MARTIAL ARTS

By Director Al Collins Martial Arts have been around for thousands of years in countries such as China, Japan, and Korea, having well-known styles such as Judo, Ju-Jitsu, Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu and Taekwondo. Masters and Grandmasters from these countries usually only accepted students within their family and (not surprisingly) each considering themselves to be…

MMA

By Director Al Collins Does mixed martial arts (MMA) work in the real world? Back in 1995, some other Combat System Black Belts and I attended UFC 7 in Buffalo, NY. Director Rick Fike, founder of Close Quarter Combat Skills Institute (CQCSI) was also there. For those of you new to COMBATIVS, Rick Fike is…

KRAV MAGA

By Director Al Collins Does Krav Maga work in the real world? “Krav Maga is considered a self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with realistic fight training”. Wikipedia What is just described is a martial art, self-defense fighting system. But is any martial…

SELF DEFENSE DOESN’T WORK

By Director Al Collins Self defense is a broad topic that is usually misinterpreted by civilians, law enforcement and many military personnel. The “self defense industry” is a thriving business that, quite frankly, takes advantage of people, as what students are being taught is deficient. When I say deficient, I mean, they will statistically fail…

ELITE BLACK OPS COMBATIVES

By Director Al Collins Black Operations is defined as a covert operation by a government agency or military organization, that can include activities by private companies or groups. Names such as CIA, Delta Force, SEAL Team 6, SAS, Mossad and Spetsnaz are typical Black Ops groups, whose daring exploits we’ve all heard of. Members of…

ADULT ABDUCTION

By Director Al Collins I just watched another beheading on the internet of a tourist who was kidnapped and held for ransom, that his government refused to pay. His wife was killed during his abduction. A couple of women in Ohio were freed in 2013. They had been repeatedly raped while being held captive for…

HOME INVASION

By Director Al Collins According to Statistics Canada, there has been an average of 289,500 home invasions annually over the last 5 years. 1 out of every 5 homes will experience a home break-in or home invasion. Statistically, there are over 8,000 home invasions every day in North America. According to the US Department of…

TERRORIST ATTACK IN PUBLIC PLACES

By Director Al Collins Terrorist attacks in public places are increasing every year. Attacks have taken place in restaurants; malls; concert, movie, nightclub and sports venues; schools; churches; in hotels; subways; airports; on the beach and the street. Home and workplace events, we’ll discuss separately another time. There really isn’t a place that would be…

VIOLENCE OF ACTION

By Director Al Collins Many would wrongly think, that martial arts is violent. Actually, most martial arts training is geared towards fitness and fairness. Rules exist in martial arts on avoidance of prime targets, referees, pulled strikes, tapping out, and even wrong techniques, training people to be ineffective, against real attackers. Predators don’t work under…