Archive for November, 2011
It is amazing and even quite sad how in this advanced age of communication, something as important as self defense is still so vastly misunderstood. Think about it: Ask 100 people what they think self defense is and you will get all manner of responses. The typical response is filled with images of cinematic flashy moves, breaking boards and bricks, and deadly secret death touches. Yet for the most part, these have little or nothing to do with how real people could or should try to defend themselves.
And perhaps more to the point, these misconceptions create false fear and denial that keep so many people from ever taking a self defense course, even though it is a subject that everyone needs to know in our ever increasingly violent world!
There are currently a number of self defense and martial arts organizations that have transcended the stereotypes of self defense and actually do provide very effective state of the art self protection.
You might not want to hurt another human being, but sometimes you are left with no choice…
If an attacker becomes aggressive towards you, your family or your friends, then they leave you with no choice but to get physical!
In this self defense video, I am going to show you the very effective elbow strikes from face smash technique. This self defense technique takes NO PRISIONERS, and can quickly leave an attacker on the floor wondering what just hit him.
If you practice martial arts, one thing you should always be doing is improving your strength, stamina and endurance. When it comes to a fight, this can be the DIFFERENCE between winning or losing.
In this martial arts workout video, I will show you a crazy martial arts workout that takes things to a whole new level. This is definitely one of my favorite strength and training workouts for martial arts.
Gracie Combatives and Gracie Survival Tactics: A Gracie University Training Program that will help any Martial Artist become a more complete fighter!
Ground defensive techniques are a must to properly defend yourself as a police operator due to the number of people studying ground based jiu-jitsu systems. Finding the time and/or school to attend can be a real problem. Now, thanks to Ryron and Rener Gracie (head instructors at Gracie Academy), there is a cost effective and practical solution. Anyone can now study the world famous Gracie Jiu-Jitsu system at
It works in the MMA cage, but is the single leg takedown effective on the street?
In this self defense video, Gary and myself (Matt) will teach you one of the most aggressive and effective ways to put a street attacker on his back and then quickly transition to the mount where you can end the fight. This move is great for bigger guys who lack speed and agility.
Fitness can be a dirty word in the world of law enforcement. For years, some police officers let themselves become fat and lazy while their counterparts in military operations maintained a level of fitness that was required for the job. There have been improvements in the attitude towards fitness that police display. Donuts, coffee, and cigarettes, have given way to bagels, bottled water, and protein shakes. In the “Academy” physical training was a regular, if not a daily, event. Then once “On the Job” for a period of time, fitness went out the window due to shift work, poor diets, and other obligations.
I’ve recently had a Gestalt like epiphany. Most martial artists have no idea what I’m talking about when I say “Reality Based Self Defense” or “Complete Martial Arts.” I base this new found understanding on numerous emails from my readers. I decided to make a list of the major components of what a truly comprehensive big picture real life personal protection program must include.
Most fights are won or lost before the first punch is ever thrown.
Yet, most Self Defense courses devote a great deal if not all of their training to physical techniques. This is because most Self-Defense courses are derived from the Martial Arts. The Martial Arts are technique-based systems where one begins slowly and after many years eventually masters various “Martial” movements and forms. These techniques require a high level of physical dexterity and fine motor skills.
The standard Self-Defense course is based on applying various martial arts movements to defend against the myriad of ways an attacker may carry out an assault. Unfortunately, arming students with only physical skills leaves out huge chunks of information that are crucial in effectively stopping a fight before it occurs. Add to that the fact that much of the physical skill training taught is too complex to work in a real encounter and the harsh truth is that most self-defense training can actually be setting the student up for failure, sometimes with catastrophic results. Sadly, stories abound of an experienced martial artist getting beaten up by a seasoned street fighter who knows how to verbally intimidate and hit with one or two techniques really hard.
I’ve been a fan of Sigung Paul Vunak ever since I watched his first Panther JKD/FMA Videos that were released in 1986. I distinctly remember watching his now often imitated knife cutting demonstration. Sigung Vunak hung a big chunk of meat from a line and cut it with a knife. It demonstrated quite viscerally how dangerous a single knife cut could be, as well as how important it is to have viable edged weapon survival skills. A very important lesson for everyone to learn.
POC-P Police Operations Combatives Program/MAC Modern American Combatives: One Method of Defensive Tactics and Self-Rescue
There are a wide variety of combatives programs, police defensive tactics programs, and martial arts systems out there for the operator to choose from. The priorities might change after you survive the initial attack, regardless of what the attack might be; firearm, edged weapon, impact weapon, or empty hands. Military operators might keep moving after engaging the enemy and police might have to take cover, standby, and take the combatant into custody for criminal prosecution. Regardless of what step two is, you must complete step one and mitigate the attack presented towards you. The POC-P Police Operations (or Officer) Combatives Program/MAC Modern American Combatives offers one option to succeed in step one and step two.