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Howard Popkin
08-27-2009, 12:37 PM

The Popkin-Brogna Self Defense Center would like to announce a seminar with Kaizen Taki of Systema NW. The seminar will be November 14 and 15, from 11:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. both days.

Kaizen Taki is certified instructor under Vladimir Vasiliev and Mikhail Ryabko. Kaizen Taki also has many years of experience in Aikido and Japanese Koryu.

This seminar will focus on Breathing, Relaxation, and Striking.

Cost - $125 before September 15th
$150 After -

Pre-registration mandatory.

For more information, please contact me: (flyer attached)

Howard Popkin
Popkin-Brogna Self Defense Center
686 Dogwood Avenue
Franklin Square, NY 11010


Pat Togher
08-27-2009, 12:55 PM
Sounds like alot of fun, Howard.


Howard Popkin
08-27-2009, 01:42 PM

Thanks ! Kaizen and I really enjoy working together. He is a really great person and boy can he punch :)

Hope everyone can make it !


Howard Popkin
11-02-2009, 03:48 PM
A few spots left - Please contact me if you are interested !

Kaizen is a fantastic teacher and I guarantee you will come away with some new things to work on !


Kevin Leavitt
11-02-2009, 06:44 PM
Howard, would love to come up, but I have used up all my "wife cards" in the last few weeks, so I have to rebuild them maybe next time, I'd really like to come up and train with you sometime!

Marc Abrams
11-15-2009, 05:41 PM
I am very glad to have attended this seminar taught by Kaizen Taki. I was very, VERY impressed with Kaizen's wealth of knowledge and ability to convey this knowledge so that people could experience real learning at a tangible level.

The most impressive aspect of Kaizen's teachings, was in his ability to help us focus on self-development through discovering layers of body fear and experience means and methods of working through these fears.

I think that Systema provides a teaching methodology that should be experienced by any Aikido teacher. We have a lot to learn from this clearly thought-out teaching methodology.

Marc Abrams

11-15-2009, 10:18 PM
Hi Marc,

How does it relate/differ from what you experienced from Kenji Ushiro and Dan Harden?

Howard Popkin
11-16-2009, 06:03 AM
The Kaizen Taki Seminar was awesome.

The approach was really different, as Mark said.

Everything was done really slowly, with the idea of finding out where tension is located in your body. Some of the tension was mechanical, but some was fear based as well.

We will absolutely be having Kaizen back again.

I would also like to thank the guys from FightHouse who came out to bring their knowledge as well.

It was really a great time. Besides, I've never been hit so hard by so many different people :)


Pat Togher
11-16-2009, 10:34 AM
Hi Howard,
sounds like it was a great seminar! Wish I could've attended, but November is busy around here with birthdays. I will keep an eye out for other seminars with Kaizen.