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May 18

Victoria Day Holiday

By Master Art Mason | News


Dear Parents and Students,

Just a brief note to let you know our school will be closed on Monday May 23 for the Victoria Day Holiday. Our normal schedule will resume the next day.

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Apr 18

Always a White Belt

By Master Art Mason | News

Hands tightening white belt on a teenage dressed in kimono for martial arts

Do you live in your comfort zone? Most people do! When they think of leaving that zone they are hit by all kinds of anxiety and then return to their easy chair, which is not always easy. It seems today that more and more people are programmed for failure. Why try, it won’t happen anyways is the mantra.

But that is all wrong! The best parts of life comes when you are out of your comfort zone! This is one of the great benefits of training in the martial arts, you have to step out of your comfort zone and expand! Plus, a real martial artist knows he is never truly a master, always a student and accepts that life is about how many white belts you can wear!

I started martial arts training almost 32 years ago. Before that I QUIT EVERYTHING I did. But this was different. I was determined to succeed. Doing this made me realized how much I love the white belt experience. You can too! But how do you start? The first thing to look at, to get out of this comfort zone is your opinion of yourself. If this is bad, and I am sure it is, then you wont move. So here is a little help.

First read the book Psycho Cybernetics by Maxwelll Maltz. This will help you to look at yourself differently. This book is the foundation of all self improvement, as well as getting out of that comfort zone! Next take a look at Lee Milteers work, she is an amazing author and has a way of reaching you, looking at the world in a very positive way. Here books and motivational abilities will get you moving in the right direction, as long as you take action.

So am I talking with experience or am I talking out of my ass? Here are some of the things I have done out of my comfort zone.

  1. Joined a martial art school
  2. Testing in front of people
  3. Doing demonstrations in front of people
  4. Teaching, I was terrified of public speaking.
  5. Opened my own school despite being told I would fail
  6. Quitting a $32 an hour job at Chrysler to run a school full time
  7. Taking other arts and again becoming a beginner
  8. Traveling to teach
  9. Moving to Europe to open another school
  10. Learning a new language
  11. Writing and publishing books

There is more, but you get the point. Am I trying to impress you? No I am trying to impress UPON YOU that anything is possible. I am not an exception, and I should be the norm. Become a WHITE BELT IN LIFE.

Apr 09

Peaceful Warriors’ Demo Team 2010

By Master Art Mason | News

Here is a blast from the past. The Peaceful Warriors’ Demo Team at 1st Defense Martial Arts Tournament in May 2010. What a great performance they gave that day! How many of you seeing this were on this team? Do you miss it? Perhaps it is time to get back into the dojang and do some training!


Apr 08

Attention Former Students!

By Master Art Mason | News


Are you a former student of our school? Once a Peaceful Warrior, always a Peaceful Warrior!!  Are you a Black Belt in our system? Have you ever considered picking up where you left off? Let’s face it, it is in your blood!

Now is a great time to train again! You don’t ever come back to martial art training, you just train! Your never really left anyways did you??? So what do you need to do? Give my office manager Kara a call at 519-551-2228 and let her know you want to pickup your training! She will take care of the rest!

We have some amazing events of the horizon and much has happened since you left. I am looking forward to seeing you back on the floor soon!

Feb 12

Attendance and Commitment

By Master Art Mason | News

12592663_10153563029118547_5083940303824787078_n One of the most important elements for successful martial arts training and rank progress is attendance. Without good attendance it is very hard to see the progress you are looking for. These days our school is only in operation on Monday and Friday evenings. And for proper progress you should be attending 2 times per week. So what i you miss??? A great example would be that we will be closed on Monday next week for the Family Day holiday!

Talk to your instructor, Master Rick or Sabumnim Rob and setup a time for a private lesson. This can help keep you on track and makeup for any lost time. Commitment to training is a key for your success!

Yours in the arts,

Grand Master Art Mason.

Jan 04

Our New Look

By Master Art Mason | News

IMG_1435 Over the Christmas shutdown our school in Windsor got a serious update. New floor and mats covering the workout area. I have to say it looks amazing! My thanks to Daniel Z and his family for all there hard work on the floor, as well as Kara Borshuk and Billy for their tireless work also.

We also welcome Shihan Norm Rivard and Kihon Karate to our facility as we timeshare the week of training. We will have a new schedule available in the next few days. For 99% of our students there is no change to the current nights for them. See everyone in class and Happy New Year!!

Dec 17

Holiday Schedule 2014

By Master Art Mason | News

MockIt_12122014083255 Our last class for 2014 will be held on Friday December 19th 2014. Our school will resume classes on Friday January 2nd 2014. From the teachers and staff of the Peaceful Warriors we wish everyone a safe an happy holiday season!

Oct 03

What is Self Defense Part 2?

By Master Art Mason | News

Scottdemo2When it comes to self defense I am not interested in begin politically correct. My wife is worth more to me then some hurt feelings. I am taking the text below from a facebook post from Master Scott. Feel free to comment!

