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Category: Strikes

Developing a Fight Winning Attitude

Developing a Fight Winning Attitude

In my years of training and fighting, I have discovered that most fights are lost for one very simple reason: hesitation. The person being attacked either does not react fast enough or is less willing to use violent force than the attacker. A bad guy who attacks you has no problem hurting you… but are Read More

Attacking The “Buckler” From Heenan To Louis

Attacking The “Buckler” From Heenan To Louis

First, what’s a buckler? A buckler is a small round-shield wielded by swordsmen or spearmen, it is worn on the defensive forearm or held in the defensive hand. While the weapon-hand went to work the buckler was used to deflect blows and at times used as a weapon itself. OK, so what does a buckler Read More

Strike Like You Mean It: The Fluid Shock-Wave Principle

Strike Like You Mean It: The Fluid Shock-Wave Principle

I would like to introduce you to a fighting principle called the Fluid Shock Wave Principle. I was taught this principle when I became an instructor in a police defensive tactics system called PPCT which stood for Pressure Point Control Tactics. Even though this was the primary focus of the system, I won’t be talking Read More

Facer Your Muzzler By Mark Hatmaker

Facer Your Muzzler By Mark Hatmaker

“Facer your what?” Today’s historical offering borrows a bit of lingo from fisticuffs, or the Fancy (early boxing), circa 1780. At the time, a blow to the face was refered to as–you guessed it–a “facer”. A “muzzler”, on the other hand, was an early term for an upper-cut. Today’s historical look-back is less about vocabulary Read More

Fisticuffs by Mark Hatmaker

Fisticuffs by Mark Hatmaker

Fisticuffs, now there’s a word we’ve all heard. Conjures up images of old-timey bare-knucklers striking upright long-guard poses, while wearing tights and sporting waxed mustaches. That image is exactly how the word has come to take its current form, as a synonym for boxing or an archaic word for a fistfight. But…originally there was a Read More

One Strike Knockout…For Real!

One Strike Knockout…For Real!

The Brachial Stun While an agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) I went through a defensive tactics instructor course that taught me a devastating blow that totally changed my perspective on one punch knockouts. The strike I am speaking of is called a “Brachial Stun” which is without a doubt the Read More