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Category: Strikes

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

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