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  • Mixed Martial Arts vs. Street Fighting

    U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Giang Nguyen

    Televised bouts of "no holds barred" fighting such as Ulitimate Fighting Championships or Pride matches have done wonders for raising the awareness of self defense beyond the traditional karate class down at the corner strip center. This "new" way of fighting was termed "mixed martial arts" because when it came to REALLY winning a fight, contestants found that they needed a combination of skills from wrestling, boxing, and any of a bazillion ... more

  • The #1 Secret to Surviving a Ground Fight!

    Sgt. Maj. Michael S. Burke (U.S. Marine Corps photo)

    With the popularity of mixed martial arts these days and "no holds barred" fighting, there's been an increasing demand for training in "ground fighting" for preparation for defending yourself on the street. And it makes sense, right? After all, some lab full of geniuses "studied" real street fights and found that an estimated 85% of them end up with both guys going to the ground to battle it out in a combination of wrestling moves and punches... more

  • Is Your Martial Arts Training BACKWARDS?

    U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Rebecca A. Lamont

    I have a problem with "martial arts". No, I'm not going to launch into some "anti-martial arts" rant about how it's ineffective in a real street fight (though I have my opinions). But the problem I have with most martial arts systems is that they teach their students how to defend themselves completely BACKWARDS! Let me explain... If you've ever taken a single class in a "martial art", then you know that your training begins with learning ... more

  • The 12 Inch One Punch Knockout!

    12 Inch One Punch Knockout

    This weekend I was filming a new DVD for my site CloseQuartersCombat.com on "How To Defeat Larger Attackers". As I reached the film site, one of the guys assisting with the video was helping me get my training dummy out of my van. Now Tyler is a personal trainer for a gym and about 6' 6" tall so I was more than happy to let him give me a hand with the relatively heavy dummy. As we were removing it out of the van and the base touched the gro... more

  • Should You Intervene in a Fight?

    Officer Isaac Rosario deploys OC spray to break up a fight between two combatants during fight dispersion training at MCAS Yuma. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bill Waterstreet)

    Several years ago I was staying at a hotel in a small New Mexican town I used to live in.This area is heavily populated with brutal gang members who traffic heroin from Mexico out into the rest of the United States. I'd dealt with the gangs in the past as a security consultant and bodyguard and knew what they were capable of. Around 1am, I was suddenly awakened from a sound sleep by a piercing scream in the hallway followed by a man's voice ye... more

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