Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

7 Ways to Stop an Opponent from Overwhelming You
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

7 Ways to Stop an Opponent from Overwhelming You

There are arguably only seven ways to handle an external force. This article seeks to name them, and give you an idea of how to apply them: Meet Put your own force...

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Self Defense Foundations – Escaping Headlocks from the Side and Front
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Self Defense Foundations – Escaping Headlocks from the Side and Front

Over the last few weeks we covered some quick and effective techniques for common street grabs that are likely to occur in a variety of situations and from multiple...

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The Portia-tactic – How to Beat an Opponent, Using His Instincts
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

The Portia-tactic – How to Beat an Opponent, Using His Instincts

Introduction For centuries, the seemingly superhuman reflexes of the martial arts masters and martial sports champions have been legendary. Their opponent moves, and the...

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Less is More: Keeping your game simple.
Fitness

Less is More: Keeping your game simple.

‘You’re only as good as the time before.’ This is something I believe about live-rolling and mma sparring. I’ve gotten promotions over guys that were there...

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Self Defense Fact or Fiction: Wrist-grabs
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Self Defense Fact or Fiction: Wrist-grabs

In this first installation in a series of articles about martial arts “myths”, we’re going to look a little at wrist-grabs. There is a lot of skepticism,...

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Surprise! Grabbed from Behind – Self Defense Follow Up
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Surprise! Grabbed from Behind – Self Defense Follow Up

Getting grabbed unexpectedly is one of the most important situations anyone can train for from a self defense perspective. This is due to both the likelihood from a...

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Bear Hugs and Underhooks: Paragons of Power and Leverage for Grappling and Self Defense
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Bear Hugs and Underhooks: Paragons of Power and Leverage for Grappling and Self Defense

In today’s self defense technique breakdown, we will analyze how some standard grappling knowledge can be applied to a common self defense situation. Jerry Wetzel...

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Studying Self Defense: A Focus on School and Instruction, Not an Art
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Studying Self Defense: A Focus on School and Instruction, Not an Art

In the case of studying martial arts for the purpose of self defense, I am often asked which martial art is the best to study. This is a bit of a loaded question, as I...

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Adding Some Elbow Grease To Your Takedown Defense
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Adding Some Elbow Grease To Your Takedown Defense

There is a saying in the self defense community that most fights happen in the space of a phone booth. I suppose it depends on where you identify the beginning of a...

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Important Concepts of Self Defense and Wielding the Best Tool of All – Exploring the Theory of Self Preservation and Protection of Others
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

Important Concepts of Self Defense and Wielding the Best Tool of All – Exploring the Theory of Self Preservation and Protection of Others

In December’s article (Self Defense and Jiu Jitsu) I introduced some of the self defense focus that will take place in 2016’s articles. I brought up some...

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