Mar 14

Humane Pressure Point Tactics Level 1 Certification Course

By Master Art Mason | News

I will be conducting an HPPT – Humane Pressure Point Tactics Self Defense and Certification Course Sunday April 29th and Sunday May 6th from 1:00 to 4:00pm. This course will run 2 Sunday afternoons covering all the basics of successful self defense. Here are some of the things covered in this course.
• Head and Neck Points and Strikes
• Upper Chest Points and Strikes
• Abdomen Points and Strikes
• Arms – Controls and Strikes
• Legs – Points and Strikes
The first class will be held on Saturday September 17th at 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Cost course is $175 including certification. This is like no other self defense course you have seen! Sign up sheets are available at our Windsor School. This is open to any parent, student and family member age 14 and over. Don’t miss out!

For more information email Grand Master Mason at

Yours in the Arts,

Grand Master Art Mason
Founder: Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute

Mar 13

Novice Pressure Point Certification Course Starting in June 2012

By Master Art Mason | News

Spring Kyusho Certification Course 2012-2013

Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Black Belt Certification Requirements


• Have attended at least 1 previous pressure point seminars
• Have purchased our Novice Kyusho Certification Workbook
• Attended 12 – 3 hour group sessions
• Must be an adult student (Age 14 and over)

Course Outline:

• Basic Anatomy – Vital Points
• 8 arm points
• 8 leg points
• Meridian and their destinations
• Cycle of Destruction
• Cycle of Creation
• 3 Power Principals
• What are pressure points and their locations
• Striking elements
• Chi exercises – basic and advanced
• 5 principals of Kyusho Jitsu
• 24 hour cycle
• Describe Yin/Yang and location on the body. (Which organs Yin/Yang etc)


• Which stance to use when striking specific meridians and the purpose of the stance (Neutral, Forward, Reverse, Horse, Cat, Cross Over)


• Which type of strike to use when attacking a Meridian

Form (Kata)

• Breakdown and pressure points attacked
• Level 1 – Punching
• Level 11 – Grab or Combination Punch
• Level 111 – Grappling with pressure points
• Resuscitation – Head – Heart – Lungs – (Both individually and together)
• Breakdown 3 self defense including pressure points and Meridians
• Basic Joint manipulation with Power Stances and cycle of destruction and Meridian attacked. (3 only)


• Pre Test Exam on above course outline and practical test.

All session are held at our Windsor School.
The cost of each session is $75 and must be paid on or before the date of the session. The student must attend all 12 sessions, but if there is a session you are unable to attend a makeup date will be set. The cost of Black Belt testing is $300 which will be payable at the end of the year, approximately 6 weeks before the testing date, which has not been set as of yet. If you have any question please contact my office at 519-991-1557

Yours in the arts,

Master Art Mason
Founder: Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute

Novice Kyusho Sessions 12/13

Session 1 June 9th, 4:00-6:30pm

Session 2 July 14th, 4:00-6:30pm

Session 3 August 18th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 4 September 15th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 5 October 20th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 6 November 10th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 7 December 8th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 8 January 12th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 9 February 9th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 10 March 9th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 11 April 13th 4:00-6:30pm

Session 12 May 11th 4:00-6:30pm

Student Support

To best serve the needs of our Novice Kyusho Jitsu students we have setup a support website where students can directly ask questions, watch video and contribute to discussions to help in the learning process. Student may register at

Novice Kyusho Jitsu Workbook

All novice kyusho students will be required to purchase our Novice Kyusho Certification Workbook. There are 2 versions of this workbook. The 1st is the electronic version which is in PDF format. The cost of this version is $30.00. You may print this on your computer; it is approximately 100 pages, most of them in colour. Or you may take it to Staples to have it printed there. If you choose to take it to Staples please contact me for a copyright permission slip.

The second version is the hard copy which is spiral bound for easy use. This copy is $99. To order a printed version please emails me at and I will send you a paypal link for ordering. The printed version will be delivered to your school location within a few days to 1 week.

