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 27, 2013

pettyartist:

sleepingwithpiercethemice:

serotonical:

How to break out of a zip-tie- potentially life-saving information

You guys, please share it. You never know when someone is going to need this information.

PLEASE reblog this— zipties are one of the most common ways of binding a person upon kidnapping because they are cheap and hard to break.

Knowing things like this puts you one step closer to freedom if, heaven forbid, you fall into a situation where you need to use this information.

Excellent information for everyone, not just females. But in light of that creep in Ohio getting caught, I figured this is pertinent information.

(via pandarican)

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 30, 2012

who says girls have to play with barbies? 

rippedfuel:

Ronda Rousey has quite quickly risen to being one of my favourite fighters.

(Source: ripppedfuel)

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

this is a must see. hugely powerful. please take a few to watch this.

July 17, 2011
"Throughout history, survival has favored those who are clever, tough and fortunate.

Natural selection operates impartially and without mercy; weakness and lacking the ability to adapt or overcome is an evolutionary dead-end. Only the strong survive. A harsh climate or hostile environment naturally produces a tougher and hardier creature; consequently, the weaker die off at a higher rate.”

This is from a pdf book entitled Brain Over Brawn by Clint Cornelius, and can be found here: http://brainoverbrawn.com/. It’s a free download, and so far (I’m on chapter 4 currently) I’m finding the thought’s and perspective in line with my own. Sound, logical, and simple to understand. If you CrossFit, this book is for you. If you train in Krav Maga, this book is for you. If you’re an athlete, this book is for you. If you want to be healthier, and fitter, this book is for you. 

Thank you Kieran for introducing me to this book.