Hand-to-Hand Self Defense

The Standing Cross Collar Choke: BJJ Modifications for Real World Self Defense
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1 year ago

The Standing Cross Collar Choke: BJJ Modifications for Real World Self Defense

In self defense training it is imperative to include and study techniques that utilize leverage, position, and surprise over pure strength. This can be for a number of...

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Checkers and Chess – When Defensive Response Becomes More Important Than Fight Strategy
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense
1 year ago

Checkers and Chess – When Defensive Response Becomes More Important Than Fight Strategy

Self defense is an interesting study in that it is both complicated and simple. The complication in self defense comes largely from the enormous variance of attackers,...

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Is Sport Jiu Jitsu Actually Amazing For Self-Defense? Part 1
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1 year ago

Is Sport Jiu Jitsu Actually Amazing For Self-Defense? Part 1

If there is one thing self-defense oriented jiu jitsu people like to talk about it’s about how sport jiu jitsu is bad for self-defense. Today, in the first part of the...

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

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
1 year ago

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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Self Defense Techniques that Work – Taking Control and Creating Options
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense
1 year ago

Self Defense Techniques that Work – Taking Control and Creating Options

In my first technique review for self defense situations (January’s article Acting First) we took a look at the arm drag to rear naked choke as an excellent option...

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Grappling for Self Defense – Utilizing the Sprawl and Reverse Wrestling
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
1 year ago

Grappling for Self Defense – Utilizing the Sprawl and Reverse Wrestling

In my article Self Defense and Jiu Jitsu 2.0, I discussed some of the misconceptions that exist about applying Jiu Jitsu to self defense and the ridiculous old-school...

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

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
1 year ago

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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Acting First Instead of Striking First: Self Defense Situations that Call for Restraint
Hand-to-Hand Self Defense
1 year ago

Acting First Instead of Striking First: Self Defense Situations that Call for Restraint

Welcome to 2016! I hope everyone’s holidays were fun, and more importantly, safe. I imagine that some readers who bounce at bars and clubs or work in security had...

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