On March 8, 2007, reality-based self-defense expert Mick Coup visited the offices of Black Belt to be photographed for a feature article in the August 2007 issue. In the article, "Reach Out and Touch Someone," Coup discusses the role of indexing and how this age-old skill--when properly tuned up and utilized--can propel your self-defense ability forward by a quantum leap. He demonstrated several techniques and theories from his long history of martial arts training, six of which were captured on video. Coup is the founder of Core Combatives. The England-based self-defense instructor has trained in jujutsu, kung fu, kickboxing and karate for 25 years. He currently works as a security specialist and military consultant.


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