E.M. Burton is introduced to firearms over a two-day combative pistol course and learns a lot about weapons, self-defense and fitness.
I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of two possible responses a woman has to a violent attack. In one, the woman is cowering in terror, arms above her head in an attempt to shield herself in what we can only guess will be a losing… Continue Reading
In this series, get a sneak peak at Tony Blauer’s Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar hosted by San Francisco CrossFit. Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, has been providing seminars to CrossFitters to teach the basics of self-defense and how to implement them through CrossFit.
In Part 7, Blauer talks about the palm and spear strikes. First, he has participants palm-strike medicine balls held by a partner, then pause.
“At that point here what I… Continue Reading
In this series, get a sneak peak at Tony Blauer’s Be Your Own Bodyguard seminar hosted by San Francisco CrossFit. Blauer, founder of Blauer Tactical Systems, provides seminars to CrossFitters to teach the basics of self-defense and how to implement them through CrossFit.
In Part 6, Blauer talks about using your “crowbar.”
With partners and medicine balls, he has participants practice throwing forearms into their make-believe enemies.
“My spear—the actual violent… Continue Reading
To develop power, CrossFit Striking’s George Ryan favors two pieces of equipment: resistance bands and the D-Ball.
“The resistance band is not going to develop the power, but what it is going to do, it’s going to help promote proper biomechanics in striking,” he explains.
With the band wrapped around a pole or column at shoulder height and a loop held in the hand, trainees learn how to move their entire bodies and find the proper… Continue Reading
When it comes to a successful punch, power is of the essence.
In this video, George Ryan of CrossFit Striking demonstrates some power-development exercises with pro MMA fighter Neal Abrams.
The first step, Ryan says, is to ensure the athlete is using the entire kinetic chain when striking. To check, he looks to see if the back foot is pushing off the floor, and then he confirms that the power is traveling… Continue Reading
Before any athletes throw a punch or kick, certain foundational elements need to be addressed, George Ryan says. The three elements: making a fist, stance and footwork.
Learning how to make a proper fist is important for people who have never thrown a punch, Ryan says. The stance should find the feet shoulder-width apart and the primary leg back about 12 inches, with the hips square toward the target. You should be on the… Continue Reading
April 25, 2012
Sara Ayaz describes how CrossFit and Krav Maga work together to produce finely tuned martial artists.
When I first started Krav Maga, it was the single most intense and awesome thing I had ever encountered. As a lifelong martial artist, I was looking for a system that was more ardent and practical than what I had previously done. Krav Maga was that system.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system created by Imi Lichtenfeld, and it… Continue Reading
March 09, 2012
Loren Christensen talks to self-defense expert Tony Blauer about the warrior spirit, what drives him and more.
“When I was 13, my mother asked me what I was gong to study when I was older, and I told her that I wouldn’t really need school because I was going to develop my own martial-art system and be like Bruce Lee. She smiled, patted me on the shoulder and said, ‘OK, sweetie, we'll talk about this when… Continue Reading