Tuesday, 3 March 2015


Saturday past the guys and gals covered the first single stick form from Modern Arnis, Anyo Isa.  Kelly Worden said that he never had time to travel about with Professor Presas who was the head of Modern Arnis attending all his seminars as he worked for himself. So Kelly got great at Anyo Isa.  Too many it looks very simple but as we discovered there is so much that can be gained from this form. This is what Kelly Worden excels it.  Finding what is in the form and what you can make it. We looked at it from the single stick which could represent……… a stick or impact weapon.  Then we looked at double handed weapons such as a baseball bat or sword.  I wanted to do sword and dagger but I completely forgot so we cover this in the follow up seminar.  We then looked at the empty hand applications which were on;y bound by your imagination and understanding.  Like I said you need to go away train this and in the coming weeks ideas will come back to you and during training you will be pulling rabbits out of hats and your partner will wonder where the hell that came from.

If you don't train with the stick then you really should especially if you are training in a progressive or reality based martial art or system.  Don't think about it being baton twirling like you might have seen on you tube, its understanding lines of attack, distancing, speed and co-ordination.  People training in Krav Maga could really benefit from this and should really look to attend the next seminar.


Wednesday, 4 February 2015


We will be training outside in the car park so dress accordingly.  I want to see how people can manoeuvre in warm clothing with lots of layers and perhaps it will be icy underfoot.  I know when I wear my gym jacket in the cold its hard for me to demo certain strikes and movements as I'm constricted.  This is one of the ideas behind the session. The other will be the ice buckets that your hands will be in to make striking and disarming that little bit harder. Spread the word.



I'm going to get back to regularly updating the blog specifically with information relating to the combat systems that we teach at the gym. This could be Krav Maga, Kickboxing, Tactical Edge and Renegade JKD / NSI.  Anything that is relevant to our training will get posted here so stay tuned.  I will try and keep the info short and precise so you don't have to go wading through paragraphs to find that one little nugget of information that clicks with you.


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Takedowns in Self Defence

So recently in class we have been covering some of the essential takedowns in our Krav Maga curriculum. Remember, this will be expanding as we add in Scott's various wrestling takedowns and counters in due course.  I just wanted to have everyone clear about the takedown methodology.  So if we pre-emptively strike and they go south, there is no need for a takedown unless you try and grab them to give them a softer landing and prevent head trauma.  If, in the course of an altercation, we can only use minimal strikes then if we can manipulate a take down so be it.  Perhaps we can't go to town on them because they are a lot smaller than us, the opposite sex, there is CCTV or as part of your job you cannot be seen to be using to heavy a hand.  Another way of thinking is with the takedown you might be using the ground or wall or table or chair as part of a strike.  The bowling ball take down might be used and you put them through a wall for example, or you might hip toss them onto the concrete hoping to cause trauma.  Keep in mind concrete poisoning, and the real reasoning for the takedowns is to prevent any unnecessary trauma to the head of your opponent.  You can never really force a takedown unless you are young and strong. It's much better to just see the opening and take. You will know it when it happens. Until then practice on a willing class mate.  Give good energy and help the guy out.  Don't be a sack of potatoes, but at the same time don't be too rigid.  It's all about balance - the thinkers among us will understand that last bit there. 


Sunday, 4 January 2015


When we think about footwork we tend to think about boxing, Ali and how he moved graciously around the ring.  Remember, a boxer knows the dimensions of a ring, knows it’s a flat canvas surface and how many steps he can take in each direction before being on the ropes or the ring posts.

In the world of self defence our footwork is more being able to move over uneven surfaces, up an incline or down a decline.  Think of putting our foot in a puddle of unknown depth and getting a wet shoe or sliding on gravel or glass.  The best  thing you can do is get out the dojo, get the shoes on and train.  You can hit pads, run situationals or roll on the floor.  Learn to deal with the environment, and if you slip, don’t stop - keep going and make the best of it.  

Train hard, fight easy.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014


So this one is mainly for the martial artists among us.  KM throughout the land is taught as a self defence system first and fighting system second.  So on the one hand you learn to act after the attack has happened, which is good, but I often feel it can train you to become the victim. The fighting system is really where it is at though.  To understand that though you need to look out with KM and straight to Bruce Lee's strategies of attack. I really hate reality videos however, this one is ok and only lasts a few seconds.  Remember we don't know any of the context surrounding this video so be objective.  What I want you to be aware of is the pre-emptive strike and then the interception on the second opponent - and the speed that the cigarette flies out his mouth. Every week in class I am banging on about intercepting this and that and sometimes I feel like nobody is listening.  Look at this video, understand, learn, adapt and use it.  This guys doesn't wait to be attacked, he knows he is and he intercepts the second guy who is trying to kick him.  You could almost say the first attack is an interception more than a pre-emptive strike as the attacker looks to raise his hands. Again, because its a video and we don't know anything about it who is the attacker?  Is it the guy on his own or the other guys.  You are only getting a snap shot so keep that in mind.  

