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Las Vegas Martial Arts Supershow 2010

Posted in Martial Arts, News, REVIEWS with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 23, 2011 by bradvaughn

Bill "Superfoot" Wallace

After wanting to attend the Martial Arts SuperShow for the last couple of years I finally stopped talking about it, bought the tickets, booked the hotel and got some guest instructors to cover classes while my wife and I were gone. For those of you who don’t know what the Martial Arts SuperShow is, it is the world’s largest martial art educational trade show and is hosted by the Martial Arts Industry Association (MAIA) and its parent company Century Martial Arts Supply.

This year’s Martial Arts SuperShow, which was held July 21 -23rd at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, was actually the 10th year anniversary of the event that has been held every year in Las Vegas since 2001. In celebration of this milestone MAIA decided to make the theme of this year’s SuperShow “Legacy” and posed the question to all those who attended, What will you leave behind?

Matt Hughes

From the incredible seminars to the amazing opening ceremony the MA SuperShow did a great job of helping all the attendants, must of which were fellow school owners and instructors, answer the above question and understand just how important the impact that we leave on our students is.

As part of the Opening Ceremony MAIA invited Aron Ralston, inspiration for the movie 127 Hours, to be keynote speaker and share his remarkable story of survival. They also invited Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and and CEO of Bruce Lee Enterprises to accept the Martial Arts Industry Association’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award. The first time that the award has been given posthumously.

Ernie Reyes Sr. doing 100 push-ups at 54.5 yrs old.

Benny "The Jet"

As part of the seminar series MAIA enlisted such well known names as Bill Wallace, Stephen K. Hayes and Joe Lewis just to name a few. The seminars covered a wide range of topics to help owners and instructors alike that included: how to increase retail sales, how to teach preschool age children, and how to be a legendary teacher. No matter who you were or what type of style you taught the SuperShow had something for you to take away from it.

I could spend days going over everything that I learned at the SuperShow but honestly I think everyone, whether you’re a school owner, instructor or just an avid martial artist sign up to attend next year’s Martial Arts SuperShow yourselves. Who knows, maybe we’ll see each other there.

 Sensei Brandon Vaughn

website:  Martial Arts Supershow

Ambushes & Thugs with Rory Miller

Posted in Discussion Question, Martial Arts, REVIEWS, Self-Defense with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by hybridfightingmethod

One Saturday in June I attended a seminar entitled “Ambushes and Thugs”, conducted in London, Ontario, Canada by none other than Rory Miller.

If you don’t know who Rory is, he is the guy who wrote a book called “Meditations on Violence”; which along with Gavin De Becker’s “The Gift of Fear” is canon in the self-defense and combatives world.

My goal in attending the seminar was to learn and grow, and perhaps be challenged in my perception of how violence commonly occurs.

Upon first meeting Rory, I immediately liked him. It may have been his easy, surfer-esque manner that endeared him to me rather quickly.

Throughout the day we worked through several drills that help to minimize our natural “freeze” reaction that occurs during violent attacks. This freeze is mandated by our hindbrain, which was formed back a LONG time ago. The hindbrain tells us that the predator’s/enemies’ vision is cued on movement, and so to stay still means that the predator can’t see you. This is a piece of biological hard-wiring that we have to work to circumvent if we are to effectively protect ourselves in the heat of an attack.

Throughout the day Rory offered us a few lectures, which he dubbed “long-ass talks”. It was here that I gleaned the most.

We learned some key distinctions between social and asocial violence, as well as the knowledge that the de-escalatory tactics you’d use for one actually fuel the other.  It pays to know what you’re dealing with.

I left very challenged…the people that will be victims of asocial violence – disabled people, young women, senior citizens, etc. are the ones who NEED this kind of training the MOST, but are also strangely the least likely to take it (in my opinion).

So the question is –

HOW do I bring this life-saving knowledge to them?

SO….let the discussion begin. How?

All ideas are welcome.

Our “Meditations On Violence”

Posted in Discussion Question, Products, REVIEWS, Violence with tags , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Combative Corner

A Comparison of Martial Arts Training & Real World Violence

Sgt. Rory Miller’s book (his website ), has been a popular read for those of us in the martial arts world.  Particularly those of us that teach self-protection and seek to understand the reality of violence (at least on an intellectual level) without having to seek the hazardous (potentially deadly) real-life experience of violence in-action.  While it is very true that many martial artist today (especially those teaching people how to survive) need a reality check.  Katas, technique, and even trying to condition ourselves for the “unknown” may be vain attempt to (as I put it) “feel comfortable in our own skin.”  While there are lots this book that I liked, there were some parts that I, still, am a little unsure about.  Below are three examples from the book that I would like there to be a discussion on. [click on the pic to find it on Amazon]

Please offer your comments below

(from pg. 6) –my comment in brackets

They (martial artists) teach self-defense and sparring and streetfighting and fitness and personal development, as if they are the same thing.  They aren’t even related.

[Not even related?]

(from pg. 66)

– When the physiology is kicked into higher, more animalistic ranges, the trained fighter is often unprepared. –

[Compared to an untrained fighter? Just because a trained fighter has “more to lose” I don’t personally believe (0r should I say, I’m not yet convinced) that an untrained person is “more” prepared.  I say this is highly individual.]

(from pg. 81)

-If you get an opportunity to leave, leave.  EVEN IF IT MEANS LEAVING YOUR FAMILY BEHIND.  Your information from the inside may make a huge difference in tactical operations.-

[To me, personally, leaving IS a good idea… if this is an episode of 24 and CTU has no leads.  The need to protect (especially in males) is software that cannot be overwritten (in most cases).]

What are your thoughts everyone?  The Lines are open….


Posted in OFFERS, REVIEWS with tags , , on April 29, 2010 by Combative Corner

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