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Fighting to Survive: It's Not What You Think It Is!

You may have heard the metaphor, “The map is not the territory”. The phrase was coined by Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, where he applied it to illustrate the differences between belief and reality. As such reality exists outside our mind, but we can construct models of this 'territory' based on what we glimpse through our senses. This is often no different to how people approach the topic of ‘self-defense’. In this sense, an instructor conjures up a belief of a......

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The Focal Point In The Fight: Why 'Attention' Matters

Over the last several months I have had the privilege of training a wide spectrum of people. From the every day guy and girl training their martial skills for personal self protection, to people who are competing in combat sports, to law enforcement officers who need to deploy functional defensive tactics in their professional roles. As is customary when coaching any audience, I highlighted the need for a broader understanding of what was being taught beyond the physical. As I have written elsewhere, there is a tendency for people......

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Fight Pedagogy: The Method & Practice of Teaching for the Fight

Techniques are not difficult to teach. What is extremely difficult is the ability to ensure that a student can deploy said techniques against a resisting, uncooperative opponent. The reality of the fight remains an elusive distance from the training mat. And as obvious as this may sound, just because you teach someone something doesn’t mean that they will be able to deploy it when it is needed most. This should be self evident to anyone who has been educated in the West. We teach kids loads of stuff, that never seems to......

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