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

Tweet 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 […]

The Weather in Maine and Your Training

Tweet In self-defense, defensive tactics, or hand to hand combat – environment matters. Early in my life, as a traditional martial artist, I always trained in keiko-gi (training uniform). I would don a white canvas Japanese-style uniform, no shoes, and train on a hardwood floor.  I would train with others dressed exactly like me.

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 […]

The Three Speeds in Training

Tweet We believe that any training for self defense, whether that’s martial arts, or gun training, or anything else, must emphasize safety. It makes no sense to get hurt while training for self defense. Most of us have jobs and family commitments that would be impacted by an injury, but injury recovery also detracts from […]