Archives for April 2012

How to Combat Bullying in the Schools in 2012

60 Minute Self Defense

The Ramsey Board of Education of Ramsey, NJ settled for $4.2 million after a 6 year court case where the victim, Sawyer Rosenstein, was repeatedly intimidated and harassed verbally, physically and online. When he was 12, he emailed school officials “I would like to let you know that the bullying has increased,” he wrote to his guidance counselor at the Eric Smith Middle School. “I would like to figure out some coping mechanisms to deal with these situations, and I would just like to put this on file so if something happens again, we can show that there was past bullying situations.”

The situation came to a head when Rosenstein was punched in the abdomen at school on May 16, 2006, dropping him to his knees. according to his father, he came home that day, he complained of pain in his back but otherwise felt fine.Two days later, the seventh-grader let out a scream in his bedroom. “He hasn’t walked since,” his father said.

The blow had caused a clot in a major artery that supplies blood to his spine, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down from what his attorney described as an “incredibly rare” injury.

According to News 12 of New Jersey:

The School Board settled the dispute on the recommendation of the insurance company and NOT because they felt they did anything wrong.

Sawyer now attends Syracuse University

OK, the Ramsey Board of Education has been litigating the case for 6 years and if they thought they could win, they would have NOT settled. To fight a case like this, it’s probably costing the insurance company around $600,000 to $1,000,000. And anyone who ever had an insurance claim knows one thing…they’re not in the habit of giving money away easily. So if they thought they had a shot on winning the case, they would have continued the fight and not have “settled” for $4.2 million. The reason the insurance company decided to settle is because they needed to control the damages. They know that when a jury gets a hold of this, it could bankrupt the company.

Now on to the bigger issue, the anti-bullying policies are doing the same thing the gun control laws are doing. Good kids obey the law and the bad kids still do whatever they want. In the “Republic of New Jersey” we have gun laws that would make Stalin cringe, yet that doesn’t stop the bad guys from getting guns and doing whatever the hell they want. That’s because they’re BAD GUYS.

There will come a time where there is no teacher in sight and your kid is going to have to make a stand. No poster or slogan is going to save this kid.

Kids are no different, they’re good and bad. Most grow up to be law abiding citizens, others complete scumbags. Hey, they have to be coming from somewhere. All puppies are cute, it’s when they’re big and rabid that they sort of lose their cuteness.

A lot of schools are festooned with anti-bullying propaganda and still with all that nonsense kids still bully.

That’s because human nature is just that, human nature. And some kids are just bad. What’s happening is that the good kids DON’T stand up for themselves because they don’t want to get in trouble. My solution is to simply teach the kids how to physically protect themselves. We had to do it and it worked out pretty well.

Little kids = little problems = big kids, big problems. (Mo’ money = mo’ problems)

When they’re young they will only get bumped in bruised. The good kids will learn to stick up for themselves and the bullies will learn to respect others.
There were kids who tried to bully me and my friends growing up, some became my friend while others wound up in jail.

The result of all this anti-bullying propaganda is that the good kids are afraid to act. I have to argue with my kids because they’re afraid that they’ll get in trouble if they fight back. It took some undoing to instill a “justifiable self defense” mechanism. If they’re being touched and they can’t get away, protect yourself. Mom and Dad will talk to the school.

The anti-bullying policy is an administrator’s bureaucratic dream. First of all my impression of school policy is the same as politics. Filibuster until the problem goes away or we don’t have to deal with it anymore. The system is set up to manage litigation exposure. Couple this with the human condition to do as little work as possible and you have a system that isn’t designed to solve problems, only postpone or ignore them. The “zero tolerance” for bullying in the schools is bullshit. Unless your child is found being hung off the roof by his feet, there’s nothing they’re going to do.

Teachers and administrators are bureaucrats. They don’t get paid any more or less for sticking their neck out. At the end of the day they will not do anything that will put their job at risk. It’s human nature, chances are if you were a part of the system, you would act the same way. Listen, if they were being paid commission for every real problem they solved they would be making work for themselves. But they’re not, their REAL goal is to not get sued and to keep their job. To to that they will counsel and talk to your kid until they have moved through the system and are no longer their responsibility.

Oh, and if you’re one of those rare administrator who actually wants to provide a real solution to real problems, God help you. You’ll probably quit or be fired soon.

What’s a kid to do?

Stand up for yourself. Be old school and teach ’em how to fight back. Use the ineffectiveness of the school to deal with bullies to your kids advantage. Raise them the way you were raised and as a parent, step up and let them know you’ve got their back.

At the end of the day YOU have to deal with bullies, NOT the school.

The bullies are still there and will never go away. Better for your kids to learn this fact of life now when the risk is only a bump and a bruise.


The “Test” According to LtCol Rex Applegate, Hand to Hand Pioneer

Lt.Col. Rex Applegate, the pioneer of Hand to Hand Combat in the United States, had a “test” for a system. His test was this:

“Will this [fighting system] work so that I can use it instinctively in vital combat against an opponent who is determined to prevent me from doing so, and who is striving to eliminate me by fair means or foul”.

Col. Rex Applegate

Col. Rex Applegate (Makes GI Joe his bitch)

It really does NOT matter what style, system, method, or technique you MAY wish to apply to your personal survival training. What DOES matter is, if “whatever” you choose passes the TEST.

This requires HONEST self-appraisal. Forget how you would LIKE the world to be, see it as it really is and look at yourself in the same light.

I’ve learned thousands of techniques over the years. I practice about a dozen (striking and grappling) on a daily basis. I have been ruthless in rejecting ANY technique or method that DOES NOT pass Applegate’s “test”.

We can take a page from combat sports here:

MMA, boxers, wrestlers, and Judokas ALL have that one “Sunday punch”. That one technique that they have drilled and practiced, and drilled and practiced and generally these “techniques” as applied to each specific sport are repeated over and over. Why?
Because these methods have the BEST overall track record of success. There is only one reason you see the same group of techniques over and over again in sport competition: they work. Watch hundreds of MMA, wrestling, judo bjj and boxing bouts and you will see a definitive pattern of decisive winning techniques and they are very few in number.

The same goes for street fighting.

Georges Carpentier was a champion Savateur [French kick boxing] and boxer. He was known for his right hand KO power and technique. He called this punch his “whip punch”. His bread and butter, his Sunday “best”. He said that it took him TEN years of hard work before he felt he really “mastered” this ONE technique!!!!

Georges Carpentier, Savate fighter

Savate fighter, Georges Carpentier…don’t let the hair fool you.

There is a vital fundamental lesson there. It took a professional fighter 10 year to truly perfect one technique. The definition of perfect being that you could use it with satisfactory results the majority of the time.

This is the purpose of the Self Defense Training System ( was to only use techniques and tactics that PASS THE TEST and train them until you find YOUR favorite technique, your Sunday’s Best. Then you learn how to adapt your favorite techniques to any situation.

At the end of the day, it’s not about style, how long you train or how many medals you have, the only thing that matters is will it work against “instinctively in vital combat against an opponent who is determined to prevent me from doing so, and who is striving to eliminate me by fair means or foul”

So the next time you “learn” some technique, put it thru the “test” and be honest about it.

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How to Martial Arts: The Death Touch Secret

Are you someone who believes that a man can simply “tap” another man and cause death? If so, you’ll want to read this.

There are three ways human beings die (other than from disease and old age):

  1. Blunt Force Trauma
  2. Asphyxiation
  3. Blood Loss

There are vulnerable parts of the body (neck, throat, areas of the skull and face, spine, joints, genitals to name a few) where all that needs to be done is to be struck with some degree of force resulting in minor discomfort, unconsciousness or even death.

However, human death does not work like this in this video:

In the video, there are some interesting points the “MASTER” brought up:

  1. At 1:30 a “highly guarded, treasured secret” that you can come learn at a commercial run school that’s open to every one.
  2. The “NO TOUCH” knock out at 1:45 is classic!!! If this guy can do this, why isn’t he playing in the NFL?
  3. When the newswoman is being “stunned” at 3:05 he says “Relax, I’m not going to hurt you” REALLY?!?! We just had the paramedics in here and you’ve been knocking people out all morning.
  4. At 3:16, he refused to do the “no touch knock out” and he just smacked her in the side of the head (which works)
  5. 3:26 is a favorite part, he’s at a local BJJ school and he tries his methods on some students. The result, nothing. The “Master’s” response only about 40% of the people are “susceptible” to dim mak. That means according to him, his system will not work on 60% of the people in the world (personally I think that number is more like 100%) but even at 60%, it’s useless. How in the world will you know if the guy who’s trying to bash your brains in is vulnerable…after you wave your hands at him?!?!

Another famous “death touch” guy is George Dillman. George has been around since the “birth” of Karate in the US and has pictures with legends like Ed Parker and Bruce Lee. George has made millions teaching people his methods…that don’t work either.

Here’s a National Geographic piece on George:

So why do these guys still exist and continue to prosper? Because they tell people what they want to hear. This is the same reason there are tons of lose weight fast and easy, get rich quick and all of the other “over night success” stories that come across your late night TV programing. They are giving you the magic pill- no work, no sweat, just point and click.

Please use your common sense. With all physical contact in professional sports, don’t you think that someone would have accidentally stumbled upon this? Of all the maniac, psycho paths in the world don’t you think SOMEONE in the last century would have “offed” a few people like this?!?!?

There is no “no-touch knock out” or human stun gun. Self defense is simple, but it’s not magical. You can train more efficiently, you can work smarter, but you still have to put in some effort.

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How to Self Defense: 3 Moves is All You Need

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What if I told you could not only survive, but win the overwhelming majority of all self defense situations with only 3 moves!!!

In fact this is the truth in every sport, craft and talent. Because all you need are a basic skills set combined with the primary principles of the craft to become successful. