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I Started my Martial Arts Career at the age of 13, this was from a love and interest of the Martial Arts. It was the 80's and yes Ninja movies were all the rage ;). However what got me kickstarted was a mugging incident on my way home from shop class. My class mates and I were walking back to our School from the School we had to go to for shop class (our school was smaller and didn't have a shop class) when out of the Ally ran a small gang of thugs, before I knew it my friend had a knife at his throat, and the wooden Dowling that my teacher had given me had been ripped from my hands and put in my other friends face. I told my friends to keep walking, we said we don't want any trouble, and after a few words and shoves we were lucky to walk away unharmed.

 

That event rocked me, as soon as we got back to the school we opened up the yellow pages and looked up martial arts schools. My friend and I went and looked at a Hap Ki Do school, but at that point we never joined. About a year later and a half later I was in grade 10 and still had a strong calling to take Martial Arts. I started training with a student who claimed to be a "Ninja" and after only a few classes with him I could see he was a fraud, some kid who took some Karate and was taking advantage of the Ninja craze of the 80's. I got a job at Lotus Martial Arts supply, the owner knew I was training and not happy with the teacher I had so he recommended I check out this other school, which turned out to be a great thing. 

 

The new club was lead by Master Phil McAndrews, he was a student of the Late Grandmaster Simon who had successfully opened multiple locations of Temple Kung Fu. The system was a Kempo system, which was a blend of Shaolin Martial Arts and Karate. It was a hard system blended with soft. The group was mostly Adults and at the time I was still  quite young, around 14 years old, the sparring was hard, yet really great. I enjoyed the camaraderie of the group, and the knowledge gained from the system. Master Trevor Higgs would often come to teach, he was a force to be reckoned with, sparring matches with him were always a learning experience, and even a time I ended up literally getting kicked through a wall and into the change rooms ;) 

 

Master McAndrews decided to step away from Teaching and one of his senior students, Gil Lafantasie took the dojo over, Gil as well was a tremendous fighter with great skill so the school continued to be a great place to train. 

 

By this time I was 18, finished High school and had decided to try my hand at Modelling, this was an amazing experience, it afforded me the ability to travel the world and see new worlds, and meet people I could not have imagined. Every time I would travel I would look up a local school and continue my Martial Arts studies, this would continue for 6 years. In between travels I would continue to train in Calgary, and one night while taking a walk to the local 7-11 I walked past a door that had a large Kanji on it, I knew right away that it was a Martial Arts club, It was nondescript and intriguing. I opened the door and walked down the stairs, I was met by a larger shaved head fellow with a big smile. He was very welcoming and although he was getting ready to leave to Japan the next day he spent about 45 minutes chatting with me. That was a turn in my martial arts career, his name was Jay Creasey, he was at that time one of the Only Canadians training the true art of Ninjutsu, and was on his way for one of his many visits to train with Hatsumi Sensei. Upon his return about a month later I began Training with him at his club on 26 ave in Calgary.

 

The next shift in my training came in 1996 when Jay Creasey hosted a Knife expert from Tacoma Washington, his Name was Datu Kelly Worden. This was one of my most shocking and memorable experiences ever in my years of training, Datu was both funny and incredibly skilled. By this point I was a blackbelt and thought I knew a thing or two... Well I knew nothing, I left the seminar at the lunch break and was so rocked by what I had experienced that I never made it back. This inspired me to learn more from Datu, so from that point I began to host Datu Worden coming into Calgary for the next 20 years. I would also join in on the seminar circuit that the Canadians had created between Edmonton and Saskatoon. Then I would travel to Tacoma to do private training with Datu, along with attend his Annual Water and Steel Camp which is held every Labor day long weekend in the Puget Sound.

 

During my time training with Datu in the system Of Natural Spirit International, I would continue to train with Jay Creasey, I travelled to Japan to train directly with Hatsumi Sensei, which was a great experience, he was very skilled and very welcoming. The training was nothing like what I was getting with Datu, but the experience was worth the trip. My training with Jay continued and he awarded me my 5th degree black belt. I am grateful for all I have been given and have learnt from that experience.

 

I decided to teach full time in my own Dojo and this was support both by Jay Creasey and by Datu Worden, during one of the Water and Steel camps I was Awarded my 7th Degree from Mr. Worden, which I hold in the highest regard. 

 

I now teach a blended system that includes the arts of all my previous and current teachers. The lineage of which I am very proud to be part of. I encourage everyone to train and get a true understanding of their path. Only by training will you discover this. 

 

Repetition is the mother of skill. You Must train!

 

Regards,

 

Rod Coulter

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What is NSI?

The Kanji to the left was Written and Translator by Dr. Yip,

The intent, feeling and description comes from the system founder Datu Kelly S Worden.