The lesson though - don't wait, be pre-emptive if you feel you need to be or get using those interceptions.  

Saturday, 8 November 2014

What we are about

The gym exists to provide members with what we as coaches determine to be the fastest methods to reach your goals.  If you are looking for self defence then there is nothing better than Krav Maga.  Mix in some NSI and TE classes for completeness and you can be  fairly confident you are going to be able to deal with confrontation in a fairly short period of time.  If you want to get "FIT" then CrossFit is one of the best strength and conditioning programmes on the planet with a worldwide following.  In terms of children's classes I strongly believe that you can't do any better than our Little Ninjas programme. It's a great way to start the journey in the Martial Arts and learn positive skills.  Moving on from that you have the Jnr Kickboxing / Jnr Krav Maga for the teens.  There are even more classes on offer than the ones I have mentioned. In a nut shell we only teach what we think works well, has a proven track record and gives people what they want.  At times training might be tough and there is going to be repetition but see beyond that, train hard stick in and reach those goals.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Round up of last night's class

Last night in Krav Maga we worked on defences against a baseball bat type of swinging attack. I gave you various options however, you must always remember the following points:

They have an extension weapon which needs to be used at a longer range for FULL effect. 

You need to close the gap to make that weapon less dangerous

Intercept the attack, counter strike(s) and control

Remove the weapon if appropriate and scan the area for potential hazards. 

Last night we used a baseball type swing to the head.  Why, because that is what is the most common and natural.  The downward attack rarely happens with a bat, maybe something smaller like a hammer or crow bar.  The idea of smooth and fast is to hardwire the movement. Any fool can burst in and hit someone.  Great well done you can charge and hope forward pressure will save you.  You could learn to play rugby and get the same results. However, we want to fine tune our training and get to a higher level. So some nights Im all about brute force other nights Its like a fast version of Tai Chi.  And remember, if you are only coming once a week well you can be missing out on other aspects. There are around 12 combat classes per week all building the individual and making them prepared for reality.  The more you come the better you get and the more variety you have in your training the more your eyes will be opened. 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014


In the Filipino arts the double stick and single patterns are used extensively. Many of the drills are for developing attributes over combative skills.  People nowadays often over look these drills and cannot see the function.  I was watching some of the boxers training in the gym recently and after some work developing combos on the pads they started working the speed drills on the focus mitts. Now the skills that those drills develop are exactly the same as the stick drills. Speed, timing and co-ordination.  Pad work is a skill and its often hard to find someone to feed the pads in that manner to develop those attributes.  The stick work is the same. Whatever your take on things both the pads and sticks will help you in your combative journey.  Both are noisy and annoy the hell out of other gym users so you can never win.  Start slow and build up and you can amaze all your friends and family and pretty soon like the Karate Kid you will be catching a fly using chopsticks.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Why The Limb Destruction?

I was asked recently "why do you do that?", with "that" being the straight blast limb destruction entry from Tactical Edge.

The comparison is usually to Krav -"but in Krav we hit straight to the face".  What you'll find in most, if not all, reality based systems are the same essential concepts, the main one being "simultaneous blocking and striking" or hit without being hit. But that being said the answer to why we do the straight blast is in the title, it's more "tactical" and it fits conceptually into transitioning seamlessly into weapon work.

The idea of the limb destruction comes from filipino knife work. If I was intercepting an opponent's arm with a blade I'd target the exact same way as I do with the limb destruction but rather than destroying with a punch, I'd look to sever the bicep muscle - with that muscle gone it takes that arm and the threat out of the fight. So our limb destruction works as an empty hand version of that defence.

The limb destruction doesn't just destroy the attacking limb, by getting a full destruction on the attacking arm you create a cross extensive reflex action which means for a second the body's nerves take such a blow that the opposite arm is taken out of action, this is literally for a spilt second but it creates a gap that allows a quick follow up strike:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossed_extensor_reflex (link included so you know its not just a bunch of special death touch voodoo magic)

Another very important factor is the law.  Although you're well within your rights to defend yourself the law states that you can use "reasonable force", smashing someone in the face when you had the opportunity to just stop the arm could seem a little excessive, so in tactical edge we move up a force ladder. We attack the attacking limb, destroy it as best we can (a really good limb destruction can stop an attack dead in its tracks if it's good enough) if that doesn't work then you can move up the force ladder to the opposite arm or to the head so if you have to explain your actions your able to state that you didn't just smash through his face first chance you got, you tried to be as kind as you could.

Again, conceptually the limb destruction's straight punch can be replaced with a weapon or improvised impact tool and it'll be just as good if not better.