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For What Reasons Do I Teach?

In another article (available HERE) I mentioned some of the reasons that I train in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do (CJKD) and the Filipino Martial Arts (FMA). It wasn't an exhaustive list but it should've laid out, at the very minimum, a solid foundation for why I devote time out of my life to training. In this article I'd like to is offer a few reasons why I decided a long time ago to teach what I've learned, to pass along the information that I've amassed over the years. Again, this isn't meant to be an exhaustive list any more than the other list; it's just a rough summary of some of my reasons. I teach because I've been untrained; I...

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For What Reasons Do I Train?

The other day I was sitting in my car watching one of my daughters soccer team practicing. I was in the car because I wanted to keep my allergies from acting up so I was sitting in my car, reading a book.  As I watched my daughter run on the soccer field alongside her team, care-free and enjoying her practice, I thought about why I do what I do. Not so much the role I play as her father and the head of our household, mind you, but I why I read, write, teach, and train in the things that I do. I decided to lay out a list, in simple, definitive terms, of why I train in martial arts...

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The Role of Killer Instinct in Self-Defense Scenarios

Our last series of articles discussed the general strategy and phases of how we as CJKD/FMA fighters approach self defense situations and street fights (find parts 1-3 HERE, HERE, and HERE, respectively). In Part 3 of my series I mentioned something that I want to spend some time elaborating on here, namely the concept of "Killer Instinct," and I'll shorten it to KI for this article. When we talk about KI we need to be clear about our definition before we apply the definition contextually. The short definition of KI is an emotion that flows out of you during a fight that "turns on" in a particular range, and that range is called "Trapping Range," often where headbutts, knees, and elbows...

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The Three Phases of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do/FMA Self-Protection, Part 3: Termination

In previous articles we've discussed how we go about protecting ourselves in a self-defense situation, from the Contemporary Jeet Kune Do and Filipino Martial Arts perspective. You can read Part 1 HERE and Part 2 HERE to get yourselves caught up.  OK, so once we've gained Entry and applied Pressure, we've found ourselves in trapping range (more on that in the next series of articles). For the sake of our conversation let's assume that we've managed to control our opponent's head and neck, via the muay Thai clinch. What do we do now? Should we try to hug things out and go our separate ways? Absolutely not! We're exactly where we want to be to implement the last portion of...

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The Three Phases of Contemporary Jeet Kune Do/FMA Self-Protection, Part 2: Pressure

In our first article discussing our strategy in a street fight we talked about how we close the distance with our opponents. Obviously this happens because we've been put or allowed ourselves to be put in a position where we have no other alternative than to fight. We called this step, Entry, because we literally enter into a range where we can impose our will and do what we need to do to win the fight. We also learned about the two ways that we gain entry. The first way was to intercept our opponent's attack by some sort of check or "stop hit" and the second way was to destroy our opponent's attacking limb, thereby "defanging the snake." It should...

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