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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Advance, NC

Posted in Jiujitsu, Miscellaneous, News, OFFERS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2017 by bradvaughn

gjj-advance-promoGracie JuiJitsu is located at 160 Webb Way in Advance, North Carolina.  Contact Brandon Vaughn and advantage of their 10-Day Free Trial.

Starting 2017 off with a Bang!

Posted in 10 Questions, News with tags , , on December 8, 2016 by Combative Corner

Just recently we’ve gotten in touch with a handful of martial artists willing to give to our popular “10 Questions with..” interviews.  The order in which these will come out is indefinite, but requires your speediness to give us questions first and foremost.  If you have any questions to pose to our upcoming interviewees please email us at CombativeCorner@gmail.com, comment or tweet them to us using the hashtag #combativecorner 

We’re honored to present to you:

  • John Painter :  Baguazhang
  • Hock Hochheim : Combatives
  • Keith Farrell : Historical Fencing
  • Daria Sergeeva : I Liq Chuan 
  • Tyson Gay : Redline JiuJitsu
  • Samantha Swords : Sword fighter

Use of Forcillo

Posted in Crime, Miscellaneous, News, Training, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2016 by hybridfightingmethod

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photo credit: The Toronto Star

I have so much to say since Toronto Police Service’s Constable James Forcillo was convicted of attempted murder in the 2013 shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim.  I’m prepared to be a pariah, as I may be seen that way after expressing my opinion.

A quick history

Yatim was on a Toronto streetcar, high as a kite, and whipped his penis out and started masturbating in front of a group of women in the back of the streetcar.  He then took a switchblade (illegal in Canada) and attempted to slash one of the girl’s throats. She managed to block the attack with her purse. Moments later everyone from the streetcar emptied onto the street, leaving Yatim on the streetcar pacing back and forth alone, still with knife in hand.

When police arrived, Yatim was screaming things at them, like “pussies” and “pigs”, while the responding officers repeatedly commanded him to drop the knife. Instead of complying Yatim, advanced on the officers, and was subsequently shot 9 times and killed.

There are a few sticking points that I’d like to talk about, as this situation has caused significant public outcry in defense of Sammy Yatim and criticism of Toronto Police – specifically James Forcillo.

Some of the things that the public say were uncalled for were:

  1. Shooting Yatim in the first place instead of many other force options (eg. bean bag shotgun, tazers, riot shields, etc.)
  2. Shooting Yatim several times after he was already shot and downed.
  3. A reminder that James Forcillo had drawn his firearm 12 times while on duty in the last 3 years.

I would like to suggest that unless you’ve had a knife pulled on you or seen what a knife can do, you have no clue what you’re talking about (and the jury probably also had no clue). You don’t grasp the magnitude of danger a knife-wielding assailant poses; Nor how much that danger can be enhanced when the assailant is drugged or mentally ill.

Mental illness and substance abuse make someone unpredictable. Think about how you might react to a situation like this if you were the first office on scene.

You’re responding to a call about a knife-wielding attacker on a streetcar. When you arrive the attacker still has his knife in hand, taunting you while your firearm is drawn and pointed at him.  Every command you issue to drop the knife is met with “fuck you pussy”, ” fucking pig.” Then he advances. What would you do?

A knife is lethal force. Yatim demonstrated intent and ability to kill (again, knife still in hand while advancing).  Because of this, after 5 days of jury deliberation, the original charges of 2nd degree homicide and manslaughter were dismissed.  As Forcillo did, however, get convicted of attempted murder – and due to the severity of this charge – the lesser charge of aggravated assault was dropped.

Security camera footage from the streetcar now released to the public shows police entering the streetcar after the shots were fired, and kicking the knife out of Yatim’s hand. This occurred after the extra shots were fired once Yatim was already downed.

