My Kung Fu is Better Than Your Kung Fu

Martial artists are petty. We all know it’s true, even if we don’t like to admit it. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a subculture that it more juvenile than the one we have chosen. We bitch and moan about everything and anything. We talk shit, bicker like schoolgirls, troll each other, and generally waste precious time and energy that could be spent training, debating pointless shit.

The concept of “live and let live” does not exist in our world.

However, one topic above all others baffles me. We love to debate which style would win in a fight over another style. We’ve all seen too many kung fu movies as far as I’m concerned. We all want to prove our Drunken Monkey can defeat someone else’s Tiger Crane.


This is what we waste our time with.

People love to ask me, as the founder of Libre Fighting, how I would cope with another weapons-based system. My answer is always the same…

“I don’t give a shit.”

I don’t train with the mindset of confronting other lifelong martial artists. I’m not out to prove that someone else’s system is flawed or that I have the magic key that can defeat another style. I train with the mindset of surviving against someone in the street. Someone untrained, but experienced. Multiple someone’s. Heartless, desperate, cold-blooded people who have never given a seconds thought to such trivial things. Because the truth is, if any of us are ever called upon to fight for our lives, it won’t be in some dramatic Kung Fu movie type situation where one system is pitted against another to determine ultimate supremacy. It will be because some maniac has set his sights on us and has decided to end our life or otherwise beat us into submission.

What should you be training for? Defeating another martial artists attack, or defeating someone who is going to grab hold of your shirt and start stabbing you in the neck in some darkened parking lot?

Random Asks

1. How do you sleep at night?

2. If you could, legally and without any consequences, kill a person would you?

3. Last thing you ate?

4. Knife to a gunfight or gun to a knifefight?

5. Would you rather be a unicorn or become the official representative of all potatoes on this planet?

6. Are you hiding anything?

7. How do you like your eggs cooked?

8. How many bodies are you currently hiding in your closet?

9. This isnt even a question?

10. Have you ever had a lucid dream?

11.  What was/is your worst subject in school?

12. If _____ was gone, life wouldn’t be worth living

13. Do you like sushi?

14. Do you have a crush on any fictional characters?

15. Exotic Butters?

16. Cheese and crackers, or Crackers and cheese?

17. Lucky number?

18. Plastic bag or plastic fork?

19. Do you wear glasses?

20. When playing truth or dare, do you more often pick Truth or Dare?

21. Who is the most BAMF you know personally?

22. Do you like scary movies?

23. Do you like to root for the protagonist or the antagonist?

24. You can meet one celebrity of your choice for an entire day, who would you choose?

25. Someone is trying to kill you and for some reason you can’t contact the police. What do you do?

26. How would you survive an Electronic Apocalypse?

27. Are you supposed to be doing something else right now?

28. Least favorite song?

29. Can you answer this question with your eyes close?

30. Who are you?


Knife attack defense

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anonymous asked:

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4. Knife in a gunfight or gun in a knifefight?

Anti: Knife in a gunfight. I enjoy a challenge!

Dark: Gun in a knifefight. Quicker and gets the job done faster.

8. How many bodies are currently in your closet?

Anti: None, I cleared out my closet yesterday. It was starting to smell.

Dark: Same here.

14. Do you have a crush on any fictional characters?

Anti: I kinda have a thing for Harley Quinn. Don’t judge me!!

Dark: No.

Tone is in Your Fingers

There are knife collectors and there are those who study the craft of using a blade as a weapon. This blog is not intended for the collectors.

Guitarists have an expression…

“Tone is in your fingers.”

A great guitarist will do impressive things with a substandard instrument. Conversely, a subpar musician will still sound poor on the best guitar. This sentiment always echoes in my mind when people ask me about my preferences as far as an EDC knife goes. Beginners seem especially enamored with buying the best ‘toys". The uncomfortable truth, however, is that one cannot buy their way into skill.

Some of the greatest musicians in history learned their craft on the most poorly crafted instruments. Looking at combat sports, we see that some of the best fighters in history started training in the most humble gyms. The best knife in the world will not make you fight any better. A ten dollar kitchen knife in the right hands will do far more damage than a custom two-thousand dollar combat knife wielded by one unskilled in its use.

Do high-end knives have a place? Of course they do. You don’t see rock stars playing shitty instruments on stage. You don’t see top ranked contenders training on substandard equipment. A person in a high risk occupation shouldn’t rely on a second rate knife to save their life. But the fact remains that learning your art is contingent on the work you are willing to put in, not on the equipment you use to get there. So if you are starting on this journey, put aside thoughts of building your collection of tools for a bit, grab a training knife and a workhorse knife that you don’t mind abusing, and dedicate some time to learning your craft.

John and Alex always end up going back to Alex’s place. Alex thinks it’s because John’s just that far in the closet. It’s not. It’s because he shops at Pier 1 Imports. He has nautical themed throw pillows. There is Too Much potpourri. When he finally invites Alex back, and he doesn’t judge, just asks John what he’s canning in the mason jars, that’s when John knows. “Nothing,” John says, eyes welling up, knowing he’s found someone who will accept the darkest parts of him. “They’re just decorative.” 

Content Warning for Schism:

In the interest of avoiding spoilers, we are opting to not include specific warnings on specific episodes.  Instead, consider this post a general warning for all of Schism.