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me via email at the above address.

Jan 24

New Windsor School Location

By Master Art Mason | News

  I am pleased to inform you today that we have found a new home for our school! We will be relocating effective Monday January 30th to our new dojo. This new facility is located off 6th Concession between Howard Ave and Old Huron Line. The address is 5000 Howard Business Parkway Windsor, ON N9H 1G7

We will be operating at this dojo 4 days per week, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons: (Saturdays starting in March). Day classes will also still be available on Monday and Wednesday. The room is large and the floor is covered with mats for the student’s safety and comfort. There are also change rooms and washrooms, as well as a parent area outside of the main dojo. We are time sharing this facility with an Aikido School that has been friends of ours for many years. We know you will love the new dojo! With this move we are looking forward to providing the best possible martial arts education for our students. Because of other changes in our system we will also be adding another master instructor to our Windsor operation.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me during class or via email at

Thank you for your continuing support in this time!

Yours in the Arts,

Master Art Mason
Founder: The Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts Institute

Class Schedule Jan 30/2012

12:00 – 1:00pm Adult Teens All Belts
4:15 – 5:00pm – White thru Black Belt Teen Class
5:00 – 5:45pm – White thru Orange Belt Little Warrior Class
5:45 – 6:30pm – Green thru Black Belt Little Warrior/Junior Class
6:30 ‐ 7:15pm – White thru Orange Belt Junior Class
7:15 – 8:00pm – Demo Team
8:00 – 9:00pm – White thru Black Adult/Teen Class

12:00 – 1:00pm Adult Teens All Belts
4:15 – 5:00pm – White thru Black Belt Teen Class
5:00 – 5:45pm – White thru Orange Belt Little Warrior Class
5:45 – 6:30pm – Green thru Black Belt Little Warrior/Junior Class
6:30 ‐ 7:15pm – White thru Orange Belt Junior Class
7:15 – 8:00pm – Black Belt Class (All Ages)
8:00 – 9:00pm – White thru Black Adult/Teen Class

4:15 – 5:00pm – White thru Black Belt Teen Class
5:00 – 5:45pm – White thru Orange Belt Little Warrior Class
5:45 – 6:30pm – Green thru Black Belt Little Warrior/Junior Class
6:30 ‐ 7:15pm – White thru Orange Belt Junior Class
7:15 – 8:00pm – Sparring Class
8:00 – 9:00pm – White thru Black Adult/Teen Class

Saturday: (starting March)
2:00‐ 2:45 pm ‐ Little Warriors / Juniors All Belts
3:00 – 4:00pm ‐ Adults/Teens All Belts

Aug 30

Is Focus a lost art?

By Master Art Mason | News

One of the greatest benefits of training in a martial art is FOCUS. Parents often look to martial art schools to help their children in this avenue of life. However today I am speaking of focus with respect to adults.

Adults have as many, if not more focus issues than children do. I am not referring to their ability to focus on a task and complete it, which can also be a problem, I am however referring to the ability to focus on what is important, and discarding what is not.

The belt system in a martial art is designed to help with goal setting. I wrote about this, in this blog article entitles Kudos to the Belt System. However keeping focused on the goal with all the distractions in life can be a challenge. Here is an example of what I am referring too.

How have you set your priorities? Are you thinking about developing yourself, or are you sitting at home watching the Simpson’s, eating a bag of chips and having a beer? Last night I was teaching the advanced class for adults in my school. I am not always available for this as I have several locations. I had a total of 6 students, 3 Black Belts and 3 Red Belts. How many could have been in class? There are currently 17 eligible and considered to be active students who could have been in class. Many of these students were playing games and posting on Facebook. This is a loss of focus on their part and will take a toll in their quality of life sooner or later.

This is especially true for advanced students, martial arts training is an important priority in life, at least I hope it is. These students of the arts have often lost focus on what is important because they ‘get caught up’ in the day to day rat race of life. Because of this the 2 1/2 hours of training each week will often go to the waste side. There lives will also often filled with stress and frustration.

