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Kicking For Self Defense

I Love Kicking My favorite part of learning the martial arts was kicking.  Let’s face it, the use of the feet as weapons are what makes the difference between a martial arts fight and just the regular brawl.  From the time I was 12 years old, sitting in a theater watching Chuck Norris in Good Guys Wear Black […]

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Keys To Fearsome Elbows

The elbow is one of the most devastating techniques in self-defense. The elbow itself is very hard and does not have many nerves, so it feels very little pain.  The elbow is capable of a lot of damage, from bad cuts to vicious knockouts. It is used at close range, when the attacker is up in your face. Trying to throw an elbow from […]

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2 Most Effective Strikes For Self Defense

When talking about self defense for the street, there are four primary basic strikes.  They are the lead hand (Jab), cross, hook and uppercut.  All four can be learned and used with great effect if applied correctly.  While those are the four main strikes, there are two others which I believe are more devastating and can […]

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Why Mixed Gender Classes?

While on a self defense forum the other day, I saw a thread where a guy asked why they have mixed gender classes in his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. He stated that it made no sense to him why he has to train with women. His reasoning was that he is much larger and stronger than they […]

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Is Hand Conditioning Necessary For Women?

The pounding echoes through the dojo as the sun rises and the morning mist burns away. Inside, the karate master methodically strikes the wooden (Makiwara) with his heavily calloused fist. What Is Hand Conditioning? The above image and video is what many think of when the topic of hand conditioning comes up. The practice of hand conditioning or Iron Palm training may […]

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Motivational Heroes: Who Will You Be?

I remember growing up, playing pick up sports games with the neighborhood kids, pretending to be our motivational heroes. The sport we played changed with the seasons, baseball, football, basketball, and hockey in the winter.  We would gather at one of the local fields or playgrounds, pick teams, and who was going to play what […]

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