Honey Badger Martial Arts is Ed Berry's Passion
October 4, 2012 by Joyce Owen
There was a day when your home, your child’s school and even the movie theater seemed a safe place. But we know different now, says Ed Berry, owner of Honey Badger Martial Arts.
Times have changed.
When Ed started training students in martial arts many years ago, he used his nickname Honey Badger as a business name. Last August, Tony Young and Karen Katzenbach at 30A Crossfit invited him to teach his martial arts classes at the facility.
Working with Ed, Tony and Kathy, is Henry Patterson. Ed met Henry 12 years ago when he came into Ed’s store, For the Health of It.
“We hit it off and he became my martial arts instructor. It’s great that he can also help train our students at 30A Crossfit,” Ed says.
As the program is not based on one style of martial arts, students learn to use many different skills. An important aspect of the program – physical training – makes it the perfect connection to 30A Crossfit.
One of the most popular, and Ed believes necessary classes, is self-defense training.
“It is based on real life self-defense techniques,” he says.
To learn more about self-defense training, attend a seminar at 30A Crossfit, where Ed begins the two-hour session with a discussion asking, “What is self defense?”
It’s not all about being able to hit people, but to be aware of your surroundings and how to defend yourself and your loved ones, he says.
There are times when avoidance, the first aspect of self-defense, is possible, but students also learn to how to de-escalate the situation and control a potentially bad situation; eventually it may come to the point where one must fight.
The second half of the self-defense session includes hands-on training. With small groups and four instructors, students have the opportunity to study each technique and practice during the session. But to develop confidence in the techniques, students are advised to practice with a partner and to consider additional training.
“This is just a sample of the skills that students will learn.
“We first teach how to escape, but also how to do grabs and strikes if escape is not an option.
“It’s preferable to fight,” Ed says, “than to die.”