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Ep 028 – Self-Defense and The Law with Judge Robert Steinberg, Part 2


Here is the final part in our series about the law and self-protection. Sensei Hoover continues the discussion with Judge Steinberg, as they go into more specifics with the castle doctrine, also known as a castle law. In the midst of this very serious topic there’s a rather funny story thrown in as well; we think you’ll enjoy it. If you missed Part 1 of the conversation with Judge Steinberg, make sure to check it out. And you’ll also want to listen to the first part of this series where we set the stage for this entire discussion by revealing CEE — Commit, Execute, and Evaluate.

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Ep 027 – Self-Defense and The Law with Judge Robert Steinberg


Our discussion about self-protection and the law continues in this episode, part 2 in a series of 3. Last week we set the stage, and now Judge Steinberg of Lehigh County, PA joins us.

Self-defense is defined as the right to prevent suffering force or violence through the use of a sufficient level of counteracting force or violence. This definition seems pretty straightforward, however, very rarely is that the case when applied to actual situations. You’ll learn exactly what constitutes a sufficient level of force or violence when defending oneself, and what would be considered force beyond that level. What if the victim provoked or instigated the attack? Is one required by law to retreat from a violent situation if possible? What happens when someone perceives a threat even if the threat doesn’t actually exist? And what if someone’s perception of an attack is subjectively genuine, but objectively unjustified?

As you’ll hear, we recorded this interview several years ago, yet hadn’t aired it yet. After all this time, we had it scheduled to be released this week. The timing is uncanny, as it happens to be very timely information that many people in and around South Whitehall Township (about an hour north of Philadelphia and where our podcast originates) will appreciate because of the recent police-involved fatal shooting on Hamilton Blvd near Dorney Park.

By listening to this episode, you’ll have a better understanding of why Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin has decided to charge the police officer with voluntary manslaughter.

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Ep 026 – Commit, Execute, Evaluate (CEE)


We reveal CEE — Commit, Execute, and Evaluate. CEE is another principle Sensei Hoover has developed as a reminder how to go about handling anything that is valued. Obviously, defending one’s life is of great importance and value — so is getting that job, improving that relationship, making more money, and getting healthier. These are just a few examples of things we value. Although just because we value something, that doesn’t mean we have the tools necessary to see it through. Understanding and implementing CEE will help you achieve your goal(s).

We also set the stage for the next 2 weeks when we will have the Honorable Robert L Steinberg on the show. Hear how the state of Pennsylvania looks at our right to self-protection. In the next 2 episodes Judge Steinberg will go into further detail on the castle doctrine, also known as the castle law, which in PA (and certain other states) provides protections and immunities in a person’s home and vehicle permitting, in certain circumstances, the use of force (up to and including deadly force) to defend against an intruder.

This episode and the next couple are very timely, especially with this past week’s police-involved fatal shooting on Hamilton Blvd across the street from Dorney Park in South Whitehall Township. Our podcast, which is heard around the world, happens to originate in South Whitehall. This shooting is making headlines all over. In fact, because of it, #SouthWhitehall is currently trending on Twitter. Was the police officer acting within his right to defend himself? Or was the shooting unjustified and a case of police brutality? That is for the Lehigh County DA and investigators to determine officially. But after listening to this episode, and once you hear the facts involved, you’ll have a better understanding of the ruling.

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Ep 025 – Do or Do Not, There Is No Try


The best defense when being attacked, is going on the offense as quickly as possible. That could mean going on the offense with violence greater than the attacker’s, or actively and purposefully removing yourself from the situation. Either way, you are taking charge of the situation at hand. Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman discuss ring generalship in boxing — the ability of a boxer to dictate the pace, style, and tactics of a bout. The definition of ring generalship includes:

  • having the ability to quickly grasp and take advantage of every opportunity offered
  • the capacity to cope with all kinds of situations which may arise
  • to foresee and neutralize an opponent’s method of attack

Once again, these principles can be applied to everyday life — not just martial arts or fighting. And they are further examples of what is meant when we say Attack Life, Not Others!

