Choosing a Self Defense / Martial Arts School: A Parents Guide

"Daddy, I want to take Karate!""Mommy, Jimmy on the bus hit me again today"There are... Read More

Basic Drills

We all have a good foundation in the basic blows and combinations.Think about adding the... Read More

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1

Over the next couple of day's I will writing an article of the history of... Read More

A Great Question!

It's a question that we went back and forth with for awhile ourselves many moons... Read More

The Acronym That Saved My Life

Frequently, I get asked about certifications, systems or methods. We made a decision a long... Read More

Are You Still Standing Toe to Toe?

How many times do you practice techniques with your training partner and you stay in... Read More

Are You Frustrated Yet?

I was talking to a parent recently and they told me that their son was... Read More

By-Rote Combinations

Do not believe that practicing "by rote" 1-2-3,etc. type "responses" to street attacks is a... Read More

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it... Read More

Bogu Training

About four years ago Carl recommended we start using the Bogu during our kumite (sparring... Read More

Im Soooo Confused...

I was going to write about the BASICS of "practical unarmed combat". Things like a... Read More

Content, Are We?

I asked a simple question at the last seminar:"How much has everyone improved in the... Read More

Does It Hurt When I Do This?

Let me tell you something. I don't bruise too easily. You guys know after years... Read More

The Dojo

Just as an aside. For those who would "box" us in to specific "category".........We don't... Read More

Elements of Unarmed Combat

Custom build your own personal "system":Useful areas of training and study to find, train and... Read More

Fronting

"Fronting": The dodge to get in close to you. The frontal assault, as opposed to... Read More

Fairbairn on the Fairbairn Method

Something for our shooting "enthusiasts" -PRELIMINARY STATEMENTBackground:"Prior to my association with the armed forces of... Read More

So You Think You Train Hard

"Tokio Hirano (1922-1993) 8th Dan The Man Who Revolutionized Judo" By Jim Chen, M.D .... Read More

Historical References to W.E. Fairbairn, E.A. Sykes AND Dermot Pat ONeill

FROM THE BOOK: "PIERCING THE REICH" AUTHOR: JOSEPH E. PERSICOThey learned the art of silent... Read More

The Shocking Truth About Stun Guns

If you are outside the world of law enforcement, chances are you haven't had much... Read More

John Styers

Most people have only been exposed to John Styers work through the book "Cold Steel".It... Read More

Its Not a Matter of Who is Right

"People here may belittle sports arts...."Who?Almost EVERY "combatives" man of any note CAME from a... Read More

Judo Nagewaza (Throwing Technique) In The Street

How practical are throwing techniques (nagewaza) for self-defense or street-fighting? NOT VERY!The Japanese themselves have... Read More

Is Aikido a Martial Art ?

Sensei Henry Ellis Co-Author of the new book Positive Aikido.- 2005. A direct student from... Read More

Break the Bones

"HONE O ORERU" is a Japanese term that translates literally as "BREAK THE BONES". It... Read More

The Thumb Jab

I'm sure a lot of you remember the scene in the movie "The Presidio" were... Read More

The Economics of Self Defense

The following is a recent email I received; I thought I should respond to the... Read More

The Fallacy and the Myth

It's always amusing when "know it alls" dismiss certain methods out of hand as being... Read More

How to Relax During a Fight

I received a returned video from a well meaning, but severely misguided, former customer. This... Read More

Sensing Intention

One of the 'mystical' aspects of the martial arts has always been the ability to... Read More

Real Life Self-Defense Starts From...

"Nicky Bats" was an "old school" kinda guy. He was "street" thru and thru. He... Read More

Women in the Martial Arts

1st Lady Assistant to Sensei Henry Ellis Ellis Schools of Traditional AikidoI was born... Read More

COMBATIVES? ...... Don?t Tell Me. I Know What That Is! (Part 1)

"Combatives" from the root word COMBAT ? "to fight in direct contact", "active fighting between... Read More

COMBATIVES A Rose by Any Other Name?....Part 2

The advent of World War One (the war to END all wars) brought warfare into... Read More

Martial Arts and The Zone

On the occasions you delivered the perfect strike; blocked without the need to think or... Read More

Combatives

This is our last installment on "defining" the parameters of COMBATIVES.The point, I am sure,... Read More

New Book: Positive Aikido

A new book with a practical look at Aikido and its history. The Co-authors are... Read More

