30 November 2008
29 November 2008
Follow @Low Tech Combat here. You will also find a button to follow us on Twitter at the bottom area of the sidebar now.
What is all the fuss about? Find out about Twitter at Wikipedia.
It has spawned a whole movement and there are sites popping up all over the place on what can be done with it such as TwiTip.
UFC 92 looks like its gonna be awesome! This is an extended video which goes for 9:32.
The card features:
- Minotauro v Frank Mir,
- Vanderlai Silva v "Rampage" Jackson,
- Forrest Griffin v Rashad Evans,
- And more!
Looks like its going to be a good show!
28 November 2008
Jissen is a free online Martial Arts Magazine which is put together solely with a pragmatic approach to dealing with the Martial Arts. It focuses on effectiveness and practicality. It is edited by Iain Abernethy.
Because it is delivered free and online, the articles don't have to be popular and mainstream which ensures some of the articles are quite interesting.
It features 13 articles over 54 pages. A sample of titles includes:
- How to Spar for the Street,
- How to Survive a Knife Assault,
- Martial Arts Scepticism: A manifesto and
- Power and Impact
Download the pdf for Issue 3 of Jissen here. (6.48MB)
27 November 2008
Interesting video of Aikido being practised for street effectiveness. I think it looks good and the guy doing the moves looks sharp but at the end of the day, he is doing it on a co-operating partner.
Does this matter THAT much? Im not sure. You can only do so much to a training partner before hurting them. I think it is good, but the element of Aliveness and a partner fighting back to an extent is missing.
Well, here it is.
What are your thoughts?
26 November 2008
I've always loved the big cats. In particular, Lions. Today, I thought I would do a post that is a little different and simply showcase 20 of the best images I could find featuring Lions.
Im not sure why I like Lions. Perhaps it's the whole 'king of the jungle' thing. I really respect the power and grace of the animals. They truly are a majestic creature. From a self protection perspective, I find the Lion a good source of inspiration in some ways that I find hard to put into words.
All images are publicly available and may be reproduced under the Creative Commons license. If you find any of these images of interest, I encourage you to click through and check out more from the photographer in their Flickr albums.
Some of the images are a little violent in nature and have blood in them as well as action shots of attacks and Lions feeding off carcases.
If that doesn't bother you, please enjoy the following 20 inspiring images of Lions.
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19 November 2008
The article is titled The Right Attributes for the Right Fighters. Head on over there and check it out. Straight to the Bar is one of the best resources on the web for functional, real world strength training.
17 November 2008
Brock Lesnar defeated Randy Couture via TKO (strikes) Round 2 !!!
Kenny Florian defeated Joe Stevenson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Dustin Hazelett defeated Tamden McCrory via Submission (Armbar) Round 1
Gabriel Gonzaga defeated Josh Hendricks via TKO (Strikes) Round 1
Demian Maia defeated Nate Quarry via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1
Aaron Riley defeated Jorge Gurgel via unanimous decision
Jeremy Stephens defeated Rafael dos Anjos via knockout in round three
Mark Bocek defeated Alvin Robinson via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 3
Matt Brown defeated Ryan Thomas via Submission (Armbar) Round 2
A blow by blow account of the entire UFC 91 card can be found at this MMAmania link.
For all of the post event press conferences and interviews with the fighters, including Randy Couture and Brock Lesner, head over to the official UFC page with all the news.
16 November 2008
Note: This is a long post which includes three videos
As people who care about our personal security and safety and that of our friends and families, it is important to note that threats today are not just physical. More and more often, we see and hear about people getting targeted by scams and fraudsters. This involves loss or compromise of some very personal and sensitive private information, often leading to financial loss.
Not many people are aware of what Social Engineering and other types of fraud are and I thought I would share some of my findings on the subject with my readers.
To begin, here is a fun video showing how Social Engineering can be used
15 November 2008
As a little bit extra, Ive compiled a couple of videos for you here, showing Judo throws being applied in live competition.