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Ep 024 – 3 Principles That Can Change Your Life


As you know by now, martial arts are the foundation of this podcast. But we take the principles, concepts, and philosophies and try to make them relatable to everyday life and everyone — even non-martial artists. Once again, that is what Sensei Hoover does in this episode as he discusses 3 fundamentals of his style with Steve Mittman. Those 3 principles that can be applied to most of our daily lives are:

  • Brake = Stance
  • Steer = Redirect
  • Accelerate = Attack (if need be)

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Ep 023 – 2 Different Roads That Intersect in Balance


Hear about the two different “worlds” Sensei Hoover is involved in, and how even though they are opposites, they feed off each other to coexist and create balance. His martial arts schools are positive and they build character. They’re a celebration of success. His private detective agency can be negative. It deals with the dark side, and often is needed to patch wounds in society. This is a perfect example of the duality of yin and yang.

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Ep 022 – Sometimes Going Backwards Can Be the Way Forward


Last episode Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman talked about texting and how we need more face-to-face interaction to become aware of ourselves, along with picking up on nonverbal communication. This episode we talk about verbal communication. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. Sometimes by saying things slightly different, the meaning changes. Sensei Hoover points that out with an example of the 6 Selfs — Self-Discipline, Self-Respect, Self-Control, Self-Confidence, Self-Defense, and Self-Awareness.

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Ep 021 – With More Ways to Communicate We Get Further Out of Touch


As technology continues to progress, we have more ways than ever before to communicate with others. However, we think most would agree we are actually more out of touch than ever before. Not only are we out of touch with others — not knowing there true intentions, wishes, needs, even personalities — but we are also growing more out of touch with ourselves. How can one begin to know others when they don’t even know him or herself? We feel you get to know others by knowing yourself. And much of how you get to know yourself is through your personal interactions with others.

When training in the martial arts, we tap into our training partners’ rhythms, energies, and cadences. Not only do we supply, but we also receive more data through multiple senses with eye contact, physical contact, body language, etc. This carries over to the outside world where we are better prepared to communicate with others. Whether it’s good, bad, or ugly — we’re better equipped to handle the interaction. With text, email, and social media, we are losing the ability to effectively interact and communicate with others in person. Don’t text for a day, a week, even a month. Call that person or go talk to them face to face. See how your life changes.

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Ep 020 – It’s All About the Fundamentals


After recording last week’s episode, we got to talking with Brian Billig more about fundamentals, and how important they are. Fundamentals played a crucial part in his football coaching. He still focuses on the basics in everything — from parenting, to relationships, to his career, and more. Mastering the basics will serve you well in the martial arts, and life in general.

“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn

“Can I jump over two or three guys like I used to? No. Am I as fast as I used to be? No, but I still have the fundamentals and smarts. That’s what enables me to still be a dominant player. As a kid growing up, I never skipped steps. I always worked on fundamentals because I know athleticism is fleeting.” – Kobe Bryant

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Ep 019 – Past and Present, Understand Where You Came From But Always Move Forward


Senseis Aurora Brunovsky and 11-year-old Brian Billig (who recently earned his black belt) along with Brian’s dad join us on this episode. We discuss how baseline experimentation can be used in all aspects of life to always improve. You’ll also hear about Aurora’s upcoming fundraiser — The Give Back Softball Tournament

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Ep 018 – What You Think Grows Upon You, The Journey Field


The day this episode was recorded, it happened to be “What You Think Grows Upon You Day.” Sensei Hoover and Steve Mittman talk about focusing thoughts and manifesting things into existence. This, in fact, is how the Journey Field at HKA came about. Life is a journey. Enjoy the journey. The journey field represents that.

It’s important to control your thoughts, because whatever you focus on — good or bad — you’ll start seeing more of in your life. However, thinking about something alone doesn’t necessarily bring it into being. Combine it with taking action, and that’s a powerful combo. For instance, focusing on restored health isn’t necessarily going to make all illnesses go away. But focusing on health and making healthy choices may allow for healing and health to occur. Certainly the opposite is also true. Focusing on pain, will reinforce the strength of that pain. You will notice more the impact of that pain. You will focus on the unfairness of that pain. Again, the goal is always to focus our energy and thoughts toward the positive, all the while enjoying the journey.

