The Three Phases of Personal Protection (Part 1)

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In this three-part series, I will examine the three phases of personal protection: Awareness, Ambush and Active Combat. This sequence is typical of how a confrontation may generally proceed, but it is not necessarily as linear as this. Each of these phases contains specific tools, whether mental or physical, that you can implement to stack […]

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Primal Threat Indicators *(reading the level of intent)

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If you’ve ever watched the television series ‘Lie To Me’, you would have seen some interesting insights into reading body-language and micro facial expressions. These are both valuable tools that can help in conflict avoidance.

This post is about a primal expression of body-language that comes down to one simple principle. Let’s call it the inside/outside threat indicator…

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What’s your sign?

Not just a cheesy pick up line, but actually a very useful tool while working the “door” at a bar and/or club. What I mean by this is; EVERYONE knows their astrological sign, right? However if your birthday is March 25th, you most likely don’t know, nor don’t care about the astrological sign for someone […]

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Rickson Gracie: “When you train, you should put more emphasis on learning than on competing with your partner.”

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Rickson Gracie advises on how to train and roll. He emphasizes the fact that Jiu-Jitsu practitioners should focus on the technical side first without using their physical assets. In the words of Rickson himself… source: Rickson Gracie Association Newsletter “Even when you spar during training, you should minimize your natural talents. By limiting yourself, you […]

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Donnie B Old School Muay Thai vs Street Haymaker

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This is purely a street specific technique. A haymaker is a commonly thrown punch in the bar / club setting , and a gift from god as it provides so many targets for you to choose from. The multiple opponent stuff is sloppy, but you have to remember that no multiple opponent situation will ever […]

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What’s Not Real In Simulated Ammo?

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I teach about 2,000 people a year in all kinds of spaces and places, in some 12 allied countries and we cover hand, stick, knife and gun material. For the gun subject, most of the time we do not have access to a shooting range and, frankly, I really don’t want to teach live fire. […]

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Reality-Based Martial Sports: A Happy Medium?

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Many proponents of so-called Reality-Based Self-Defense (RBSD) systems are quick to bash the combat sports as well as traditional martial arts for not being grounded in reality. Certain sport habits can be dangerous in the street, and the traditional martial arts tend to drill antiquated tactics irrelevant for the urban battlefield, and these are therefore […]

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Pale in Comparison

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I remember in the late ’70′s and early ’80′s a magazine called Inside Karate. One of my favorite sections of the magazine was a recurring feature called Comparative Styles in which five renowned martial arts experts of the time would all show techniques versus a common attack such as a punch or wrist grab. The […]

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