“I’ve been taking the bus regularly since May. At that time I’ve had a good look at the city, and the many many nutcases that ride the bus. I refuse to sit down on a bus, I always stand. I always stand up, because all it takes is one nut case to pull out a knife and stab you repeatedly. It can happen so quick, if anyone remembers it happened on a greyhound a couple years ago, except that nut case decapitated the person. So I stand, because if some nut case wants to come for me, I’ll be on my feet ready to put said person down like a sick kitten. Just because your paranoid, doesn’t mean they are not out to get you. The world is going to shit, maybe it’s time for everyone to start thinking about their personal safety a little more, because the people that say “It will never happen to me” are the ones killed or seriously injured when it does happen to them.”

Think about this. It is very true.

Sep 30

What is Self Defense?

By Master Art Mason | News

10247334_274008522776503_216345023442721722_n Our world is changing whether people choose to see this or not. Violence in our communities is growing each and every day. Nothing is off limits any longer. Recently a friend of mine was threated at his place of business with bodily harm by a former tenant of his building.

The following information is taken from Master Chad Barry’s Bojuka Website with permission. It is your right as a citizen of visitor to this country to protect yourself. I encourage everyone to learn the skilled required to do this. Feel free to contact me at master@thepeacefulwarriors.org for more information.


When it comes to the issue of self defense and the use of intelligent and reasonable force it is important to understand the law as it applies to you and your situation. In this article we will touch on this subject and how it applies to Canadians.

How much force is “reasonable force”?

This is the most important and most difficult question to answer when it comes to your legal right to defend yourself and your loved ones. The definition of “reasonable force” can differ from one area to another so it is important that your are aware of your legal rights and obligations for where you live. The use of force also differs for civilians and law enforcement officers. The the purpose of this article we will be focussing on the use of force as it applies to civilians.In general, reasonable force can be defined as the minimal force required to deter or prevent an assault from occuring or being repeated. This would include removing yourself from a potentially violent situation before an assault occurs, verbal de-escalation, posturing, and physically defending oneself. When training in self defense it is important to practise scenarios that will allow you to assess the threat level and act accordingly. If you can leave safely without risking injury to yourself or another, then you must leave. If your are being assaulted or an assault is imminent then you can use only the amount of force necessary to stop the assault. You are not permitted to punish the assailant or seek revenge. You have to ask yourself the question “what would another reasonable person do in the same circumstances”.

By training this way you will be able to more appropriately respond to a violent altercation and protect yourself from physical harm and from prosecution by the law. Look at your self defense techniques and ask yourself if the amount of damage being inflicted on the assailant would be deemed reasonable for the type of assault. A smaller, weaker or more volnerable person for example, may reasonably inflict more damage than a larger or stronger person in the same situation. It is important to “injure to degree” according to the threat level.

Self Defense and the Canadian Criminal Code:

Below is how self defense is defined by the Canadian Criminal Code:Defense of Person

Self-Defence Against Unprovoked Assault
… / Extent of justification.

34. (1) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted without having provoked the assault is justified in repelling force by force if the force he uses is not intended to cause death or grievous bodily harm and is no more than is necessary to enable him to defend himself.

(2) Every one who is unlawfully assaulted and who causes death or grievous bodily harm in repelling the assault is justified if

(a) he causes it under reasonable apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm from the violence with which the assault was originally made or with which the assailant pursues his purposes; and
(b) he believes, on reasonable grounds, that he cannot otherwise preserve himself from death or grievous bodily harm. [R.S. c.C-34, s.34.]

Self-Defence In Case Of Aggression.

35. Every one who has without justification assaulted another but did not commence the assault with intent to cause death or grievous bodily harm, or has without justification provoked an assault on himself by another, may justify the use of force subsequent to the assault if

(a) he uses the force

(i) under reasonable apprehension of death or grievous bodily harm from the violence of the person whom he has assaulted or provoked, and
(ii) in the belief, on reasonable grounds, that it is necessary in order to preserve himself from death or grievous bodily harm;
(b) he did not, at any time before the necessity of preserving himself from death or grievous bodily harm arose, endeavour to cause death or grievous bodily harm; and
(c) he declined further conflict and quitted or retreated from it as far as it was feasible to do so before the necessity of preserving himself from death or grievous bodily harm arose. [R.S. c.C-34, s.35.]


36. Provocation includes, for the purposes of sections 34 and 35, provocation by blows, words or gestures. [R.S. c.C-34, s.36.]

Preventing Assault
… / Extent of justification.

37. (1) Every one is justified in using force to defend himself or any one under his protection from assault, if he uses no more force than is necessary to prevent the assault or the repetition of it.

(2) Nothing in this section shall be deemed to justify the wilful infliction of any hurt or mischief that is excessive, having regard to the nature of the assault that the force used was intended to prevent. [R.S. c.C-34, s.37.] Reference: Departartment of Justice Canada: Criminal Code

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