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Getting Out Of The Zero Performance Rabbit Hole

There is a tendency in the martial art world to over complicate what doesn’t need to be. The continued search for the Holly Grail of the master technique that will allow anyone to confront an aggressive opponent has lead many people so deep down the rabbit hole, that what they end up finding is just another tunnel. The truth is, any time you set up a demonstration where the objective is not for the opponent to fight back at all costs, one can, pretty much make anything ‘look like’ it......

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The Primacy of Defense in Self-Preservation!

From the dawn of man, we have had to learn how to defend ourselves, and those we love. If it wasn’t from roaming predators on the Savannah, it was likely surviving rival bands of hunter gatherers. You see, when one looks at it from this perspective, fighting to survive in one shape or form, along with procreation — have been our main two preoccupations for most of our time on this planet. We could argue, that through all the glorious achievements of mankind, survival always came first. Without it, life......

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The Night I Almost Died

It was a night like any other at the Doors Nightclub in the heart of Johannesburg’s city centre. The year was 1998, and I was hanging around at the front door of the club watching patrons come and go - when the call came through - “major fight on the roof terrace”. Running through the crowd in the club I had no idea what was about to encounter. As I reached the roof, I saw one of the doorman Nick on the floor. Standing over him were......

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Do All Fights Go To The Ground?

Do All Fights Go To The Ground? The simply answer to this is no! Contrary to the urban myth made popular by a certain segment of the martial art community, all fights don’t go to the ground, and one has to ask truthfully would you even want too? Much of the fights used to showcase, “You see fights go to the ground” stemmed from fights that took place against two opponents. I am still waiting to see a convincing argument, and examples where going to the......

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