TACTICAL FIGHTING for the TACTICAL FIGHTER & EVERYDAY SELF-DEFENSE Since I moved to Terre Haute, Indiana (back in 2003), I've heard from a lot of people who were disappointed with their choices for learning self-defense (i.e., "martial arts"). They cite issues with the way the system is taught (e.g., sports orientated rather than street-orientated),… Continue reading Tactical Fighting for the Tactical Fighter & Everyday Self-defense
Today, sports fighting has expanded to provide viewers with a variety of spectator sports. It has, also, become a huge influence on those who follow it. As this man, who we'll call John Doe for his privacy, found out, these sporting events are much different than the fighting that takes place on the street: I… Continue reading Never Again!™ Never!™ John Doe’s Self-defense Story:
Jason, my friend just got mugged. The guys who jumped him beat him good, causing him to get stitches in the head. And, he knew martial arts! My friend says these two guys were after his wife's tablet, when they jumped him. When these guys jumped him they were wearing motorcycle helmets to protect their… Continue reading My Friend Got Mugged in Terre Haute, Indiana!
When you think of martial arts and self-defense, do you think of the same thing, or does some other image come to mind? I ask that question for a reason: Everyone comes to train for different reasons. Understanding your perspective on this is a good beginning; one that helps you make a wise decision on… Continue reading What Is Your Self-defense Training Truly Preparing You For?
I've been in the martial arts for forty years. During that time I've had a lot of my own self-defense experiences, but it never ceases to amaze me to hear others' stories: Those enlightening moments of truth that spoke to them about what fighting really is and what self-defense has to be in order to… Continue reading Never Again!™ Never!™ A Law Enforcement Officer’s Self-defense Story:
Many western martial arts, today, deal in isolationism-sparring. What I mean by that is they like to spar others from other schools just like their own. For example, taekwondo vs. taekwondo in the same association, or jiujitsu vs. wrestling, and the like. In this article, we'll hear from one man, who for years sparred in… Continue reading Never Again!™ Never!™ From Tournaments to the Street:
One trend that has grown in the "martial arts" (I use that word loosely in this sense) schools and organizations (like the American TaeKwonDo Association and various Brazilian Jujitsu organizations) is what I call isolationism sparring. The idea behind this type of sparring is that students only spar others within their fighting system (e.g., taekwondo… Continue reading Isolationism Sparring is Inadequate in Preparing Students for the Fight