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Self Defense – Are you a cheetah or a gazelle?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In the battle between a cheetah and a gazelle the cheetah only wins 40-50 percent of the time, that means, on average, the gazelle is more successful than the cheetah…

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That “OH SH!T” Moment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The “OH SH!T” Moment. There’s a point in between your every day life and a traumatic event where you need a moment to process what is happening and shift…

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Every Day Self Defense

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Self defense is life skill that should fit your life…not the other way around.  You’ve been conditioned to believe that you need to spend a lot of time, money…

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The $30 Training Dummy in 3 Steps.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Don’t over complicate things – if you can’t afford a training dummy…make one. I made this with a thai pad, fence post and some duct tape and it cost around…

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Is an Armed Person more Dangerous than an Unarmed Person?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The answer is unequivocally YES! Dangerous = able or likely to cause harm or injury. Whether you are legally or illegally armed – an armed person is more dangerous…

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Self Defense Training in 2020

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The way you learn to protect and defend yourself and your loved ones has changed as more and more people are using the Self Defense Training System to meet their…

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Why Blocking Doesn’t Work

When I started training in martial arts I believed that I would be able to identify an attack and correctly block the attack with one of the several blocks I…

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Self Defense Company Promotions and Awards for April 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Congratulations to all Self Defense Company Instructors and Students! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”21134″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text] Troll Hunting Awards These Instructors keep the peace on social media by actively engaging people who…

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Revelations in Training

There are very few things when it comes to training that give me a REVELATION – I don’t use that term often, if ever – so you need to listen…

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Nick Ossorgin Completes Master Class Training

Barrie, Ontario – Self Defense Company Instructor Nick Ossorgin (Self Defense Company Santa Fe, New Mexico) made the long, cold trip up to the Great White North to attend SDC…

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Self Defense Company Combatives Featured at Movie Premier

February 14, 2019 Beirut Lebanon, – The feature film Alita Battle Angel features some techniques that Self Defense Company Members might recognize. In collaboration with VIRGIN and EMPIRE MOVIES, Instructor Mario Karam Jr and…

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The Self Defense Company Banned by Udemy

I woke up this morning and discovered that Udemy has banned the Self Defense Company Programs: A couple of years ago, we put a few programs on Udemy to test….

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The Self Defense Company

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”32774″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]The Self Defense Company Mission. Our mission is to provide real and practical solutions for anyone who has the will to defend themselves and protect their loved…

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Self Defense Company Promotions January 2019

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce promotions for January 2019 – Congratulations to all and please feel free to post your promotion badges…you earned them! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] SDTS…

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Stoneman – Douglas Active Shooter Report

This first link is a media analysis of the commission report on the school shootings at Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, near Fort Lauderdale & Palm Beach.  The link…

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Christmas Eve Active Shooter

Today we remember Firefighters Tomasz Kaczowka, 19 and Michael Chiapperini, 43 who were shot and killed in an ambush attack on December 24, 2012 in West Webster, New York. On…

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Who is the Self Defense Company?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] “People Don’t Join The Self Defense Company Because We’re Different…They Join Us Because They Are…” Above is a picture of Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam teaching a group…

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Man Survives Knife Attack While Cops Stood By and Watched

The following video is a story posted on CRACKED by Joe Lozito. It’s about this maniac Maksim Gelman who on February 11, 2011 went on a 28 hour stabbing spree and…

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Find Your Inner Bully in 2019

My wife and I recently brought two of our granddaughters into our home in response to low-grade sexual assault of them. Some half-wits who only half know me declared, “HE’S…

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Elite Member Spotlight: Richard Turner

How to Kick Ass with Only One Leg. Meet Rich Turner who at the age of 18 months lost his leg in a riding lawnmower accident. Since then Rich was bullied…

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Know your rights about stalking

You Are Not To Blame for Being Stalked. 1.4 million people are stalked every year in the United States, one in 12 women and one in 45 men in their…

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How To Protect Your Child Against Online Predators

Children and teenagers today have the opportunity to connect with others in many ways. They have cell phones, giving them instant access, either by voice or text. Social Media allows…

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Crime Prevention for Families

Families and couples provide different advantages and disadvantages when dealing with violent crime. It’s important to have a plan in place BEFORE you’re face to make tough decisions. Become a…

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HOW TO DEAL WITH CYBERBULLIES

Many teens try to deal with cyberbullies own their own by stopping any communication with the person doing the bullying, deleting messages or reporting the bully to website moderators, often…

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How to Protect Your Home Against Theft

Coming home to see your home or apartment torn apart is a feeling no person should ever have to endure, it is a violation of your property and your person…

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Ten Steps to Survive an Assault

There is nothing more traumatic than being a victim of violence. The aftermath left in the wake of an assault, robbery or rape can be devastating and have lifelong effects….

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Self Defense Company Instructor on Knife or Death!

An interview with lifelong martial artist, police officer and Self Defense Company Instructor, John Martin Landry who competed on Knife or Death Season 2, Episode 4. Knife or Death is…

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5 Steps to Surviving Sexual Assault

Statistics can vary, but on average, every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. Research indicates that more than half of all rapes of women occur before age…

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Self Defense Company on the DRS

Beirut, Lebanon – Self Defense Company Instructor Mario Karam made his TV debut on the DRS in Lebanon. Instructor Karam is a Level 3 Instructor with the Self Defense Company and…

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Hate Mail

#hehateme In spite of the thousands of people out there doing what we do…haters still gonna hate…       I’ve put a stop to watching this nonsense, so why…

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Self Defense Company Instructor Promotions

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Self Defense Company is proud to announce the latest round of instructor promotions.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”27219″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]Instructor Mario Karam (Lebanon) Promoted to Level 3 by Instructor Hutchings[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image…

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But what if they fight back?

