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Personal Defense Network Instructor Profile: Justin White

Interview for the Personal Defense Network, March 2012.

Principles of the Clinch

Regardless of method or origin, all clinch-work training must address the principles of posture, angle and level. By shaping your clinch training around these principles and the ability to combine and apply them, you develop a necessary and advantageous personal-defense skill.

Evaluating New Techniques

New techniques are a wonderful thing. They are exciting and can add to our ability to defend ourselves and others. The learning process can be both satisfying and a ton of fun. Learning new material also reminds us that we don’t know it all. There is always more to learn. However, our passion for new knowledge and skills must be tempered by a willingness to systematically, even mercilessly, evaluate new techniques before integrating them into our overall practice regimen.

Pride and Glory, Life and Limb Part I: Differences Between Competition and Combat

Opinions on training for competition, such as sport Jujitsu or Mixed Martial Arts, versus training for real-world conflict fall over a wide spectrum. On one end is a crowd that advocates “If it won’t work in the cage, it won’t work anywhere,” and at the other extreme is an equally large group insisting “There are no rules on the street.” The two sides stand there snarling, each assured of its superiority. This is a shame, because both camps can benefit greatly from lessons learned on the other side.

Pride and Glory, Life and Limb Part II: Bridging the Gap Between Competition and Combat

In Part I of this series, we discussed some of the differences between training for sport MMA and training for real-world violence. Now that the differences, including some of the advantages and disadvantages of each, have been dealt with, let’s look at how to bridge the gap between the two sides.

Bare-Knuckle Striking: The Issue of Form

Throwing a good punch is a complex process that employs the entire body from the soles of the feet to the surface of the knuckles. From the earth to the “boom,” so to speak. All these pieces of the process are important to effective striking; they are the fundamentals.