Hand to hand and edged weapon training: A review with reasons

There is no single greatest approach to any martial art, firearm, knives, hands or feet and more. No one approach has ever been nor will it ever be the greatest approach available. Humans are by virtue of being individuals and not simply drones in a hive quite incapable of originating a single greatest approach.

This being said, there are some approaches that are better than others depending on each individuals physical ability, geographical location, climate, air pressure, temperature and something as simple as whether you are currently on gravel or concrete. When it comes to all martial arts there are certain very basic holds, grips, stances and more that by virtue of physics alone lend themselves to a better start, these however, do not mean that one must or should keep the same approach in all areas.

So this article is meant for exactly one purpose, to explain what I use and why. To each their own, and please do yourself enough of a solid that you do not simply grab an approach solely because the israelis or russians or germans or some self indulgent USA navy seal says it is best.

I choose martial arts the same way I choose firearms and edged tools. With consideration and questions. Prior to 2007 I spent several years practicing muy thai, escrima and a little juijitsu all of which have had allot to do with my current approach to unarmed combat approaches. In 2007 I began yet another bout with surgeries and issues that have made it impossible to run 5-10 miles a day like I used too, further I lost much of the ability to control my legs as a result of severe nerve degradation. This however, did not cause me to stop training only to adapt the training I already had to fit my current situation.

I began to concentrate on firearms and edged tools versus just hand to hand and use of shins, elbows, headbutts and knees. By combining what I learned with firearms and edged weapons and as a direct result of my own limitations I was able to originate an entirely new approach to self defense. With the guidance and help of a friend we out together a light physical activity, high intensity approach to self defense specifically for individuals with physical disabilities and or the very young or elderly.

Today I am quite capable of holding my own with or without additional tools, though my ability with tools is quite good.

I have a BOB/punching bag to use for knees, kicks, punching combinations and movement. Additional pads and practice rubber tools allow the further ability to practice without getting permanently hurt. For firearms training we have and use air-soft handguns which hurt if you get hit but will not kill you. Do I still use soap in a sock and metal poles? No, however, I havent used gloves or pads for training in several years and maintain a very tough layer of scar tissue surrounding my knuckles, shins and elbows as well.

What do you do and why?

Free the mind and the body will follow

Remember, I am available for no cost (travel expenses and housing only) training and specialize in disabled, elderly and very young. There is NO reason to ever be unprepared. DEFEND YOURSELF!




About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, jessetalksback.com and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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