June 3, 2014
Krav Maga/Self Defense News

I have a few videos to share, all of which pertain to self-defense or training in some way. Hopefully these are all visible, and not labelled private.

1. Krav Maga Compendium. This video is amazing because the they’ve compiled most of the curriculum of moves from levels 1-5 into one movie. As stated on their vimeo page:

“‘Krav Maga Compendium’ is a collaborative film project involving several Krav Maga schools and a cadre of America’s finest combat instructors. While a handful of techniques were cut, this short film demonstrates most of the major movements and techniques from Levels 1-5 of the current system. Essentially, this is the entire Krav Maga curriculum in one short film.”

Another huge benefit from this movie is seeing how different techniques can be used in various situations in real time, and what the scenario’s might look like.

https://vimeo.com/94804589

2. Ok, i don’t know if this knuckle-head is a legit martial artist or not, but this video has me seriously scratching my head and face-palming with every repeat viewing.

Ok, I get it—you like doing fancy shit—but really, why are you ending on the ground after EVERY FUCKING TAKE-AWAY? In a real situation, you don’t know if that gun is real, fake, loaded, jammed, etc. So WHY put yourself in a worse predicament should one of those prove to happen? Because you have faith in your ju jitsu? I love jits to hell and back, but in a street fight, you DO NOT want to go to the ground if you can prevent it! And if you do find yourself on the ground, GET THE FUCK UP! Why? Glass, condoms, blood, dirt, needles, dog shit, human shit, pot holes, concrete, sharp shit, hard shit, need I say more? Fancy moves can work, but not when the other dude’s gaggle of friends that you neglected to spot jump you two seconds after you land on the ground. Watch this, then re-watch the first link and you decide for yourself. (I REALLY hope this link works for all of you)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1446144982287770

3. This next link is straight from the IDF. They recently held a Krav Maga Competition with each branch of the IDF sending their top Kravists to compete against each other to see who comes out on top. If you’re serious about Krav and you followed this blog somewhere along your journey, you’ll probably have seen a link or two that I’ve posted of Roy Elghanayan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hXjr_7bSdg), who also came from the Israeli Forces. I’d love to see some of the competition footage and see how they stack up. It looks like two branches captures the top spot in the three weight classes, Duvdevan in Light Weight, Unit 504 in Middle Weight, and Duvdevan again for Heavy Weight. Read the article here: http://www.idfblog.com/2014/05/29/the-idfs-best-of-the-best-krav-maga-competition/

4. And lastly, for shits and giggles I give you the youtube channel of Funker Tactical. Now, most of this is way above my ability or knowhow, but these videos bring up some excellent talking points. This video opened my eyes to the speed and ability with which elite level gun and knife fighters can react: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8cvk06hfVs Definitely worth watching a handful of the different videos on their channel, and for me, I enjoy seeing that other “schools” of tactical athletics are changing and adapting.

Have fun, stay safe, and get home without incident.

—Blaga

February 24, 2014
The Importance of Combos.

Combos on the brain tonight. Decided to see what the Googles would provide and they didn’t let me down. Now, I don’t know if this is because I’ve been out of it for a while and my head isn’t “in reality”, or if I’m seeing something that others aren’t seeing, but I was taught a very simple logic to my combos—Close the Distance—meaning, start with your long/longest weapons (kicks/legs) and work your way in close.

For example: Defensive front kick > jab > cross > hook > hook > elbow/knees; or: groin kick x4 > knee to face (assuming they’re doubled over in pain) > #7 elbow to the skull. 

When I see “jab > cross > round kick” I ask myself “why aren’t you closing the distance and moving in on your subject? Is this for sport instead of survival? 

Regardless, it is important to have a few combos in your back pocket that are well worn and ready to go. And remember, there is logic to the combos. Watch this video to see what I’m referring to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-a0PGt-vo0

Krav on Kravists. 

July 11, 2013
Awesome—just remember the most important rule: STAY OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE!

