New Martial Arts and Self Defense Classes Forming Greater Portland Maine

Tweet 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 […]

Two Arrested in Portland, Maine Random Violent Attacks

Tweet In the U.S, a violent crime occurs every 35 seconds. We in Maine tend to enjoy a very low crime rate, however there seem to be a very recent string of random attacks in Portland. The Portland Press Herald is reporting today that two suspects have been arrested in a string of seemingly random […]

How Important Are Size And Strength In Self Defense

Tweet It’s a question that comes up quite frequently: Can you defend yourself against someone who is bigger and stronger? And: How important is size and strength in martial arts? The answer requires a bit of a breakdown: 1. Don’t confuse sport with self defense. Combat sports like MMA, boxing, and wrestling have weight classes […]

Portland, Maine Robber Uses Brick as a Weapon

Tweet Police in Portland, Maine arrested Arien Litalien on Monday after  he allegedly robbed a watch shop in downtown Portland using a brick as a weapon. He is accused of using the brick to smash a glass case and grab a number of expensive watches. An employee apparently chased and tackled Litalien in a parking […]

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 […]

The One True Secret To Effective Self Defense

Tweet If you’ve been involved in martial arts, combatives, or self defense training in any way you’ve undoubtedly seen many programs touting the secret techniques or principles of self defense. There are a lot of very impressively marketed systems out there and, if one is to believe the hype, the Navy SEALS, Special Forces Commandos, […]

Practice Your Basics

Tweet There’s an old rule of thumb in the martial arts that less than one percent of those who start out will last long enough to earn a first degree black belt. Less than one percent of those people will stick with training long enough to earn a second degree black belt. I’m sure that […]

Budo, Bugei, or Bujutsu?

Tweet Japanese is an interesting language in that many terms have no direct translation into English. Single sounds can carry worlds of conotation and, when combined with other sounds, produce rich meanings beyond direct translation. In Japanese, there are 3 almost interchangeable terms which are used to mean “martial arts” – Budo, Bugei, and Bujutsu. […]