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29 - (VIDEO) Secondary impacts from objects / environment

The unintended (or perhaps intended...) consequences of a strike. The video shows a a big running punch making contact with the escaping guy's head. This sends him face first into and through a brick wall effectively providing a secondary impact with potentially even greater damage being inflicted. In this case it's a wall but the secondary trauma can also be caused by the subject then falling and hitting their head on: objects on the way down - edges of tables, low walls etc the floor - a common cause of devasting and potentially fatal head injuries. The environment is capable of multiplying the damage done to someone in untold ways - unlike the safe mats of a dojo. Tactics which illicit one result in training may have hugely different results in the real world. Take downs Throws Punches Kicks etc What starts as a fight can end in unintended tragedy. (I've experienced this once when I hit a guy with a straight punch and he went backwards and bounced his he

28 - Solo stick fighting drills - part two

28 - Solo stick fighting drills - part two: 2 hands (dos manos) Jethro Randolph/ 2020 For single hand drills and explanation of the x pattern, please refer to part one: Drill 7: Strike X's as before but this time holding the stick in both hands (either end). Hook with Left and / or Right end from 2 o clock. Hook with Left and / or Right end from 10 o clock. Drill 8; move your feet as before while striking, use intention, visualise an attacker. Drill 9: Practice standing, kneeling and on your back. Cycle through these positions as you did with the Get Up drill for reps or time to create a combative work out. Drill 10: If you have a weight vest or a rucksack – add some weighted resistance to your practice. Be careful – if you smash the living room, crush your cat or throw your back out … As always - It's Your Fault!

27 - Solo stick fighting drills - part one

Solo stick fighting drills - part one: one hand Jethro Randolph/ 2020 You will need a Escrima stick (google it!), ax handle or any stick appx 28” /71 cm. If you can't get a rattan stick make your own from PVC pipe, old broomstick etc** Drill 1: Stand in a generic “fighting ready position” , hold your stick in front in your dominant hand, same side foot forward. Practice two diagonal hooking slash strikes with the stick. These are : Forehand diagonal slash from 2 o clock down. Then: Backhand diagonal slash from 10 o clock down. You are now striking a “X” in front of you. Repeat and practice. Use intention don't just go through the motions. Drill 2: Do the same with your Non Dominant hand. Drill 3: Alternate constantly between both hands. Drill 4: Practice with one foot forward, then feet neutral (side by side) , then one foot back. Drill 5: Start to move your feet as in sparring while striking X's with the stick, alternating hands and chang

26 - (Video) When low kicks become high kicks...

Here we see the military strategy of occupying the high ground play out to detriment of the would be assailant... The video below shows two examples of technically low licks delivered from higher postions that have the effect of high kicks: The first example is a kick thrown from the top of stairs having the effect of a high kick to the chest. The second is actually a kick thrown horizontally from the ground which achieves a knockout headshot. The efficacy of training kicks from grounded "Stop 6" positions (other than the high percentage bicyle kicking that even untrained persons can effectively deliver) can clearly be seen. Think of possibilities - position, terrain change things as do numbers, weapons, justification...

25 - Video: Fighting bigger people

 Larger people / Impact weapon / Evasion skills / Notes on weapons. Some observations on this video: You need to outwork them: A larger person's gait will cover more ground in a single step than yours - you will be backing up fast - when you can - and doing more footwork than them just to stay out of range. That workload increases massively if there's more than one attacker. Any time spent working on your kicking skills will now be ...time well spent. The guy in the video is continuously encroaching - this tells you that they are going to attack you as they're not just hanging back, mouthing off and trying to get you to fight them. The guy defending in the video is smart -  he's moving fast backwards, using feints/ direction changes to evade, looking around for other threats (and opportunities) and doesn't take his eyes of the attacker. This encroachment and evasion (and on camera) will show that you we were actively trying to leave as safely as possib

24 - Thought for the day...

Courtesy of BoomDogSaint:   "Motivation & Passion are great 👍 assets, but common sense helps you grow old."

23 - Male group violence against a single victim (female)

Following on from the last post: (This post has some tactics viewpoints regarding facing a threat from multiple people). Here is an example of violent mass assault by a male group on a lone female who is 15 years old. This was reported as violent robbery (which indeed it is) but it's important to remember that this is not always the main motivator and that the robbery can be opportunistic in nature - one crime leads to the possibility to commit another. eg: While assaulting someone for fun, there is the opportunity for the attacker to rob them as well. eg Robbery is successful, no one is around so the attacker rapes his victim and then the possibility is that murder can follow. A series of crimes on a single victim during the same encounter. In this case, the group assault gives the opportunity to steal shoes. Dominant position assault by kicking and stamping. The scumbag running away wi

22 - Female group violence against a single victim (female)

