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You Can’t ‘Escape’ Evolutionary Defence

There is a reason that both wrestling and boxing are likely the two oldest forms of martial arts on this planet. Simply, they tend to work with evolution not against it. Unless you encounter an alien with four arms, and four legs, along with a completely different physiology, all humans respond to interpersonal violence in very much the same way. Yet nowhere does the human species try to ‘escape’ evolution than in the world of reality based self defence and traditional forms of martial arts. Martial arts in general has......

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Reality Fighting on The Brain

Chances are that you don’t have to defend yourself on a daily basis from criminals (unless that's your job). Yet, have you ever considered, that by engaging in reality based self-defence training may not be as positive as it first appears? The truth is, many reality based schools of thought believe that the closer they can get you to experience the realities of a real interpersonal violent encounter in training — the more prepared you will be to handle such a situation. Elaborate drills are concocted......

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Focused To Survive

When one truly understands the nature of interpersonal aggression, and the ability to preserve oneself in those types of encounters, you begin to realise that martial technique (punches, elbows, kicks etc) are often secondary in survival. So many other factors can determine survival or termination prior to any martial technique ever being deployed. Some of these are context ( is this against one or multiple opponents etc), to the ever changing situation you may find yourself in (did it start empty hand, but now it involves weapons etc), to how......

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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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