Hard and Fast

The human body is capable of lethal force. This page is about self-defence. It is always best to avoid fighting. If you are ever required to fight, you had better be well-trained first.

Our founder trained for more than two decades, along with world-champion mixed martial artists, under Grand Master Albert Mady. Visitors to our center can learn basic self-defense training from our founder but are encouraged to seek training directly from Grand Master Mady if possible.

In a streetfight, you don’t get to wear pads, and there is no referee to keep things fair, nor cage to hold back extra attackers. Grappling is a spectator sport, next to useless in self-defence. Grand Master Mady teaches that it is best to learn to protect yourself without pads or gloves, and without gimmicks like rings and cages. He teaches the use of a Makiwara board, AKA a punching stick. Using the Makiwara board you learn to punch perfectly every time. One correct punch can save you from harm. One incorrect punch can break your own hand. Only after mastering the punching stick should one attempt to punch a sand-filled heavy bag as shown in the video above. Beginners should always seek training before attempting any martial arts moves.


How to stop a migraine attack in 5-10minutes without tools or medication

In the short video above, you can see how to stop a migraine attack in 5-10 minutes without tools or medication.

About the Ducharme Method

This technique was designed to eliminate the pain of a migraine, but it also works on regular headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain and back pain, as well as insomnia and other mental and emotional issues such as stress and anxiety.

How to Help someone Get Fast Relief from Migraine

Watch the video entirely and read these instructions before beginning.

Some migraines may have a serious underlying cause like a brain tumor that would require qualified medical attention. Thankfully, most migraines result from a buildup of stress and can therefore be alleviated quickly in the majority of cases with the Ducharme Method.

Start at half of the speed and half of the amplitude of the movements seen in the video because it is likely that your patient is less responsive, less wiggly than our volunteer.

The speed and amplitude of movements in the Ducharme Method is always determined by the current state of the patient’s body. If you do not correctly match the speed of the patient, then you will be shaking your patient, and this is incorrect and harmful.

The volunteer in the video is demonstrating the way that a healthy human body generally responds to a gentle, rhythmic, wave-like motion. If your patient becomes this responsive during your treatment, it means that the treatment is working… check in with your patient. Most likely she will inform you that her pain is gone or significantly reduced. In this last case simply repeat the five techniques another time and confirm that the pain level has fallen to zero.

To find the precise speed of your patient: Go directly behind your patient and gently move their spine by 3cm to either side and release, closely observing the speed at which the body springs back to center, if it does so at all. Copy that speed and rhythm and continue gently guiding the patient back and forth like a wavy pendulum, increasing the amplitude only ever-so-slightly little by little. With healing, always err on the  side of softer, gentler, slower movements. Hard and fast is for self-defense, not healing.


Lasagna Pomodoro

Lasagna pomodoro

Our healthy version of an Italian classic. If Nonna knew the harm animal products do, she would have made her lasagna like this: layers of flat noodles, fresh tomatoes, sauteed onion, plant-based cheese, lovingly homemade sauce and fine aromatic herbs on top. We used purple basil, rosemary and oregano flowers.

Golden Frog

Panama golden frog Atelopus zeteki

The Altos de Campana National Park is the only place in the world where the famous golden frog, Panama’s national symbol, can still live in its natural habitat.

Panama golden frog Atelopus zeteki
Atelopus Zeteki – Photo by Brian Gratwicke