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Slicing Through the Myths That Surround Edged-Weapon Defense!

No matter which category a particular system belongs to — traditional martial arts, reality-based self-defense, modern combatives — almost all instructors of those systems teach methods for stopping a blade-wielding psycho. Or at least they think they do. Before you start sending me hate mail and planning a cancel campaign, let me explain.

You see, almost all knife-defense techniques work great in theory. They also work on a compliant student in the safe confines of the dojo. But when applied in a life-or-death situation, many of them amount to responses that I like to call "death by martial arts myth."

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The older you get, the more plaque that can build up in your arteries, especially for martial artists over 40 years old. That's just part of the aging process. For those of you who are under 40 years old this warning applies to you also, but in a different way. You may end up getting partnered up with someone that is over 40 years old during chokehold training, and as such you don't want to be the one responsible for the accidental death of the older student. Nobody should ever die in training. It is completely unacceptable. Therefore, all martial artists need to take heed to the warning that I am about to give you.
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I'll admit it. I'm afraid of big dogs. I have good reason to be. I've been attacked by them. Plus, as a former police officer I have seen firsthand the damage they can do to human flesh and bone. As a self-defense instructor the question that is asked from time to time in my courses, and I was just asked it again two weeks ago, is, "How do you defend yourself against a large dog that attacks you?"

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Fighting two or more attackers, even if they are unarmed, is a "worst case scenario." However, as with any conflict, there are rules that can help you survive it. Here are six of them that you must commit to memory.

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