Posts by SifuBen


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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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