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Ep 017 – Self-Discipline, Hold the Reins


At HKA there is what we call the 6 “Selfs” — the most important one being Self-Discipline. Without self-discipline none of the other selfs are possible. Often self-discipline comes down to having an argument with yourself, not others. Fight the voices inside, so you don’t have conflict on the outside.

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Ep 016 – The Power of The Ready Stance and Relaxed Position


The Ready Stance and Relaxed Position are some of the first things one learns when training in the martial arts. Additionally, while other elements of training constantly evolve with the times, these positions have remained unchanged. As simple as these positions are, their value should not be underestimated. Not just in the martial arts but with life in general, it’s so important to “be on” when necessary. In other words, to be focused, prepared, primed, and ready for action — no matter what that looks like. Conversely, in this increasingly hectic and chaotic modern world, it has become all the more difficult to handle stress. Imagine being able to truly relax when you’re trying to relax — and not being preoccupied or focused on a single thing. That’s a wonderful thing when you can do it.

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Ep 015 – Become Comfortable In Your Skin


There are very few things you can practice that collectively improve your mind, body, and spirit all together. Training in the martial arts is one of them. In previous episodes, we talked about strengthening your mind, your body, and now your spirit. When you build your spirit, you become comfortable in your own skin — not something a lot of people ever achieve. There’s nothing mystical involved, mostly it comes down to choices you make, along with being a peaceful warrior. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, you’re better equipped to help others and make the world a better place.

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Ep 014 – Remapping Your Mind


As we said before, most people when they train typically see changes occurring physically first, then mentally, and spiritually last. In the last episode, we talked about some of those physical changes — getting stronger, faster, more flexible, more agile, etc. This episode, Sensei Hoover talks about remapping, or in a sense rewiring your brain and the way you think through movement, motion, newly-created habits, and rituals.

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Ep 013 – The Enemy Within


Continuing where he left off last episode, Sensei Hoover shares what he has experienced in the progressive development of his own mind, body, and spirit. The essence of this podcast — Attack Life, Not Others — is realizing we all have an enemy within ourselves that needs to be defeated. As part of a Native American Prayer says, “I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy — myself.”

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Ep 012 – Experimentation and Validation


In this brief episode, you’ll hear these main points:

  • There’s a reason we say martial arts, and not martial sports
  • Martial arts seem to have some level of mysticism attached, however, everything still needs to be (or at least should be) tested with experimentation and validation, or in other words, trial and error
  • When training you should see differences in yourself — typically with your body first, then your mind, then your spirit

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Ep 011 – Faith, Family, and Friends


We all face fear and anxiety at one point or another. Faith, family, and friends are what pull you through. This episode was recorded LIVE from the fundraising event to honor the Florida HS victims we talked about in Ep 004. Thanks to some of the young students of HKA — being the leaders they are — $5,000 was raised to benefit the following 3 charities. These 3 were chosen because victims of the tragedy had connections to them in some way:

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Ep 010 – It Can’t Be All Games


There’s nothing wrong with being a gamer, but it’s important to get out, get involved, and see the physical world. Look for a bigger and brighter world.

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Ep 009 – What To Eat After You Train


Last episode Chelsea Hoover from Fuel for Thought Nutrition talked about the best way to fuel your body before you work out, no matter what your workout is. This time you’ll hear exactly what — and when — to eat after you train to get the most benefit. Those that trained with Sensei Hoover 25+ years ago, you’ll appreciate the trip down memory lane with the “Pork Line” throwback. Because, after all, you are what you eat.

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Ep 008 – What To Eat Before You Train


Chelsea Hoover, MS, RD, LDN joins us to talk about the best way to fuel your body and get the most out of whatever you’re doing — whether it’s martial arts, running, strength training, or any other workout.

