Via Potentia ~ Modern Self Defense Training

Our next free seminar on self defense and physical conditioning is Friday, June 30 from 6 - 9 PM. Call or email to confirm availability and save a space.

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Recent Pictures

Some pictures from an early class. Special thanks to Roc's mother for taking them. These are from the youth and adult class. Scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures from a recent kids class.

Quiet relaxation, deep breathing and meditation before class. As you can see, we are pretty casual. Classes are informal, friendly, uniforms are optional, and participants vary a lot in age, size and abilities. The variety helps everyone do better. In this class one of the participants invited his father and two brothers.


After relaxation we proceed into dynamic exercises in which we condition all major joints and actively stretch major muscle groups. This usually takes 10-15 minutes.

Leg stretches

Some drills with partners. We try to always be working with power against a target, either held by a partner or a heavy bag. We do different combinations every time, while encouraging people to develop their own combinations that work for them and their abilities.

Partner drills Partner drills

Working into some free sparring. In the sparring we apply the various combinations we've been working on. Our sparring ranges from no-contact, to varying levels of contact (with gear), to grappling.

Free sparring Free sparring

"Mmm, must get leg... then you fall down...."

Free sparring

Sometimes it isn't always easy to tell which arm or leg belongs to whom. But it gets sorted out eventually. Our basic rule is that, if you bite something and you feel pain, that was your leg or arm; bite something else.

Whose leg am I biting?

People are free to spar as intensely and with as much gear as they are comfortable with. Sometimes a bandage, ice or some aspirin is called for. It happens.

Sprained ankle

Here we are working on some submission basics. Submissions are reserved for more advanced and adult participants. We focus on simple, high-percentage submissions; arm bar, sleeper and guillotine chokes, heel hook, and triangles (leg and arm).

Working on triangle choke

We do calisthenics and stretching for about the last 30 minutes of class. On endurance nights they can choose between jump rope or, for more advanced people, levitation. Here two people appear to have beginning-success with levitation skills. Roc watches in awe, planning to take down both people with one pass as soon as they touch ground again. The rest of the class is oblivious.

Jump-rope during calisthenics at the end of our classes

(Yes, this is a joke.)

Kids Class

In the kids class we work on similar skills, but try to keep things a little less intense. Here are some pictures from a recent kids class.

Little kids drilling Youth drilling Youth drilling Kids drilling Kids bagwork Pull-ups Rope Climb

We welcome comments, questions and suggestions for improvement.
Via Potentia, 805 NW Alder St., McMinnville OR 97128
Telephone: 503-437-3450

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