Reality-Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Resources
Reality-Based Self Defense and Personal Protection Resources

Self Defense Training

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SELF DEFENSE TRAINING: KILLING WITH RULES

During self defense training, you learn that there are stark differences between competition and killing. And yet, when it comes to making the distinction, I’ve found that some people have a hard time differentiating one from the other. A common comment I hear from competitors (whether in boxing, karate or mixed martial arts) is that […] Read More

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TARGET FOCUS TRAINING PRINCIPLES IN A NUTSHELL

Last night, during our monthly conference call between Master Instructors and Mastery Program members, a question about our Target Focus Training principles came up: “How do I tell someone about what we do in such a way that it doesn’t sound crazy?” We have no shortage of material that talks (and shows) all about what […] Read More

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LEARN SELF DEFENSE: SHUT UP AND HURT HIM

You can’t learn self defense until your mouth stops. If we were training to be crisis negotiators, we’d need to talk to each other. A lot. All the time, in fact, to keep that line of communication open so it doesn’t collapse, go dead, and sink into the opposite of communication: destruction. If you can […] Read More

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SELF DEFENSE TRAINING VS. MMA TRAINING

Asking about self defense training and MMA training, R. R. writes in: “My concern is facing someone who is trained in MMA or some reality-based system. I’ve already had an altercation with a MMA guy and even though he didn’t beat me up he still got an ankle lock while I was standing and it […] Read More

SLOW YOUR SELF PROTECTION TRAINING DOWN

People often ask why we insist they start with slow practice for self protection training when everybody knows that real violence is fast. One way to answer this is to think about firearms training, especially your first day on the range. If yours was anything like mine, you started with the firearm in a hip [...]
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FORGET FIGHTING. DELIVER AN INJURY.

To be invincible in hand-to-hand combat and be able to deliver an injury, you need to have at least a passable fluency in all the various forms it can take: Boxing. Kick boxing. Ground fighting. Stick fighting. Knife defense. Gun disarms. I have no doubt I’m missing some here. Once you get all those covered, […] Read More