Training in Kicks

In training for real life self-defense, a common question that comes up is, “Should I train in kicks or not?”.  Many schools of thought claim that being left on one leg is something to be avoided, but it’s also telling that those same voices advocate taking every fight to the ground and going for aContinue reading “Training in Kicks”

Should I Learn Ground Fighting?

First, let’s dispel the notion of “Ground Fighting”.  In real life self-defense, you don’t want to fight on the ground, ever.  Fights do end up on the ground, but this isn’t the UFC are you aren’t going for submission. What you really need to learn is “Ground Survival”, and it’s very different from “Ground Fighting”.Continue reading “Should I Learn Ground Fighting?”

How Much Training Do I Need?

The answer to this common question is simple: MORE. No matter the skill, every physical skill needs practice or the skill will deteriorate over time. This axiom is true whether you are talking about martial arts, gun handling skills, or carpentry. Don’t take my word on it…Let’s ask Bruce Lee: “I fear not the manContinue reading “How Much Training Do I Need?”

Mindset – Should I Train In Unarmed Self Defense?

In this modern era of “Shall-Issue” Concealed Carry Licenses, a common question that arises is, should I train in unarmed self defense? The answer is a resounding yes for a few reasons: You can’t carry a gun or a knife everywhere, even with a permit. Not every threat justifies the immediate use of deadly force.Continue reading “Mindset – Should I Train In Unarmed Self Defense?”

Should I Train to Fight With A Knife?

This question comes up often in the current climate of concealed firearm permits…Should I train to fight with a knife, since guns are so common? The answer is a resounding yes, for a few reasons. Let’s discuss why first, then I’ll give some practical exercises and resources. Reasons to train with a knife: There areContinue reading “Should I Train to Fight With A Knife?”

Solo Training During Quarantine

Maintaining your self-defense skills is important at all times, and it’s critical during the current Stay-At-Home Order situation. Police departments have advised that they are limiting services and avoiding non-essential public contact, so you are truly on your own. Training without a partner can be just as effective as training with a partner. When weContinue reading “Solo Training During Quarantine”

Adapting Forms Training to Self Defense

Many proponents of so-called “real-world self-defense” downplay the value of traditional forms training, saying that it’s outdated or “too rigid” to be used for self defense. I say that depends on how you train. Now, if you go to a McDojo and everyone learns forms just because it’s needed to advance to the next level,Continue reading “Adapting Forms Training to Self Defense”

Martial Arts Weapons & Self Defense

I frequently get asked, “Can martial arts weapons be used for self defense?” The answer is both yes and no, and there are some caveats to consider before launching into a program. First, understand that most schools that teach weapons are teaching things that look great in TOURNAMENTS to WIN MEDALS, not self defense. EvenContinue reading “Martial Arts Weapons & Self Defense”

Why Do They Still Teach Wrist Grab Defense?

A common question I hear is why do traditional martial arts schools teach wrist grab defenses? Is there some epidemic of bad guys running up and grabbing people by the wrist? Is there any value at all in modern self defense to learning wrist grabs? The answer is a resounding YES. Here’s why: if I’mContinue reading “Why Do They Still Teach Wrist Grab Defense?”