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The Art of Aikido in these Modern Times

Posted in Aikido, Martial Arts, Training with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2016 by Combative Corner

Gary Boaz

Over the last several years I’ve talked a lot about how I believe that the way aikido is taught falls drastically short of modern practicality. This has led to many misunderstandings. I’ve been accused of saying that aikido doesn’t work in modern times. That’s ridiculous. I wouldn’t waste 25 years of my life on something that doesn’t work. What I am saying is that I believe in the principles of aikido. Where today’s teachers fall short is in the presentation. If aikido is to survive, even to evolve we have to address the modern fighter. We have to train against hooks, jabs, uppercuts, knees, elbows, the groundfighter as well as modern weapons. I recently dug up an article discussing this and these next video clips will go along with those themes. 

If you want more examples of aikidoka doing this, check out Lenny Sly A former Tenshin practitioner, Sly is advancing his own aikido with what he refers to combative concepts. It’s great stuff. A word of warning, his videos aren’t always safe for younger ears or if you are at work. Regardless, his stuff works.

Sensei Gary Boaz

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The other side of the coin to the traditional munetsuki kotegaeshi. Please don’t think I’m saying that kotegaeshi doesn’t work. That’s not what I’m saying. Quite the opposite. Apply the principles to a modern attack and see what happens. Get your butt outside the freaking box folks!

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FightStoppers – Looking at the “One Strike Stop”

Posted in Discussion Question, Self-Defense, Techniques, Training, Videos with tags , , , , , , on February 6, 2013 by chencenter

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Let’s look objectively at the material & analyze the good, bad, & in-between.

Everyone, or I should say, anyone with a brain should know that in self-defense we are not looking to ‘win’ but to survive.  Our ego is the least of our worries.  In certain circumstances a pre-emptive strike is the only chance between escaping danger and being caught in ‘a fight.’

Paladin Press brings 6 self-defense professionals together to give us their “Go-To” technique.  You may click on the thumbnail to see the video.  Let us know what you think by commenting below.

fightstopper 2 lee morrisonLee Morrison – I’ve always enjoyed what Lee brings to the table & consider this to be the best of the 6 videos.  His “One-Stop” strike resembles a Wing Chun chain punch straight to the jaw –  making sure that it is quick & linear, non-telegraphed and with “enough juice to shake the brain.” I certainly can’t disagree with that!

fightstopper 1Mark Hatmaker – Mark’s video gave us a different feel to the confrontation.  Whereas Lee’s “One-Stop” focused on ending a fight, Mark’s emphasized more of a hit & run element using a back-hand (“eye-whip”) followed by a quick palm-heel combo.  He notes that in a true self-defense situation, use “anything around you as a weapon.”  And while this is certainly a valid, Bas Rutten-style scene escape – one would certainly hope that the attacker doesn’t run you down and make you pay for the preemptive assault.  If you choose to rely on this method, make sure the follow-up strikes do some damage.

fightstopper 5Wim Demeere – Demeere’s choice is a classic one-two combo in quick succession (lead hand-to-downward hooking punch).  While I like the distraction-punch combo, I don’t find that it works well for most people.  Ideally, it’s a shot to neck (or side of the head) that can render someone unconscious in a blink of an eye – on the other hand, most fights do not start with the attacker as a stationary target.  Also, it is harder, if not impossible, for a smaller guy to follow-up and (quite importantly) find his mark with his “fight-stopping shot.”  Lastly, you have to be very careful that your initial strike doesn’t back up or create too much movement in your opponent, thus reducing your chances to hit with the “fight-stopper.”

fightstopper 6Dan Shreiber – While many YouTubers have said that they disapprove of Dan’s headbutt and body-slam method, I think that it is an interesting and effective way of dispatching someone QUICK.  If you honestly ask yourself, “Where do men fight most often,” you’ll come to the answer that it’s usually at a club, bar, sporting event or somewhere where alcohol is served.  It’s usually loud and people have to get close or lean in to the other person to hear what the other is saying.  The only fault that I find with this technique is being able to accurately hit with the head and causing enough trauma that the fight ends there.  More than likely, you’ll have the advantage of being on top but the disadvantage is that you’ll likely be pulled into an exchange.

