24 December 2008

2008 - The Year in Review

2008 was the debut year for Low Tech Combat. A lot has happened and the site has now progressed far beyond what I ever contemplated it would.

Into the Low Tech Combat Blogosphere

Since launching (is that really the right word? That's a bit more dramatic than reality...) in August, I have been fortunate enough to find and meet (virtually) some truly great bloggers out there covering the Martial Arts and Self Protection world q
uite well and they are writing some extremely interesting posts on their own sites. I subscribe to their RSS feeds and read their posts with keenness routinely.

A Quick Hello and Thanks

In fear of leaving some out, I would just like to m
ention four of the main sites which I have found particularly interesting and in which I have exchanged some very positive, however brief, correspondence with the owners/ediors. These are in no particular order:
A special hello and thanks to you all for welcoming me and this site Low Tech Combat into the Martial Arts, Self Protection and Strength and Conditioning Blogosphere! I look forward to reading your posts and exchanging ideas into the future.

Looking Back

What I would like to do now is have a quick look back at the key posts over the short history of Low Tech Combat so far. The first month was Augu

August, and Low Tech Combat, began with a post titled What is Low Tech Combat? explaining my perspective of what Low Tech Combat was and how it differed from High Tech Combat which is essentially modern warfare. This post is where it all began. If you haven't read it yet, it forms the basis of my fundamental view of the entire Martial Arts, Self Protection and hand to hand combat world.

Also in August was my post titled The Full Spectrum which is a more detailed post that discusses all phases of Low Tech Combat from the early stages of the pre attack stage, through to the actual physical combat through to what happens after the physical combat has ended.

In some ways, these are the two most fundamental posts which give a good understanding of my viewpoint on all things relevant to violence we are likely to face today on the streets and in the homes.

September began with some subjects expanded upon such as the post TMA vs Modern Systems which explored the differences of Traditional Martial Arts (TMA) and the more Modern Systems such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and discusses the pluses and negatives of each.

Another example of some subjects being explored in more d
etail was the post which poses the question of whether or not Punching on the Street is a good idea or not. This post explored the benefits of Boxing along with the risk associated with punching the head of an attacker on the street where the likelihood of damaging the hand and knuckles must be considered. Important was not to throw out the baby with the bath water...

September also saw the introduction of Video Posts.
These are posts where the main emphasis is on the presentation and viewing of a video. Two such posts in September were the highlight video of the Dogbrothers and one demonstrating some key considerations of Edged Weapon Awareness by Ray Floro.

October was a busy month here with 24 posts. October had a great and interesting mix of posts I thought. Some highlights were the beginning of a series of posts about the differences between Assault and Robbery which looks at the actual statistics and shines some light on the subject with fact rather than preconceived notions.

This is perhaps the most important work done here on Low Tech Combat so far.

These posts were titled What is the Most Likely Attack on the Street, Alpha Male vs Predatory Threats and US Assault and Robbery Stats Analysis.

Also beginning in October were posts presenting the Free Stuff I have found around the net relating to Low Tech Combat. The debut one in this collection was of the Global Personal Protection E-Zine put together by Clive Girdham.

Some other miscellaneous posts include a collection of videos of Vladimir Putin engaging in Judo, a PrideFC Highlight Video from the referee's pers
pective and a comprehensive collection of resources concerning Safe Overseas Travel which brings together the products of the CIA, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as well as the International Crisis Group.

November had some great FREE STUFF such as the Complete Dead or Alive book totally Free, an Online Interval Timer, a massive collection of Free Close Quarter Combat Magazines and Jissen - Martial Arts magazine, all free. Some good stuff there.

Some street related stuff such as the posts Reality Based Weapons Training and Realistic Violent Knife Training - Video covered some good knife and edge
d weapon stuff which went well with Are Martial Arts a Waste of Time? and The Sucker Punch and Cheap Shots.

A slightly different post saw a comprehensive but at the same time, limited, look at Social Engineering and other Non Violent Threats. Another was 20 Inspiring Lion Images along with a video of a Lion doing a Judo takedown on a Zebra! Very cool.

To finish the month off, Low Tech Combat entered the new wor
ld of Twitter. You can now follow Low Tech Combat on Twitter!

December saw the final post in the series about Assault and Robbery. This post was UK Assault and Robbery Statistics Analysis. Some common themes can be seen with the others which will be explored in a post in 2009.

Helio Gracie - Training into Old Age was a look at how some of my
(along with others I am sure) training methods and systems may have to change as we get on in age.

Rounding the month out was a look at Front Door Procedure which discussed some simple procedures and actions along with other considerations for when there is a 'knock' on the front door.

The Best RBSD system is where I put forward my thoughts on wh
at would make up the 'perfect' 5 day RBSD course and finishes up with a list of 5 peer reviewed RBSD systems worthy of checking out.

And then it was Christmas!

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Low Tech Combat into 2009

I have a couple of exciting ideas in store for 2009. Firstly, to all of my subscribers and regular readers, you can expect a domain name change early in the year. We will be dropping the .blogspot part of the address and will simply be www.lowtechcombat.com which will make it shorter and much sweeter. More to come on that later.

I also have an idea for a post that will very much depend on t
he input, enthusiasm and support from as many bloggers, martial artists and just about anyone that wants to be involved! Your input will determine the success of this little project. It could be massive or it could crash and burn. Time will tell.

A hint? It will involve a battle...

All said, I am very much looking forward to 2009 on many leve

Into The New Year!

Image by Christopher Chan

I hope everyone has remained safe and enjoyed the holiday period. It is a time for looking back at the year that was and forward to the year that will be. I hope 2008 contained all that you hoped for at the turn of 2007 into 2008 and I sincerely hope that 2009 just gets better for you!

Thank you all for your support in 2008. See you in 2009.

All the best, have fun, stay safe and have a Happy New Year!

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  1. Thanks for the mention, and I want you to know how much of a positive contribution you're making to the MA blogosphere. Low Tech is one of my must-reads, and continues to get better.

    All the best in 2009!

  2. Thanks for the kind words Nathan. Likewise, TDA Training is one of my must reads. Happy days.


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