Low Tech Combat takes a research and knowledge based approach to self defence.

To learn self defence, it helps to understand what it is one is trying to defend against.

This site is the perfect companion to your physical training. For self defence, perhaps it should actually take priority over physical training.

  • This is a site for self defence thinkers.

  • Understanding violence will enable you to recognise it, avoid it, evade it or de-escalate it, before it gets physical.

  • Physical training should come, but after (or whilst) learning about human violence.

As Seen in Blitz Magazine

As published in Blitz Magazine, Australasia's biggest martial arts and self defence magazine in Vol. 23 No 5, Know Your ENEMY: The true stats on street assaults.

Who is Adam @ Low Tech Combat?

Hi, my name is Adam and I am from Australia. I started this site in 2008 because I couldn't find a site like it!

I wanted to build a site that was THE place to learn about human violence, analysis of violent crime statistics, real case studies, deep thought pieces, long in-depth articles about important aspects of self defence and personal safety as well as be a platform for providing unique training opportunities.

I have been practising martial arts and self defence since 1994. I began my journey with Rhee Taekwondo which I did for 5 years with Paul Corbett and achieved first degree black belt. From there I studied Hapkido for about four years under Geoff Booth. Through Geoff Booth, I was introduced to both Brasilian Jiu Jitsu and Ray Floro's Filipino system of edged and impact weapon defence.

I then became more interested in self defence courses (my favourite was an ISR Matrix seminar). My main reason for preferring self defence courses was because I wanted more exposure in dealing with the stages immediately prior to an encounter going physical and those initial moments after that.

In more recent time, I have became far more interested in actually learning about violent crime, to understand it and how it happens. It took me a while, but learning about violence and how it happens, and where, and when, is kind of the first step in learning about self defence. Doing any of the physical stuff without understanding the threat seemed kind of silly.


So have a look around. Check out the blog as there are lots of timeless articles there. Feel free to send me a note via the Contact page. You can find the link to that at the top of this page.

Bonus: This site is an internet oasis, as there are no ads.