Dear Sirs, I’m very disappointed in you 60 minute Self Defense Program, it seems like most if not all your “defenses” don’t account for the person fighting back.” -Dave M….

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Self Defense Company expanding in Lebanon

The Self Defense Company is expanding rapidly in Lebanon under the direction of Instructor Mario Karam. Instructor Karam has successfully implemented the SDTS into a top tier American University (Lebanese…

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My Sensei – Donn F. Draeger

By Michael P. Belzer I saw Donn Draeger for the first time when I was 13 years old. My father had heard that some top ranked martial artists from Japan…

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From Wimp to Warrior

Wimps are annoying. They wander around as hollow two-legged targets, silently begging to be bullied or injured. And, when they complain about a nearby Warrior who is willing to fill…

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Confessions of a Krav Maga Instructor

Self Defense Company Director of Instructor Development George Hutchings tells all about his experience in teaching and training in Krav Maga, Muy Thai and the Self Defense Training System.  …

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Self Defense in Marshfield, Missouri

Marshfield, Missouri – The Self Defense Company announces today that it has expanded to the Ozark Mountains with it’s newest Instructor – Mr. Kip Marsh http://www.facebook.com/OzarkMountainsSDC Instructor Marsh’s Self Defense Journey…

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Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP

Self Defense Company at the Lebanese American University CEP Beirut, Lebanon – The Lebanese American University CEP (LAU-CEP) announced today that it will include The Self Defense Company’s training programs…

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The Ultimate Choice: Sacrifice or Regret.

Every day you wake up and make a choice between SACRIFICE and REGRET.  Sacrifice is the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else regarded as…

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The Will to Win in Self Defense

I’m going save you a lot of time and aggravation. The sooner you come to this realization the better off you’ll be.  I don’t talk about this in public too…

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I got Injured, so I quit.

I got Injured, so I quit. If you STOP self defense training and learning because you’re injured then what you’re learning is NOT self defense. Let me ask you some…

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I don’t hate Krav Maga, I just think it’s kind of silly.

We get emails and comments all the time about Krav Maga and I don’t hate it…to me it’s just like any other martial art. Why do people believe in Krav…

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How to see something, say something – what you can do to help.

Intense hunger for quick fixes to mass murder is not just an American challenge. There is a global search for answers to this horror. Amid the suggested big-game solutions for…

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How to Tell If you’re Going to Be Attacked (before it’s too late)

Action is faster than reaction and in the real world, split seconds count and standing there, waiting for him to “throw the first punch” against a real dangerous person is…

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[VIDEO] Was this attack REALLY Random?

MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — The NYPD is trying to identify a man seen wearing a suit and tie who was involved in a brutal beating inside the Times Square subway…

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Why Martial Arts are NOT Self Defense

The primary focus of martial arts has never been self defense.  Even though self defense is listed as a benefit of all martial arts, and you can use some martial…

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Teenage girl trains in ‘forgotten’ self defense system

It’s 9pm on a Tuesday night and while most high school students are working on their extracurriculars for college, one of them is preparing another way… Meet Veronica. This 17…

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This is what a real gunfight looks like…

It’s not the movies…. people don’t just fall down when they get shot and they sure as heck don’t stop fighting. There are NO guarantees in any of this (self…

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This is how we know you’re a moron – The Truth about Guns and Self Defense

No one can deny that a gun can be an effective means of self defense (no kidding) but the reality is the opportunity to use a firearm in self defense…

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SDTS Member Spotlight Ed Kizun: Inspiration Personified

Hi, my name is Ed Kizun and I am an SDTS Elite member.  It seems some of you need a strong-shot of morale. Look, I’m no big deal, ok?  I was…

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I was attacked by two guys!

Hi Damian, Your videos are amazing. Simple,but so efficient. I had an awful experience a few years ago. I was attacked by 2 guys. A big guy (about 2 meters high) was behind…

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I’m 67 and have never been in a fight…why do I need self defense?

“Mr. Ross, I am a 67 year old grandfather that hasn`t been in a altercation with a human since junior high school (although I came very close to punching the…

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Momentum and the Forward Drive

The three pillars of  self defense are POSITION, DISTANCE and MOMENTUM. Position is where you are in relation to the threat. Distance is how far you are from the threat….

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The 12 Criteria of Self Defense

I get a lot of people asking my opinion about other self defense programs and to be honest – there’s SO MUCH stuff out there both good and bad and…

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Any One Man The Equal of Ten

The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book “Any One Man The Equal of Ten – The Fundamentals of Self Defense” by Damian Ross. The (short) History of Self…

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Autism Stands its Ground!

Eric and his autistic son Kevin have been training together in SDTS Combatives for several months,. Well last night that training was put to the test when Kevin, by himself,…

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Hate Mail Damian Ross Can’t Fight

“NINJA PLEASE, it’s HATE MAIL” #NINJAPLEASE This edition of hate mail features people telling me that I have ZERO talent and don’t know how to fight even on the most…

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Do you still practice these defenses?

