Self-defense isn’t that serious? A new way of understanding martial arts

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1. Self-defense requires serious preparation Historically martial arts have created great fighters that are fast, strong and powerful. In MMA competition martial artists have found a new venue in which to practice their techniques against other skilled fighters. These are conditioned athletes who are well trained, pain resilient and mentally tough. Therefore, martial artists spend years […]

No Stances My Friend!

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  The Truth about Stances in Combat   1. Introduction Martial arts have an enormous amount of stances they teach. Arts such as karate, tai chi, boxing and wrestling have specific stances that you’re supposed to fight from. Certain stances range in effectiveness as proven in boxing and early mixed martial arts events. The general view is that […]

Self-defense Sucks!

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The Problem with Self-Defense Training  1. Self-defense classes are ineffective Self-defense is a strange topic in our society. It’s strange because many of us say it’s important but don’t get around to learning it. In fact we are more concerned about personal fitness than we are about our personal safety. While I think staying healthy is important […]

To Punch or Not too Punch?

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  Punching for Self-Defense   1. Should I punch? Many self-defense courses first teach how to punch in their classes. Punching can be a valuable tool for people to learn. That said, its valuable when it’s taught secondarily to other strikes. Generally speaking punching shouldn’t be the primary striking method taught for self-defense. In this article I’ll […]

Get some sleep!

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  Importance of Sleep for Self-defense   1. Introduction In this writing I will discuss the effects of sleep on physical and athletic performance. The reason is to better understand how important sleep is for the ability to defend oneself from violent physical attacks. As a self-defense instructor, I’m aware of the physical strategies one must […]