Archive for July, 2011
The recent popularity of mixed martial arts has played a role in the surge of interest in self defense training. However, this sports based self defense platform has caused a bit of confusion about which techniques are actual mixed martial arts moves, bound by rules, and which techniques are actual self defense tactics that can save your life.
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions is that the Muay Thai knee strike is the best move for grappling in close quarters combat. True, it is powerful and packs some serious knockdown potential and it’s used by trained fighters in mixed martial arts tournaments all the time. However, in real life self defense scenarios; you’re not fighting in a padded ring. You’re often in the streets, facing an attacker that wants to hurt or kill you. Fortunately there’s an even better move for close quarters combat that can overcome some of the mistakes with this mixed martial arts favorite…
by Jazzmin Williams
Over two days, during four classes and with about 80 people in attendance, the women at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam sent out the message loud and clear: they are not to be messed with.
The CNIC Navy Security Forces Regional Training Academy performed a two-day clinic with a total of four self-defense classes for women July 7 and 8.
“Everyone thinks it [sexual assault] won’t happen to them, but all it takes is just that one time,” said Tracy Bennett, one of the class participants.
The conception of the class occurred at the Women’s Health and Fitness Fair on March 11, when security forces gained feedback and interest in a self-defense class. It was at that time that Col. Robert Lee, training program director, and Capt. Brad Miller, senior training instructor, decided to offer a women’s self-defense class.
“It’s very important that women are exposed to something like this,” said Lee. “This will reduce the numbers [of sexual assault and abuse] greatly if they have the skills to implement in those situations.”
The following is a great piece about motivation, determination and discipline. There is much to learn from this hard working Marine. Enjoy the read and hopefully this motivates you to push harder!
By Air Force Staff Sgt. Jessica Switzer, Defense Media Activity
She runs countless miles before dawn, spends hours in the gym honing body and mind into a single, well-oiled machine. She pours heart and soul with equal amounts of blood, sweat and tears into what has become her normal routine.
That routine built the foundation for former Marine lance corporal Melissa O. Parker to qualify as a competitor in the 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championships. She has been training for this moment for what seems like a lifetime.
13 Assassins (Jūsannin no Shikaku) is a 2010 Japanese Jidaigeki “period drama” film directed by the acclaimed, prolific and controversial film maker Takashi Miike (Ichi The Killer, Sukiyaki Western Django). This is a Samurai epic based on a real life historical incident, the film is a remake of Eiichi Kudo’s excellent 1963 black and white film of the same name.
To stop a young tyrant from murdering and exploiting innocent civilians, 13 Samurai Warriors unite and prepare to end his life. But to kill the evildoer, the assassins must contend with an army of deadly bodyguards who outnumber them by a wide margin.
The temperature is a damp 38 degrees Fahrenheit in the mountains of Colville and Kaniksu National forests, 70 miles north of Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. There’s snow on the ground and a muddy slush has formed where some of it has begun to melt. Sunlight filters through the forest’s misty treetop canopies. Off the proverbial beaten path, a group of Airmen is participating in an aircraft crash scenario, trudging through thick vegetation and a natural obstacle course of fallen tree trunks, branches and limbs to find materials to build a shelter as the group awaits “rescue.”
For a Soldier who had grown up wrestling in Pennsylvania and had been introduced to boxing after joining the Army, combining the two in the form of mixed martial arts and combatives seemed like a natural fit.
Staff Sgt. Shane Lees, who now serves as a combatives instructor in First Army Division West, said he discovered boxing while being deployed in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The sounds of fists striking against padding and of backs slamming onto floor mats ricocheted off the walls in Gaffney Fitness Center’s combative room as six modern-day gladiators prepared their minds and bodies to fight in the confines of a steel cage.
Team Warfighter, a mixed martial arts team formed by service members based at Fort Meade, trains twice a day, five days a week with David Perez at the helm.
Mixed martial arts combines many different fighting styles and disciplines into one full-contact combative sport. Fighters compete in a steel cage with the goal of victory by submission or knockout.
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” is a famous quote from Teddy Roosevelt, who was not only the 26th President of the United States but was also the first American to earn his Brown Belt in Kodokan Judo. President Roosevelt earned his Brown Belt from Yoshitsugu Yamashita (1865–1935), the pioneer who brought Judo to the United States from Japan. The famous quote is a shortening of an African proverb which says: “Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far.”
Awareness + Perception + Action = Survival
I was having a conversation with my good friend Jim the other day. Jim is a former U.S. Marine, big city law enforcement officer, combatives and firearms instructor, as well as being a former body guard as well. He told me a story of when he was teaching a street survival class to police officers who had just graduated the academy. Jim said that based on his experience, the number one thing that will get a new LEO killed on the street is their lack of ability to turn on their COMBAT SURVIVAL MINDSET.
I recently watched an interview with Dr. Bob Beck. Besides being a brilliant engineer and inventor, Dr. Beck was also a Judoka for ten years. He told a story of when he once fell on a street side walk and injured his hand because he “slapped out” on the pavement. Most NIHON GENDAI BUDO “New Japanese Martial Arts” instructors teach their students to slap the mat hard when they fall. They give two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s supposed to dissipate the force of the fall and secondly, it’s supposed to distract your mind from your body actually hitting the ground.