Photo Friday: Haganah

It was graduation day last night at the Academy of Okinawan Karate, and once again I was there to take pictures. This time I chose a photo from a demonstration of Haganah self defense techniques, which are also taught at the school.

Hand-to-Hand Defense

Someone's about to have a very bad day

Here Pat Golden, on the left, is defending against a hand-to-hand attack. Through the course of the night he demonstrated defenses against empty hands, knives, and guns, generating a lot of oohs and aahs from the crowd. Had I been more familiar with the techniques I might have been better prepared for subsequent action shots, but I think you get the idea.

Shot with the 18-55mm kit lens and my SpeedLite 430EX external flash. There are a few more pics in the set. I had focusing issues all night, and I really wish I could afford a faster, more flexible lens.


About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.


  1. Noah L says:

    Glad to see Pat’s still being awesome. Also, he’s doing karate now!?