Impulse Martial Arts is headed by Sensei Ramsey Veitch. The martial arts offered are Aikido, Kempo-Jutsu, Iai-Jutsu and Ken-Jutsu (Samurai Sword Arts), Japanese Jujutsu, and Self-Defense Combatives. For more information about these arts, click here.
At Impulse Martial Arts, we study traditional and modern Japanese Martial Arts in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Lehigh Valley area. The variety of martial arts we practice emphasize practical self-defense, joint-lock and control techniques, grappling, blocking and striking, ground-fighting, real-world scenarios, multiple attackers, weapons defense, weapons use and weapons retaining tactics. Other focus points include strength and conditioning, power and ki (energy) development, meditation, speed and accuracy.
We never have membership or sign-up fees, contracts, or testing fees. Impulse Martial Arts is a family. You will be one of us! Commit yourself to us and we will commit ourselves to you!
Ramsey Veitch, Sensei, has been involved with the martial arts since he was a child and has been training consistently for almost 20 years. The Sensei possesses a deep passion and understanding of the martial arts and devotes much of his time to them. Sensei trains regularly and has earned black belts in Aikido, Kempo, Iai and Ken-Jutsu and actively studies the other arts of Brazilian Jujutsu, Weapons Tactics, Krav Maga, Aiki-Jutsu, and Kobudo (Okinawan Weapons).
Aside from spending time with his wife and friends, working in healthcare, and managing his business, Sensei lives an active lifestyle. He is constantly on the move and enjoys an array of activities such as exercising, disc golf, volleyball, skiing, clay shooting, biking, hiking, mentally challenging games, the occasional round of dodgeball, etc. The Sensei simply wants to inspire others to live an active, complete and satisfying life with confidence.
"Train, keep training, and train some more. when you're all done, train some more. there is always more to learn. Never stop learning."
-Sensei, why is teaching important to you?
Teaching is vital to the martial arts. Without dedicated teachers, they would surely die out and traditions would follow. Not only is it an exciting feeling to share your knowledge with others, but teaching actually helps improve and expand one's own knowledge of the arts. It's important to share with each other to promote harmony.
-How did you become involved with the Aikido and other martial arts? Who do you admire?
As a child, I would run around my neighborhood and fight invisible people with karate kicks and weapons. Around age 12, my father and I joined a Tae Kwon Do school and did that for a year. While growing up, I admired Steven Seagal as well as other martial artists but Steven Seagal stood out the most and I simply wanted to learn what he learned… Aikido. At age 20, I found a school and just signed up knowing that one day, I will be as good as Seagal. Since then, I have come to appreciate other martial artists such as Bruce Lee and Miyamoto Musashi. I recommend other Martial Artists to discover them as I did. Their knowledge of life and the arts is profound.
-Why do you study more than one art? Is one better than the other?
The fact is, I never intended on learning more than one, it just so happened my instructor taught more than one art so I naturally gravitated towards learning them. As time went by, I learned that no single art is superior to any other art. Every art has its pros and cons. Therefore, the best way to become truly proficient is to study multiple arts in their entirety; a striking art, grappling art and a throwing art. However, if someone studies a single art in depth, they can still become very skilled and defend themselves well. Quoting Miyamoto Musashi, ' Become acquainted with every art '.
-What is your take on the martial arts and their effectiveness?
Obviously, we cannot train with 100% conviction in the dojo or else there wouldn’t be anyone to train with. Aikido can be practiced in both soft and hard forms. Kempo and Jujutsu, Krav Maga, MMA, etc., tend to focus on basic and practical self-defense. No matter which art you learn, it can be trained in a practical way if you remember to train as if you were in a real life situation after learning the basics. How you train in the dojo will determine your effectiveness on the street. Every attack is dynamic in its own way which means that no matter how many scenarios you practice, when the time comes to defend yourself, the attack given will be completely new. We must train multiple scenarios and perform drills to teach ourselves how to react to being attacked. Also keep in mind that when it comes to self-preservation, anything goes in the street. These points should be stressed well during training. My favorite quote regarding self-defense training is by Bruce Lee, "Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own".
-What is your view on fighting and defending yourself?
If at any point in time that you are in a life-death situation or a physical confrontation you cannot walk away or escape from, you must do what is necessary for preservation of life. If you are someone who decides to confront someone and "throw-down", do so with caution; you never know what the other person knows and no matter how good you might be, there is always someone more skilled. I do not personally condone fighting and believe every physical conflict can be avoided or prevented. Unfortunately, we cannot always avoid or prevent confrontations. Put pride aside, it might just kill you.
-What is your view of the MMA and cage-fighting? Do you do this stuff?
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is indeed an exciting sport but I do not cage-fight and do not have any intentions of doing so. The MMA is as close as you’re going to get when it comes to real-life fighting due to it being full-contact. However, it does have rules and rules limit one’s ability to defend themselves. Overall, the MMA is a rough sport and an intense activity, therefore the athletes deserves plenty of respect.
-What do you mean by "Traditional" and "Modern" martial arts?
Traditional martial arts are those which are practiced in their entirety. This includes all of the basic and advanced principles, techniques, katas, nomenclature and especially proper etiquette. This is necessary to both preserve the martial art's uniqueness and integrity as well as promote discipline with the student. It would be extremely convenient to only study life-saving self-defense skills. Even though practicing the "eye-gouge" everyday and mastering it would be beneficial, it would also be boring, dull and would not teach you anything else other than severly injuring someone. Also, as I mentioned before, studying an art in its entirety will present you with more options for when the "eye-gouge" is not an option as well as open your eyes to the vast knowledge of the martial arts arena and inhibit ignorance or naivete.
Modern martial arts involves taking the principles learned throughout a particular style(s) and integrate them into the world today. For example, swords are not used today nearly as much as in Feudal Japan, but the principles we learn through training with the sword relate to how we may defend against a baseball bat or a machete. We also train with other bladed objects such as a tanto or knife. Samurai warriors had these in their arsenal and were well trained in both use and defense against a knife. Additionally, the martial arts world constantly evolves, therefore adapting and learning to defend against relatively new fighting styles (MMA and BJJ) is pertinent to training.
-Why can’t someone buy a book or learn the martial arts online?
You can. It is not advised, however, that someone learns any martial art in any way other than under the supervision and guidance of a qualified instructor. You must learn the basics and be corrected until then. As you become more advanced and knowledgeable, you can look into books and video to gain perspective into new techniques, applications or principles as you will understand them better at this point.
-How long does it take to get a black belt?
Unfortunately, there is no length of time that will guarantee a black belt certification. Being a black belt is dependent solely on how hard you train and how quickly you advance. Everyone learns at a different pace. If you train hard and consistently, you could obtain a black belt in about three to five years. A "Blackbelt" is defined as someone who possesses the basic knowledge and principles of a particular martial art; it does not mean someone knows how to defend themselves. Please keep in mind that a true martial artist should not prioritize achieving rank over acquiring skills. If your mind is focused on rank acquisition, it will take you that much longer to advance.
-What is your advice for beginning students?
Trust your instructor. Train every day and focus on what you did learn as opposed to what you didn't learn. Remember your goals and reasons for training. Do not become discouraged from your training. Training will be intense, repetitive and frustrating. Perseverance and persistence is the key to advancement. Success doesn’t happen over night and requires work. Everyone makes mistakes and no one is perfect... even the highest ranked martial artist will mess up a technique or get hit. Strive to be the best and you may be surprised at what you find.