Congratulations Master Riccardo Pappini

Master Riccardo Pappini

Grading for high ranking Black Belts are not conducted at a normal Black Belt Extravaganza. The process of rank above 4th Dan Black Belt is a complicated matter. Very few people get to these levels.

There are 3 stages of mastery in a martial art. They are as follows:

  1. Physical Master 4th Dan Black Belt
  2. Mental / Mind Master of the art 6h Dan Black belt
  3. Mind / Body /Spirit – Grand Master 7th Dan Black Belt

Often times people will make it to 4th Dan, but few continue on with the training to reach the high levels. At the upper level there is much self discovery, and also discover of how to truly share the teachings with others.

So with this said it is my great honour and privilege to announce the official promotion of Master Riccardo Pappini to the honoured rank of 6th Dan (degree) Black belt in the art of Hon Sang Mu Sa Hapkido as of December 8th 2016. Along with this goes the title of Kwan Jung Nim (Director / Professor / Senior Teacher).

The proper certificate will be issued and presented at a later date as rank of this extent requires the signature of myself, Master Curt and Master Scott.

Yours in the arts,

Grand Master Art Mason


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Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt Grading at Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts

Kyusho Graders Rob Wipe, Ivor Chandler, Nicole Sussens

Kyusho Graders Rob Wipe, Ivor Chandler,  Nicole Sussens


Yesterday Saturday December 3rd 2016 we held our Kyusho Jitsu Black Belt Grading at Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Art Institute on Tecumseh Road East in Windsor.

The grading was presided over by Master Riccardo Pappini and Master Louise St Jacques. I watched via Skype session. There were 3 graders, Nicole Sussens for 1st Dan, Rob Wiper and Ivor Chandler for 2nd Dan Black Belt.

15310426_10211674361084332_1214077372_n For Nicole there was 2 parts to the exam. The first part is a written exam consisting of multiple choice, question and answer as well as a essay style portion. The time allowed to complete the exam is 90 minutes. This is followed by a practical, physical exam which also has a 90 minute time limit on it. But rarely takes that long with a single person grading for the rank.

15356943_10211674343483892_1671654519_n Ivor Chandler demonstrating a Kyusho application.

The 2nd Dan grading is a straight 90 minute physical exam.

A grade point average on all tests is a minimum of 80% to pass.

15281086_10211674638891277_1181655378_n Rob Wipe having fun with a join lock.

Congratulation to the graders on an excellent performance at testing!

Kyusho Jitsu is a very important addition to any martial art style. At Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors Martial Arts we treat it as a separate certification course, as well as integrating into our art. This January another session for beginning will be starting. Please see Master Rick for more information.


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History of the Peaceful Warriors’ Part 11 – Kyusho Jitsu

With GM Steve Stewart

With GM Steve Stewart

I had quite an interest in Pressure Points and had heard much about them over the years. I was also very familiar with the name George Dillman. But I really did not know much other then a few things I had seen in Black Belt magazine or online.

At some point in 2002 I believe it was I saw online that George Dillman was going to be at Steve Stewart’s Modern Martial Arts in London Ontario. I contacted Master Steve to get information and a group of us traveled to London to participate in the seminar.

GM Dillman covered a very basic part of beginners Kyusho Jitsu, talked about it history and some Kyusho Black Belts did an amazing demonstration. I was hooked!

I contacted Master Steve on the following Monday to inquire how I could learn more. He was just setting up his first real study group and gave me the details if I wanted to join.

And I did!

The following year I graded for my 1st Dan in Kyusho, but was promoted to 2nd Dan. After which I joined the advanced program, and Master Curt joined the Novice Group. From there,things just grew and grew until it became an essential part of being a Peaceful Warrior.

In 2004 I began to do study groups in Windsor and continued to do my own personal learning. Kyusho became a calling for me. I became certified as a Level 5 Instructor, which is the highest level of instructor in the Kyusho International Alliance, a part of Dillman Karate International.

We have a dozen or so Black Belts in the Kyusho Jitsu KIA system at our school including 3 masters beside myself. There is Master Rick Pappini and Master Louise St Jacques, plus of course Master Curt Mason.

Tomorrow in Windsor we will be conducting a Kyusho Exam under the new organization I have created called the Kyusho Jitsu World Alliance. I am still a member of GM Stewart’s organization and am proud to call myself a student of his in this art.

But being a Peaceful Warrior I have always done my own thing too….

Here is a video from 2009 Master Curt Mason 4th Dan Black Belt Kyusho Jitsu Grading.

More to come…



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Colour Belt Testing at The Peaceful Warriors


On Saturday we held our monthly Colored Belt Testing at our Dojo. I would like to take a moment to congratulate the successful graders this month.

  • Sarah Hatch – White Belt and Yellow Stripe
  • Jack Hatch – White Belt and Yellow Stripe
  • Loren Zegrean – Blue Belt

Everyone did a great job!


