New Martial Arts and Self Defense Classes Forming Greater Portland Maine

Announcing Defence Lab Southern Maine. Maine Martial Arts founder and lead instructor John Moore will be bringing the Defence Lab DNA system to Maine for the first time. Made famous through movies like Jack Reacher, and Batman, The Dark Knight – Defence Lab is a reality based martial art which is unique in its street […]

Women’s Self Defense Class – Westbrook Maine

On November 5th and 12th, I will be teaching my first public seminar in Maine. A Women’s Self Defense class. I did dozens when I lived in Boston,  and I keep them fun, empowering, and educational. The course is two consecutive Mondays from 6-8pm, attendees will learn valuable self defense skills that will help them […]

Mala en Se, Mala Prohibita, and Maine

In the world of law, there are essentially two types of crimes:  mala en se (Latin for evil in itself) crimes and mala prohibita (Latin for evil prohibited) crimes. The distinction is important, and most Americans don’t understand these concepts. Mala en se crimes are obvious infringements upon the rights of others. This would include […]

Locking Your Doors Only Keeps The Honest People Out. Right?

Yesterday marked the third conversation I have had with a Maine resident who told me that they didn’t lock their doors because, “locks only keep out the honest people.” Honestly, I’m flummoxed  by the total lack of logic here, since honest people have never tried to break into my house. This is one of those […]

Why I Recommend Gun Training For Martial Artists

I recommend that all my students take at least a basic gun safety course at some point. I prefer they do a course which involves live shooting on a range. There are a number of reasons for this. The topic of guns can be an emotionally charged one. When emotion gets involved, reason goes out […]

VIDEO 11 year-old fights off kidnapper

Here’s a video covering a story where an 11 year-o successfully fends off a kidnapper who was trying to drive off with his 9 year-old sister. Jonah Yano credited years of training in jujutsu (or Jui Jitsu) with helping in his defense of his sister. Here’s  important takeaways I want you to understand:

Who do you Admire in the Martial Arts?

When I was a boy I was drawn to martial arts mainly because of images in the media. I saw Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee beating up bad guys. I saw the Karate Kid win the tournament. This was inspiring, but even more spoke to my insecurities with a promise to become someone more powerful, […]

Lineage in Martial Arts is Mostly Stupid

Martial arts Internet forums are full of some of the biggest collections of haters I’ve ever seen. There’s so much trolling by low self-esteem chairborne warriors that these things are nearly 100% useless. One of the things that frequently comes up is the topic of lineage. Who’s your teacher, who is their teacher, who’s their […]

Training for sport is to self defense as NASCAR is to parallel parking

In an effort to draw a distinction between training and competing in sports martial arts and the reality of self defense, I make the analogy: training for sport is to self defense as NASCAR is to parallel parking. I did sport karate when I was in college, and it was fun. But I stopped because […]

Hacksaw Vs. Scalpel – Gross Body Movements and Neurological Training

My buddy Ray, who is studying Systema, gave me a link to a great article here on neurological training. Another thing that self defense “experts” (the one who pay thousands to advertise in Black Belt Magazine) have been touting like mad over the past few years goes something like this: Under stress only gross motor […]

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