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Thud and Thunder: The Science of Leg Kicks in Combat and Self-Defense

Introduction: A Leg Up on the Competition In a world obsessed with high-impact face punches and cinematic uppercuts, the humble leg kick often gets overlooked. However, anyone on the receiving end of a powerful leg kick knows its efficacy. It’s not just a move in professional fighting sports like MMA and Muay Thai but also […]

Fist to the Face: The Psychology and Physiology of Punches, from Both Ends

Introduction: More than a Fistfight We’ve all seen it in movies: the hero throws a punch, lands it perfectly on the villain’s face, and the crowd goes wild. But what really happens when you get punched in the face—or when you’re the one delivering the blow? Understanding the psychology and physiology behind it can offer […]

Why Do People Strike Opponents?

There are many reasons why striking is an important part of martial arts. I posed this question to one of my classes a few weeks back. Various levels were present, from 3rd-degree black belts to beginner yellow, and I wanted to see what kind of answers I got. I told them, of course, there were […]

Miss Arkansas Promotes Free Self-Defense Class for Teachers

Miss Arkansas USA Mackenzie Hinderberger partnered with Fayetteville Krav Maga Self-Defense to offer a free self-defense class for teachers before the new school year. The class was held on Friday, August 11 and was open to any educator who teaches Kindergarten through 12th grade. “School safety should be a top priority, and one of those […]

Practice Until You Can’t Get it Wrong

The saying “practice makes perfect” often encourages people to keep practicing a skill until they become proficient. However, a more accurate phrase is: “Don’t practice until you get it right. Practice until you can’t get it wrong.” This saying is based on the idea that true mastery of a skill requires more than just being […]

300 Reasons to Learn to Defend Yourself

If you haven’t seen the movie 300 yet, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s almost 20 years old by now, but it’s an entertaining, action-packed, epic movie experience, even though it’s not quite historically accurate. The movie is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Frank Miller, so it’s not meant […]

Are You Facing a Trained Fighter, Street Scrapper, or Novice?

There are a few key differences between a trained fighter, a street scrapper, and a novice. Trained fighters have typically received formal training in a martial art or combat sport. They have learned the fundamentals of fighting, such as striking, grappling, and takedowns. They have also learned how to use their skills in a controlled and […]

Self-Defense: Learning from Theory, Practice, and Mistakes

Learning is a complex process that involves a variety of factors, including our cognitive abilities, our prior knowledge, and our motivation. However, three essential key elements are learning from theory, from practice, and from mistakes. Theory provides us with a foundation of knowledge and understanding. It helps us to make sense of the world around […]