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68 - Training scenario: “What the f**k are you gonna do?”

    "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" or in this case ...challenged about her God given right to a Playstation 5...yes, the confrontation your're about to watch in the video below was alledgedly all over a games console. First, this isn't strictly a self defence example but rather an example of "fighting". The woman on the left who is queuing, clearly removes her bag and jacket indicating her intention of preparation to go physical rather than ignore the other woman or leave. What is interesting here is the pre violence ritual playing out - goading the other party into attacking you first by screaming abuse continually until physical aggression starts. Challenges like -  “What the f**k are you gonna do?”,which one of the women shouts is a classic example. It's designed to get you to lose your head and react or say something socially taboo in order to illicit group support of you being assaulted by the "aggrieved" party. They start the ag

67 - History - How Karate Stole It's Kicks

 Excellent video from Jesse Enkamp about the origins of some of modern karate's kicking technique's -French Savate...

66 - Research - One Year of Boxing Negatively Impacts Working Memory, Short-Term Memory, and Long-Term Memory

  by EMagraken In the latest combat sports safety study findings were published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research finding that a year of boxing had measurably noticeable negative consequences for the participants memory. In the recent study, titled Neuropsychological Study on the Effects of Boxing Upon Athletes’ Memory , the authors reviewed neuropsychological data from 28 boxers compared to a control group of 30 other non boxer athletes. After a year of boxing the data revealed “ the results of CALT1 (short-term memory), CALT8 (long-term memory), and CALT9 (recognition memory) were lower in the boxing group than that in the matched group after a year ” prompting the authors to conclude that “exposure to 1 year of boxing training can impair the boxers’ working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory. Therefore, boxers should strengthen their head protection during training to avoid frequent impacts to the head. “ The full abst

65 - Research - Routine sparring in boxing can affect brain performance

  “Our findings are important because they show that routine practices may have immediate effects on the brain. Furthermore, athletes may be at greater risk of injury if the communications between the brain and muscles are impaired.” Summary: It is well documented that professional boxing causes neurological impairment. A new study reveals routine sparring can cause short term impairments in brain-muscle communication and a decrease in memory performance. Source: University of Stirling Routine sparring in boxing can cause short-term impairments in brain-to-muscle communication and decreased memory performance, according to new research. The findings emerged from a University of Stirling study that assessed boxers before and after a nine-minute sparring session – where athletes trade punches without the aim of incapacitating each other. This study, alongside the team’s 2016 research into the impact of heading footballs, is one of the first to show that routine impact in s

64 - Improving hip mobility for self defence

   For those of you who attended last night's Stroud workshop, some of the drills highlighted the need for developing and maintaining good hip mobility. Now, I usually presume that mobility is low and work from there as most people these days have sedentary jobs and possibly other factors like a lot of driving etc that mean that  hip flexors are shortened. This isn't a deal breaker for self defence as you're not trying to emulate athletes in training although it's great to have a inspiration to work toward if that motivates you. Rather I believe that lowered mobility is a key set up for possible injuries that may occur if your body is suddenly required to perform at a level which it isn't conditioned for - a self defence situation would be a clear example of this: grappling, striking, kicking, explosive sprinting...you get the picture. Here are some excellent free resources to try out. The first two videos are from GMB Fitness (there's a link to the full article

63 - The only personal safety statistic that matters - What does 1:1 or One In One mean?

  The only personal safety statistic that matters - What does 1:1 or One In One mean?    Jeth Randolph / 2020 A lot of people ask me what the name and logo “1:1 / FN” stands for. I originally saw it in an article by Hock Hochheim about why bother learning self defence. Part of a sentence but it stood out to me as soon as I read it. I started to use it as a way distillating the entire concept of defending oneself, a device to use to consider a huge subject matter. All the complexity (and simplicity), legality, morality, ethics, tactics boiled down after training to a simple moment of decision. A statistic and a decision. For new trainees, it's proved to be a really useful tool to help them sidestep a lot of the “what if?” questions of starting self defence training like: “How will I know if...?” “When should I act?” Etc. Crime statistics such as the following are common to see on the news or internet on any given week: “ 18 percent increase in admissions to hospitals in Engla

62 - Research - Spotting liars

  Spotting liars is hard – but our new method is effective and ethical Guilty? The length of your answer may give it away. Motortion Films/Shutterstock Cody Porter , University of Portsmouth Most people lie occasionally. The lies are often trivial and essentially inconsequential – such as pretending to like a tasteless gift. But in other contexts, deception is more serious and can have harmful effects on criminal justice. From a societal perspective, such lying is better detected than ignored and tolerated. Unfortunately, it is difficult to detect lies accurately. Lie detectors, such as polygraphs, which work by measuring the level of anxiety in a subject while they answer questions, are considered “theoretically weak” and of dubious reliability. This is because, as any traveller who has been questioned by customs officials knows, it’s possible to be anxious without being guilty. We have developed a new approach to spot liars based o