Excited delirium is a condition that has allowed many criminals to have superhuman strength, and in some cases take shotgun blasts or multiple revolver shots and still fight until they bleed out. If Yatim was down, but still had a knife in his hand (again, the officer kicked it away upon entry), he could have potentially stabbed an officer, possibly in the femoral artery. A stab wound to the femoral artery has the potential to be fatal in minutes. This isn’t a far-fetched conclusion.

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For those that say that the officer was too quick to shoot, should have backed up and increased the distance, don’t understand real violence and intent.  You advance on a threat, removing their capacity to attack. Giving them more space is irresponsible, as it gives the assailant more opportunity to attack.

The chances of a bullet passing through and hitting a bystander increases if Yatim was let out of the streetcar.

As for tazing him, only police supervisors are equipped with Tasers. Forcillo is not a supervisor; a Taser was not an immediate option.

Wait for riot shields and board the streetcar?  Haven’t seen the movie 300 have you?  The first officer through the door is the first casualty, usually suffering the first stab or slash wound.

Bean bag shotgun?  Knife is lethal force.  And Forcillo didn’t have one at his disposal.

“Police in the UK don’t shoot and take threats down with pepper spray.” Because they don’t have guns, and I bet your tune would change when UK cops get mowed down by semi and fully automatic weapons that criminals don’t seem to mind using.

As for Forcillo’s history of pulling out his firearm, let’s look at this logically. If an average police officer works a 40-hr. week (likely probably more), and responds to 3 calls a day, that means in a 5-day work week an average officer responds to 15 calls a week. If you take two weeks out for vacation, that’s about 750 calls a year. In three years that’s 2250 calls. This is an conservative estimate. So, Forcillo drew his firearm 12 out of 2250 times.  That means his gun came out in 0.5% of his calls (we already know this is a conservative estimate).  With the increase in Toronto gun and knife crime, how unreasonable does that sound to you?  In my view, it sounds very reasonable. Trigger happy?  I think not, for a frontline officer.

Final Thoughts

I don’t care about bleeding hearts and compassion here. The fact remains that a disturbed person tried to sexually assault, injure, or kill another human being.When told by police to drop his weapon, he taunted them and advanced, leading to his death. To be sure he was no longer a threat, Forcillo shot him (as the first responder, Forcillo was lead officer; he was on point and everyone else was to follow suit) several more times. Again, the onus was on Forcillo to act, and he did for his own safety, for the safety of his colleagues, and for the safety of the public waiting on the street.

On top of all of this, we have to remember that police are not immune to the shitstorm of a limbic system “fight or flight” response; causing loss of logical thought, and loss of a large portion of motor skill.

I believe James Forcillo acted appropriately, even if a judge and jury didn’t come to that conclusion.

It’s a sad day for justice. In fact, there is no justice here. The only justice occurred in 2013 when a young monster was stopped before he had a chance to became an older monster.

I know most will still be critics and use of force “experts” from the comfort of their couches and office jobs, while police will still go out every day and face the risk of death to protect those critics. That is why they are heroes.

Below are video links and the Canadian National Use-of-Force Model you can observe to help you make up your own mind:

https://youtu.be/dx2iQnYMQfM

https://youtu.be/xyMUyv_vf1k

https://youtu.be/89VWeqSKPcU

https://youtu.be/-jP96xewXDI

https://youtu.be/FGvdnPow1oE

Attachments:

Sammy Yatim’s chilling final moments released

Preview YouTube video Toronto Streetcar shooting July 2013 CCTV Security Footage Sammy Yatim

Toronto Streetcar shooting July 2013 CCTV Security Footage Sammy Yatim

Preview YouTube video Toronto officer’s trial sees video of Sammy Yatim shooting

Toronto officer’s trial sees video of Sammy Yatim shooting

Preview YouTube video Sammy Yatim Shooting – TTC Streetcar Audio and Multiple Video Views – Const. James Forcillo Trial

Sammy Yatim Shooting – TTC Streetcar Audio and Multiple Video Views – Const. James Forcillo Trial

Preview YouTube video TTC surveillance camera 4

More Greatness for 2015!

