Exclusive Interview with Shin Koyamada

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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

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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 […]

Practice and BE What You Preach

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Going To Hands; A LEO’s Most Vital Tools Next to Your Brain!

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Time and time again, when traveling across the country and training SWAT team members in different tactical programs as well as general police officers in the field, the first question I ask the class is: “how many of you go on SWAT call outs for warrant service execution and every time you shoot someone? (show of hands please)”! Very rarely would you see multiple hands flying up in the air. Of course when the same operators are asked “how many of you make entry into structures doing the same job and when confronted by subjects of any type you go to hands?”

The Knife – What is it to you?

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The knife, now a days almost everyone carries one either in the form of a pocket folder whether it’s a public friendly E.D.C. (Every Day Carry) variety or a Tactical folder favored by most. Everywhere I go, I tend to notice more metal clips hanging out of people’s front pockets which indicates a folding blade […]