 3 major websites (make sure to rate us if applicable) and send us the links!

Oh and we are going to pick 5 winners (randomly) at the Christmas party on Friday!

Here’s whats up for grabs:

  • 30 minute personal training session with Andre
  • Pad Work Session with Joe (30 minutes)
  • Pad Work Session with Joe (30 minutes)
  • Fusion Sweatshirt
  • Boxing Gloves and Hand Wraps
  • 1 Free Month

Remember to stay up-to-date on all things Fusion via our new Twitter, Port Jefferson Martial Arts Twitter

Thanks everyone!

– Joe & Andre

Box Jumps with Andrew

Check out Andrew doing Box Jumps during Kids Kickboxing class! Andrew had an extra hard workout today, including hitting the heavy bag, farmer’s walks and strength training circuit….he even got to use the Battle Ropes! Great job Andrew!

For more info on our Kids MMA Classes checkout our Port Jefferson Martial Arts School

Don’t forget to check out Tumblr account for more awesome videos and pictures Port Jefferson Station Martial Arts Tumblr

Acro-Yoga Seminar

Andre here again, and I have an awesome seminar coming up!

You’ve all seen my Acro-Yoga video by now (if not check out this cool post `on our Fusion MMA & Kickboxing Blog). It’s a partner yoga class that’s challenging, requires a ton of concentration but most important of all, it’s fun!

I wan to invite everyone down to a seminar by Brandon, I took a few of his seminars already and was blown away by the training.

Don’t be intimidated, although its challenging, he is going to break everything down and is amazing at teaching complete beginners!

Here’s what you need to know…

Who: This is for everyone! You can bring a friend or come solo (everyone is going to work together). This is for members and non-members so feel free to bring a friend!

What: Acro-Yoga Seminar from 1-4pm. $45 (same price for members & non-members). Sign-up online HERE.

When: December 20th, 2014 from 1-4pm.

Where: Fusion MMA & Kickboxing of Port Jefferson Station, NY.

Why: ’cause it’s insanely awesome and everyone needs more awesome lessons! But seriously this is a fun, challenging series that will help in your overall fitness journey!

Remember to pre-pay and sign-up online at http://www.fusionkickboxing.com/store/p70/Acro_Yoga_Seminar.html