Martial Arts: Mind, Body and Spirit Presented Online

This Martial Arts website uses body, spirit and mind to construct an excellent example of... Read More

Makiwara Training

Shigeru Kimura Sensei 9th Dan Tani-Ha Shitoryu Shukokai had a punch that was like getting... Read More

Martial Arts and The Bible

As a Christian and a martial arts student, I have often wrestled with the idea... Read More

Nuts & Bolts of Self Defense

Fundamental "Nuts & Bolts" training for close combat should be directed at dealing with the... Read More

Dermot Michael (Pat) ONeill

Dermot O'Neill was born in 1905 in County Cork, Ireland. As a teenager he traveled... Read More

What Can We Learn From What Has Already Been Done?

Pre-WWII Judo was a far different thing than what we see now.The Japanese in particular,... Read More

Regular or De-escalated

We always stress that NOTHING occurs in a vacuum. There always exists stepping stones or... Read More

The Test

"Will this work so that I can use it instinctively in vital combat against an... Read More

How to Become A Modern-Day Ninja Master

The ninja were a military order in Japan. Most people have seen them in movies... Read More

Do You Take Yours Trained or Untrained?

If you ain't pissing anyone off, you're not doing anything worth while. Like religion and... Read More

Is it a ?Hurt? or is it an ?Injury?

My father fed me this line every time I felt pain or discomfort. Growing up... Read More

A Few Things Everyone Should Know to Keep Themselves Safe

The following are a few thoughts about how to decrease your chances of being a... Read More

Have No Misconceptions

I just received an Email from a woman who has a child (3 year old)... Read More

Grown Man Quits After 3 Mat Pulls!

A matt pull is the simple act of lying on flat on your stomach, reaching... Read More

Why Every Cop Should Study Judo Part 1

Up until 30 years ago, JUDO was the martial art. Then with the introduction of... Read More

Tae Kwon Do As A Means To Stay In Shape

Becoming a martial artist is a fanatastic method of fitness. While there are many martial... Read More

British Aikido Board National Nepotism Seminar

For many years The British Aikido Board (BAB) have shown no interest whatsoever in the... Read More

Okinawan Karate

So you are thinking of starting to train in okinawan karate. There are a lot... Read More

Aikido Philosophy: An Oriental Concept of Energy, Self, and Mind

PrefaceThere are many different ways to understand Aikido philosophy and perceive, utilize, and benefit from... Read More

Martial Arts Strength Training

According to various sources on the internet, a 1996 article in Iron Man Magazine revealed... Read More

Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts

Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games.... Read More

What To Expect When You Least Expect It

The time you will be attacked you will most likely be:Distracted Out numbered Alone There... Read More

Learning the Modern Dynamics of Judo

You may have the erroneous idea that force is not necessary in judo, especially when... Read More

Safety Awareness & Self Defense: Circle of Safety

Safety Awareness & Self Defense is the responsibility of each individual. Knowing your surroundings and... Read More

Applying Law of Gravity to Judo

In judo it is important to throw your opponent by making use of his loss... Read More

Generating More Power from Hip Rotation - Lessons from Martial Arts

One of the important lessons of Martial Arts training is the ability to use hip... Read More

Expect the Unexpected Grass Hopper

The Myth perpetuated by Self Defense Oriented Martial ArtsI just received the following Email. I... Read More

How To Defend Against A Knife - Dont Use The Stuff Taught In The Dojo!

Defences against Knife attacks, Firstly if at all possible get yourself and anyone else out... Read More

Things to Know About Learning Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)

For Easterners, particularly Chinese, this MAY not be an issue. Tai Chi Chuan is deeply... Read More

Martial Training as a Timeless Portal

Thanks to several centuries of enlightened teachings by extraordinary men in the martial disciplines, we... Read More

The Rebels Guide to Cultivating Vitality

Many Taoists recluses and Buddhists monks dwelled in mountains and forests to observe, listen, and... Read More

The Plight of Industrialized Man

Living in the Pacific Northwest is a challenge for any body: the poor excuse for... Read More

Tai-Chi for the Masses--and Others

Kuang Ping was the T'ai-chi set favored by Yang Lu-Chan, the man who brought forward... Read More

Eight Simple Rules for Saving Your Life

Let's put the non-lethal fantasy to rest.1. Never trust your assailant. No matter what they... Read More

Fight Simulator Theory for Reality Based Street Defense

This is such a powerful tool that it should leave no question unanswered for you... Read More

Who Created Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)?

