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The Real Reasons Grappling Can be Bad for Self Defence

Posted by on 00:01 in Self defence | 1 comment

There are, in martial arts, two broad categories of styles; grappling and striking. Striking arts rely on transference of force through impact by using appendages to bludgeon opponents into submission or unconsciousness. Grappling arts aim to throw, pin, or submit the opponent via strangulation or joint locks. These two broad styles are found in various levels of purity such as the exclusive styles of boxing, judo, BJJ, Muay Thai, Shuai Jiao, and many others. They are also found in mixed styles in various portion and use such as in Japanese...

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Training on Different Types of Ground

Posted by on 06:37 in RBSD, Self defence, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Training on Different Types of Ground

I trained in Yoshinkan aikido for several years earning my 1st kyu rank under Stephen Ohlman. The first time I tried to practice aikido outside I was shocked to find that the wonderfully gliding and sliding footwork I'd been doing failed me. Asphalt is a generally unforgiving surface and I could break-fall on it without issue but the raised stones kept catching on my shoes. I had a similar experience when I tried the footwork on a lumpy soccer field. A year or so later I watched an amatuer boxer from my high-school get knocked out by a kid...

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Which Weapon You Should Carry for Self Defence

Posted by on 00:01 in RBSD, Self defence | 0 comments

Which Weapon You Should Carry for Self Defence

First it should be noted that I am not a legal expert especially concerning areas where laws do not pertain to me. As such this will be a more general answer to the question and covering this question on several topics. Nothing in here should be considered legal advice and I would like to note that for civilians I consider any weapon as an adjunct to empty handed skills and for the most part unnecessary. Remember that knowledge weighs nothing, lower levels of force will more often be what are needed, and (unless you're an amputee) you can't...

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Why Martial Arts are Bad for Self-defence

Posted by on 09:52 in Blog, RBSD, Self defence | 0 comments

Most martial arts instructors are going to hate me for this article but only because the truth hurts. Self-defence has long been one of the major selling points of martial arts training but unfortunately the fighting skills developed in martial arts have little to do with self-defence. Legal systems vary between countries, states, and municipalities but for most of us in developed nations there are pretty clear-cut laws when it comes to legal use of force. Most schools are not teaching the legal context on when it is and is not okay to use...

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How to Protect Yourself Like a Bodyguard for Self-Defence

Posted by on 09:30 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How to Protect Yourself Like a Bodyguard for Self-Defence

When it comes to protecting someone's safety bodyguards are the professionals. Here are a few things you can learn about personal protection from the best.   1. Prevention is greater than firepower   When protecting yourself the only pen mightier than the sword is the one which writes your back-up plan. When protecting high value clients personal protection services do not pack the biggest gun. Even when they do stow some big firepower it is a last resort when all else fails. Before that there is an inordinate amount...

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Top 10 Reasons to Learn Kung Fu

Posted by on 17:55 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Top 10 Reasons to Learn Kung Fu

    10. Cool Weapons You know at some point you've wanted to be able to fight with a sword or staff. Well now is your chance! kung fu styles offer a broad array of weapons and some like, Wing Chun, use them to reinforce concepts for empty hand fighting if fighting with them isn't your goal.   9. Train Your Brain You might start training for one of the other reasons on this list but mental acuity is a great reason on its own. Forget about brain training apps. Wing Chun makes great use of memory, strategic planning, creativity,...

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The Biggest Change in Martial Arts in 10,000 Years

Posted by on 19:35 in Concepts, Context, History | 26 comments

Shrouded in the mysts of time somewhere one of our hominid ancestors is beating up his cousin for mating rights to his sister while a slightly more primitive Joe Rogan commentates. Martial arts have a long history. We are a highly violent species and our methodologies for exacting bloodshed both have changed and evolved over hundreds of thousands of years along with changes in our physical form, population density, and technology. Just as with all technologies primitive man used a tool or a method and improved upon it over time. Our tool in...

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The Value of Forms

Posted by on 03:39 in Concepts, Forms | 0 comments

When I started learning wing chun I had already trained in a few other martial arts, none of which had any particular emphasis of forms. I was completely unaware of the value these combinations of movements had in training. I knew enough to realize that the forms were for training and were not sets of moves to be used in fighting but I figured the movements must each have a specific use. So I did what I always did when I didn't understand something; I went and asked my sihing Harry. In my initial training I was constantly pestering my sihing...

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Practical Chi Sao for Wing Chun

Posted by on 00:26 in Chi Sao, Drills | 1 comment

Wing chun emphasizes the concept of sticking, not only sitcking in terms of maintaining contact with the limbs but also sticking close to the opponent. During the process of either attacking or defending there are moments where the limbs of combatants make contact. Wing chun generally refers to this as a "bridge" in english but this term refers to a bridge between the two bodies. This bridge can be limb to limb or limb to body/head and happens with either party striking or with the opponent attempting to grab or "hook" onto us. Actively...

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