May 272013
 

The constant controversy in martial arts always comes down to a childish shouting match between marital arts masters and survivalists over who’s style is better or more realistic in real life. The more Combat Sport oriented martial artists will eventually offer to simply fight anyone to prove their point, the Reality based martial artist will point out that staging a fight where both parties know they are fighting and the circumstances in which it will take place invalidates the any true correlation to a real fight, and the Traditional martial artist will point out that their way has worked for hundreds of years, and therefore doesn’t need any more testing.

However one thing that we can all agree on, is that when you are truly fighting for you life, having a weapon trumps fighting empty handed every time.

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May 102012
 

A valid question that all martial artists must ask themselves as they train. The second question is which street? Below is a video of real life street fight. Take a look and let me know if you think your martial arts can match either of the two men involved.

 

Good news friends, I think we will be alright this time. And if either of the two men are amoung my readers, please contact me and we’ll get some lessons set up for you.

May 032012
 

I’m not really sure if this counts as martial arts related. I mean, tazers are self defense weapons, which is related to martial arts… so if you take a hand full of MMA rejects and make them play a weird football/soccer hybrid, surely this counts.

Well it doesn’t matter anyway. Of the eight people who read this blog only three are aware that its martial arts related anyway, and the other five are personal friends or family who read the blog out of guilt. Which I inflict on them. So click on share tabs…or I’ll make you feel guilty

Thanks Dad.

Anyway, Ultimate Tazer Ball. Have you noticed that if you put the word “Ultimate” before any sport, it always lowers the IQ of the average participant? Well in this case, you get a gient soccer ball (which you are perfectly alowed to carry in your hands) and try to get it into the opposing team’s goal. And you have tazers which you can shock the life out of your opponents. I know what you are thinking. Why? Not sure, its nice to know that there is something less intellegent then Shock Fighting but I’ve posted a video of it anyway.

Jan 042012
 

Do you remember the article on Grand Master Frank Dux that I did a while ago? Well I ran across one of one of his comrades from the Black Dragon society…thingy, Soke Grand Master Irving Soto.

What I love is how his Uke (the guy he is doing moves to) keeps screaming and flailing after each move, yet on command, rises and seems fine and ready for the next beating from his instructor. Either he is hamming things up, or the master needs to take it easy on him. Apparently, I need to stop being so gentle with my students. So ah…study this and make sure you try it on someone this week. When you do, email me and let me know how that works out for you.

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Dec 272011
 

Most martial arts have a veritably infinite supply of defensive moves against attacks that we would never use on an opponent. It always leads me to wonder why we have spent so much time developing defenses to stupid moves. I’m pretty good at defeating dumb attackers myself, but its the athletic intelligent attackers that always give me a moment’s pause. Here’s a list 5 awesomely unnecessary defenses to equally stupid attacks. After the break

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Dec 242011
 

Sorry for all the videos lately, but with the Holidays, every spare moment has been filled. I am sure that the three fans I have forgive me, so I have this tid bit for them. Alot of Stick fighting school fall into the reality martial art side of the martial art continuum. I mean, if we want to be realistic, who wants to fight someone bare handed in the first place. Well in the video below, two crazy stick fighters beat the tar out of each other in the woods, in one of the more realistic sparring matches I think I have seen.

Ouch. I am not sure it was worth it. Kind of funny how it turned into a grappling match at the end. And they say BJJ is unrealistic.

Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone.

 

 

Dec 072011
 

Every morning as we get dressed, we ask ourselves, exactly what weapons should we be wearing. After all, weapons make the man. You want something less deadly then a gun, but not as lame as a can of mace.

Look no farther my friend, I bring you the mace gun!

I found it on Cabelas.com for only $60. It shots 7 shots per cartridge and even comes with a water cartage for target practice. Now you can be cool too.

Nov 282011
 

We live in a truely wonderous time for martial arts. No matter what anyone says, martial arts has never been healther or stronger then today. Hopefully that will continue for a long time. Strict traditional martial artists lament claiming its the death of martial art, citing the evils that are Combat Sports. The Reality based self defense martial artists don’t care much one way or another, they just point a finger at the passing teenager and say “Don’t you try non of that UFC crappling on me! I’ll put a hurting on you!”

In the past you trained in the style that was near to you. So if you lived in a small town, and decided to learn how to fight, you had no choice but to train at Tom’s Karate school. If you lived in a bigger city, you might have had more choices, but you took your pick from the three choices you had near you, depending on what you could afford. You might have watched a Bruce Lee movie and thought to your self, “Hey I want to do that!” But when the only Kung fu place in driving distance was Hung Gar school, you might not have even known the difference. When the instructor introduced himself as “Grand master of the everlasting flame of divine enlightenment” and told you that he had personally defeated Bruce Lee in a secret underground blood war, you just said “Oh wow!” I am sure he even had a scroll on the wall of the school written in what you guess was…martial art language! Don’t buy the line that things were better or purer or anything in the “good old days” I’d like to take a moment and map out some of the funny trends in martial arts. After the break

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Nov 272011
 

Its a big day here at From the Guard. No, trash day isn’t until Wednesday, and my anniversary isn’t until the third. Today marks our 100th blog post! I know you have all been counting and no doubt have some sort of grand gesture in store for us, but before you embarrass yourselves, I just want to remind you that I would do this just to make people happy. And for money. Scratch that, I would just do this for money. Save your thanks and send money. But if this blog makes you happy, heck I’m ok that with too.
Today I have a video dealing with Preemptive self defense.

 Its a difficult subject to be sure. I think like most things, as long as its funny, and not at my expense I think it should be not only legal, but supported with tax payer money. Bam! Just went political on you!

 

Nov 222011
 

This isn’t strictly martial arts related, but lets face it, martial arts are strongly linked with anything dealing with self defense and the fighting of zombies (Zom-jitsu). This knife was designed for divers to be able to stab and kill something like a shark in one attack.

The knife has a CO2 cylander in the handle and a channel drilled through the blade. Once you have stabbed your attacking badguy (or bad shark), you depress the trigger button and it blasts C02 into the wound, both freezing it and ripping it apart. Video of the knife in action after the break.

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