1:1 - Female group violence. A difficult watch – group victimisation and bullying (Video below). As with a lot of found footage, often the important background story is missing and we can only speculate and draw what we can in terms of positive learning from the incident. A female friend of mine was attacked, slapped and dragged by her hair and then followed before she got away while on the tube in London. The attackers were all female and there was no initial contact – just calling her “Bitch” etc. Perhaps from jealousy or the victim represented a partcular type of woman that the group hated.    I saw a young Jewish boy being slapped and abused by a group of girls on a bus who mocked his sidelocks and tried to steal his hat. He's weak, alone and a boy and they have the numbers.    Lone female vs male violence is very rare in my experience, it's nearly always enabled by the perceived security (and cowardice) of being in a group. Assault is sometime

21 - Understanding Psychopaths: Psychopaths Among Us

  (Jeth - Please see also on this blog): PSYCHOPATHS AMONG US By Robert Hercz "Psychopath! psychopath!" I'm alone in my living room and I'm yelling at my TV. "Forget rehabilitation -- that guy is a psychopath." Ever since I visited Dr. Robert Hare in Vancouver, I can see them, the psychopaths. It's pretty easy, once you know how to look. I'm watching a documentary about an American prison trying to rehabilitate teen murderers. They're using an emotionally intense kind of group therapy, and I can see, as plain as day, that one of the inmates is a psychopath. He tries, but he can't muster a convincing breakdown, can't fake any feeling for his dead victims. He's learned the words, as Bob Hare would put it, but not the music. The incredible thing, the reason I'm

20 - Understanding Psychopaths: Violent or Successful?

Not all psychopaths are violent. A new study may explain why some are ‘successful’ instead. By Brian McNeill – Virginia Commonwealth University (Jeth:   While these examples may indeed enjoy better "career trajectories or outcomes" one must consider how they achieve this, perhaps at the expense of others. Please also refer to my other post which contains a Hale checklist of psychopathic traits as background material for this article :  ) Psychopathy is widely recognized as a risk factor for violent behavior, but many psychopathic individuals refrain from antisocial or criminal acts. Understanding what leads these psychopaths to be “successful” has been a mystery. A new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University sheds light on the mechanisms underlying the formation of this “successful” phenotype. “ Psychopathic individuals are very prone to engaging in antiso

19 - Understanding Psychopaths: The Hare Psychopathy Checklist

Here's a revised version of the Hare Psychopathy checklist presented as background understanding of personality disorders. Here's also a link to a podcast explaining the checklist:

18 - Street Violence Is Kicking Off During Lockdown. This Is Why

The dark side of social media in lockdown. Interesting article from Vice: " There has been an explosion in the number of street stabbings and shootings in England since the beginning of lockdown, despite police claiming the measures have driven down serious violence. Earlier this month, West Midlands police said there had been a 40 percent drop in knife crime in the area during the first week of lockdown, compared to the same week in 2019. London's Met Police said the measures had resulted in a 25 percent fall in knife crime in the capital since January. However, the relative peace has not lasted long, according to analysis by VICE. A study of reported serious street violence found 35 gang-style street attacks nationwide since the 26th of March, including seven homicides and 11 shootings. Of the 35 attacks, 20 involved teenagers as either victims or suspects, with half of the incidents occurring in either Birmingham or London." Read the rest of

17 - Are you the right person in the wrong room?

  As reported in the UK press from a US site: This is a child's maths test marked by a teacher. You'll note that despite getting these two answers correct the child has been marked down for reaching the correct answer by a slightly different route than the one that the curriculum dictates . What message does this approach teach the child? While it's understandable that a tutor may wish to see the process that arrives at the answer, is it possible that being continually taught like this will produce an adult who, when faced with a problem, will resort and defer to default responses rather than their own thinking? Indeed, is it possible that they may even ignore their own solution and discount it as it isn't accepted dogma? In training I refer to this as “Cut and paste thinking” . This is not understanding. This is merely parroting. This is the opposite of empowerment. It is teaching reliance on a script rather tha

16 - Controlling space /pre-emption/ knock out

Subject left: Good control of space - checking hand. Second encroachment, balled fists and issued threat triggers pre-emptive strike. Subject right: Issuing tough guy threats and posturing with hands down is not a good idea...

15 - Never "Fight" - why you should always avoid confrontation (VIDEO)

UPDATE: As YouTube is continuing to censor and remove our videos new links are provided for training materials below. Location: Public transport We don't have the full video/ circumstances so complete understanding is not possible. Argument between 3 men (2 vs 1) The usual dynamic in 2 on 1 is the single person being attacked and outnumbered, here this is not seemingly the case. 2 guys on left seem to be trying to keep guy on right back (leg kick to repel) and are not encroaching or moving forward. The right guy seems to be issuing challenges with his hands - classic "come on, let's go" etc. Leaving now would possibly have changed what is coming. on a moving vehicle, backing away "I'm leaving"...get far back and close to an exit for possible escape. Instead: Guy on right is repelled back after trying to attack the guys on the left.. At this point he makes a(nother) very big mistake - removing coat and jacket to prepare for what perhaps he as