Posted in Miscellaneous, News on December 2, 2014 by Combative Corner

Tiger of CombativeCornerThis YEAR, 2014 has been a great one!

We started off the year with an amazing interview with self-protection legend, Lee Morrison.  Could we have done any better than that? No!  We followed that up by an interview with the inspiring Sally Arsenault and several articles ranging from Taiji to Muay Thai.

Here’s Several To Look Back On

We have great things in-store for 2015, starting off with 3 confirmed interviews! We might even have one ready before Christmas.  Visit our “10-Questions with ___” page for our list of interviews and up-and-comings.  Also, stay tuned for more great articles from our Combative Crew – Silat with Maul Mornie, Muay Thai with Chris Clodfelter, Self-Protection from T.J. Kennedy and much much more!

For any of you that might have questions for our interviewees, please comment below or send them to CombativeCorner@gmail.com

All the best,

The CombativeCrew

P.S.  The Combative Corner is now on Instagram.  Be sure to FOLLOW (click the TIGER image above)

Women’s Self-Defense, Miss USA and Feminists

Posted in News, Safety, Self-Defense, Tae Kwon Do, Violence, Women's Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 11, 2014 by chencenter

GTS GAP “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows,” as Rocky Balboa eloquently said in the movie Rocky 6.  Bad things happen to bad people – some people call that ‘karma’ – and sometimes (more times then we’d like to think about) bad things happen to good people.  Violent things.

My wife and I recently saw a post, whereby people across the Twittersphere belittled the new Miss USA, Nevada’s Nia Sanchez’s remarks on women’s safety.

Such remarks of :

  • “Why not teach men not to rape?”
  • “…Like teaching women self-defense is the answer?”
  • “… she just reinforced victim-blaming rape culture to millions of viewers”
  • “…self-defense.  A ridiculous idea.”

When you hear these remarks, how do you feel, and what solution would be practical and/or the most beneficial?  Now I imagine we can all take Rocky’s quote above as truth, can’t we?  And with that being understood, how might someone (anyone) protect themselves at all? Even strong, confident women get battered, harassed, sexually assaulted in this country.  Many women get involved with the wrong men, some find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time, and even some women assault/abuse men [which the media doesn’t write about as they should].

A utopian society is a fictitious one. 

When Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, answered the pageant’s question regarding sexual assaults on college campus, many people (apparently) where shocked.  However, I believe she knew that “Sunshine and Rainbows” (although it’s what most pageant-goes might like to hear) was an honest and practical answer to a serious problem.

What was your take on this?

ON A SIDE-NOTE

Quote Instagram GTSJenny and I never try to “scare” women into taking our classes… but the truth is, you’ll likely never feel the need to prepare yourself for violence unless you are at least “a little scared.”

Is that where many of us self-defense instructors are going wrong?

I don’t believe we should have to, but men and women should, I believe, take the initiative to learn just in case the unspeakable happens.  And like we always say at our OutFoxxed Program, “If you can’t take it with us, please take it somewhere… and take it soon. You’re never too young or too old to learn.”

A VIDEO FROM KELINA COWELL / URBAN WARRIORS ACADEMY

RELATED ARTICLE:

WHY WOMEN DON’T TAKE SELF-DEFENSE BUT SHOULD

MICHAEL JOYCE

OutFoxxed Program.  W-S, North Carolina

 

 

The Evolution of Metamoris

Posted in Discussion Question, Fighters, Jiujitsu, News, REVIEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 13, 2013 by Combative Corner

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Metamoris II, wrapped up over the weekend and although an amazing and prestigious venue with incredibly talented athletes, many viewers (and certainly many tournament-goers) were left in a state of melancholy.  While I believe most people felt this, I believe that even those people that held the greatest of sadness still feel the same;

The no points, “submission-or-decision” version is a platform to showcase jiu-jitsu skill at the highest level – and we are all glad to have the opportunity to experience it.

