Saturday, June 16, 2018
Audio Interference: Teaching Self-Defense
“When I first took karate, I was already an activist. And I could see right away what this could do for women in the 70s.” — Annie Ellman
Good reminder of how privilege can be at play when we practice martial arts, with the luxury of multiple memberships (I'm guilty) and extended coursework (also). Great podcast featuring interviews with two groups that teach self-defense skills: Pop Gym and the Center for Anti-Violence Education.
Dealing with Strikes from the Guard
Practical self defense BJJ training. I'm always surpised how much sport jiu jitsu does not reflect the realities of fighting, so this is a refreshing change. Kind of a "no-duh" for Krav people, but good nonetheless.
Why Krav Maga is Different from Martial Arts
"A Krav Maga practitioner is not challenging anyone in their realm, or in any other realm. We are normal people living our lives. We are comfortable in who we are and confident enough to not have to challenge anyone in an ego contest."
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Interesting comparison of knife attacks. My summary of the article is sometimes stabbing is better and sometimes slashing is better, and most of us thankfully will never have to actually find out first hand.
Sticks and How to Attack with Them
My instructors always remind us to be good attackers as that's the only way that your partner will learn. I'm guilty of occasionally pulling my punches on my partners in the interest of not injuring them, but I'm trying to be more aggressive while still demonstrating good control. Plus, in the world of self-defense fighting, training in how to be a bad guy is as helpful as the training to be a good guy. This article about how to attack with a stick is good stuff if you're trying to learn how to defend well against it. Hopefully you don't run into someone who knows how to do this, but the mechanics are very helpful to understand. Plus there's a cool video of pistons in there too.
What's Your Easy to Exploit Weakness?
Your hair, footwear, jewelry or your man-bag? This piece is helpful in thinking it through.
Verbal Skills in Your Toolkit
"In personal and home-defense situations, verbal skills can be important. But don’t assume yelling forceful commands is always the answer. Sometimes it’s better to speak softly or not at all. It’s up to you to gauge the situation and respond appropriately. You’ve got to think before you speak."