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Michael Sullenger

Michael Sullenger
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Michael Sullenger started his martial arts training at the age of 12 in 1960. Over the years he has studied Judo, Jujitsu, Hapkido, Shotokan, Issinhryu, Chung Do Kwan Tae Soo Do, and Tang Soo Do Mu Da Kwan. He joined Mr. Lieb's organization in 1972 and was one of the 13 original schools/instructors who assisted in founding the American Karate System. He has practiced and taught the martial arts in eight states and three European countries since February of 1967. He has been involved in law enforcement including civilian and military, city, county and state for over 40 years. His military career includes 4 years as an enlisted man during the Vietnam time frame (10/1960 to 10/1970), and as an officer for just over sixteen years (12/1976 - 6/1993) retiring as a Major. He has been teaching law enforcement officers in all of these states and countries as well over the same time frame.

Weapons, Necessity or Obsession?

Many of us train with weapons. Some of us with firearms, others with a variety of edged and/or impact ones. The goal with guns...

Why We Train: Preparing for Street Survival

Throughout my fifty plus years in the martial arts, nearly forty in law enforcement, and twenty years in the military the topic of training...

Developing Humility and Self-Control through Martial Arts

As I began preparing my thoughts for this article I struggled with the best way to title it. The word recalcitrant can describe a...

Rank in Martial Arts

This past June (2011) I traveled back to Germany with my family after being absent for 23 years. The occasion of our last visit...

How Does your Ego Compare to your Life’s Accomplishments?

Over the past couple of decades, as I've gotten older and have begun paying more attention to my life’s accomplishments. I've not done this...

Sudden In Custody Death Syndrome (SICDS)

Introduction What is Sudden In Custody Death Syndrome (SICDS), or Positional Asphyxia, and why is being knowledgeable about it important to my department and its...

Law Enforcement Training and Use of Force

Introduction Police officers must use force when placing uncooperative subjects under arrest, as well as during situations of unrest (e.g. riots, protests where property is...

Minimizing Liabilities: Why Policies are Needed

Introduction Police administrators must face the issue of liability and the importance of  minimizing liabilities as part of their responsibilities as the department’s chief. Use...

Mentoring as a Martial Arts Instructor

We each have a responsibility to help our students focus on their physical and mental abilities. Teaching is about mentoring. Over my many years of...

Self Defense – For Show or For Go

When delving into the topic of self-defense, one must be able to articulate the goal desired.  What is it the instructor wishes to impart...

The Importance of Kata

Over the past several years I've written articles discussing various sides of martial arts training.  In my article entitled, “Commercialism vs. Traditionalism” I talked...

Traditional Martial Arts Training VS. Commercialism

A plethora of articles have been written on the subject of traditional martial arts training versus commercialism over the past several decades; yet the...

The Traditionism of Budo: Character in the Martial Arts

The Traditionism of Budo - Have we lost it to contemporary fast-food values? Not long after retiring from the Air Force I was helping officiate at a...

Gichin Funakoshi’s Guidelines For Life

During O’Sensei Gichin Funakoshi’s life and karate training, he developed a philosophy he believed every Karateka (Karate student) should follow in order to develop...