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Ep 007 – There Are No Rules in Reality-Based Martial Arts? We Beg To Differ


In a reality-based martial arts system, there are no rules. Or are there? When one immerses him or herself in a RBMA, it filters through and translates to everything in their life. There are no rules in the context of competition or combat — however, everything matters. From the way you eat, to how you sleep, to how you conduct your life in general — everything matters. So in reality, there are rules — self-imposed rules to make one a better, stronger human being. Using a reality-based martial arts system as the foundation, welcome to a “reality-based podcast.” Our pledge is to keep it real, speak from the heart, and share what we’ve learned over many decades.

Get ready for the next couple episodes. We’re bringing in a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist to talk about what’s best to eat — both before and after you train or work out. Whether you’re an elite-level athlete or a weekend warrior — you’ll hear what in reality is optimal for your body.

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Ep 006 – 6 Different Curriculums Developed Over A Lifetime

With multiple styles of martial arts blended into one (or “mixed” as some would say, therefore the term “MMA” — mixed martial arts), Sensei Hoover has developed 6 different formats designed for the specific needs of each particular age group:

  • Pre-K Format (Ages 4 & 5)
  • Kids Format (Ages 6 – 9)
  • Junior I Format (Ages 10 – 12)
  • Junior II Format (Ages 13 – 17)
  • Adult Format (Age 18+)
  • Traditional Adult Format (Mature Adult)

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Ep 005 – Not A Savings Plan or Retirement Program

In a recent “mat chat” Sensei Hoover asked students of the Junior class 3 questions:

  1. Why are you here?
  2. What is the enemy of greatness?
  3. Who ate nine?

Hear their answers, along with his take on those questions. Also, Sensei shares his thoughts on when it comes to things that matter — things that have value — they must be maintained to keep that value. Not just in the martial arts, but life in general.

Ep 004 – Fundraiser to Honor the Florida HS Victims

Registration Deadline is April 7th | Register by sending an email to: HKAfundraiser@gmail.com

“Whatever the problem, be part of the solution.” The world needs great leaders like these amazing HKA high school students.

February 14, 2018 marked a day of sorrow and frustration in our nation. This was the day Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was brutally attacked in a school shooting, resulting in the loss of the lives of 17 innocent people. As a lasting tribute to their memory, Hoover Karate Academy is holding the first annual Attack Life Not Others Fundraiser in their honor.

On April 21, 2018, Hoover Karate Academy will be hosting a fitness challenge fundraiser at HKA North from 9am – 2pm. This fundraiser will honor the 17 victims who lost their lives in the recent school shooting. The event will work much like a spartan run; teams of 4 will work through 17 fitness stations as a group until all stations have been completed. We ask you to create your team of 4 and sign up at either HKA location!

Please feel free to contact us at hkafundraiser@gmail.com with questions. You may also follow our event page to receive information as it becomes available.

We would like to commend the students who have taken the initiative to put this fundraiser together in the hopes of making a difference. Please support their venture and their cause by joining us on April 21st.

Ep 003 – A Peaceful Warrior

Martial arts are about discipline, respect, control, confidence, and awareness — along with strength of mind and body. Defending oneself physically is only a last resort. A person with these qualities and this mindset is a Peaceful Warrior.

Ep 002 – The Belts

The belt system in martial arts. How did it start? How do you know when it’s time to test for the next belt? Is it up to you or your instructor? Martial arts are about the development of the individual. You are competing against yourself, not anyone else. Belts certainly have a place, especially with younger students — however, at HKA belts don’t represent “time attended.” It’s perfection of skill and your individual journey.

Ep 001 – Welcome to the HKA Podcast

For Sensei Hoover and those around him, the martial arts are a way of life. “Attack Life, Not Others” — Hoover Karate Academy’s podcast — is an insight into that life.

By listening and subscribing, you’ll gain a better understanding of HKA, the martial arts in general, and Sensei Hoover’s reality-based, eclectic system — Kwon Ryu Fu Chi Do.

You’ll find out that mind, body, spirit, balance, loyalty, camaraderie, self-discipline, self-respect, self-control, self-confidence, self-defense, and self-awareness are more than just words. And you’ll see how they can become part of your life — for a better life.

Attack LIFE, Not Others!

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