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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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The Not So Reality of Reality Based Self-Defence

One of the reasons I refused to write about self-preservation for a long time was largely due to the nutters that litter the landscape of that world (and I really mean nutters). I decided instead to share my knowledge in person, to groups of people I trusted, and who I could judge personally if they would be good candidates for what I had to offer. urlThe world of reality based self defence is something akin to an awkward......

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3 Mindsets That Will Keep You Safe, When It Matters Most

Much of what gets peddled and passed off as ‘self-defence’ training on YouTube has nothing to do with the defence of the self. While the possibility of going hands on with someone who is being an aggressor is ever present, this should never be ones first action.

This starts with making a distinction in ones own mind if the threat one is encountering is ego based or really self-preservation? Bumping into someone in a bar for example, who spills the drinks you are carrying, who you......

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