fightstopper 4Joseph Simonet – Simonet’s method of dealing with an attacker is simple, direct and I respect it highly.  In my opinion, Simonet is ‘spot-on’ when he says that the hands should be open in order “to be seen as the defensive dude.”  The technique is a one-shot-blast straight through your opponent [striking to the chin].  The image that springs to my mind is like a football “stiff arm” but given with massive speed, power and attitude.  He also goes to say that if caught on tape or viewed by others, the strike could be explained as something else [e.g. a quick shove] Brilliant!

fightstopper 3Bill Kipp – Kipp’s (of Fast Defense) method of stopping a fight with one blow was a bit “hit AND miss” for me.  His delivery system is a horizontal elbow direct to side of the face.  And although he says, “I wouldn’t use this as a preemptive strike, only if I wanted to take the guy out”… it automatically misses the point by drawing you into a fight whereby a punch exchange is almost certain to occur.  The other problem with this delivery (especially the way Bill Kipp does it) is that he steps in, telegraphing the elbow strike.  What I like about the technique is that the elbow IS utilized.  Elbows are strong, reliable, and deals a great deal of damage.  But while it certainly is a “Fight Stopper,” it isn’t deployed in the fashion that I find reliable.

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Streetfighting 101 DVD has arrived!

Posted in Products, Self-Defense, Training, Training Equipment with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2012 by hybridfightingmethod


T.J. Kennedy, founder of the Hybrid Fighting Method does it again with the emergence of his second dvd.  One of the most important aspects regarding the physical side of self-protection is in controlling your opponent using the proper mechanics.  T.J. leads you step-by-step and goes through much more in this amazing dvd.

For a view at the kind of material that T.J. presents, please visit his YouTube Channel.

Watch “Combative Controls”

To purchase your own copy, visit this link: HFM SF101 DVD

If you have any questions, T.J. will be happy to answer the question in the comment section below.


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The Path of Violence

Posted in Discussion Question, Self-Defense, Training, Violence with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by chencenter

I explained in my previous article (here) that we should acknowledge the need for violence when it comes to self protection and the protection of those you love and/or need to protect [especially when the aggressor’s intent to harm is evident].

Both your training and your personal attitude/thoughts on violent intent should be put under the microscope, because just as greatly as we wish to be effective and ruthless enough to survive, there is (or should be) just as much (or more) of a need to be peaceful and approach conflict by way of peaceful means.

While many may not think to heavily on our mental development on violent intent [as we often focus on the physical preparations]… effective training can have an adverse effect on the body.  What we do with our bodies on a continuous basis affects the body entirely – this could be as small as increased anxiety to larger issues such as: mood swings and paranoia.

It is no mystery why many people take up the internal arts or adopt the principles of Taoism or Buddhism.  I’m not saying that everyone should take up Qigong and sit for long hours under the shade of an elm tree – but it’s my opinion that we should understand that balance must be met!  Neglecting this can only be harmful to our true nature as human beings.

Michael Joyce

What are your thoughts my friends?  The lines are open.

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Related Posts:

Improve Self-Defense, Add Violence (by: Michael Joyce)

All IN, or All OUT (by: T.J. Kennedy)

10 Questions with Tony Blauer

Posted in 10 Questions, Self-Defense, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 1, 2010 by Combative Corner

Tony Blauer is one of the foremost instructors of self-defense and has been teaching for over 30 years.  Michael Joyce got an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with Mr. Blauer and ask him 10 questions in the Combative Corner’s first-ever video interview (8-Part).  Mr. Blauer is the founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, the inventor of the concept known to many as S.P.E.A.R. and of High Gear®, the market’s most lightweight, mobile and thus, effective tactical training gear.  For more information on Tony, please visit his website by click on the image above (or here).  To view his products, including his line of High Gear®, click on this link.   Now, without further ado, Mr. Tony Blauer!

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