Your time is valuable, and when it comes to self defense there’s A LOT that is taught that really has no business in your life. Time to cross these ridiculous…

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How unrealistic attacks are destroying your self defense

An unrealistic self defense works against only unrealistic attacks. Most scenarios practiced fail in the real world because they’re practiced against a compliant, and passive partner who is simply letting…

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Cold Weather Self Defense

“How do you best defend yourself in Winter gear? Are strikes less effective wearing gloves and a big heavy coat? Any special considerations/recommendations?” – Eric I love this question because it…

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Self Defense for the Old and Broken

“I’m wondering if you have some advice for the old & broken. I suffer from severe spinal arthritis, and any kind of physical altercation would result in severe injury.  In…

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Carl Cestari – Close Combat Legend teaches 2 hand grab defense

The late Carl Cestari is arguably one of the greatest reality self defense instructors who ever lived. In this video Carl teaches the SDTS Combatives two hand grab defense. This…

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Self Defense is FREEDOM

I can’t think of anything more natural and basic than the right to defend yourself and protect others. This is the part of the foundation of the U.S. Declaration of…

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Self Defense isn’t sparring….

Self Defense isn’t sparring…. Brian: “I’ve been training really hard in the SDTS and the other day I was just messing around with my brother and he was able to…

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Why it Shouldn’t Take You that Long to Learn Self Defense

You’ve been told by the experts that it takes YEARS of training to learn how to defend yourself but why should it take that long to learn something that’s INSTINCTUAL to…

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SEALS, S.W.A.T. and Self Defense

What does a heavily armed operator with a mission objective, equipped with intelligence, superior numbers and technology have to do with you being stalked when you’re alone, walking to your…

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What are you Grateful for?

The Grateful List When times get a little tough, remind yourself of what matters in your life – why are you doing this…WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FOR – who do…

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Everyone lies about training

“I train 4 hours a day, seven days a week, 100% full contact.” – Any martial artist.  Having trained in division I athletics, and competing on the highest amateur levels…

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The secret to hitting hard….

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Is to HIT SOMETHING AS HARD AS YOU CAN. We’re always looking for shortcuts. Fitness, sports…we LOVE when we get a little “secret” that gives us an edge over the…

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Self Defense?

I posted this question and it wasn’t long before the ‘experts’ chimed in – months, weeks, a year…10 YEARS!!! Not surprising because after decades in the martial arts whose business…

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You’re Doing it Wrong…

If you posted a video anything, (especially in martial art and self defense) – without FAIL a self proclaimed “expert” will emerge and point out some useless detail that has…

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How to Escape from Any Room

How to Escape from Any Room Before entering any room, always look for a second way out, because under stress most people will always escape the way they entered. But…

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Confessions of a Self Defense Instructor

Empty hand self defense is the absolute LOWEST form of self defense. If it were so great…we wouldn’t need weapons. Ever since Cain killed Abel with a rock, mankind has…

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ADAPTATION

There’s a great photo essay on the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in the Player’s Tribune. Each year competitors from all over the world with disabilities from blindness to missing limbs…

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Autism Fights Back!

Eric Kreutzer and his son Kevin train in the Self Defense Training System. But what makes this father and son team special, is that Kevin is autistic. According to Eric,…

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The Truth About Bruce Lee

If you were a kid growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s you wanted to be Bruce Lee. His last movie, “Enter the Dragon” coinciding with his untimely death…

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How to Avoid a Vehicle Ramming Attack

This latest vehicle ramming attack in Charlottesville, Va. is just one of many that have come to inflict mass casualties on innocent victims.  It should come at no surprise that…

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Good Samaritan Stops Mugger

A good Samaritan interrupted a would-be mugger as he pummeled a woman into unconsciousness a block away from her Lower East Side home, officials said Monday. The 61-year-old victim suffered…

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The Deadly Mistakes Self Defense Experts Make Part One

Most of what you learned in self defense and martial arts simply does not work and what you have been lead to believe as GOSPEL is a lie.  In this…

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Why Judo?

I often get asked what martial art should I do to supplement my SDTS training and my answer is simple: JUDO.  If you don’t know me I was a Div…

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You Can Do Better

“If you want something other people don’t have you must be willing to do what other people won’t.” Every week I get messages from people with a litany of excuses…

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Self Defense Size Up

Self Defense size up happens in the first few milliseconds your in someone else’s space. They see you as a possible target of opportunity and they need to make a…

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The Six Signs Your Instructor Sucks

Your instructor could be a world champ, Navy Seal, Black ops Killing Machine…but that doesn’t mean they can teach a good class or be a good coach. We’ve put together…

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The truth about ground fighting in the street

Why You Don’t Grapple in the Street   Not a week goes by that I don’t receive a message from someone who has used the Self Defense Training System (SDTS)…

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Would You Break the Law to Defend Yourself or Your Family?

I posted this question on Facebook (and took it down after my quick survey was complete) and the OVERWHELMING majority…let’s call it 100%, responded YES!….without hesitation and with great enthusiasm….

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How to Spot Terrorist Activity

“The 10 Warning Signs of Terrorist Activity” 1. Suspicious activity related to fireworks. Federal authorities have advised local law enforcement to take  notice of anyone asking questions about fireworks “that…

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How to Avoid the Bump and Rob Scam

  Police in Orange County are looking for two men who allegedly bumped into the back of a woman’s car in a staged crash and then robbed her when she…

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Self Defense for People with Disabilities

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] The Truth about Self Defense for People with Disabilities. Unable to walk, let alone fight, this is the true story of how Kevin Jones adapted his physical limitations to…

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How to escape a sinking car.