Awesome—just remember the most important rule: STAY OUT OF THE LINE OF FIRE!

(Source: jaidefinichon, via gonorreia)

June 7, 2013

thekidshouldseethis:

Akitoshi Tokubuchi is the 2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Champion and his winning routine makes it clear as to why.

YoyoRecreation’s Akitoshi Tokubuchi, who was the first runner-up last year, stepped up his game and is the 2013 Japan National Champion, beating Tatsuya Fujisaka by a hefty five point margin and Hiroyuki Suzuki by over ten points!

Go find some yo-yos. We’ve all got a lot of practicing to do.

h/t Metafilter.

HO. LY. SHIT. So why post this on a blog that focuses on self defense? because this is a beautiful expression of movement, and martial arts fall under the umbrella of physical expression. That and yoyo’s were originally designed as weapons. :D

(Source: thekidshouldseethis)

May 1, 2013
Another Godless Goddess: School conducts surprise shooting drill with real gunmen firing blanks

Two masked men wearing hoodies and wielding handguns burst into the Pine Eagle Charter School in this tiny rural community on Friday. Students were at home for an in-service day, so the gunmen headed into a meeting room full of teachers and opened fire.

Someone figured out in a few seconds that…

Train for it like it’s real. Doesn’t get any more real than this. Not doing anything isn’t helping anyone. Better people are scared and alive than unprepared and dead.

(Source: oregonlive.com)

May 4, 2012
make your training real

a friend of mine sent me this video, and i cannot emphasize enough that if you are training in self defense, YOU MUST MAKE YOUR TRAINING REAL—if your training partner(s) aren’t making it a real-life-worthy simulation, and they’re just “calling it in”—tell them. if it still doesn’t work, get a new partner. watch the video below because THAT is what we’re training for. what good are your techniques if you’ve been overcome with adrenaline to the point of freezing?

watch it. it’s not safe for work (unless you have headphones), but watch and learn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MWQXVTKJdI&feature=youtu.be

February 14, 2012
"A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of men better than himself."

— John Stuart Mill 

January 23, 2012
10 week jiu jitsu course; class #1, move #1

So, a change from the normal “krav talk” to start the year off—my gym is offering a 10 week course in bjj with the renowned “Lethal” Lana Stefanac. Knowing i need improvement on my ground game, i’ve signed on and i’m pretty stoked about it.

The first class was no let down. we started with a mild warm-up to get the blood moving and the limbs limber. then we went into our first of two techniques:

The Rear Naked Choke
this is a “blood choke” meaning it cuts off the blood flow to the brain. no blood to the brain, no oxygen to the brain. no oxygen to the brain, you go to sleep. period. in about 3-4 seconds. when it’s on right, it’s very effective, and very fast.

we learned this choke starting from the ground, sitting behind our opponent. in the numerous video’s i’ve watched, there are a many ways to play this choke, but we were taught some really spot on pointers when they showed us how to do it. the steps are:

1. you have your opponents back
2. have your opponent in a “seatbelt grip”
3. your head is smashed next to your opponents head
4. use your head to push your opponents head into your bicep
5. release the seatbelt and grab your ops trap
6. with your free hand, push the ops shoulder away, sinking them deeper into your arm
7. as you push on the shoulder, slide the arm up so your hand holding onto the ops trap can switch to your own bicep 
8. on your “up-stretched arm” rotate your palm to face you and slide it behind your ops head, grabbing your other bicep or shoulder
9. now take the arm that is around your op, and press that elbow down into the ops chest as you…
10. pull your shoulders back into their sockets, and upwards with a strong shrug

the combination of pushing into their chest as you choke in an upwards motion forces your ops head into a shitty position and closes/distorts the triangle created by the space in your arms—the space in which your op is trapped. closing that space around their neck cuts off blood flow to the brain and puts them to sleep. 

what was really nice about this class is that we spent almost an hour working with just the one technique. we spent about the same amount of time working on the second technique too. but that’s another post. for now i’m replaying the move in my head, in slow motion. reliving the chokes to make sure the mov is burned into my brain. 

