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Pankration: Myth-Busting Edition

Pankration: Myth-Busting Edition

Pankration, or sometimes pancratium, the Ancient-Hellene version of 21st-century MMA is often touted (rightly) as a forerunner of a sport so many of us enjoy today. Careful studies of the past can allow us to glean wisdom, both tactical and strategical, to be applied to our own game in the present.

5 Critical Tips For Close Quater Combat

5 Critical Tips For Close Quater 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

George Dawson and The Kidney Punch by Mark Hatmaker

George Dawson and The Kidney Punch by Mark Hatmaker

I include this now illegal tactic for a bit of historical delving. First things first — Do Not Fire Kidney Punches in the Sport. What happens in a self-defense or street application is a horse of another color. Firing shots to the kidneys has likely been a feature of armed and unarmed combat since man Read More

Special Agent Tips On How To Fight

Special Agent Tips On How To Fight

When I first joined the Navy, I was 17 years old and went to basic training at Great Lakes, IL I met a lot of new people from all over the country. One thing that surprised me was that I actually met people who had never been in a fight in their lives. That truly 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

Viking Combat by Mark Hatmaker

Viking Combat by Mark Hatmaker

Overview For today’s historical-combat exercise, we are going to follow a weave of martial endeavors that begins with the American Frontier’s rough & tumble strategy of “Attacking the Buckler” and goes back to Viking archeology. From there we’ll move on to a “chicken or the egg” style debate about whether or not a French martial Read More