Did you know that over 400 people each year die inside sinking cars? You would think it would be a rare event, but careening a car into a lake is…

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The Spy Behind the Plate

When baseball greats Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig went on tour in baseball-crazy Japan in 1934, some fans wondered why a third-string catcher named Moe Berg was included.  Although he played with five major-league…

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Krav Maga

Krav Maga is Hebrew for “Contact-Combat”. Krav Maga is a style of self-defense with Israeli origins. The style of Krav Maga is represented by many variations and organizations worldwide. A Brief History…

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Gun Owners Scam

How the NRA and Gun Companies have Conned Frightened and Lazy Gun Owners into Spending Billions of Dollars.  When it comes self defense a firearm is all you need…at least that’s…

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Home Invasion Video

The set up – victim places an ad in local craigslist to sell her ex-boyfriend’s tools.  Unassuming, non threatening woman responds to the ad.  Arrives, sizes up the situation and calls…

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Why Martial Arts have become a Joke

The video you’re about to see is “self-defense” that’s practiced by thousands of people, everyday all over the world and it is completely useless… “I’ve been doing martial arts for…

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Paper Tigers: The Death of Martial Arts

UFC 1 showed the modern world the power of traditional martial arts was grossly exaggerated. Martial artists around the world stood in shock as they watched experts in many styles shatter their…

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The Self-Defense Secret

Your Will to Survive and Protect is Key.​​The single most important thing you need for protecting yourself and your loved ones is YOUR WILL. You must be willing to go…

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What is NOT Self Defense?

“What is NOT Self-Defense” Self-defense is not being the toughest guy on the planet.  The toughest guy today isn’t the toughest guy tomorrow. Self-defense is about survival. Survival comes in many…

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Why are there so many martial arts?

“Not All Martial Arts are Created Equal” Martial arts can be listed into four categories: Combat Sport, Cultural Fighting Art,  Reality Based Self Defense and Commercial Martial Arts.  The Martial Arts Brand…

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The one question to ask any self defense expert

The only question you should ask first is… “How long will it take you to teach me to defend myself?”  If the answer is anything longer than “one second”, you should leave…

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Crazy Shit People Admit on Facebook

  “Confessions of Murder and the Six Million Dollar Man wants to ‘Kick My Old Ass!’” It never ceases to amaze me what people say or admit to on Facebook. No…

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You’ve already lost

The moment you worry if a “move”,  “weapon” or “tactic” is illegal, you’ve already lost. Because the bad guy, bully or rapist doesn’t give a sh!t about you or the law….

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Confessions of a Martial Artist

Confessions of a Martial Artist What you’ve told about “mastering self defense” has been a crock of lies perpetuated by an industry designed to MAKE YOU PARTICIPATE AS LONG AS POSSIBLE….

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What if

““What if?!?!” Are you a ‘What IF’ Guy (or Gal)? Without fail, during a seminar there’s going to be “what if” questions. It’s always some type of “counter move” to what you’re teaching. I…

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Why “Control” in Martial Arts is bad for self defense.

YOU HAVE NO CONTROL!!! Control. In the martial arts world this word is used to describe your ability to come as close as you can to your target without actually…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about grappling

  The Grappling Bible Before Brazilian Jiujitsu, before the Olympics there was simply JUDO. Judo was the complete grappling art. It included Gi and No Gi training and spent time…

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Are you an ‘Excuse’ or an ‘Opportunity’?

Which type of person are you?    It’s “resolution time” and I want to ask you, are you an OPPORTUNITY or an EXCUSE? Because there are really only two types of…

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Self Defense

How Long does it Take to Learn Self Defense? Jerry from Alaska writes… “Hey Damian, I am glad to say Merry Christmas and a Happy (safe) New Years to you…

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Is that self defense legal?

Is that Legal?  When some people see SDTS Combatives for the first time they often ask if a technique or weapon is “legal”.  That’s because they’re basically good, law-abiding people who really…

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Why Traditional Self Defense Blocks Don’t Work

Millions upon millions of martial artists think they can use traditional blocks to defend against a punch, kick or any attack for that matter. But this little “bar trick” from…

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Home Invasion Escape Drill

Home Invasion Escape Drill from the Family Safe Program Below is a shocking video of a home invasion that happen here in New Jersey.  When you’re under real stress like this, you…

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Teen Girl Fends off Rapist with Pepper Spray Gets Arrested

Denmark – A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sønderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant. The teenager told police that…

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Martial arts facts

95% of all martial arts statistics and facts are made up.  After thirty plus years in martial arts and self defense there are a still a few favorite “facts” that just…

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Carl Cestari Unofficial Biography

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The baddest guy you never heard of…. He wasn’t Bruce Lee or a Gracie and if you were weren’t one of the handful of people to ever train with him…

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People You Should Know: Donn F Draeger

This is the guy Steven Seagal tried to be. Donald Frederick Draeger was probably the most respected American martial artist in Japan and he is the MOST prolific martial arts author…

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Tueller Drill and the 21 foot Rule

The Tueller Drill and the 21 Foot Rule The 21 foot rule is the notion that you need 21 feet between you and a knife wielding attacker to effectively draw and…

