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Fighting Lessons From The Door

I often get asked what was the impetus for Crazy Monkey Defense? To be honest, it began for personal, selfish reasons. In my formative training first in Karate as a kid, then later on in Western boxing as a teenager, before moving on to Muay Thai — as well as dabbling with several forms of martial approaches through various instructors, and an in-depth exploration into what was then the Virginian birth of MMA in the mid 90’s — I always felt let down. While there were things I learned that were invaluable,......

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In this day and age MMA has become the litmus test for what will, or wont work in fighting. While reality based self defense pundits will argue that it's sport fighting, not street fighting, there is no denying that what you see is real unarmed combat against skilled fighters. While there is some validity to the argument that it is sport, the truth of the matter is that most reality based self defense approaches avoid the unpredictable, chaotic, uncooperative nature of MMA for a more sterile scenario based approach where they are......

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Surviving The Toe-To-Toe in a Fight

One of the most important skills to learn is to know how to fight out of the pocket. This applies in my opinion not only to sparring (where you train to get it right), but equally when we talk about self preservation. When you fighting from a distance, you can use that distance to control the pace of the fight. When you are in the clinch, you can use controls to slow down the fight. But in the pocket, is where non of these are possible. The......

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The Maslow of Crazy Monkey

Chances are if you took psych as an undergrad you may have come across Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This is a theory of human motivation posited by Abraham Maslow, a psychologist in 1943. I have used a modified form of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with my own students. I find that, often, people are not clear on their motivations for taking up martial arts. Why would this even be important? As a coach, one of the things that I am always trying to do is honour......

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