The 5 Gates

Out of the corner of your eye, you see something coming towards your head… with malicious intent. Is it a fist, bat, blade, or… a magpie? (At least in Sydney, AU, yes that’s one potential attack Yi need to be aware of the possibility of). You don’t have time to discern what it is exactly, […]


Enson Inoue: Hypocritical Feelings of Today’s MMA

Enson Inoue talks about the evolution of MMA, and his associated hypocritical feelings about the changes and transformation of MMA into a sport.



Exclusive Interview with Shin Koyamada

In this exclusive interview, star of Last Samurai Shin Koyamada tells about his martial arts training background, his views on the applicability of traditional martial arts to street fighting / self-defence, how the Japanese concept of “mushin” is essential to the reality-based martial artist, and finally the value of traditional martial arts for the reality-based martial artist.


Attacking the Eyes Pre-Emptively and Non-Telegraphically

In this video, Michael Matlijovski of KMA Shellharbour shows how to attack the eyes in a pre-fight scenario where your threat assessment tells you that your opponent is too dangerous for you to simply walk away from. In order to get that first shot in, you need the element of surprise on your side, and so masking your intentions to strike is of paramount importance. In addition to masking your intentions behvaiourally, you also need to reduce any telltale signs that your strike is coming during its physical execution. Ideally your strike should be felt before it is seen.

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Practice and BE What You Preach

Warrior warrior every where! Every other word in training seems to be the talk of the Warrior Mindset. It is one of the most powerful labels to have when you achieve that title.
“a brave or experienced soldier or fighter”

But how many trainers or coaches actually have actually been in some type of fight or war? When the words are thrown out there, does the trainer/coach back what they are? Musashi once wrote: “It is false not to do so, and to die with a weapon yet undrawn”. This simply means that a warrior should not give up his life to the enemy without having used all the tools at his disposal.



Cut! It! Out! – Paradoxes of Knife Self Protection

For my lead article I wanted to discuss a very controversial issue that seems to consume a lot of our industry’s time, energy and resources. Self Protection against the edged weapon. I decided to do this by fleshing out in more detail a lecture that I give in my courses for Weapon Protection Instructors.

Knife Self Protection presents the potential student as well as instructors with many paradoxes that we must embrace as well as problems that need to be addressed and understood in order to provide the best information and tactics to our students.


Defending a Straight Right in a Street Fight

Michael Matlijovski shows a defense to a right cross found in Filipino Martial Arts as well as Korean Hapkido – the brush, trap and power slap. The brush and trap serve as a deflective entry, opening up the opponent’s center and setting up the power slap.


Taking the Back & Getting the Choke in a Street Fight

There are only two surefire ways to end a fight physically – knock out or choke out. You can do an incredible amount of damage via ripping, tearing, gouging, even breaking limbs etc etc, but these type of tactics will not necessarily stop a determined or jacked up opponent.

When executed properly, a rear sleeper hold (otherwise known as a rear naked choke) – temporarily cutting the blood supply off to the brain – is an effective way to de-escalate a fight by force.