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Krav Maga, Tactics, and Modern Policing; a Conversation

I recently had the great pleasure of being a guest on the Urban Tactics Krav Maga Podcast with host and owner Jonathan Fader. We discussed a plethora of topics including Krav Maga, Martial Arts, and issues facing modern policing in 2020 and how Police tactics and training can improve to better protect the public we… Continue reading Krav Maga, Tactics, and Modern Policing; a Conversation

Techniques & Skills

Position Before Submission

If you have trained in martial arts for any period of time (especially for bjj practitioners) then you have likely heard the phrase" position before submission". This phrase refers to the idea that in order to successfully execute a submission (armbar, triangle choke, rear naked, etc) on your opponent, you must first have them physically… Continue reading Position Before Submission

Mindset Strategy

The Comprehensive Self-Defense Plan

I have mentioned in previous posts a concept that I have been referring to as a "Comprehensive Self-Defense Plan". In this post I would like to break that down and analyze some of what I feel are the most crucial and critical components that we should include in our training to develop a more wholesome,… Continue reading The Comprehensive Self-Defense Plan

Techniques & Skills

Surviving a Knife Attack Part 2: Defensive Strategies

In Part 1 of this post, we discussed knife attacks and ways to better be prepared mentally for the fast and violent nature of a knife attack. We also discussed how many self defense techniques in martial arts against knives are too deeply rooted in fantasy of what people think knife attacks look like. Many… Continue reading Surviving a Knife Attack Part 2: Defensive Strategies

Mindset Strategy

Surviving a Knife Attack Part 1: Mindset and Mental Preparedness

I've been very intrigued recently on the concept of knife fighting, specifically as it pertains to unarmed empty-handed skills, strategies and techniques against an adversary armed with a knife. What I have come to realize in regards to being truly prepared against a real knife attack, is there are a lot of shortcomings in our… Continue reading Surviving a Knife Attack Part 1: Mindset and Mental Preparedness

Mindset Strategy

The Bystander Effect

It was March 13, 1964 at approximately 3:15 in the morning in Queens, NY. Catherine "Kitty" Genovese was on her way home after working all night at a local bar where she was the manager. This particular evening, however, Ms. Genovese would not make it home alive. This evening, Ms. Genovese was viciously and deliberately… Continue reading The Bystander Effect

Techniques & Skills

Bear Hug from the Front

I've previously posted about defending yourself against a bear hug attack from the rear (link here). Today we're going to discuss the rear bear hug's counterpart, the Front Bear hug. Just as with the rear attacks, front bear hugs are broken down into two attacks, arms free and arms pinned. In this post we'll discuss… Continue reading Bear Hug from the Front

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Self-Defense Gadgets & Gizmos: Pros and Cons

"Self-Defense" has become a very widespread term over the last few decades. Everything from "Masters" of mysterious ancient secret deadly martial arts, to people who took a weekend seminar and are now certified badasses teaching self defense techniques, to companies who sell "self defense" products up to and including "rape proof underwear". I fear that… Continue reading Self-Defense Gadgets & Gizmos: Pros and Cons

Techniques & Skills

Chokes with Push (Front & Rear)

I've previously covered defenses against an extended choke from the front as well as from the rear here on this blog. Definitely check those out if you haven't already. The defenses against those mostly static attacks are fairly similar, and rely for the most part on instinctual plucking defenses as the primary method of alleviating… Continue reading Chokes with Push (Front & Rear)