Why is this training so critical? Because when we lose focus on our training we also lose focus in other important areas of our life, including our health. There is nothing more important than the time we spend on ourselves because if we don’t look after ourselves we cannot focus on other important things in our life like family and friends. People need to recharge after a hard day. Martial Art training provides this recharge.

Black Belts will often come and see me and give me the reasons why they are not in class. These are usually just excuses. The number one excuse is a long day at work or I had to do something at home. Well my day starts in the office at 7:30am, and goes until class finishes each day at 9:00pm. I don’t cut out and go home, even though I could. I focus on the task at hand. When we are focused, because we are looking after ourselves, everything becomes more efficient.

I urge all people reading this, martial artists or not to take a look at your life and see where your focus is? If you feel stress in your life it is because you are out of focus. I put in 14 hours days working, but I sleep well at night, without the worries that keep so many people awake.

Where is your focus and what are you focusing on? If you are under a lot of stress, your focus is lost. If you are not a martial artist, consider it. If you are get out and train! Twice per week is not much when you consider the benefit of training and you all know this benefit well.

Martial Art training is time well spent, unlike the Comedy Network which brags about time well wasted.

Aug 29

Reaching your Fullest Potential

By Master Art Mason | News

One of the things that we talk about in our school is reaching your FULLEST potential. Parents bring their children to us, in hope that martial arts will help their child reach this peak.

What is your FULL Potential? The human mind is an amazing thing. Scientist say that we only use 5-10% of our brain. Then we have people that are predominately right brained (creative) or left brained (logical). What does all this mean?

Simply put, it means that there is NO LIMIT to what we can do, except for the limits we put on ourselves. The capacity of our mind is virtually endless.

Now growing your brain and/or your potential is not a easy thing (or is it?). First you need to understand how things work. All knowledge and learning on based on the fact that the brain sees in pictures. Developing a good imagination is the best place to start. Albert Einstein developed his theories on light by imagining he was riding on a beam of light.

Reading, doing puzzles and imagining are all ways to develop this great potential you have. Martial Arts training connects the mind and body, thus developing both.

Remember all that you are is a product of what you have been thinking. Develop your mind, change your thoughts and watch your potential grow!

Aug 26

Cane Workshop Friday September 16th in Windsor

By Master Art Mason | News

Cane is one of the oldest self defense tools available. It has been carried by men for 100’s of years, but most only look upon it as an aid for walking. However when understood the cane is probably the best self defense tool there is. It is also the only tradition weapon found in the art of Hapkido.

One Friday September 16th at 8:00pm the Windsor Location of Art Mason’s Peaceful Warriors’ Martial Arts will be hosting a 90 minute cane workshop for any adult or teenage student interested in learning more about this amazing tool and how best it can be used. The seminar will be taught by 3rd Dan Black Belt and Cane Expert Bob Mood.

The cost of this event is ONLY $20 however space is limited! Signup sheets are now available at the Windsor School. For student of other location please email Master Art directly to reserve your spot. Don’t miss this one!!

Aug 25

Master Chad Barry Seminar

By Master Art Mason | News

It is with great pleasure that I announce to all our adult students that Master Chad Barry will be returning to our school to conduct a Bojuka Seminar on Friday September 30th 2011 starting at 7:00pm. This seminar is open to all adult and teen students of our school regardless of rank. It is also open to anyone outside who is interested in attending. The cost of the session is only $50.00 per person.

“Bojuka Canada provides simple, aggressive and realistic street-oriented self defense instruction and defensive tactics training. Learn effective personal protection skills through enhanced awareness and avoidance, verbal self defense techniques, threat assessment and reasonable use of force.

Training can be easily geared to anyone’s ability, skill level, size, fitness level, or occupation. Everyone has the right to protect themselves and their loved one’s against a violent encounter.”

