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Is Kicking the Knee the Best Defense in a Street Fight?

Dear Michael, A friend who practices traditional karate recently told me that the best defense in a street fight would be sidekicks to my opponent’s...

Scenario Training and Stress in the Training Environment

The modern training arena is becoming more focused on efficiency of skill acquisition. This is primarily due to the increase in the complexity and...

Defense Theory: Street Effective Practice

One of the major factors that distinguish "realistic" fighting systems from more traditional styles, is in the close simulation of a "live" combat situation...

The Necessity of Hand to Hand Combat Training For Traditional Martial...

In a day where small arms and massive fire power typifies combat you would think that martial arts training would have faded into obscurity....

Working Against Multiple Opponents in Martial Arts

Working against multiple opponents in martial arts is challenging both psychologically and physically. In Systema, there are a number of simple things to understand and practice to...

Martial Arts Students Should Train for Reality

All martial arts students should train for reality. Sensei and Masters can teach some of the competitive aspects of the arts, but keep in...

The Reality of Combat and the Martial Arts

Grandmaster Donald Miskel discusses the reality of combat in the martial arts and the ability to use what we learn in real situations. I am...

Fifty-Sixth Year Observations: Martial Arts Developed for Self Defense and Combat

Today is October seventeenth, two thousand and thirteen. Today I made sixty six years of age. That means I am no longer young. Actually...

Teaching Shan State Rebels Practical Fighting

I slowly formulated a plan as to what I would teach the men. For years, I had been developing a system of practical fighting...

Wild Wild West: Martial Arts in a Gun Oriented Society

What a time we live in. It’s frightening and it’s frustrating. It’s frightening because you don’t know what life threatening challenges you might face...

Jim Wagner My Self-Defense Instructor: Striking Mannequin Training

In this My Self-Defense Instructor video Jim Wagner, of Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection, discusses striking mannequin training. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79FPP6nsZkk&feature=youtu.be SUBJECT: Striking Mannequin Training PURPOSE: Reality-Based use of...

Training In The Nojo

I learned what I know of focus, form and function in the dojo, but I learned to fight in the streets; in the nojo. No,...

Jim Wagner My Self-Defense Instructor: The Will To Survive Drill

In this My Self-Defense Instructor video Jim Wagner, of Jim Wagner Reality-Based Personal Protection, discusses his will to survive drill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVG84TxvsIU SUBJECT: The Will To Survive PURPOSE:...

Just Go For Center Mass

If you stick to the center mass principle you’ll be a lot more effective because it simplifies target acquisition in your mind, and this...

Mark Shuey Cane Defense: Problem – Solution

Problem: You may not be able to execute intricate martial arts techniques in a fight. Solution: Learn simple moves for defending yourself with a...

System Continuity, A Key Component in a Self Defense System

A Must Have There are many key components that make up a good reality based self defense system. Knowing the psychology of an aggressor, using...

Mikhail Ryabko’s Stick Tying Techniques

This happened over 20 years ago in Russia. My friends and I were at Mikhail Ryabko's class. The format of classes was such that...

Making Soldiers Better Warriors

We are not making soldiers better warriors with inadequate "reality-based self-defense systems" that hold onto outdated techniques and training methods. Perhaps the reason why our...

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs: Surviving Violence

From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman . . . "Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It...

Using Closed Fist Or Open Hand Strikes?

In most police academies and military combat units worldwide professional students are taught to use closed fist strikes when resorting to hand-to-hand conflict. When...