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The King Hit

The King Hit

The King Hit (or Sucker Punch) is causing a lot of problems in todays society. It is easy to hit someone with a cheap shot.

We explore this King Hit issue in this post. We look at the injuries and family suffering that King Hits cause. We look at some statistics. We look at the pettiness of the reasons people use these cheap attacks. We look at the culprits. We ask if King Hits are a reflection of a cheapening of life these days and dehumanisation more generally.

Regardless how much much of a cheap shot these sorts of attacks are, the threat posed by them is very real - especially if you are drunk (drunk=slow).

Let's get stuck into it.

Are Combat Sports a Waste of Time for Self Defence?

Are Combat Sports a Waste of Time for Self Defence?

There are broadly two camps.

The first camp, they love the combat sports and feel that unless you train against a 100% resisting opponent you are not close to simulating real violent encounters.

The second camp, they feel that there are too many restrictions when training in combat sports which generates bad habits.

There is a bit more to it than this and we go deep looking at whether or not the combat sports are a good method for developing effective self defence skills.

13 Commonly Believed Myths About Self Defence BUSTED!

13 Commonly Believed Myths About Self Defence BUSTED!

This post explores 13 commonly believed myths regarding self defence and we bust them wide open!

Some of these are sacred cows that need slaughtering. Some of them may be eye opening. Some not so obvious. 

Regardless you are sure to get something out of this one!

The Warrior is Dead, Long Live the Warrior

The Warrior is Dead, Long Live the Warrior

What is a warrior? Is the term even relevant today?

Is a warrior only a soldier? What about a martial artist? What about an MMA champ? What about a cop? What about a mercenary? What about a cancer survivor? What about a sporting legend?

This post argues that most of the above are NOT a warrior. This post examines what a warrior actually is - in some detail.

Caution - some people may be offended.

The 5 Best Improvised Weapons in the World

The 5 Best Improvised Weapons in the World

Improvised weapons can be a great equaliser.

But what makes a good improvised weapon? What commonly espoused improvised weapons are worse than using unarmed options?

That is exactly what we are looking for here as we drill down into the topic and identify the 5 best improvised weapons in the world.

5 Most Important Skills For Protecting Yourself

5 Most Important Skills For Protecting Yourself

A guest post from Jack Roberts from Black Eagle Martial Arts.

In this post Jack explores topics such as looking ahead and staying alert, walking confidently but not aggressively, knowing when to run, using quick and effective techniques and staying out of trouble by understanding your town or local part of your city.

Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto

Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto

Get your hands on the FREE Human Combative Behaviour Manifesto.

It explores the important topic of the two main types of human to human violence.

Alpha Male and Predatory violence.

This topic is possibly the most important material to understand in order to have a sound appreciation of human violence and therefore self defence.

STAB Knife Defense System Video

The STAB knife defense system is certainly a good one. This is a solid system on knife defence.

The STAB knife defence system is alive and it is all about controlling that knife bearing limb. This is 90% of what effective knife defence is all about. Controlling that knife bearing limb.

At Low Tech Combat, we discuss realistic knife defence a lot. The things we suggest for a realistic and effective knife defence system is evident in the STAB system.

ISR Matrix: The Definitive Review and Interview

ISR Matrix: The Definitive Review and Interview

ISR Matrix is an excellent system for learning physical self defence skills. 

It is a contemporary system that considers legal use of force at every step.

This is quite a detailed post that explores the system and also includes an interview with one of the main instructors in the region.

Grappling when Weapons are or May be Involved

Grappling when Weapons are or May be Involved

This post explores the controversial topic about whether grappling when weapons are present is a good idea.

Not only is it a good idea but it may happen even if we think it is a horrible idea.

There are actually some significant benefits; One being it can actually be easier to immobilise a knife bearing limb when the aggressor is on the ground.

There is a fair bit to this topic. This post explores it in some detail. You may not agree but that is all part of the fun.

Aliveness: Common Sense or Controversial?

Aliveness. Although the term is linked to Matt Thornton (who is known for really promoting the concept), Aliveness can and should be associated with all types of self defence or combat related training and not just bjj.

In this post we look into this topic of Aliveness in some detail.