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Category: CRAZY MONKEY DEFENSE


Faceblocking!

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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Sparring For Performance But Saving Your Brain

Over the past couple of years, it seems, that many MMA athletes are starting to wake up to the pitfalls of constantly sparring hard. Not only is there a physical price to pay, but also a mental one. We know now, unequivocally, that even mild trauma to the head can be detrimental over time. Nowhere is this more evident than in combat sports, where often, trauma to the head is a sustained occupation for years. Going light then in training sparring, and leaving the big fight to the fight......

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