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The Bullshit of 'Defending' the Sucker Punch

I edited the video out in this article, because I don't feel like dealing with the 'martial' trolls. But what I saw on a recent video on dealing with a 'sucker punch' astounded me. People teach things in 'self-defense' without even understanding the premise behind what they are actually teaching against. Point in case, if you talk about the sucker punch, which is a very real threat when we talk about self-preservation, you can't then go on to teach, how you would then defend said sucker punch with a defensive hand motion. Why? It seems......

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Adapt or Die: A Self-Preservation Training Paradigm Shift

Training martial skills so that you can effectively deploy those skills when it matters most in self preservation — are thoughts that occupy most students and instructors minds. This is natural, as no one wants to find themselves in the midst of interpersonal aggression, only then to find that those martial skills you so diligently practiced, night after night, week in and week out, end up failing you. As a coach of self-preservation I am well aware of my responsibility to my students who not only put their trust in me. Equally their......

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You Will Get Hit & What To Do About it!

The truth is, if you playing the fight game for real, you are going to get hit. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how good you are, everyone gets hit. It is only in those neatly packaged self-defence responses on YouTube that the defender always seems to be able to not only predict what the attack will be, but in response always seem to get the right counter moves in to win. The very nature of fighting means that no one comes out unscathed. If you don’t want to get hit, then......

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Functionality In Martial Skill Has No Allegiance!

As simple as this is going to sound, if you training in some form of martial arts, and if what you are training/learning as a fighting approach doesn't look similar to what you do when you are working against an uncooperative, resisting opponent — you may want to reconsider the validity of what you are spending your time in training. While this may be a simple definition of functionality, it is often lost in the world of stylised martial art systems. At its heart all martial......

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