About Master Barry

Specialist Level Five – Bojuka (Senior Instructor)
7th Dan Black Belt – Kyusho Jitsu (Grandmaster)
5th Dan Black Belt – Military Unarmed Combat (Master)
2nd Dan Black Belt – Taekwondo
1st Dan Black Belt – American Kenpo Karate
3rd Kyu – Aikido

Certified Self Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor
Bojuka Self Defense System

Canadian Director
Bojuka Institute Of Self Defense

Chad Barry has over 20 years of serious martial arts and self defense training and has instructed for more than 15 years. He has had extensive training in Bojuka, Kenpo Karate, Taekwondo, Aikido, Military Unarmed Combat and Kyusho Jitsu Pressure Point Fighting. He has trained with world-class martial arts masters and has earned “master” ranking in Military Unarmed Combat and Kyusho Jitsu, as well as black belts in Taekwondo and Kenpo Karate. Chad is a certified Specialist Level Five Bojuka Self Defense and Defensive Tactics Instructor.

The Bojuka Self Defense System is an effective and aggressive street-oriented self protection system. Bojuka can be learned completely on it’s own or be integrated into any other system of self defence. It is so effective and versatile that the system’s founder, Tom Schrenk, has taught it to members of many United States government and law enforcement agencies.

Chad Barry is the Canadian Director for the Bojuka Institute of Self Defense. He is highest ranking Bojuka Instructor in Ontario and offers training and certification in the Bojuka Self Defense System. Chad is also the Associate Director of the Kyusho International Alliance (KIA) and offers training in pressure point fighting and Humane Pressure Point Tactics (HPPT).

Master Chad Barry teaches Bojuka at public and corporate seminars, workshops and conferences in Canada and the United States. He is an expert in both reality based self defense and the legal use-of-force. His ability to integrate reality based self defense tactics with the manipulation of central nervous system into people’s own systems make his courses an enjoyable and invaluable educational experience. He has taught at seminars and workshops at martial arts and self defense schools, universities, colleges, high-schools, the YMCA, martial arts conferences and the famed Muhammad Ali Training Camp. Self defense training is available for both men and women. Specialized defensive tactics training programs are available for military and law enforcement professionals.

Chad Barry teaches weekly group classes in Chatham, Ontario. He is also available for private lessons at his studio and when doing seminars in your area.

For more information on this seminar please see your instructor or call Grand Master Art Mason at 519-962-9820 or via email at


Aug 23

Overcome Fear – The fear of failure

By Master Art Mason | News

Crest A new white belt walks on the floor of the dojo. She feels very odd in her new, crisp uniform. The instructor calls the class to order. The new student is both excited and intimidated at the same time. She wonders “what is expected of me?”, ” Can I do this?”

These are all the normal emotions and thoughts of the beginner. However fear may get in the way of his or her training and progression. “What happens if I can’t do this?”

Over the years I have seen so many people quit martial arts, not because they did not like it, but because the fear of failure is so overwhelming. Some will say this is a lack of self esteem, which is true but it is also not true at the same time. Thus a paradox.

When we think of someone with low self esteem we tend to see a shy person, alone in a corner not talking to anyone. However self esteem cannot really be judged by such simple characteristics. A personal with low self esteem may often be very outgoing. Also self esteem can come in different forms and areas of life. The person in this example may have excellent self esteem in every other area, but martial arts.

Here the teacher is key to getting the new student to understand that a great martial art system is constructed in such a way as to assure success, if the student just comes to class. How is this possible? The school must have teachers on the floor, not just instructors. Will the student work hard? Certainly, but fear of failure will be lessened each time they walk on the mat.

Black Belt is considered to be one of the ultimate symbols of success. As teachers it is our job to show the student the way, and help them overcome fear. Fear of failure is a real fear, it is real because if it remains, failure is assured.

Remind your students and piers in the arts that we were all White Belts once. We all felt the same, and that with a little work it can be overcome. When someone leaves martial arts training for the wrong reason, we all suffer.

Jul 12

Great Martial Arts Teacher

By Master Art Mason | News

There are instructors in the world, and then there are teachers. For yourself or your child you want and need a great martial arts teacher. This short video will show you what to look for.