Martial Arts. Not Violence.


As a martial artist and self-defense instructor, people ask me about why I like violence.  What they don’t know is that as martial artists we learn how to channel energy, develop control, and find balance, achieving in fact the complete opposite.

The fact that you can defend yourself from a physical confrontation is actually your right. 

In the United States, the stand-your-ground law is a law that authorizes a person to protect and defend his/her own life and limbs against an actual threat, or a perceived threat. 

The difference in being a martial artist is that you are trained and prepared to apply defensive tactics and combative attacks; in an extreme situation this ability and preparation can save your life. 

Definition of Defensive Tactics: 

Methods we use to deflect, intercept, or evade an oncoming attack.

Definition of Combatives:

Ballistic attacks we use to neutralize a threat. 


(With Matt Hughes)

A good example is Matt Hughes who, despite his abilities, remains calm and is soft-tempered outside of his practice.

For additional information, I invite you to also read :


Your Voice as a Self-defense Weapon

Self Defense

“In the United States, stand-your-ground law states that an individual has no duty to retreat from any place they have lawful right to be and may use any level of force, including lethal, if they reasonably believe they face an imminent and immediate threat of serious bodily harm or death”.

You have the right to be any where you want, at the time you want, nobody under any circumstance has the right to Bully, Attack or Abuse you; you have the right to defend yourself, your family and others, if that was the case.

Self Defense: An attack is initiated toward you and puts you in a position of disadvantage.

What to do?

  • Identify the threat ( bear hug, choke, head lock, etc ).
  • React to the threat violently ( elbow strikes, knee strikes, head butt, etc ).
  • Disengage from the threat ( look for multiple attackers, look for weapons of opportunity, and for escape routes ).

Remember be aware and do not, under any circumstance, allow anyone the right to Bully, Attack or Abuse you.