To summarize good self-defense I’ve started using this new catchphrase:
If you see it, flee it — but if you can’t get out, you gotta get in.
To learn more about how to implement this strategy, see Cabal Fang: Complete Study Guide from Querent to Elder or the forthcoming Bobcat Martial Arts
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I started off years go advocating this strategy. Then a couple of years ago I started worrying that maybe it wasn’t good advice all the time, like with knives for instance. Not any more. I have zero doubts. The more I trained, investigated and tested, the more clear it became that you should always run if you can — but if you cannot run you must take the fight to to the assailant.
Two respected instructors I trained with recently both corroborated this basic approach — John Phipps (Krav Maga) and Jim Marx (LEO and WWII combatives).
You need all the weapons you can get when you’re in close. In addition to uppercuts, hooks, elbows, and shoulder checks, you should also have good poppers.
Toward that end I humbly present…
Pop In: Martial Arts Training Involution #170
- Martial Fitness. Set a timer for 10 mins and complete as many sets as you can of 4 Chin-ups, 4 Kansas Burpees, 4 Back Bridges, and 4 Bear Walks (10′ diam circles). Beginners use a light bag for the KBs and no bag for the BBs. Intermediate, use a 65+ lb heavy bag for both KBs and BBs. Advanced, same as Intermediate except add weight to the CUs.
- Popper pyramids. 3 sets of each side of Shoulder pops and Elbow pops, each set in pyramid format: 1,2,3,4,3,2,1. See video below. To build up speed, do this pyramid a couple of times a week for a few weeks, then be sure to add them into your heavy bag work and to your sparring repertoire.
- Meditation. Meditation tools generally fall into one of three primary categories: visual aids (mandalas), words (mantras), and body movements (mudras). The spiritual symbol of the month at Cabal Fang is the Chalice — try imagining it as a kind of visual aid. Set a timer for 10 mins and assume your meditation posture of choice. Visualize a chalice in your mind’s eye. Don’t think in words — just visualize the chalice and breathe in a regular rhythm. Quiet your monkey brain — allow the Chalice to chase away negative thoughts, obsessions, and so on.
- Journal. And, as always, record your performance, thoughts and realizations in your training log or journal.
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