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Self Defense Academy Colorado Springs at The Remount Foundation


Samurai overlooking the realm
Samurai were one with their horse

The Remount Foundation: Bridging the Past and Present for Modern Warriors


Nestled within the prestigious United States Air Force Academy, the Remount Foundation stands as a beacon of hope and healing for our modern-day warriors. This unique foundation, dedicated to equine-assisted therapy, offers a sanctuary where the timeless bond between humans and horses fosters profound healing, particularly for those grappling with PTSD.


At the Self Defense Academy COS, we see ourselves as modern-day samurai, practicing the ancient art of Jujutsu. This discipline, steeped in tradition and honed by centuries of warriors, teaches us not only the techniques of self-defense but also the virtues of honor, resilience, and inner strength. It is in this spirit that we find a deep connection with the mission of the Remount Foundation.


The Samurai, Horses, and Modern Warriors


The samurai, the noble warriors of feudal Japan, were not only masters of martial arts but also skilled horsemen. Their bond with their horses was integral to their identity and effectiveness in battle. Similarly, the Remount Foundation harnesses the therapeutic power of horses to help today’s warriors—our veterans and active-duty service members—heal from the invisible wounds of war.


Just as the samurai found strength and solace in their steeds, our modern-day warriors find a unique form of therapy through equine-assisted activities. The gentle presence of horses helps reduce anxiety, improve emotional regulation, and foster a sense of peace, offering a path to recovery for those suffering from PTSD.


Teddy Roosevelt: A Legacy of Strength and Resilience


"Jiu Jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined" Teddy Roosevelt
Teddy Roosevelt was a Jiu-Jitsu (jujutsu) practitioner

To further understand the connection between Jujutsu, horses, and healing, we can look to one of America's most iconic figures: Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt, known for his indomitable spirit and dedication to physical fitness, was a pioneer in many respects. Not only was he a skilled horseman, but he also embraced the martial art of Jujutsu, recognizing its value in cultivating discipline and strength.


In the early 1900s, Roosevelt invited some of the finest Jujutsu practitioners from Japan to the White House, hosting an exhibition match between American fighters and Japanese Jujutsu experts. Impressed by the skill and effectiveness of Jujutsu, Roosevelt famously remarked, "Jiu-jitsu is worth more in every way than all of our athletics combined." This statement underscores the profound respect he had for the art, and it highlights the timeless value of Jujutsu as a means of personal development and resilience.


The Remount Foundation: Continuing a Tradition of Healing


Bring hope & healing to our modern day warriors.
Remount Foundation

Interestingly, Roosevelt's legacy extends to the origins of the Remount Foundation. During his presidency, Roosevelt was instrumental in the establishment of the Army Remount Service, which aimed to improve the breeding and training of horses for military purposes. This initiative laid the groundwork for the enduring relationship between the military and equine programs, which the Remount Foundation proudly continues today.


At the Self Defense Academy COS, we honor this legacy by integrating the principles of Jujutsu and the therapeutic power of horses into our approach to self-defense and personal growth. Just as Roosevelt recognized the value of Jujutsu and horses, we see these elements as vital components of our mission to empower individuals and support our modern-day warriors.


Taking Everything Into Account


The Remount Foundation at the Air Force Academy serves as a powerful reminder of the enduring connection between warriors, horses, and the principles of resilience and healing. By integrating Jujutsu into our practice at the Self Defense Academy COS, we honor the traditions of the samurai and the legacy of leaders like Theodore Roosevelt. Together, we strive to create a supportive community where our modern-day warriors can find strength, solace, and a path to recovery.


As we continue to train and grow, let us remember the words of Teddy Roosevelt and the timeless wisdom of Jujutsu, as well as the healing power of our noble equine partners. Through this blend of ancient and modern practices, we can forge a brighter future for all those who serve and protect.

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