You Don’t Know Kung Fu

Neo knows kung fu.

Many people in my social circle who don’t train in martial arts will sometimes tell others that, “He knows karate.” Sometimes you’ll hear children that have started training say they know karate. And of course, Neo knows kung-fu. But in reality, I don’t know karate. I don’t even know budo taijutsu. But I do practice […]

Lessons From Cleaning Mats

dojo mats

It was a hot Sunday afternoon in June 2017 – the air thick with Alabama brand humidity soup. Duncan and I were outside with a 6 pack of beer, two of the cheapest mops Dollar General has to offer, a 5 gallon bucket, “CloverValley” knockoff dish soap and paper towels (I think I spent $10 […]

When To Use Eye Gouging In Groundfighting

eye gouging groundfighting

Dirty tactics such as eye gouging often come up in self defense instruction as a legitimate method of escaping an attacker. Specifically when on the ground. But as a stand alone tactic, they are very unreliable.

The Myth of Martial Art Instructor Credentials

martial arts rank credentials

I think a lot of students and teachers place too much blind faith in martial art instructor credentials. John is a cop, therefore he is a qualified shooting instructor. Jake was in the military so he knows everything about combat. Jack lives in Japan and is a Shihan with 25 years of training so he […]

How Dojo Etiquette Can Sharpen Your Self Defense Skills

When you first visit a traditional martial arts dojo, it can seem a little otherworldly. People wearing strange clothes, saying some things in a foreign language, and what is up with all that bowing? Some people accept it as just how things are done, but worse are those that won’t ask why those things are […]