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Self-Preservation: Real Self Defence Doesn't Sell

I have been teaching ‘self-defence’ in some shape or form for the past two and a half decades. Most prominently as the hand to hand combat instructor for my unit in the Military, and then later as a martial arts coach. What has stood out for me over the years is that people say they want to learn how to defend themselves, but they actually really don’t. The kind of self-defence training people want, is the ‘100% guarantee to work or you get your money back’ kind.......

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Self-Preservation: Proximity Alert

In my article entitled The Truth Be Told, I outlined some key considerations when it comes to self-preservation. In that article I mentioned that often in assaults the thing that gets people into trouble is the whole Machismo, ego attitude of not losing face. Let me be clear, that if you find yourself faced by an aggressive opponent, and there is an opportunity to exit the scene safely, but  you chose to stay there, or chose to want to get into a fight, then it is no......

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Self-Preservation: The Truth Be Told

After working the door outside some of Johannesburg’s roughest nightclubs for several years, some perennial truths about defending oneself against an assailant have stood out. Below I outline some important considerations to take into account when thinking about learning to defend oneself. Some of these may seem painfully obvious, but if that was the case 99% of all self-defence schools would need to close their doors for business. Know the Reality: Real fights don’t look the way they do in Hollywood, in fact most demonstrations in......

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The Myth of 'Reality' Based Self-Defense

Through Neuroscientific research we know now that the human brain is a prediction and pattern detecting machine. The brain from this perspective desires stability, clarity, and consistency. These are characteristics that the brain views as essential to its survival. In contrast unpredictability, instability and uncertainty are seen as a threat to its survival. This answers an important question that has confounded me for some time. Why are so many reality based systems so popular, in light of the fact that so many of these systems, fail to......

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