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Category: Conditioning Techniques

Training for Courage by Mark Hatmaker

Training for Courage by Mark Hatmaker

Do you consider yourself courageous? Now, whether you answered that question in the affirmative or the negative or in the “Well, maybe, a little” let’s now answer this… Would you like to be more courageous?

How To Use A Cane For Self Defense by Derek Smith

How To Use A Cane For Self Defense by Derek Smith

Following my article on the baton vs. escrima sticks, one of the readers asked me to write about using a cane for self-defense. I thought that was a great idea because canes can be legally carried and can be a very effective self-defense tool. I learned how to use a cane for self-defense when I Read More

Training Anticipatory Stress: Part 1 by Mark Hatmaker

Training Anticipatory Stress: Part 1 by Mark Hatmaker

Today’s offering will start with a quote from American literature and a word or two as to what that might have to do with our own combat training, then proceed into the physiology of how your body reacts with ZERO training in the shadow of physical confrontation; we will ponder how those evolved reactions are Read More

Urban Survival Techniques: Staying Safe During a Disaster

Urban Survival Techniques: Staying Safe During a Disaster

As we weave our way through 2019 there are lots of things people are worrying about now: government shutdowns, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, concerns about the worsening economy, and worsening crime to name a few. This is a good opportunity for me to take a look at some practical urban survival techniques to stay safe Read More

Cognitive Preparation vs. Physical Preparation

Cognitive Preparation vs. Physical Preparation

As we so often do, let’s start with a quote: “Chance favors the trained mind.” – Louis Pasteur Oh, that’s a good one, one so worthy of repeating that we all have heard/encountered some version or variation of it in this or that business office or sundry Facebook status update. The truth of it is Read More

Five Critical Concepts for Mastering Close Quarter Combat

Five Critical Concepts for Mastering Close Quarter Combat

When learning self-defense, you learn a lot of techniques, weapons, and skills that make up the system you are studying. Of the many techniques you learn, which ones are really the most important for close quarter combat? If you’re serious about learning how to protect yourself using the techniques you learn, then you need to Read More