Honest thoughts on BJJ

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1. Bjj as the ultimate self-defense Inevitably if you study martial arts you will hear about Brazilian jiu-jitsu. To many bjj represents the pinnacle of self-defense, the ability to defeat a larger, more aggressive attacker without inflicting serious injury. Americans always wanted the skill to have a physical and moral victory, to win and not […]

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 […]