And he says to his girlfriend, “Do it like I fucking told you.” The hair on the back of my neck stood up. My heart quickly accelerated. I could feel the adrenaline dump. She wasn’t in immediate danger, but her head dropped. The shame made me cringe!
I was recently talking shop with the Fight Professor, Stephen Quadros, original host for the Pride Fighting Championships along side Bas Rutten. We met in 2012 rotating rounds on a single heavy bag inside Crunch Gym – Burbank. He’s a walking, talking fight encyclopedia! While I heard about the origination of UFC training under Paul Vunak, Stephen was actually there.
Arguments. They’re bound to happen. And unfortunately the majority of them are with people we care about. I used to think the most important thing was to win. But the superficial triumph faded quickly and what remained didn’t positively resonate with my core. After a decade of failed attempts to win I finally came to the conclusion that it's better not to. Stay with me.
In 2004, 30 Islamic terrorists, mostly Ingush and Chechen, took over 1100 people hostage (including 777 children) inside a Beslan School. Their intent was to negotiate the removal of Russian soldiers from their native country of Chechnya. Similarly to the American governments policy, Russia doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. After fifty hours of stalemate, an explosion erupted into a battle that resulted in the death of 330 hostages, 186 of which were children.
We've explored the psychological aspect of hand-to-hand combat in the previous posts. Now, lets get physical. This is barely the tip of the ice berg, but it'll give you a basic set of principles and techniques to begin building the foundation of your arsenal.
In life and death encounters sometimes it’s necessary to play prey. I know, it goes against almost all modern day self defense concepts. They teach us to walk tall, know where we’re going, use a loud voice when verbally confronting an on-coming attacker, to strike as the first line of defense. And in many cases they’re right! But there’s a line between pre-contact and contact that must be drawn.