Why a State of Mushin (No Mind) is Necessary to Self Defense

Tweet Mushin is an interesting concept in the martial arts, a Japanese term meaning roughly “no mind” or “empty mind”. It references a state of thoughtlessness where a practitioner merely acts appropriately to an attack or situation without the intercession of thought. It all sounds very Zen-like and spiritual, but there is a practical side […]

Risk Analysis For Self Defense

Tweet A few years ago, while on vacation, a man grabbed my mom’s credit card from a restaurant table and dashed out the door. My mom realized what had happened, jumped up and chased after him. Probably luckily, she didn’t catch him. “Mom, what if you ran after him into an alley and he had […]

Mission Centric Training™

Tweet Mission Centric Training™ is a concept that a partner and I came up with a few years ago while conducting self defense training for a numerous organizations in the Boston area. It’s a concept that many military personnel and law enforcement officers (LEOs) get, but is missed on the broader public much of the […]

Airline Crew Self-Defense Training

Tweet From terrorists, to drunken and disorderly passengers, to simply the unruly – air crews continue to face threats to the safety of themselves and their passengers. With the ultimate responsibility of the safety of everyone on a plane, I’d like to see airline crew-members regularly trained in combative self-defense and defensive tactics. I am […]

The Difference Between Self Defense and Sports Martial Arts Training

Tweet Someone once asked my sensei what he would do if Royce Gracie attacked him and tried to take him down. My sensei’s answer, “I dunno, probably pull out my knife and stick him.” The questioner was awestruck at the answer. My sensei went on, “I don’t train for sport, this is a school of […]

What about Tasers, Pepper Spray, and Other Self Defense Tools?

Tweet Taser is an interesting less-lethal tool popular amongst law enforcement agencies. It works by firing darts into an assailant which are attached to conductive wires, zapping an aggressor with powerful pulses of electricity. This overloads the body’s electrical system, interfering with sensory and muscular systems. Taser is undoubtedly a great tool for law enforcement […]

Christmas Terror Plot Foiled: Spirit of United Flight 93 Once Again

Tweet The failed attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines Flight over Detroit should serve as another wake-up call to average citizens around the world. Once again, a tragedy may have been averted by the actions of passengers and crew acting to subdue the terrorist. We see the same spirit that led the passengers of […]

What’s Wrong with Women’s Self Defense?

Tweet First – there is nothing wrong with women, or anyone, wanting to learn to defend themselves. Protecting yourself and your loved ones from physical harm is a natural instinct. Second, I personally have taught “women’s self defense” classes throughout Boston – particularly during heavy activity by two serial rapists in the area. I do […]

A Fatal Incident

Tweet Last week we were informed that my wife’s uncle, who was also one of my godfathers had passed away. It seems that, while waiting outside a restaurant with some coworkers, a young man made some racist comments toward him (he’s Asian). Words were exchanged and the man pushed my wife’s uncle who hit his […]

Escape Awareness Drill

Tweet I am a big fan of unconventional training and, since awareness is the greater part of self-defense, here’s an unconventional drill you can do during the day: I once read that the first thing a professional burglar does after breaking into a building is to look for escape routes. This would be pretty important […]

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