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Tag: Self-Preservation


Will This Work in a Fight? It Depends!

Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a personal message on Facebook from someone in the world wanting some advice on improving their game. When I reply that it’s difficult for me to give a definitive answer, I get the sense that the person on the other side feels disappointed. In a world consumed by factory martial arts, with neatly packaged answers to every single possible interpersonal violent encounter, I am not surprised by this reaction.

Two Types of Questions

These questions usually come in two......

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Most People Who Teach Martial Arts Are Afraid of the Fight!

With all the health issues I have had with my neck over the past few years, I could quit easily sit on the sidelines and tell my students what to do. I could quit easily use it as a convenient excuse not to play the game anymore. Although there are days I am forced to be on the sidelines when my neck flares up, most of the time, ninety percent of the time, you will find me on the mat rolling and sparring with my students. It’s tough too.......

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Fighting to Survive: It's Not What You Think It Is!

You may have heard the metaphor, “The map is not the territory”. The phrase was coined by Alfred Korzybski, a Polish-American independent scholar who developed a field called general semantics, where he applied it to illustrate the differences between belief and reality. As such reality exists outside our mind, but we can construct models of this 'territory' based on what we glimpse through our senses. This is often no different to how people approach the topic of ‘self-defense’. In this sense, an instructor conjures up a belief of a......

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The Focal Point In The Fight: Why 'Attention' Matters

Over the last several months I have had the privilege of training a wide spectrum of people. From the every day guy and girl training their martial skills for personal self protection, to people who are competing in combat sports, to law enforcement officers who need to deploy functional defensive tactics in their professional roles. As is customary when coaching any audience, I highlighted the need for a broader understanding of what was being taught beyond the physical. As I have written elsewhere, there is a tendency for people......

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