I've assembled this list of Frequently Asked Questions to answer queries that visitors may have upon surfing this blog.
Nuts and Bolts
Is this blog geared towards Experienced Martial Artists or Beginners? Its not targeted to any one group. I write about all aspects of Low Tech Combat and over time, topics will cover all areas equally. It is just me rambling about whatever is on my mind at the time.
Do you think Traditional Martial Arts (TMA) are a waste of time? No. It is not a waste of time. However, my view is that the martial arts are under an accelerated process of evolution right now. For the first time in history, different styles from different countries from all over the world are getting together and in essence, 'going up against each other'.
This is a world first. This has never happened before. It is a true renaissance and the styles that are closed minded and don't implement improvements and methods from styles and systems that have great strengths in certain areas will be left behind.
There is a real danger of this happening in some TMA as they hold on to what they call tradition at the expense of effectiveness and practicality. I personally think this is gross negligence as they are giving their students a false sense of security as they are practising outdated methods of defending themselves and are at great risk of being seriously hurt should they need to use these skills in a real encounter.
There are new and highly effective systems for teaching practical, real world tactics and techniques for countering and defending against today's threat. This is partly why I write this blog. I want to spread and cheer lead these new, modern systems and it is my hope that more and more TMA will evolve and embrace the benefits that come from this renaissance while at the same time keep a firm hold of values such as humility, honour and modesty.
So what styles and systems do you recommend? There are no hard and fast rules. Only general principles. Sometimes, one of the systems listed below will have a poor instructor and this will affect the end product and likewise, a Karate school may have an excellent instructor and this will produce a high standard of product.
Some places worthy of a closer look include any of the various Reality Based Self Defence (RBSD) systems and the various Combat Sports such as Muay Thai, boxing, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, Judo and the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) amongst others.
On top of these systems it is definitely worthwhile doing some reading about the pre attack stage of a conflict which generally involves various subjects under the umbrella term of Awareness.
How often do you update this blog? This varies greatly. Sometimes I post more than once a day and sometimes there will be a week between posts. This is due to a number of reasons most of which revolve around my work and other personal reasons.
I make a deliberate attempt to post AT LEAST once a week and every two or three days generally.
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Do I have to register to write comments on your posts? No. Anyone can post a comment. You can post a comment anonymously or you can log in to an appropriate account and post a comment. Its up to you.
Can I leave a link back to my site when I leave a comment? After careful consideration I have decided to allow links back to readers sites when commenting. Please don't abuse this but by all means contribute meaningfully and leave a link back to your site.
Can I exchange links with your blog? If you would like to exchange links, Email me a link to your site and I will look at it. I am very specific in the type of site I will link to and please don't be offended if I don't accept your offer. But if your blog is related to this one, don't hesitate to let me know.
Can I republish posts from Low Tech Combat onto my own blog? You may not republish any posts from Low Tech Combat without my express permission. But please feel free to quote anything or link to it here as a source. Keep in mind this is all copyrighted material.
Do you accept submissions for Guest Blogs? Yes. Certainly if you would like to feature as a Guest Blogger on Low Tech Combat all you have to do is email me your proposed post complete and please include a couple of short sentences explaining who you are and such things if I don't already know you. From there I will email you back with an answer. A short bio will be included at the end of your guest post with a link back to your blog or site.
Do you Guest Blog? Yes. If you would like me to be a Guest Blogger on your site, just drop me a quick email telling me of your proposal. I can modify a post from Low Tech Combat or write a custom post targeted to your readers or I can write a series or any number of projects.
Who Designed your Blog? I did actually. It has been a gradual process but I learnt by tracking down some truly fantastic blogs about blogging. The main influence for the layout and structure has come from Amanda at Blogger Buster. If you would like to know more about these sites just drop me a quick email by clicking on the link four paragraphs up, the 'Contact' button up in the header or the 'email' link down in the footer. I'm only too happy to pass them on to you.