Archive for April, 2011

The Great Escape

Perhaps the most important skill set that we can cultivate as Reality Based Self Defense (RBSD) practitioners is the ability to PREVENT violence and danger from coming our way. If violence does come our way though, the next best thing we can do is to ESCAPE the danger and go on to live a long happy life. Escaping actually flies in the face of most conventional martial arts training.

In conventional martial arts training, you’re taught to fully engage your attacker with striking, grappling and/​or weaponry until you “win” the fight. In real life “winning” a fight is not what we’re shooting for, it’s all about SURVIVAL. So then, if survival of violence is our overall operational strategy, what tactics are we going to use to accomplish our goal? If you didn’t succeed in preventing the violence, then you have to as quickly as possible escape the violence.

The EYES Have It

I was a participant in several martial arts seminars where the A-​​list world renown master class teacher had to stop teaching in the middle of their seminar because they had something caught in their eye. They were rendered nearly helpless for several minutes because of this. I’ve also seen several A-​​list MMA fighters have to stop fighting for several minutes because they were jabbed in the eye. So, if some of the world’s top martial arts masters, as well as the world’s top ranked MMA athletes are stopped cold by eye attacks, then eye attacks are most definitely something we want to include in our Reality Based Self Defense tool box. Here are some drills to help you SAFELY practice eye attacks. Make sure that no one has their contact lenses in and that everyone’s nails are cut short and that everyone’s fingers are clean. Work these drills at about 40% intensity, if you want to amp up the intensity you’ll have to wear eye protection.

Practice Low Light Self Defense Training

Criminals work best under the cloak of darkness, there is a direct correlation between low light conditions and violent crime, especially shootings. If we are going to be really honest in our Reality Based Self Defense training, then we have to ground our skill set cultivation in “what is.” Here are some essential DRILLS that will help us own the ever important SKILLS that will enable us to survive a violent encounter in low light conditions:

The Most Important Type of Weapons Training

When I first began my Ninjutsu training twenty four years ago, there was a lot of emphasis on learning how to fight with old school Japanese weapons or protection tools. We trained with long staffs and swords as well as throwing stars and spikes.

It was fun pretending to be Ninja and Samurai warriors but what I really wanted was Reality Based Self Defense training. I discussed this with my teacher and he said that through training in historical based protection tools we were actually being trained in modern day reality based self defense. He went on to explain that there was FIVE PROTECTION TOOL CATEGORIES; impact, edged, flexible, projectile and combinations of the first four. He then said that any tool that we would deploy to defend ourselves has to fit into one of the five categories and that we will use the same body dynamics to use any of the protection tools. We wouldn’t have to learn different postures or striking/​cutting methods for each different tool. I began to see the wisdom in this.What my teacher was doing was training us to USE ANYTHING AS A PROTECTION TOOL.

The Hammer Fist Knockout Self Defense Technique

Imagine having the ability to knock somebody out using a single strike. Not an easy task under the stress and chaos of a real street fight, right? I mean by now you should know that when your adrenaline is jacked up, your fine motor skills, the ones needed to pull off complicated martial arts moves, goes flying out the window. The truth is that the only things available to you to defend yourself are gross motor skills — those techniques that don’t require a lot of practice to master and are so basic and powerful that they’re easy to employ even under the most violent conditions.

Here’s one of the most powerful self defense strikes you can use in a real street fight that packs the power to knock out your attacker with a single blow…

The Toughest Pushup You’ll Ever Love

The best bodyweight exercise for your chest is the pushup. No kidding, right?

Want to get “advanced”?

Elevate your feet on a bench and you’ll make the exercise harder and shift more of the focus to the “trouble spot” of your upper chest.

Still no surprises, right?

Ok, now do this…

How to Lose Weight on the Treadmill

Treadmills are the right choice for those who want to lose weight. It may appear to be a ‘cliché’ you can find in running books or dedicated articles, but it’s true, as long as you know all the details.

Before I explain how treadmills can help you in this quest, I must tell you about the ‘target heart rate’ and ‘fat burning zone’.

Big Ball, Little Belly: Stability Ball Abdominal Workout, Part 2

If you’re looking for a way to challenge your abs more than crunches and planks on the floor, the key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of toning to each move. I have many abdominal ball workout moves, and these pictured below place you on the floor, next to and on top of the ball. Next week I will list other ways to work your abs (along with arms and legs) with a stability ball.

3 Strange Self Defense Items You Should Carry!

When people think about self defense, they most often think about punching, kicking, throws, etc.

However, have you ever thought about how you’d survive extreme self defense situations such as:

*Mass Attacks
*Hostage Crisis
*And other threats caused by civil unrest

Sneaky Trick to Bench 50% More Weight

Bench Press

The following exercise trick will amaze you with its power to instantly increase your max workout weight by 25–50% the very next time you step up the the bench press.

Here’s how to do it…

First, pick a weight that you can bench for about 10 times and do just 6 reps. Do 3 sets of these with about a 2 minute rest in between as a warm-​​up.

Full Body Gym Workout

This blog is quick and simple. It is a full body workout to use in the gym. Warning: this is not a basic level workout.

Dynamic Warm-​​up: 10–15 Minutes (use the link to read detail about a dynamic warm-​​up)

Race into Spring!

Spring is here and the weather is starting to warm up, so it’s the perfect time to get moving! It was a rough winter, and now that spring is in the air, many of us are looking to re-​​awaken and rejuvenate ourselves. Those of us who have remained committed to an exercise program all winter probably spent most of our workout sessions inside a gym. Getting outside into the fresh air will be a welcome change. Those of you who have let your exercise regimen slip over the winter months are probably gearing up to get started with some activity, if you haven’t done so already.

Armed Forces Boxing Champion: Toribio Ramirez

The Pentagon Channel’s 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championship series is scheduled to begin airing April 30th at 2200ET.

You will also find it online on TPC’s Armed Forces Boxing page.

The Pentagon Channel captured all the action from this year’s tournament down at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and as we lead up to the launch, we’ll be releasing sneak peaks, promos and advance footage here on TPC’s Blog.

The video below is a profile package for the Army’s Toribio Ramirez who fought in the 132lb. weight class.

Close Combat: Light Heavyweights

The Pentagon Channel is out with a new series on Close Combat. This show includes step-​​by-​​step demonstrations of techniques used in combatives training. Plus, all the ringside action in the light heavyweight finals form Fort Benning’s U.S. Army Combatives Championship tournament.

How the Services Train Combatives

The Pentagon Channel is out with a new series on Close Combat. In this episode, a closer look at how each of the services trains in combatives. Plus, all the bantamweight action from the U.S. Army Combatives Championship at Fort Benning, GA.

The Right to Bare Arms

Do you have the RIGHT TO BARE ARMS this summer? Teammates, be honest when you ask yourself this question – will you feel comfortable wearing a sleeveless shirt or no shirt at all this summer? If the answer is no – THEN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Good news – you have time!! But you need to start this month and getting started is easy…real easy…drop down and start pushing Mother Earth. Start now and you’ll be getting high fives and “congrats” by summer!

Stability Ball Workout for Abdominals

If you’re looking for a way to challenge your abs more than crunches and planks on the floor, the key is instability! A stability ball will put you off balance to add an extra level of toning to each move. I have many abdominal ball workout moves, and these pictured below place you on top of the ball. Next week I will list other ways to work your abs with a stability ball or a power ball (power balls have 7–8 pounds of sand inside).