Schism’s content warnings should adhere closely to the content warnings of Supernatural, the TV show.  If you’re okay with Supernatural, you’re probably okay with Schism.  Expect to see:

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Intellectual Honesty & Unpleasant Truths…

“A deceiver will never lack victims for his deceptions.” —Machiavelli

With thirty years of training in the martial arts, I can say this with absolute certainty:

There is no consistent, reliable way to stop a motivated attacker with a knife. Furthermore, there is no consistent, reliable way to disarm a motivated attacker with a knife.

That’s not to say that nobody has ever beat the odds and done it, of course they have. People win the lottery too. If someone is teaching you to defend against a knife assault with the caveat that in a real life situation it probably won’t work, but it may increase your odds of survival a bit, I have no issue with that. But if anyone tells you they can teach you to effectively counter a real-life knife assault they’re either delusional or they’re lying to you.

As a martial arts instructor I’m not supposed to tell you this. There is an unspoken agreement amongst martial arts instructors that such things are best left unsaid — it’s bad for business. We’re supposed to be in the business of selling answers. The bitter truth, however, is that sometimes they’re isn’t an answer. So rather than peddling comforting lies, here I am up on my soapbox pimping doubt.

I’m sure that some people are going to read this and immediately start rationalizing why this isn’t true and pontificating on how their system is different. They’ll assume I’m simply unaware of the magic bullet that was shared with them — the secret set of techniques that make such things possible. If you want to believe that, I’m not going to try to change your mind. If you find yourself having such thoughts, it’s probably best that you stop reading now, because it gets worse…

The issue of knife disarming is systemic of a much larger issue within the martial arts — another truth that is supposed to remain unspoken:

Most of what your are taught exists only to eat up class time.
A profitable martial arts program is generally 80% — 90% “busy work”. It’s designed to keep you occupied and to keep you paying. Most martial arts programs aren’t in the business of making you proficient, they’re in the business of selling you the illusion of proficiency.

Long complex routines, prearranged two-man drills with endless variations, convoluted locks and techniques, flashy knife and gun disarms — all of it is designed to you make you believe that you’re more adept than you really are. The money is in selling the belief.
Of course, there are ancillary benefits. You get exercise, gain confidence, meet people, and have fun. You also pick up a few fighting skills in the process. But this doesn’t change the fact that only 10% - 20% of the skills and techniques that are taught in most programs have realistic combat applications.

There are exceptions, but the masses don’t gravitate towards this kind of training. Mastering real fighting skills is boring, grueling, and repetitive. Techniques are simple and versatile, but generally not aesthetically pleasing to watch or particularly fun to train. Being prepared for real violence means having your ego checked — a lot. It means being put into scenarios where you will sometimes fail, and have to carry that failure home with you. It often means having to admit to yourself that a lot of what you may have learned elsewhere simply doesn’t work. Most of all, it means having a realistic assessment of your own skills and limitations.

It’s not for everybody…


Fight! Fight! Fight!

Have I done something like this before?  I know I’ve done individual posts for the fights, but I don’t think I’ve put them all together fully celebrate and appreciate Joe and Malcolm and Laurence’s awesome unarmed* fighting technique and hand-waving aftermath excellence.  Or in Joe’s case, his adorable owie face.

It’s a little hard to tell because of the angles, but I’m pretty sure they are making the exact same face in the first three gifs.

*The cardinal also has a pretty good fight scene, but I’m not including him since he successfully brought a fork to a knifefight.

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On Teaching

I used to be a real bastard of a teacher.

It’s true. When I was a young man I barked orders like a drill sergeant. I gave out push-ups like they were candy. I accepted nothing but my students best efforts — anything less earned my wrath. I used every tool I had to motivate students, even if that sometimes meant being hated. I rarely handed out praise, as I thought this would make my people complacent. I was loud, intimidating, and downright mean at times. Being young and aggressive, full of testosterone and passion, I saw it as my job to demand only the best from my students — I owed them that.

It was “old school” thinking. This was how I came up in the martial arts, and it was how I brought others up. I’ve changed a lot as a teacher over my career, in fact, I’ve pretty much done a 180. Now I’m a somewhat laid-back teacher. I don’t bark at my students, I don’t raise my voice at all. I realized at some point that it wasn’t my job to drag a student kicking and screaming into excellence. My job is to give them the tools they need to succeed, nothing more. And you know what? I produce better students now than I ever have.

I learned, through years of experience, that I am capable of making a student work their ass off while they are on my floor. What I can only very rarely do, however, is fundamentally alter their disposition. If someone doesn’t already want to reach their potential, there simply isn’t a whole lot I can do them. Anything I can motivate a student to do on the floor will usually be lost the minute they walk out the door.

So now I take a different approach — I allow my students the freedom to show me who they are at their core. I see who has the passion to put the work in and who doesn’t. I see how they learn and I tailor my teaching approach to the students existing disposition. What I don’t do, what I will never do again, is try to force a student into excellence. There are more productive ways to use my own time and energy.

What we have tried to do with Libre is create a culture that is different than anything else in the martial arts. Something that is pure and untainted by the past. I have no interest is cliches like “brotherhood”, because was we have built transcends such things. We have created something pure, that is hard to define, but that is understood by those in our circle. And the key to it has been changing the way martial arts is taught. Making it a journey that is about discovery and innovation, rather than the more dogmatic and robotic way martial arts has been taught in the past. We don’t restrict people by grinding them into what we want them to be, we give them the tools they need to become what they aspire to.