Technical Stuff

As if being attacked by one criminal sociopath isn’t bad enough, attacks that involve more that one opponent are extremely dangerous and unpredictable. Multiple attack scenarios often present a losing proposition and even skilled and experienced fighters regularly succumb to such superior odds. This is of course further compounded if any kind of weapon is Read more

Why Train With Weapons?

Posted by Sifu Talib in Technical Stuff on November 19, 2011 | No Comments

“A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity” ~ Sigmund Freud Weapons have always been part of human culture throughout recorded history and beyond and our computer age makes no exception. Violent attacks with knifes, bats, machetes, bottles, etc. fill the headlines more than ever and although medical care has Read more

Components of a Fight

Posted by Sifu Talib in Technical Stuff on June 12, 2011 | No Comments

Fighting in a ring to rules and battling it out in some dark alleyway are two very different things. A seasoned street fighter placed in a ring with an experienced MMA fighter will lose the “match fight” – because the fight comes down to conditioning, training, and following the rules. On the other hand, an Read more

There is an urban myth in some parts of the martial arts world that something like 90% of all fights will go to the ground. Like with any assumption this one also has the makings of a rude awakening. Fights can start and end in many different ways and I am not sure where the Read more

Martial Arts are NOT the same as Self Defence

Posted by Sifu Talib in Technical Stuff on October 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

This is perhaps THE biggest misconception when it comes to anyone looking to learn how to defend themselves. Although most martial arts have come out of some kind of military tradition, many have developed into competition sports, like Judo or Kick Boxing, or into ritualized styles that focus on health and well being. This is Read more

Can YOU “pull the trigger”?

Posted by Sifu Talib in General Stuff, Technical Stuff on September 18, 2010 | 13 Comments

In the 30+ years that I have been involved in the martial arts, I have come across plenty of people who thought they could defeat a pack of hooligans armed with baseball bats and knifes. The reality is often a very different one and when push comes to shove they are usually the first to Read more