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Den Bradshaw

Martial Means War, and War Means Weapons

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While it’s true that most violent altercations will go to the ground (and we should train accordingly), it is a fact that most of those situations will also involve a weapon of some kind.

According to FBI statistics, in the United States, 73% of assaults (including rape) involve the use of a weapon, and 91% of murder victims are killed with a weapon.

For these reasons, I take a dim view of so-called ‘self-defense’ programs that don’t regularly train their students to fight with and against weapons.  (And I’m not talking about spending hours rehearsing pointless solo katas, or performing impressive twirls and dramatic poses with hyper-light toys that only look like weapons.)

It’s interesting to note that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master Ricardo Murgel, (one of the world’s foremost authorities on BJJ, Submission Wrestling and Vale Tudo), has stated emphatically that he will avoid going to the ground at all costs in a street situation.

Similarly, it is my firm belief that it is safest to presume a criminal assailant will be armed.  Engaging him without first arming yourself would be foolhardy at best and suicidal at worst.

Eskrima, the most lethal knife-fighting system in the world, has a maxim: Always Expect The Blade… and doing so radically changes the way we train and fight.

On this website, I have endeavored to give you a sense of my approach to training, as well as what it might be like to train with us. So, please, read on and explore. And feel free to contact us with questions.

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