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Martial Arts and the Deaf:

In a message dated 6/13/2007 5:36:25 AM Pacific Daylight Time, jgarlin@ writes:
Good Morning, Sir!

I am fortunate to have found your website and resources available. I
would like to learn a little more about ASL, specifically for Martial
Arts instruction.

I have had some experience in the past with hand-signing techniques.
I.E. a "Spinning Side-Kick" would be signed via combination of the
signs for "Spinning", "Side" and "Kick". I am curious to know if there
are condensed signs for techniques, of if combination signing is the
easier way to go.

Also, this would be more relevant for when we teach joint locking in
our self-defense classes. For instance, we have a common techniques
called "Outward Wrist Lock", which is sometimes called "Kotegeish"
(Japanese) or "Sonmak, Bakkat Kukki" (Korean).

I thank you for your time; my contact information follows.


James Garlin
Owner & Head Instructor
Northeast Martial Arts Center
1321 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 435-0870

Your best source on this would probably be Antony Johnson, a deaf martial artist in the Fremont, California Area.
I suggest you call the Self Defense Institute (510) 657- 5558 and see if you can get more information, an email address, or perhaps set up a video conference.
Let me know what you find out.
Dr. Bill


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