“Evidence-Based” Self-Defense?

A while back, I picked up the June, 2015 edition of “COMMON GROUND”. For those of you who are not from the greater Vancouver area or have never heard of “common ground”, it’s a local free Vancouver, British Columbia, based publication. This magazine specializes in articles about optimizing and alternative health, holistic well-being, spirituality and […]

The Truth About Multiple Opponent Defenses

Multiple opponents, multiple opponents, multiple opponents, as a Self-defense professional who focuses primarily on Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, I sure hear a lot about multiple opponents. Yes, that’s right; there is a multitude of opponents to our stand on multiple opponents. We hear so much about multiple opponents these days that it does get a little irritating. […]

Part 2: Krav Maga vs. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, First Principles

In an earlier post I discussed the major differences between Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu as self-defense systems. In that post I outlined that the most important difference between the two was that Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was not just an assortment of fighting techniques but was more importantly a collection of combat principles. The rebuttal is […]

Martial Arts and the Military Mind

A question that I am often asked is about the kind of unarmed combat, “defensive tactics”, martial arts or Hand-to-hand combat training that militaries use to train their soldiers. Many people often assume that the average soldier must be learning something…well…“military grade” that is far more secret and powerful than the civilian population has access […]

Case Study: for “To be…(On the Ground), or not to be…”

In my last post we looked at perhaps the very most common baseless assertion from the “pseudo-profession”. This wildly unsupported claim that: “you should never be on the ground in a real fight”, is really pretty dumb but is so wide spread that it causes a lot of confusion among the lay public looking for […]

To be…(On the Ground), or not to be…

As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, one of the very most moronic pieces of advice given to people by the “pseudo-experts” and a perfect example of unfounded opinions and baseless assertions being disseminated as fact, is the oft heard: “you should never be on the ground in a real fight”. This is […]

The Truth About “Haymaker” Defenses

This post is going to be about the “haymaker” also known as the “big right hand”. More specifically we are going to explore why real people in the real world have such difficulty defending themselves against this extremely widespread street attack. When I say the “real world” I really mean all over the world, where […]

“Fist Fighting”: A Cultural Perspective

Ever since the Rise in popularity of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, in North America, we have had to suffer through an on-going kind of stylistic and cultural backlash. The now ubiquitous mantra from old school “stand-up” self defense advocates goes something like this: “you never want to be on the ground in a real fight.” Aside from […]

Not All Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Is Created Equal

“Not all Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is created equal”. This is a short-hand phrase that I use to get people’s attention and begin to educate them about the different incarnations of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has really grown in popularity over the years, to the point that it is now often cited as the world’s fastest growing […]