The Most Lethal Self Defense System in the World: Puffery in Martial Arts Advertising

Thumb through any martial arts magazine from any time in the past up to today and you’ll find a lot of advertising. You’ll see systems advertised as “The World’s Most Lethal Fighting System,” or teachers as, “The Deadliest Man Alive.” If you don’t look at martial arts magazines – I’m not kidding here, these are […]

Commentary: Casey Haynes – Australian Kid Bullied Caught on Video

Right now on Facebook and Youtube there’s a video of a young boy from Australia fighting back against a bully. That video has gone quite viral. Apparently there is even a Facebook page with over 75,000 members supporting the young man names Casey Haynes. In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a copy of the […]

Two more knife attacks in Portland, Maine

PORTLAND, Maine — Local police are reporting that two men were stabbed in unrelated incidents early Sunday evening. Portland police report that both men are expected to recover. Ar least one attack was on a security guard who was overwhelmed and then stabbed in the back multiple times. Simply watching the news, it’s difficult to […]

Double Secret Commando Navy SEAL Self Defense Training

Another day and I find myself writing about some more malarkey from a “self-defense” master. I just got an email from the head of the system which I actually believe is borderline false-advertising (as in fraud). One way a lot of groups seek to add credibility is by aligning themselves with the military. This has […]

Won’t Fighting Back Against An Attacker Just Make Him Angrier?

I just got an email from a martial arts “master” who repeated, almost verbatim, one of my least favorite self-defense myths. I am not going to reply to him publicly, but I need to call this out. The myth goes something like this, “if you do technique x, and the guy has a gun you’re […]

Martial Arts Statistics And Demographics – How Many People and Who in the US Practice?

According to this article, Simmons Market Research, studied the number of people participating in martial arts in the US – this is what they found:

Looking for things to do in Portland Maine?

Just 15-20 minutes north of Portland Maine (15 minutes from Lewiston), on Tuesday and Thursday nights you can have a great time, get some exercise, meet cool people, and learn life saving skills. While traditional martial arts schools where you line up in your white uniform and scream and kick might not be for you, […]

Where did the Japanese martial arts originate?

The exact origins of some Japanese martial arts can be difficult to pin down. There are some important concepts about the external influences that can help us understand where these systems came from. First, it’s important to understand the concepts of koryu and gendai. Koryu (literally old school) martial arts, in Japan, predate the Meji […]

Why Learn Self Defense – Won’t The Police Protect Me?

Given that we’re raising this question on a blog dedicated to self-defense, you can probably guess what my answer is. Yes, every person should study some form of self defense – even if you carry a gun, even if the police station is next door, even if you are as big as the Hulk. But, […]

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