First, here is a video of some fantastic Judo throws being applied in Judo competition to highlight how devastating these can be. Remember, these are being done on people who are trying their hardest NOT to be thrown. AND they know how to defend and counter them.
When it comes to applying them on untrained opponents...
and here is a video showing some Judo throws in MMA
I hope you enjoyed.
14 November 2008
Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar
Main card (Televised):
Kenny Florian vs. Joe Stevenson
Dustin Hazelett vs. Tamdan McCrory
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Josh Hendricks
Demian Maia vs. Nate Quarry
Under card (May not be broadcast):
Jorge Gurgel vs. Aaron Riley
Jeremy Stephens vs. Rafael dos Anjos
Alvin Robinson vs. Mark Bocek
Matt Brown vs. Ryan Thomas
UFC 91 will be kicking off inside 48hrs at Las Vegas. The Main event should be a battle.
Tricks from the Streets
Yesterdays post was mostly about street smarts and awareness. It was about being street wise. One aspect of being street wise is being aware of Sucker Punches and Cheap Shots.
Almost all street fighters and violent people have a 'trick' they use when they initiate an attack that gives them a greater chance of landing that first strike. Once that first strike lands, the rest will follow in quick succession.
This is normal. Expect it. This can happen in both Assault and Robbery. It happens differently but it still happens.
by Ruddington Photos
Prior to an assault, there will likely be some type of posturing. This could be pointing, shoving, pushing, loud yelling argument or something of that nature. There will generally be some type of distraction or feint an attacker will use to set up his first strike which will generally be a big right hand. They will generally use some type of 'trick' or other set-up to cover their intentions as they throw that first strike.
For Robbery, it may be a little different. Someone who should have been detected on your radar may stop and ask you for a cigarette or the time or whatever to assess if you will be an easy target. The way you reply to his question may be what determines if he launches into his Robbery attempt. On top of that, while you are thinking of a reply, that may be the moment they launch their attack. It is 'cheating', it is a 'trick', but it works.
In both cases, being aware of these Sucker Punches and Cheap Shots will give you a much better chance of seeing them coming and avoiding or countering them. Implement these things into your own training. Use drills which simulate surprise attacks and feints.
Train using these Tactics
One suggestion for doing this includes standing in the middle of a circle with your eyes shut and someone comes in and pushes you then throws a big right hand (with gloves on of course). After you feel the push from whatever direction, you open your eyes and counter the attack.
There are many variations to this one drill. You can do it against a wall or in a corner. You can have a number of training partners line up and one person walks by them at about arms distance. Any one of them can begin the attack. It could come from in front, behind or next to them. You can have two people launch the attack or even three as THREE attackers has been seen to be more likely than two attackers!
You could initiate the attack by asking distracting questions such as 'Hey, didn't we go to the same school?' Encourage imagination from the question askers. Once the question is asked, launch the attack at the moment when the partner is thinking of a response.
Be aware of Sucker Punches and Cheap Shots. They were used in school and are still used on the streets today. He who uses these tactics to launch an attack, has the advantage. If you are in immediate danger, cant escape and feel the need to launch a pre-emptive attack, you may want to use these tactics as well.
13 November 2008
Awareness is Key
If awareness is there, all you need to do is avoid the high risk areas, and if a possible threat has been detected, leave that area. And if you cannot avoid the threat and have detected it early enough, you have denied the attacker the element of surprise and it is up to you who has the initiative now.
You can try some simple de-escalation strategies such as non aggressive posture and keep them at a safe distance by using what is commonly called 'the fence'. And if they press with their intent to attack, just go in hard and continue your attack until the threat has stopped. Do not give them a chance to regather themselves and come at you again.
Surprise and Initiative
Attack, all of a sudden. Surprise THEM. YOU want the element of surprise. YOU want the initiative in the encounter. These simple things will greatly increase your chances of emerging unscathed.