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Self Defense for Realtors

8 Self Defense Rules for Realtors “Butler County Ohio –  A 29-year-old sales agent was reportedly attacked by two masked men in a model home. According to police, the two men…

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Kimura Judo Bad Ass

Bruce Lee was cool…but Kimura was the MAN.  Time to put your nunchaku down, take the track suit off and meet a REAL bad ass.  Once upon a time when Brazilian…

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7 Ways to Survive a Mass Murder

7 Ways to Survive a Mass Murder even when you don’t have your firearm Unfortunately France is just another in a long line of mass murderers that will continue. Today…

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[INCREDIBLE] Stories of Self Defense: Melissa Bruen and Maurice Osbourne

[INCREDIBLE] Stories of Self Defense: Melissa Bruen and Maurice Osbourne   Melissa Bruen As a senior  at the University of Connecticut, Melissa was walking across campus during Spring Weekend talking…

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The De-Escalation and the Use of Force

The De-Escalation and the Use of Force The application of force is a topic covered throughout a police officer’s career. Training begins academically at the academy, followed by practical “defensive…

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How to Survive Animal Attacks (5 TRUE Stories)

How to survive animal attacks – Lions and Sharks and Bears (Oh my!) 5 true stories and the bad asses who lived to tell the tale.  Pop quiz: If you get…

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43 Year Old Women Defends Herself with Sword

INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis woman is getting praise from around the world for what she did to fight off an intruder. When a man broke into her east-side home just…

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Home Invader Defeated by 75-Year-Old Man and a Steak Knife

A 75-year -old man who found an intruder in his Bastrop County home fatally stabbed him with a steak knife, the Bastrop County sheriff’s office said Tuesday. Marion Lee Hill…

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Teen Crushes Knife Wielding Attacker with TIRE IRON

Teen Crushes Knife Wielding Attacker with TIRE IRON In this corner (on the left) 17 year-old hero Nate Stewart and in the other corner, a 32 year-old waste of life……

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The Best Martial Art for Self Defense is….

People often ask me what martial art to practice to supplement their SDTS Combatives Training. I will say you don’t need this for self defense, but having 3 black belts and ranks…

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History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s Defendu

History of Self Defense: Fairbairn’s DEFENDU DEFENDU was a complete method of armed and unarmed Close- Quarters Combat. The foundation of the DEFENDU method was rooted in the harsh and…

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You’ll Get KILLED Doing THAT!!

“You’ll Get KILLED Doing THAT!!” is the mantra that every self defense expert or martial artists says who sees ANYTHING that’s not associated with their style or system. According to them…

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Why Your Punches Are Sloppy in the Street?

Why Your Punches Are Sloppy in the Street? Why do seasoned martial artists and pro-fighters go from throwing precise, technically correct, crisp punches in the gym to wild haymakers in the…

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She Lived in FEAR and a Gun and the Police Couldn’t Protect Her

She Lived in FEAR and a Gun and the Police Couldn’t Protect Her Tracy Williams was killed Sunday evening while she was at an ATM in the parking lot of…

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Hooker Kills Serial Killer with his Own Gun

Prostitute Kills Serial Killer with His Own Gun This is the incredible true story of how a woman, with no training whatsoever – disarmed and killed a larger, stronger, armed,…

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Citizens Capture Mugger!

Street justice, New York-style: City residents tackled mugger who attacked Arizona mother-of-two tourist Good Samaritans held down a man who allegedly robbed a 36-year-old mother of two Wednesday night in…

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Fear is Good

FEAR is GOOD Fighting back is a scary proposition. Risking physical injury is unnerving at best and terrifying beyond comprehension at the worst. Getting punch in the ring is a lot different…

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Firefighter CRUSHES Armed Robber

Firefighter CRUSHES Armed Robber MIDLOTHIAN, TX – Congratulations to Daniel Gaskey, a Mansfield firefighter, former Marine and high school wrestler, who took down an armed robber with his bare hands, and…

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New Report: Men Over Estimate Their Ability to Fight

New Report: Men Over Estimate Their Ability to Fight A recent study published by the department of health and human services has shown that the average man overestimates his ability…

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I remember the early days in the Karate class were you would stand in front of your partner, adjust your distance accordingly and wait for that little nod of the head to show they are ready, a split second later he would lunge forward delivering a straight arm punch for you to step back and block, a split second later he would take another step forward delivering another straight arm punch for you to step back and block again, then he would come at you one more time, stepping forward and bringing a third straight arm punch, only this time you stepped off to one side, blocked the punch and then very swiftly delivered a counter strike your partner with a reverse punch to his kidneys … KIAI, job done. I guess way back then many of the people who trained in that same class must have imagined things like this: they’re walking down a street late at night when a mugger jumps out of the nowhere and demands their money. Picturing himself as the hero, the Karate man remembers those very same karate sanbon kumite, and drops into his fighting stance, and blocking the attackers best punches before he counters and makes his attacker wish he had have picked on someone else.

The more likely scenario: our well-trained person is stumbling down a dark street, either drunk from a great night out, or just cold and distracted. He sees a shadowy figure step out from a shop doorway, but before he can even get his hands up, someone grabs him from behind. His legs are knocked out from under him and he wakes up on the street, battered and bruised after a good kicking, without his wallet or phone.