here are some video’s that show the rear naked choke, although their instruction is different from what we were taught, the concept is the same. 

from Bas Rutten: 
http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-do-bas-ruttens-rear-naked-choke

from Matt Hughes:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPPRz0NLVkM

from the US Army:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS8XwlLqtmg&feature=related

and of course, from MMA Candy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UValwUGfD4k&feature=related

one thing i’ve noticed in some of these videos is that they’ll perform the choke while there’s still a LOT of room between the bicep and the ops neck. (the last link is especially guilty of this) everything should be TIGHT and SNUG. no pockets of space, that space means your op can potentially escape. remember—NICE AND TIGHT! 

December 25, 2011
Are you ready for the Zombie Apoco…er, I mean New Year????

I was just turned onto this website. Pricey, but they make some really nice blades:

http://zombietools.net/

If you’re in the market for a new blade though, be it a pocket knife, hunting knife, or zombie slaying sword, here are a couple other sites that might interest you:

  1. for the budget conscious http://www.coldsteel.com/
  2. if you’re unsure—this is the “amazon” of the knife market: http://www.knifecenter.com/
  3. and if you want something “battle-ready”, check out TOP Knives: http://www.topsknives.com/

And remember—guns run out of ammo, and they’re loud. [;

December 3, 2011
"Be the change you want to see in the world."

— Mahatma Gandhi

December 3, 2011
So, I want to talk for a minute about self defense…

Many of you who follow my blog are also practitioners of Krav, or soem other form of self defense. That’s great. I’m a strong believer of the idea that force is sometimes needed to protect either yourself, your loved ones, or even a stranger(s). But there is another form of self defense that some of you may know about, and some of you may not. I first came across this method in the movie The Peaceful Warrior. There’s a scene where the protagonist is mugged by a few guys, and his instinct is to ask his teacher for help—i.e. he wants his teacher to kick their ass because he knows his teacher can—but instead, his teacher (nick nolte’s character) tells the protagonist to give the muggers his money. then he tells him to give them his pants. and his jacket, his watch, everything he has—he must give to the muggers. the idea is that if the person or persons mugging you are willing to risk their freedom for some petty cash or belongings, then they are in deeper need than you. this idea was very recently brought to mind by a gentleman in New York who did exactly the same thing:

http://www.npr.org/2008/03/28/89164759/a-victim-treats-his-mugger-right

I found this story on facebook, and as such, i reposted it. it in turn received a number of comments and re-shares. but what struck me funny was someone commented that we need more people like this. i agree, we DO need more people with this mentality. but instead of just thinking “yeah, we need more people like this…” why don’t we each decide to change how we think about these things, and actively decide to do this ourselves? it seems simple enough, and it doesn’t take much more than a conscious effort to hold this new mindset. If we want to see change in the world, we have to start with ourselves. If we change how we view the world, we’ve effectively made the change we were seeking. 

So… yes, knowing how to defend one-self is important. but more important is learning how to recognize another fellow human in dire need—more-so than ourselves—and learning to be open to that person, and actively doing something to help create a change in that persons life as well. when you read the story, its amazing how much the mugger has changed within the time of the mugging, to the end of a dinner. 

I’m not exactly a “god-fearing” man, but i did have to go through a 12-step program a number of years ago, and i’ll share this quote, because it fits:

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, the courage to change the things i can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

the key is being able to recognize the difference between the two. and Mr. Diaz had the courage to change the things he could, as well as the wisdom to know that he was able. So, know that your first option in self defense does not have to be a physical attack, but it can be a verbal defense. Just don’t go shouting in your attackers face, that WILL backfire (don’t ask how i know this…).

Peace and love. and remember, it all starts with You!

November 18, 2011
We all need a Cato in our life.