Does the ‘Bad’ Overshadow the ‘Good’?

There were some great jiu-jitsu matches: Rafeal Lovato Jr vs. Andre Galvao, Brualio Estima vs. Rodolfo Vieira, and Kron Gracie vs. Shinya Aoki (despite a prolonged “feeling out” process in the beginning).  Things took a turn for the worst in the highly-talked-about match between Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu and Brendan Schaub (video).

Schaub vs. Abreu Metamoris 2Abeu, who did just about everything he could to engage in the fight, was highly disappointed afterwards (despite winning by decision).  Athletes come to an event like this to both test and showcase their skill in grappling.  Abreu wasn’t truly given the opportunity, and Schaub’s “nullification” of Abreu’s jiu-jitsu was borderline disrespectful and his strategy, confusing.

The Will To Survive

Ralek Gracie said, “I founded Metamoris to create a tournament where submissions are the only goal, not points.  With the introduction of judges, we will avoid judges… Someone in a fight is always sharper (link).”

As a student of Gracie Jiujitsu (Joyce) and who has had the opportunity to speak and train with both Ryron & Rener Gracie (Schaub’s jiujitsu trainers), I can say I understand what the Gracie system is all about.  Obviously Gracie Jiujitsu works and is a highly-refined martial art, however when you put a brown belt (Schaub) up against a 12-time Grappler’s quest, 3-time World Nogi Champion (and many more accolades) back belt (Abreu), you can only hope for one thing in my opinion, to survive.

In addition, the thought somewhere in Schaub’s brain, were UFC President Dana White’s one condition for taking this contest, “Don’t get hurt.”  Fortunately or unfortunately for Schaub, it was just his reputation that got hurt.

What Needs To Be Done

The only problem that I see in the Metamoris Tournament is in casting.  I believe that the matches should only be performed by players of black belt level or higher.  Furthermore, the black belt must be in a grappling-based system of martial art.  Metamoris does not need to be in the game to bring in “big names” (such as those in the UFC).  Audiences around the world wish to be riveted by high-level, submission-only grappling and while some competitors can be found in the UFC, Pride, etc, the focus should remain on those whose grappling game holds a high degree of depth and intelligence.

In that light, I am very pleased of the announcement of:

Royler Gracie vs. Eddie Bravo for Metamoris III

Eddie Bravo: “..they want to find out if I got lucky that time.” (Full 1st Fight video)

Royler Gracie: “He got lucky.”

Combative Corner: “We shall see won’t we? Either way, it should be a best outta 3, don’tcha think?”

MICHAEL JOYCE

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Out-Foxxed Is On The Way

Posted in News, Products, Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 1, 2012 by chencenter

New Self-Defense Book

It has been one of my loftiest goals, and one that will be reached (hopefully) by Winter 2012.  As there are many self-defense books on the market, there isn’t a thorough text on Women’s Self-Defense in particular.  That has been my specialty for some time now and I’m halfway through the writing phase.  Over the summer months I hope to complete and edit- and in the Fall, put the finishing touches on it.

Not only for women, this book (some 250-300 pages) will serve as a resourceful manual for men wishing to train their wives, girlfriends, daughters, etc.

The purpose of this book is to empower women, dispel many of the myths that persist in the self-protection world, and give them the tools to make better decisions regarding their own and their loved one’s safety.

A secondary bonus

resulting from the purchase of this book will be that for every 5 paperback or hardbacks sold, I will give a copy away to someone or some place (i.e. Women’s Shelter, etc) that will benefit.  50% of all digital download sales will go to RAINN.org.

Please keep the following website handy (http://GTSbook.info) and start spreading the word about this upcoming book.

Excerpts will begin within the upcoming months. 

You can also follow the book on Twitter @GTSbook

Michael Joyce

Golden Thread Workshops

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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