Throwback to the 90’s Challenge Matches

Vince Blog, Current, Off The Mats, Self Preservation

Gracie Challenge Almost without exception the Gracie Challenge videos that shocked, inspired and motivated us to pursue learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (the old school generation among us) was highlighted by the fact that in almost all the challenge matches strikes and kicks were thrown. Granted that the environment was ideal for a one-on-one “duel” and there were safety considerations that …

Martial Arts of Life

Vince Blog, Current, Monkey Jits, Off The Mats

A recent incident with CMD Malaysia Trainer, Patrick, put him and his friend’s life on the line and earned him a well deserved recognition of being an “everyday hero”. How much of your training, your ability to remain calm under pressure and knowing how to respond when the safety of your friend is at imminent danger? Patrick’s experience reminds me of the old …

A sprint or a marathon?

Vince Blog, CMD, Current, Self Preservation, Women's Personal Safety

Short-term self defense courses are like a sprint. Most people attending these weekend courses and short workshops expect to learn some eye-opening secret to address their personal safety issue. Sadly, that is not the case. Having been learning, training and teaching martial arts (both sport and combative) since 1978, my conclusion is that you learn the physical movement patterns, recognise …