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

Tweet 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 […]

Commentary: Casey Haynes – Australian Kid Bullied Caught on Video

Tweet 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 […]

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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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. […]

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 […]

Should you kick a man when he’s down?

Tweet In the movies and on TV, bad guy gets punched in the face, he falls down unconscious. Most of the time our movie hero doesn’t even take the bad guy’s weapon, he just saunters off. Let’s be very clear: movies and TV are NOTHING like real life. Real life fights are brutal, sloppy, and […]

Financial Self Defense

Tweet For the most part, this blog talks about physical self-defense. One of the things we strongly believe in is preparation. Part of preparation is gaining a realistic understanding of the risks to you and your family. One thing we’re all aware of is that the economy is really screwed up right now. Things are […]

What is Self-Defense Training?

Tweet There are many reasons one could study a martial art: for sport, for exercise, to relax, build self discipline, or because you think the costumes are cool. All reasons are valid. In my experience, most people start training in martial arts because at least one of their goals is to learn how to defend […]

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