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Why should Adults consider taking Martial Arts Classes?

Stock illustration of Karate training

Often times when adult think of martial arts classes one of two things tend to come into their minds.

  1. Martial Arts is an activity for kids
  2. MMA / UFC fighting

But they are missing a very important things. Martial arts is fantastic stress management for adults! That is right, training a martial art, and I am not referring to a UFC club, but a self defense martial art can be fantastic for stress management and many other things adults in our world face!

In the video below Grand Master Art Mason will discuss some of the benefits of martial arts training at Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts.




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Buddy Day at Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts


Yesterday, (Friday November 25th) was Buddy Day at Art Mason’ Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts in Windsor. Buddy Day is a special class in which students are allowed to bring their friends or family to participate.

This has always been a very popular event at our school and we try to hold one several times per year. As you can see in the picture everyone had a great time and there was an excellent turnout.

Class usually consists of some kicking drills as well as a question and answer period.

Our next Buddy Day will likely be toward early spring.
Stay tuned for the next date!

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Master Curt Mason Seminar in Windsor at Peaceful Warriors DoJang


This is JUST EPIC!

I received a message to from my son, Master Curt that when he is in Windsor next he will be conducting a workshop / seminar / class at our dojo on Tecumseh Road.

image3 It has been several years since his last class in Windsor and I KNOW everyone will be very excited about this! He tells me to let everyone know to prepare for the class of their lives.

Right now I do not have date information, however I will keep everyone posted right here, as well as create a Facebook event as soon as dates are known. I will personally be working very close with my staff in Widnsor to make this a monster event!

If you are a former member, or member for another school and would like to attend, please contact Kara at 519-551-2228 so you can be kept up to date. In the meantime enjoy the video below of Master Curt at BBX 2012.






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So tell me, How can Karate Lessons Possibly Build my Child’s Self Esteem?”


I have been asked this very questions by parents more times then I could ever say.

Hello my name is Art Mason and I am the Founder of Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute. For almost 17 years our school has been doing just that. Helping Moms and Dads just like you to give their children the greatest gift possible.

The gift of unshakable Self Esteem.

In the 20 minute video below I will answer this question in details. Stay tuned till the end also for an incredible offer to get your child on the road to SUCCESS in life!



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Tolerance is WRONG, Compassion is RIGHT

Brasov Romania

Brasov Romania

I hear this word so often, but I am sorry this is NOT how I was raised. I was raised to NEVER tolerate anything or you will spend your life tolerating more. Now perhaps my definition of the word is different, but I don’t think so.

Christmas is coming. and this is one example of tolerance. It is no longer Merry Christmas, but happy holidays because we don’t want to offend anyone. Really? Who said we are offending anyone? A VERY small group of self righteous bigots?

Now I have friends of every religion imaginable. Knowing people world wide goes with my job as a martial arts teacher. They are Jew, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist. I have many Pagan friends also, which is what I am.

However, NO ONE is offended by Merry Christmas! In fact they say it back! Why? Because I wish them well on their important holidays too! If a friend or even a stranger wishes me a Happy Hanukkah or Ramadan I am not offended, why should I be? They are including me in their celebration or culture. Only a moron would be offended!

That is NOT TOLERANCE, that is compassion and understanding!

That is what friendship is built on!

If someone is offended by what I say it is their problem not mine! I cannot be offended by what people says because unless they are those close to me their opinion is irrelevant. If i can offend anyone by words, they are pathetic and should seek counseling.It is not my problem!

Lets stop this tolerance stuff today! Let’s do what is right and be compassionate and understanding, as long as it is returned to us! If it is not, then NO TOLERANCE.

As you know I speak my mind. So Merry Christmas!






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The Lost Art of Courtesy

Courtesy is more then just bowing in class. it is a way of life.

Courtesy is more then just bowing in class. it is a way of life.

And it is a lost art. I was raised to always be courteous, even when I should not be. I have akways tried my best to be courteous. But today, it is simply seems to not exist.

Now those in the martial arts, well I hope you all know better, behave better. This week alone I have sent 5 communication of different kinds, all read, no replies. Now sometimes people do get busy, but that is not what I am talking about here.

It is common courtesy to reply, it is very discourteous to ignore.

What has happened? Have people become so selfish, so technically oriented that they feel the need to behave like human beings is not longer required? A little hint, if these people need something from me someday I am likely to say no just based on being ignored. However, I will do as I was taught and show the courtesy to answer people.

Courtesy is one of our school tenets and it is not only expected from our students it is demanded. Not following the creed and tenets will prevent further promotions. We don’t recite them because it sounds good, we do it because it is the “right” way to behave, the “right” way to treat people.

Courtesy will get you a long way in this world. Being discourteous will get you no where with me.

Try it, you may find it is returned to you many times over.

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