What is this all about?
They say knowledge is power, I for one don’t agree with that, I believe it is what you do with the knowledge that makes it powerful, I can only provide you with a comprehensive program to prepare you to survive an attack on the street. While being in the right kind of shape will certainly improve your odds of survival, actually taking time to practice self-defense strategies and techniques is essential, and the concepts in on this page are meant to support a self-defense program. In my experience, most self-defense classes tend to neglect the fitness of their participants. Combat sports are, as the name implies, sports, and thus physical conditioning is usually incorporated into the training. Self-defense, on the other hand, requires a deep and involved study of a much wider variety of situations and attacks, so time for fitness and conditioning is much more difficult to incorporate.

Self-Defense vs. Combat Sports
There are few similarities between a real street fight and any kind of combat sport. Thai Boxing, Judo, Mixed Martial Arts, Olympic Tae Kwon Do, all of these has the following traits in common when it comes to fighting:
a) You know who your attacker is, their size relative to you, and possibly even their fighting habits and experience
b) You know when the fight will happen, and you know the environment
c) You know the number of attackers
d) There are rules preventing serious injury or death
e) You are wearing protective gear, not just to avoid injury, but to allow you to hit harder without fear of breaking your hand.
f) Your attacker is not trying to kill you, or even to injure you. They are trying to win. (Tempers and egos do sometimes play a part in these fights)
g) Nobody else will get hurt during the fight.
h) You know the environment and the arena.
i) You know the duration of the fight.

In contrast, an attack on your way back to your car has none of these rules. In addition, there are certain assumptions you should always have regarding an attack:
a) The attacker wants your property, your body, or your life. They will threaten your safety accordingly.
b) Your attacker will have some advantage–size, numbers, a weapon–and/or you will be at a disadvantage–isolated, lost, confused, sick, drunk, and injured, etc.
c) You will most certainly be surprised.
d) You will be seriously injured, even if you win.

These assumptions don’t apply to social fights, like a good old night club fight, but even they can very quickly escalate. A common scenario is two guys ‘taking it outside’ to settle some difference, only to have the fight escalate to a lethal encounter when the loser won’t go down quietly and grabs a weapon or his friends jump in as tempers flare.

Please note, this isn’t meant to diminish the exceptional people out there who excel at combat sports, nor should it be taken to suggest that they can’t hold their own in a real attack. It is simply to point out that the fitness requirements of winning a boxing match and those of surviving an attack are very, very different, on the street and should be trained for with that in mind.

The Elements of an Attack
To get a better idea of what you need to accomplish to survive an attack on your property or your life, let’s look at the elements of this kind of scenario.

Timing
Most self-defense scenarios last only for a few seconds, from the initial contact to one of the combatants being incapacitated or escaping. However the flip side is that in very rare situations these fights can last up to a couple of minutes.

Combatants
The attacker always has the advantage. Since the attacker initiates the fight, they would not do so unless they perceived that they had an advantage. It is possible that they are mistaken – you may have a concealed weapon, but if an attacker makes a mistake in choosing a target (and survives it); they usually learn very quickly how to screen their future targets.

For the most part, attackers are cautious. They risk arrest and serious injury if they choose the wrong target, which is one that will put up a fight, take too long to drop, or cause a loud and noticeable disturbance. If someone chooses to attack you, you should assume they have a very good chance of winning, and if there is no apparent reason for their confidence, you can bet there is something you don’t know. Their advantage can be in the form of back-up, a weapon, or size. This is why self-defense classes teach their students to always assume the attacker has a weapon, even if it’s not visible, and to always be looking out for the attacker’s friends. One notable exception to this is attackers who are on drugs or are drunk. In these cases, they are still a serious threat because certain drugs dampen or eliminate pain sensations.

Goal
Unlike a sport fight, the goal of a self-defense scenario is to protect your life and escape. It is not to defeat the attacker. That’s not to say taking your attacker down, or even killing him isn’t the most efficient and effective way to protect your own life, but it isn’t the primary goal. If the opportunity to run presents itself, you should always take it. In some cases, the safety of a loved one may also be at stake. Generally, property can be sacrificed, but some people may decide that risking their life for the contents of their wallet is worthwhile. That is a personal decision you will have to make for yourself, and which may vary depending on the situation.

Cost
You should always assume that you could die or be permanently injured. Even when an attacker doesn’t intend to kill you, they have little concern for your safety or well-being and might simply kill you accidentally. Considering how easy it is to crack your skull on a pavement, it doesn’t take much more than a bad fall to end things. If you are cut or shot and left unconscious, you could simply bleed to death. In short, you can die, and should assume it is a very real possibility.

Requirements for Surviving
Knowing all that, what do you need to be able to do to survive an attack?
You must be able to go all out for a least 30 seconds to 2 minutes. You don’t have to last twelve rounds, so the fight usually goes to the person who can inflict the most damage in the shortest amount of time. If you knock someone out cold in the first 5 seconds, which saves you 25 seconds in which you could have been killed.
You must be able to stay on your feet while being attacked. The quickest way to lose a fight is to end up on the ground. Remember the attacker’s mates? As soon as you’re down, they will be playing football with your head. Getting back up is very difficult under these circumstances.
You must be able to run. There is no substitute for this, absolutely none what so ever. You can do your cardio workouts in the gym on a rowing machine or a bike, but if you are training to protect your life, you need to be able to sprint 80m and then run a fairly fast half mile…after a fight.