It doesn't matter how good your technique is, if you don't know the fundamentals of Low Tech Combat, the whole house of cards is going to fall down right when you need it.
All you need really, is some street smarts. Know the high risk times and places. Know what to look for to detect a robbery or assault attempt. Know how to talk and de-escalate a situation if that is possible. And if it comes to it, just sucker punch the attacker or something similar then press your attack.
So are martial arts a waste of time? Do they adequately prepare people for the real thing? Is there a simpler way?
A follow up post to this one can be read titled The Sucker Punch and Cheap Shots.
11 November 2008
There is now a social network specifically for people interested in Martial Arts. It is primarily targeted towards Martial Arts Bloggers and their readers but is still well suitable for anyone interested in the subject.
As well as the general forum there are specific forums and groups such as ones on MMA, Budo, Boxing and Muay Thai and bjj along with others.
The convocation is fairly new and is growing rapidly. Pop on over to the Convocation of Combat Arts and have a look.
08 November 2008
On top of that, many of the weapons used today involve even closer combat than days gone by. Weapons used today are generally much shorter. Everyday items can readily be picked up and used to inflict serious damage onto and into the human body. Improvised weapons are a major threat and must be taken into account when training in weapon defence.
On the flip side to that coin, improvised weapons can be used by the defender as well. Improvised weapons can be used in the event of home invasion. Pick up whatever is handy and use it. Have a look around you right now! If someone were to attack you right now, what could you immediately pick up and use as a weapon? You can use improvised weapons to either cut, or damage by impact.
What about the computer mouse in your hand? With a strong hold and with the appropriate amount of force, I think a computer mouse could cause some painful damage. It may not stop an attacker dead in his tracks, but it may. It will likely slow him down and may be enough for you to regain the initiative and force your counter attack onto him.
There are weapons everywhere. Everyday items can indeed become nasty weapons with the appropriate amount of lateral thinking. Below is a list of just 10 everyday items that are readily available and may be immediately used in the event of someone launching an attack on you:
- A dogs food bowl (especially aluminium or steel)
- TV remote control
- Sturdy ash tray (such as marble or steel)
- Various kitchen implements
- Hand tools such as screwdrivers or shifters
- Car keys
- A vehicle's steering wheel lock
- Small bottle of soft drink, with some fluid left inside
Weapons for Attack AND Defence
As well as using everyday items to strike at an attacker with, many of these items can be used as a shield. For example, if attacked in the back yard and you only have a poodle, the dog bowl may be held in both hands out in front and used to physically block the attacks thrown by the attacker, be they weapons based or punches and kicks. In the same many, the bowl can be used to strike at the attacker. Simple thrusting movements are all that is required.
For a predominantly shielding methodology, flexible items can be readily used such as a t-shirt or belt. These can be held tort with hands about one foot apart around the object and use that surface between the hands to shield and counter. This is especially effective against edged weapon attacks.
Less Conventional Weapons used by Attackers
One final area to be aware of is that some attackers will use improvised weapons in their activities. Such weapons include the following:
- Hypodermic needle
- Kitchen knife
- Stanley knife (boxcutters)
- Sharpened screwdrivers
- Home made stabbing devices
- Beer bottle
- Fish scaler
- Pocket knife
Use Improvised Weapons
Do your weapon defences prepare you for dealing with weapons such as those listed above? If you cannot avoid or escape a situation, can you use an everyday item nearby which can even the odds a little?
Weapons use should be a part of your training. Weapons use is on the rise by attackers. At the same time, weapons use can be your friend.
Special credit goes to my Instructor in these matters, Ray Floro.
06 November 2008
For those interested in the full spectrum of Low Tech Combat, the CQC Magazines are definitely worth a read. Best of all, they can be read for FREE HERE!
At the above link you can read all 21 issues of the CQC Magazine as well as 5 editions of the newer, Hochheim Group Report and 11 issues of the new, CQC Dispatches! Thats 37 references in total, all for free!