Gee Yin Ching Sun Do Translated:

Gee Yin=Nature's All

Ching Sun= Spirit

Do= Way

 

Datu Kelly: "Well, when we discussed it, the subject was "what do I do?" It is natural in action and movement, adaptable,, spirit was relevant to adapt to threat or intent,, Do, because it is a natural spirit way of life,Definitely clarifies the logic of flow and personal expression,,"

Known internationally for his cutting edge progressive opinions on personal martial skill development Mr. Kelly S. Worden broke from traditional arts and became the founder of Natural Spirit International, a system that embraces all styles; yet instead of glorifying the unique dissimilarities each art represents, he transcended political tension and unified worldwide acceptance of his art The natural Spirit Way by "Connecting the Systems." Natural Spirit International is a dynamic system of multi-functional offensive and defensive strategies. All elements of personal defense are researched including the historical significance of foundational forms passed from generation to generation from the original founders of all martial arts. This may indeed be one of the key components the sets Worden's teaching method apart from other progressive systems. Worden relates "movement simply as movement," with emphasis on strategic variables of intent cross referencing lethal weapon tactics into a devastating unarmed close quarter approach adapted to each individual practitioner. In Worden's own words "without form there is no symmetry to functional movement, a boxing jab, front kick, figure four choke, or a double leg take-down all contain applicable elements of form. In truth Bruce Lee's statement of "form has No Value," has been taken out of context and misinterpreted! Simple honesty and common sense clarifies this reality!"

Stepping outside of the box to acknowledge the universal connection of all arts as expressed by the Late Bruce Lee's Jeet Kune do approach, Worden formulated his no nonsense conceptual approach to street defense known as Renegade JKD. Controversial as it was, Worden has received high kudos from Bruce Lee's original students including Bruce's first students Jesse Glove and Ed hart. JKD enforcer Richared Bustillo certified Worden as a 2nd Generation Jeet Kune Do instructor and a Senior Instructor of the world renowned IMB Academy. The Patriarch of Jeet Kune Do and living legend Taky Kimura refers to Worden as an "American Icon of Progressive Martial Arts"; indeed high accolades for the Renegade! Mr. Worden's direct approach breaks down the natural Spirit martial art methodology into a curriculum that is quick, and easy to assimilate. Intelligence applied to self-defense has always been at the core of Mr. Worden's Instruction. In this regard, the practitioner's personalized curriculum is built upon natural attributes capability, common sense strategies and enhanced with technical superiority.

Michael Anderson:

Quinn Kramer:

I have had the pleasure to meet and train with a variety of martial artists over the years since moving to Calgary in 1992.  There are a few instructors that have left a lasting impression on myself.  Including:

 

Kenpo / Kali under GM Gil Lafantaisie (Black Dragons Kenpo Karate), 

Boxing under Pete Estabrooks Sr

Hapkido / Kenpo under , Chris Leigh-Smith (Tao of Peace).

NSI / Modern Arnis / JKD under Rod Coulter (NSI Coulter Dojo),

 

In  2016 I received my 3rd degree Black Belt and 1st level Instructor in NSI under Rod Coulter.

Rod Coulter

Level 1 Instructor and 3rd degree Black Belt

Level 1 Instructor and 3rd degree Black Belt

Photo Credit: Paul McGrath
Photo Credit: Kyle Mahadeo
Photo Credit: Kyle Mahadeo

I began the martial arts at age 14 , training with a friend who could interpret, what we needed from magazines like Blackbelt. After a while I realized I liked the Okinawan weapons .

I Began structured training after honorable discharge from the Canadian Infantry.

I found an Okinawan school and began my journey with martial arts weapons.

 

I have had the opportunity to be exposed to many influences over the years and have trained to varying degrees and rankings in:

Daito Ryu Aikijujitsu under Sensei  Gerald Poirier

Shorinji Ryu Karatedo under Sensei  Gerald Poirier

Estokada Kali with founder Dan Rutano

Chen tai chi/ chi gung under Sifu Raymond Wong

Combat Technologies with Professor Bob Anderson in USA, ongoing mentorship to acquire certification as close protection specialist.

NSI/WDS/ Modern Arnis, Renegade JKD , With Rod Coulter

 

I am happy to have come full circle with the guidance I have received under  Rod and NSI ,

Now I am able to dissect those magazines and vid clips for myself !

I am an level 1 Instructor with  Coulter dojo

Also very honored to be an apprentice Instructor under the guidance of Rod and Datu Kelly Worden.

My personal Infusion combines all I have mentioned;  with a leaning toward military and tactical weapons deployment.

Alberta Director of Training for NSI
Head Instructor at Coulter Martial Arts Academy

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