In terms of fitness, here are the benchmarks:
1. Extremely intense cardio-activity for 30 seconds followed by an 80m sprint and 800m jog. You should be able to operate near or at your maximum heart rate for 1-2 minutes.
2. Good coordination and balance to stay on your feet, probably the best way to ensure your survival.
3. Muscles that can generate a lot of explosive power in short bursts. Think throwing or Olympic weightlifting instead of power lifting.
4. Exceptional core stability and strength to protect vital organs and postural integrity while your hands are protecting your head.
5. Durability in the form of supple joints and the ability to absorb shock, whether from falls or hits. Muscle helps here, but so does flexibility and mobility.
6. Ability to hit small targets accurately and quickly. Your targets in an attack are eyes, throat, and groin.

What you don’t need:
1. Endurance. Beyond the ability to run a short distance to escape, you won’t need to go for very long. Training intervals can be longer, but only if they assist short-term performance.
2. Strength beyond a certain point. Your attacker will almost certainly be stronger than you, and getting into a contest of strength is a sure-fire way to lose. Be strong enough to maintain your body’s integrity, and then focus on power and speed, and don’t ever rely on your strength to win a fight. A small woman can learn to generate enough explosive power that her strikes crush an attacker’s windpipe without being able to bench her bodyweight. It’s not about big strong muscles.

The basic training methods for strength and conditioning program designed to improve survivability in a self-defense scenario will follow the following criteria.
Mimic the real movements as closely as possible, your training should be as close to the actual requirements of the scenario as possible. This means that short circuits using kick shields and punching bags are a great way to improve cardiovascular capacity for a fight.

Training for Toughness
One of the distinguishing features of an effective self-defense conditioning program is that it takes into account the fighter’s toughness, both mental and physical. Mental toughness is the ability to perform well under less-than-ideal circumstances without losing focus or intensity. Physical toughness is also called resilience, and is simply the ability to absorb shock without sustaining permanent damage.

Training Techniques for Mental Toughness
Training for mental toughness requires that you train in uncomfortable situations. The classic example of this is from the movie Rocky IV. We see Rocky turn down state off the art training facilities for some log cabin in the middle of nowhere in despicable weather.

Environmental Stress
I love training outdoors; some of the best classes I have ever conducted have been in local parks, low lighting, and uneven ground along with unpredictable weather. It’s just perfect, no mugger it will ever attack you in your gym so he won’t hurt himself on the four inch mats. If at all possible, commit to training at an outdoor location on a regular basis. Simply going for a jog, rain or shine, can do wonders for your ability to tolerate environmental stress. You will be subjected to rain, mud, snow, sleet, cold, heat, and variations of all of those. The important thing is to learn to function when the environment dose not wan’t to cooperate. Also, try to train on surfaces other than flat. Even a grassy field has lumps and divots and worse traction to challenge your balance and foot placement. The ability to adjust for unusual terrain can save you in a fight.

Social Stress

In my Combat training we made use of a special kind of exercise called a stress drill or sometime known as the pressure drill. These were not especially physically taxing, but were socially uncomfortable because they involved other people trying to touch you or even grabbing you. If you have access to a training group, consider implementing these into your training:
Example Drill: Several people surround you making a circle, the instructor gives each person a number, except the one in the middle, and the object of the exercise is to be aware of your surroundings and your personnel space. The instructor calls out random numbers in quick fire succession, example one, four, three, five, eight, each time the student on the outer cycle hears there number they walk forward in a straight line and try and touch the person in the middle, If you the one in the middle your job is to be aware of someone entering your personnel space, and avoid any contact by side stepping there approach. More advanced versions allow a successful attacker to grab the player in the middle, who must then use a defense technique to force an escape.

Balance
Balance is the ability to control your center of gravity. It is essential for surviving a fight because the surest way to lose a real fight is to end up on the ground where your attackers can easily surround you and play football with your head.

Many fighters will disagree with this claim, citing a commonly heard statistic that 90% of fights go to ground anyway, so you might as well be the one to take it there.

The statistic is often cited as a reason to master grappling technique and forgo stand-up fight training. This number is a myth. Nowadays, we have a generation of people raised on MMA as the dominant combat sport, in which many fights do go to ground, because in MMA, you can safely drag your opponent to the ground without making things worse for you if you know how to grapple. In real life, even a skilled grappler would want to avoid going to ground in the street because they would be rolling on concrete, often with uneven terrain and debris, there is no rule against striking (or biting), and you cannot effectively control spacing or arrangement of multiple attackers. If you’re on the ground, it means you can’t run when the chance presents itself.

Balance helps you stay off the ground because it allows you to manage your center of gravity effectively, even when you are in compromising positions. It encompasses more than just the ability to walk across a narrow or unstable surface, but also includes the ability to move over and around obstacles while maintaining control of your center of gravity, to rise from the ground or maneuver low to the ground without actually falling, and recovering stable footing when you are tripped or fall over.
Balance is also essential for force transfer. By keeping your center of gravity where you want it, you make sure all the power of your legs goes into your strikes rather than keeping your on your feet.

Hand-eye Coordination

Hand-eye coordination is especially useful for fighters because we use our hands to defend ourselves and respond with attacks. Martial artists have always known the value of fast hands, and have developed numerous drills to develop this skill. The boxing speed bag is the classic and perhaps the best for the specific conditioning fighters benefit from.
Throwing/catching

Throwing and catching drills are great for hand eye coordination.