Talk about being prepared for the unknown and the unknowable! A wonderful compilation clip of Cato attacking Inspector Clouseau by surprise. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw1f94dx4xo&feature=related

Extra Credit: Identify how you would handle the attacks if Cato were attacking you. [;

October 31, 2011
you don't have to take my word for it, take it from Glenn Pendlay instead.

October 28, 2011

Hmmm …

Would I rather have been shot with bullets, or “Non-Lethal” rounds?

They may be “Non-Lethal”, technically speaking—but they sure as fuck aren’t nerf rounds. Be careful if you find yourself too close to the action!

magalomania:

kateoplis:

2003: Police Violence Shocks Activists, Others at Port of Oakland Protest

The protesters took the city to court, and Oakland eventually awarded $2 million to 58 demonstrators for police abuses.

An anti-war demonstration at Port of Oakland turned violent this morning when Oakland Police opened fire with wooden dowels, sting balls, concussion grenades, tear gas and other non-lethal weapons when protesters at the gates of two shipping lines refused an order to disperse. […]

“Our guys were standing in one area waiting to go to work, and then the police started firing on the longshoremen,” said Henry Graham, the president of ILWU Local 10. “Some were hit in the chest with rubber bullets, and seven of our guys went to the hospital. I don’t want to imply that the police deliberately did this, but it doesn’t make sense.”

Left: A protestor, who refused to give her name, bears the wounds after she says was hit by Oakland police weapon during a anti-war protest in Oakland, April 7, 2003. P: Paul Sakuma

Right: Berkeley resident Clay Hinson who was shot once in the chest and twice in the back during an anti-war protest, shows his wounds to an Oakland Police sergeant, April 7, 2003. Oakland police fired rubber bullets and wooden pellets on Monday to disperse hundreds of anti-war protesters in what was believed to be their first such use against U.S. protesters since the American-led war on Iraq began. P: Tim Wimborne

Rubber bullets to the face? REALLY Oakland? 

(via pandarican)

September 27, 2011
The importance of footwork.

a funny thing happens when you shrug off a skill that you’ve spent a good deal of time cultivating. when you come back to that skill, you think it’s all still there, in your head. and it is—kinda sorta. this is also called “being rusty”. 

i am definitely rusty. 

while all this crossfit training is all swell and good—part of the reason i got into crossfit was to develop the strength and conditioning to further my krav. today was a good day for krav. as posts before this, it has been, literally, a couple month’s since my last krav class. the decision to go tonight was based on the level of soreness in my legs from last weeks work. i saw today as an “active rest day”. it was active, but there was no rest. sweat poured off me the entire class, as is the norm when taking krav. and even though i’d intentionally taken a level 1 class because i knew before going in that i need to reacquaint myself with the movements, what i wasn’t counting on was how sluggish i felt on my feet. 

in crossfit the emphasis is to keep your weight in your heels for the majority of the movements. air squats, back squats, kettlebell swings, dead lifts, cleans, snatches, presses—they all require you to drive through your heels and explode upwards through the hip. in krav the emphasis is to stay on your “toes” so you can be agile, and quick. here one second, over there the next. to put it simply, the crossfit knocked the krav out of my feet. so now i sit here pondering footwork and how to improve it.

the cost of poor footwork:

  1. tripping over your own feet.
  2. being slower… to the kick, to the block, to the defense, to the attack… 
  3. it could cost you the fight.

why is footwork important? being able to control the movement your body is everything. if it wasn’t for footwork you wouldn’t be able to dodge, weave, or slip a punch. you wouldn’t be able to snap off machine-gun groin kicks. you wouldn’t be able to burst into the attackers attack. you wouldn’t be able to dance around your attacker and pick them apart. 

to throw some possible training drills on the table for footwork, i dug around and found these:

Bruce Lee on footwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxTg6f_fYT0&feature=related

Muhammad Ali on footwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iM6JHnA5Xo&feature=related

The New Zealand All Blacks doing some footwork drills: http://vimeo.com/23347924

Some Dude (youtube user kyryllo ): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6y0YYBUGP0

Happy dancin’