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Category: Self Defense

How To Fight Even When You Are Tired By Derek Smith

How To Fight Even When You Are Tired By Derek Smith

When I was attending my Federal Police Officer’s Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) we used to do what we called “3-minute Wars” where for 3 minutes we would battle all out with our fellow officers using the defensive tactics we were being taught.

The 6 Factors Of The Perfect Armbar – Mark Hatmaker

The 6 Factors Of The Perfect Armbar – Mark Hatmaker

The armbar whether applied top-body, cross-body, or from underneath is one of the top three finishers in both MMA and submission-only grappling. (As a matter of fact it’s almost a neck-and-neck tie with the rear-naked choke.) The armbar is a tool that all competitors should be familiar with inside of 30 days of stepping on Read More

How To Tell If You Have A Tail: The Art Of Counter Surveillance By Derek Smith

How To Tell If You Have A Tail: The Art Of Counter Surveillance By Derek Smith

When I attended the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy, one important technique we learned was how to conduct foot surveillance and how to tell if we were being surveilled. For those of you who may not know what I mean, it is basically how to follow someone and tell when you are being Read More

Situational Awareness Drills – Mark Hatmaker

Situational Awareness Drills – Mark Hatmaker

THE Primary Factor in self-protection/self-defense is situational awareness. Keeping in mind that crime is, more often than not, a product of opportunity, if we take steps to reduce opportunity to as close to nil as we can manage we have gone a long way to rendering our physical tactical training needless (that’s a good thing.)

Realistic Training Equates to Realistic Fighting

Realistic Training Equates to Realistic Fighting

One of the things I was taught as a special agent in the military and as a civilian agent was to “Train Like You Fight, Fight Like You Train”. I incorporated this mentality into all my martial art classes and courses I have ever taught. You see, if you train like most martial art classes Read More

A Trip to the Mixed Martial Arts Gallery By Mark Hatmaker

A Trip to the Mixed Martial Arts Gallery By Mark Hatmaker

Recently a person skilled in their given art chose the receiving of a gift ceremony to cast aspersions and wax philosophic regarding matters that had nothing to do with her given craft, the gift received, or even to offer advice to those aspiring to do what she does so well. Free people being free, she Read More