It is a great resource with LOTS of interesting reading for those interested.
05 November 2008
Well worth checking out.
and the table tennis video...
Hope you liked
04 November 2008
|PSYCHING UP FOR INTERVAL TRAINING SESSION|
You can set different:
- buzzer sounds,
- alerts for rounds done,
- warning sounds,
- colours of the time,
- rounds and background colours
- the actual length of time for both work and rest and
- the number of rounds to be completed.
It is fantastic. It is fully customisable. You can use this online interval timer at speedbagforum.com. On top of that, there is a forum dedicated to the support and Q & A's relating to the use of this online Interval timer here.
I love using intervals for my workouts. It is all about the most bang for your buck. You get more out of an interval training session that doing slow and steady activities. This online interval timer is a great solution for doing workouts at home or maybe in the garage.
The one downside is that you need your computer with you. Not always convenient.
I found a great little interval timer, called the Gym Boss for those times you want to go down to the park, your backyard, the beach or to the gym. It is especially great for taking to your martial arts classes for sparring/randori/wrestling sessions. There are lots of ways to use it.
Here it is below.
Its nice and tiny. It comes in lots of colours too. On the site they go into lots of different types of interval training sessions as well. Lots of good ways to mix up your interval training sessions. Its quite a handy little device. Cheap too.
For those that want to be able to take their interval timer with them wherever they choose to workout, check out the Gym Boss Interval Timer.
Opening Image via legOnfenris
03 November 2008
It was my first time attending one of these tournaments for a number of years and it was quite strange to be there and not be competing. I haven't been to a proper bjj class for a while now. All that I've done recently has been getting together with friends and going through some moves and just rolling.
The Competition Buzz
Almost as soon as I got there, I really wanted to get on the mat and compete again. There was a real buzz there. All of the colour belts including black belt were competing. To me, the best belt class to watch has to be the purple belts. The purple belts have been training for some time and are really starting to get a really good game going but at the same time, they are not afraid of losing either like some more senior categories, so they really go at it and try lots of different manoeuvres.
The Road Less Travelled
The one thing that struck me, is just how dedicated the more senior guys are. They are supremely fit and focused when stepping onto the mat, in particular the black belts. These guys take this combat sport very seriously. It is plain to see. There body has grown and adapted to the special demands placed on it by the sport. It takes a lot of training to get to where these guys are at and it doesn't happen by accident.
It is also plain to see that they eat properly as well. They are lean and in good shape. Every one knows what healthy food is, but only a few restrict themselves to eating healthy food only. Many people find it too hard with too many temptations around. These guys don't.
My Parting Thoughts
Leaving the competition at the end of the day left me thinking... These guys are not afraid of closing with somebody and engaging in combat. They also have offensive moves in their repertoire. Not many martial arts teach offensive tactics. And this is not limited to bjj. The striking combat sports such as boxing and Muay Thai among others also do.
Most of the time, people are taught counters to attacks. That may seem a small thing but I don't think it is. Bjj is a challenging combat sport. Training sessions are hard and sometimes gruelling. It also develops a real willingness to close with an attacker and engage in combat. How important these attributes are to a person is really up to that person.
Do We NEED a Good Offence?
I guess the training that bjj practitioners go through can really give a psychological edge. That confidence in ones ability to apply offensive moves on a resisting opponent may make all the difference. Like usual, it is always far better to avoid attacks than it is to beat down an attacker. But if an attack is unavoidable, that psychological edge may make the difference in the outcome of a real low tech combat encounter.
And yes, I am off to my old bjj gym tonight. I have the bug again...
01 November 2008
Of particular note for this post, I'd like to bring to your attention that they now feature Geoff Thompson's fantastic book 'Dead or Alive' in its entirety for free!' It features all chapters, one through to twenty-two.
Hop on over there and check it out. 'Dead or Alive' is truly a must-read book and is definitely one of the best books on Self Protection available. Best of all, you can now read it for FREE!