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Useful Links, Info, Material

Here you will find links to websites/methods/delivery systems, video and blog material and more that we hope will be useful to both our members and others. Please give credit where credit is due, and support these people’s work by class attendance, seminar attendance, purchasing instructional videos and the like. This material is not intended to be exhaustive, nor do we suggest that anything we do is “the” way. Hopefully this will give some visual sense of the kind of work we’re doing.

This is an introduction to “The Fence”, popularized by Geoff Thompson, but taught by the (sadly) now deceased Paul Gomez. Covers some basics of it’s use:…

There’s several stripes of “default covers”. As we often say, what we do is just “a” way, not “the” way, and this page is a great example of why. Would encourage reading through all the different styles, working through them, deciding what’s best for you:

Default cover overview from

Related to the idea of default covers above, the video below has a great tutorial about how to deal with circumstances where one is surprised or overwhelmed (which can happen vs. speed, power, skill). Specifically, this tutorial deals with sucker punches. Craig Douglas of Shivworks, via Trigger Time TV:

Dealing with sucker punches: Default Cover

Knife attack myths. Here’s a video that exposes some pretty good examples of ideas people have about knife attacks/fighting, that we ought to disabuse ourselves of:

Knife Attack Myths

And just because… in case you’re wondering what full contact stick fighting looks like. Several of our crew fights at “The Gathering”, and a lot of our material comes from a lineage similar to Marc Denny’s. Similar tools would be used in a like manner. Does show how messy things get, and is a good way to let go of thinking fighting looks like the movies. The Dog Brothers:

Dog Brothers Promo

Empiricism, epistemology. We work from principles of what is most likely to happen, down to what is less likely to happen. We also base many of our ideas on the principles of “epistemology”, one of the “three pillars of philosophy” (some say four . . .). Epistemology is the study of how you know something. There are ways to have a higher level of confidence in any idea – if 2+2=4, if I’m really here, etc. Epistemology houses critical thinking, the scientific method, and the like. In the interest of this, two articles: one on how “real life street fights” play out, another, dealing with the problem of edged weapons:
I Watched over 100 Fights on YouTube – Here’s What I Learned

Self-Defense Against Knife Attacks: Evidence-Based Approach

Aliveness. Though a repeat from the FAQs page, it’s worth leaving here too. Training against resistance, with non-cooperative opponents is really important:

Aliveness, Matt Thornton

Epistemology and Training Methods. Related to the above, a summary of training methods, and the use of “epistemology”, the study of how we know things (and more), as it is related to martial arts. Also from Matt Thornton.

Epistemology, Three “I” Method, JKD and more, Matt Thornton

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: This area is a really deep pool of material. Deep enough that few have relatively complete resources anywhere, in part, because it’s really complicated. By happenstance, came across a web resource that has a lot of jits organized, cross referenced, with and without video. Great place to familiarize oneself with drills, submissions, escapes, and more. Please support them by clicking their PayPal donation button for two bucks or more (PS: we’re not affiliated with them in any way). Here’s the link:

Austin BJJ

More BJJ: the folks over at Vanguard Gym in Manassas, Virginia, have a YouTube channel with a wealth of fantastic BJJ info, that they call BJJ Curriculum:

BJJ Curriculum

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