Basic: Simply toss and catch and object between you and one or more partners. The object can be anything, but unusual objects provide more of a challenge. Objects that require you to adjust your grip to catch it in a specific way, sticks or poles, training knives that could spin in the air or pieces of cloth are examples of these. Catch with one or both hands.

Power

In the context of a fight, power means the ability to generate a lot of force in a very short amount of time, as opposed to maximal force generation. Think about the difference between a short, powerful punch as opposed to a slow push. The push may have more weight (force) behind it, but it is delivered slowly and so causes no damage. The punch, on the other hand, might just be a jab with very little bodyweight behind it, but if it is done fast, it will still hurt and might break a nose.
Power is important because most street fights are over as soon as one party gets a good solid hit in, causing the other fighter to stagger or leave an opening that allows a finishing attack (if the initial hit wasn’t) or an escape. Real fights don’t allow for long drawn out exchanges of blows. Conserving energy is useless.
Power obviously relies somewhat on sheer strength, aka muscle tension, but it is more reliant on neurological activation. For this reason, power training is different than strength training. The classic illustration is once again the difference between power lifting and Olympic weightlifting.

Non-weight-bearing exercises for power development include jumps for height or distance, and depth jumps. Since power in a fight is transmitted from the hips to the arms, drills to develop power in the arms should be focused on this hip-to-extremity transfer; clapping pushups are not as useful as heavy push presses or medicine ball throws.
The ideal training methods that emphasize this hip-to-extremity power development are Olympic lifting and kettle bell. Olympic lifting, allowing for higher weights on a barbell held by both hands, develops a deeper foundation of power development, and kettle bells allow you to train unilaterally, the way you’d use your limbs in a fight: one at a time.
Pretty much any of the traditional kettle bell movements will be applicable here, but the Primary movement pattern is the clean and press.

Speed
Running is a necessary skill. You can’t get around this. In most fitness training regimens, running is lumped in with biking, jump rope, or swimming as generic cardio, but from a self-defense standpoint, running is treated as a specific skill that needs to be developed.
This is because the primary goal of a self-defense situation is to escape danger and it is easier to run from danger than to neutralize it with violence. The best strategy in a fight is to run away from it, and if you can run fast enough, your attacker may never even lay a hand on you.
Failing that, protect your vitals, fight back enough to create space, and then run away. Unless you are the attacker with the goal of killing or injuring your target, sticking around to “finish the job” is a waste of your energy, brings down legal culpability, and increases the risk of further serious injury.
So learn how to run and how to run fast.
Luckily, running in the context of self-defense is very short-duration. Half a mile is the longest you’d ever have to run in most cases to reach the safety of a populated and well-lit area or to simply lose an attacker.

Sprints
The beginning stage of your escape from danger will take the form of a sprint as you seek to put as much distance between your attacker and yourself.
Singles (40-80 yards): Set up a marker 40-80 yards out and run as hard and as fast as you can to it. Rest for 60-90 seconds, and repeat 3-10 times.
Intervals (400m, 800m, or distance with interspersed sprints): Interval training is a staple of effective conditioning programs because it teaches the body to maintain a high output of energy for a defined time period, recover quickly, and then do it again. This closely mimics the cardiovascular demands of a fight, in which you will go all out for 30 seconds to 2 minutes and then run away.
Measure out your distance (400m or 800m. A running track is 400m long). There are two ways to run intervals: pick a pace and try to maintain it over all the intervals you are planning to run, or try to run each interval as fast as possible. Both are useful. Do 3-10 intervals with 60-120 seconds of rest.

Intervals
Interval training is a popular form of programming because it allows trainees to get a lot of movements into a short workout. It is useful for real-world self-defense as well because it trains the body to transition from one kind of activity to another with minimal rest in between.
A good example of interval training would be 30 seconds each of five exercises, with the whole cycle repeated five times, with no rest between individual exercises. Variations might include rest after each cycle is completed.
Scenario simulations
An effective self-defense program should utilize scenario training to allow the trainee to exercise his skills in the context of a complex situation. That is different from scenario simulations in the context of a conditioning program.
Most fights contain a series of complex movement patterns performed in a kind of sequence. You might encounter an attacker, wrestle for a moment, sprint away, become cornered, fight with strikes, and then run and escape.

Simulating the fitness demands in that kind of scenario might look something like this:

1. Medicine Ball pick up & drop
2. 30 seconds of sit ups with striking into focus mitts
3. 30 second cover & fight drill
4. 50m sprint
5. 30 free style striking into kick shield or focus mitts
6. 400m run

Training Programs & Basic Structure

The basic structure of a fight conditioning program follows the general rules of any good exercise program. It starts with a warm-up meant to prepare the body for exertion by priming the muscles and nervous system, transitions into the main phase of the workout, and finishes with a cool down, stretch, or rehab session to aid recovery. The main phase of the workout is itself divided into three parts: a technical part, a strength/power skill, and a conditioning segment, done in that order to allow you to get the most out of body systems before performance tapers off. Fine motor control fatigues first, followed by maximal muscle activation, and followed by actual muscle fatigue.

Beginner
The beginner workout published on the older posts is ideal for the new student or someone who is returning to physical activity after a long period of inactivity. It can also be used as a pre-training workout before a martial arts class.
It is can be performed in a more controlled environment, such as a gym, or home workout area, however taking it all outdoors where terrain and climate change would add an additional challenge.

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