I have read a number of books, articles, and novels, and have... Read More

Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we've all plopped the kids in... Read More

A Samurais Power Is In His Little Finger, Not His Samurai Sword

In the 12th Century the Shogunate was formed. The head of this regime was the... Read More

Samurai Sword Facts

The first samurai swords we're actually straight bladed, single edged weapons imported from Korea and... Read More

5 Steps to Choosing the Right Martial Art for You

One of the questions I get asked most frequently, in several different variations is about... Read More

Samurai Swords ? Choosing a Sword to Buy

It's undeniable that a well placed and mounted samurai sword or samurai sword set looks... Read More

Interesting Facts on Samurai Sword Manufacture

A samurai's sword is his most sacred and prized possession. Not only did the samurai... Read More

Samurai Armor Part 1

The first prototype for Japanese samurai armor came about in the form of the yoroi... Read More

Samurai Sword Basics, A Brief History

Capturing the spirit of old Japan and recognised by its deadly curvature, the samurai sword... Read More

Martial Arts

Traditionally, people trained in Martial Arts in order to utilized their skills as a... Read More

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Back in the early times of sword manufacture, the production of super strong high-grade carbon... Read More

Martial Arts Sparring and Training Protective Equipment

The benefits of Martial Arts has always appealed its practitioners. The disciplined training of the... Read More

Samurai - The Honourable & The Treacherous

The Japanese Samurai were warriors. Highly trained, skilled and efficient killers. Indeed, for many years... Read More

How to Select Your Martial Arts and Self Defense Equipment

The most common place to buy martial arts or self defense equipment is in the... Read More

The Best Martial Art

It is a very difficult task to determine which martial art is the best so... Read More

I Know Karate and Kung Fu and Lots of Other Foreign Words!

Martial arts have become incredibly popular in the US. Drive through any little strip shopping... Read More

Strategy as Applied to Warrior-citizens

After years of study, I have come to a small understanding of the way of... Read More

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Choosing a Self Defense / Martial Arts School: A Parents Guide

"Daddy, I want to take Karate!""Mommy, Jimmy on the bus hit me again today"There are... Read More

Samurai - The Honourable & The Treacherous

The Japanese Samurai were warriors. Highly trained, skilled and efficient killers. Indeed, for many years... Read More

Regular or De-escalated

We always stress that NOTHING occurs in a vacuum. There always exists stepping stones or... Read More

Makiwara Training

Shigeru Kimura Sensei 9th Dan Tani-Ha Shitoryu Shukokai had a punch that was like getting... Read More

Samurai Swords and The Swordsmiths

Back in the early times of sword manufacture, the production of super strong high-grade carbon... Read More

Tae Kwon Do As A Means To Stay In Shape

Becoming a martial artist is a fanatastic method of fitness. While there are many martial... Read More

COMBATIVES A Rose by Any Other Name?....Part 2

The advent of World War One (the war to END all wars) brought warfare into... Read More

Is Aikido a Martial Art ?

Sensei Henry Ellis Co-Author of the new book Positive Aikido.- 2005. A direct student from... Read More

Who Created Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)?

I have read a number of books, articles, and novels, and have... Read More

Strategy as Applied to Warrior-citizens

After years of study, I have come to a small understanding of the way of... Read More

Catholic Self Defense

Note: I wrote this essay regarding the development of Tekkenryu jujutsu. However, I think it... Read More

The Acronym That Saved My Life

Frequently, I get asked about certifications, systems or methods. We made a decision a long... Read More

Aikido Philosophy: An Oriental Concept of Energy, Self, and Mind

PrefaceThere are many different ways to understand Aikido philosophy and perceive, utilize, and benefit from... Read More

Martial Arts: Mind, Body and Spirit Presented Online

This Martial Arts website uses body, spirit and mind to construct an excellent example of... Read More

Do You Take Yours Trained or Untrained?

If you ain't pissing anyone off, you're not doing anything worth while. Like religion and... Read More

The Rebels Guide to Cultivating Vitality

Many Taoists recluses and Buddhists monks dwelled in mountains and forests to observe, listen, and... Read More

The Fallacy and the Myth

It's always amusing when "know it alls" dismiss certain methods out of hand as being... Read More

A Few Things Everyone Should Know to Keep Themselves Safe

The following are a few thoughts about how to decrease your chances of being a... Read More

Safety Awareness & Self Defense: Circle of Safety

Safety Awareness & Self Defense is the responsibility of each individual. Knowing your surroundings and... Read More

Martial Arts Sparring and Training Protective Equipment

The benefits of Martial Arts has always appealed its practitioners. The disciplined training of the... Read More

The Thumb Jab

I'm sure a lot of you remember the scene in the movie "The Presidio" were... Read More

New Book: Positive Aikido

A new book with a practical look at Aikido and its history. The Co-authors are... Read More

The Best Martial Art

It is a very difficult task to determine which martial art is the best so... Read More

Expect the Unexpected Grass Hopper

The Myth perpetuated by Self Defense Oriented Martial ArtsI just received the following Email. I... Read More

So You Think You Train Hard

"Tokio Hirano (1922-1993) 8th Dan The Man Who Revolutionized Judo" By Jim Chen, M.D .... Read More

Judo Nagewaza (Throwing Technique) In The Street

How practical are throwing techniques (nagewaza) for self-defense or street-fighting? NOT VERY!The Japanese themselves have... Read More

Martial Arts

Traditionally, people trained in Martial Arts in order to utilized their skills as a... Read More

A Beginning History of Old School Jujutsu - Part 1

Over the next couple of day's I will writing an article of the history of... Read More

Okinawan Karate

So you are thinking of starting to train in okinawan karate. There are a lot... Read More

Tai-Chi for the Masses--and Others

Kuang Ping was the T'ai-chi set favored by Yang Lu-Chan, the man who brought forward... Read More

By-Rote Combinations

Do not believe that practicing "by rote" 1-2-3,etc. type "responses" to street attacks is a... Read More

Nuts & Bolts of Self Defense

Fundamental "Nuts & Bolts" training for close combat should be directed at dealing with the... Read More

How to Become A Modern-Day Ninja Master

The ninja were a military order in Japan. Most people have seen them in movies... Read More

John Styers

Most people have only been exposed to John Styers work through the book "Cold Steel".It... Read More

Things to Know About Learning Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)

For Easterners, particularly Chinese, this MAY not be an issue. Tai Chi Chuan is deeply... Read More

Fun Games for Children Training in Martial Arts

Keeping children interested in their Martial Arts training requires an element of fun and games.... Read More

What Can We Learn From What Has Already Been Done?

Pre-WWII Judo was a far different thing than what we see now.The Japanese in particular,... Read More

Samurai Armor Part 1

The first prototype for Japanese samurai armor came about in the form of the yoroi... Read More

Samurai Swords ? Choosing a Sword to Buy

It's undeniable that a well placed and mounted samurai sword or samurai sword set looks... Read More

How To Defend Against A Knife - Dont Use The Stuff Taught In The Dojo!

Defences against Knife attacks, Firstly if at all possible get yourself and anyone else out... Read More

A Samurais Power Is In His Little Finger, Not His Samurai Sword

In the 12th Century the Shogunate was formed. The head of this regime was the... Read More

How to Select Your Martial Arts and Self Defense Equipment

The most common place to buy martial arts or self defense equipment is in the... Read More

Its Not a Matter of Who is Right

"People here may belittle sports arts...."Who?Almost EVERY "combatives" man of any note CAME from a... Read More

Women in the Martial Arts

1st Lady Assistant to Sensei Henry Ellis Ellis Schools of Traditional AikidoI was born... Read More

Learning the Modern Dynamics of Judo

You may have the erroneous idea that force is not necessary in judo, especially when... Read More

British Aikido Board National Nepotism Seminar

For many years The British Aikido Board (BAB) have shown no interest whatsoever in the... Read More

Break the Bones

"HONE O ORERU" is a Japanese term that translates literally as "BREAK THE BONES". It... Read More

COMBATIVES? ...... Don?t Tell Me. I Know What That Is! (Part 1)

"Combatives" from the root word COMBAT ? "to fight in direct contact", "active fighting between... Read More

Im Soooo Confused...

I was going to write about the BASICS of "practical unarmed combat". Things like a... Read More

Samurai Sword Basics, A Brief History

Capturing the spirit of old Japan and recognised by its deadly curvature, the samurai sword... Read More