Why I Recommend Gun Training For Martial Artists

Tweet 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 […]

Double Secret Commando Navy SEAL Self Defense Training

Tweet 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 […]

Are Traditional Martial Arts BS?

Tweet The Internet is full of haters. Chairborne warriors who grasp one or two principles and use them to shield their weak self esteem by bashing every chance they get. An area of the martial arts under constant attack these days is traditional martial arts. The criticisms of traditional martial arts tend to fall into […]

Couch Potato Training Plan

Tweet It’s been said that the hardest part of martial arts training is getting into the car. I have seen this first hand when 11 people tell me they are coming to train and 2 show up. I don’t take it personally when people tell me they were “busy” or there was “traffic” or whatever. […]

Self Defense and Statistics

Tweet The other day I posted a statistic to my facebook profile – that 70% of adult males carry edged tools, such as knives, on a day to day basis in the U.S. A couple of people called me on the statistic; I have no problem with that. I do have statistics and research methods […]

Training for the ring is training for the ring – Training for combat is training for combat

Tweet Martial arts skills are far less generalizable than many people would think. I am reminded of an interview I once heard with Joe Rogan who said, “The UFC has proven that Brazilian Jujutsu is the most effective martial art in the world.” That’s a load of crap. First, this is to take nothing away, […]

Neutralizing Skill And Speed With Proximity

Tweet Make contact, keep it. That’s a basic philosophy of our system or ketsugo jujutsu. When someone throws a punch or a kick, or moves in to grapple – they are giving us a gift by presenting us a set of targets for attack. It’s a good idea not to box a boxer, or wrestle […]

Why I Teach Self Defense And Martial Arts Differently

Tweet I just returned from Bonny Eagle High School, a local school, where I taught a group of 24 seniors an 1 1/2 hour self defense class. I have probably done a couple of hundred very short self-defense seminars such as these over the years, and I draw a few distinctions between teaching martial arts […]

Kuzushi – The Art Of Unbalancing

Tweet Kuzushi (崩し) is a Japanese word for unbalancing an opponent. It comes from the verb kuzusu, meaning to pull down or demolish. You’ll find it commonly used in jujutsu and derived arts such as judo and aikido. Normally it is the act of taking an opponent’s balance rendering them incapable of counterattack. In most […]

Simplyfying Combat Ranges

Tweet All martial arts and systems of self defense will, in some way deal with range. Range, in this sense, means the proximity of your opponent, his ability to attack you, and your ability to attack him. Many systems have a ton of different ranges, kicking, grappling, striking, weapons etc. While there is nothing wrong […]

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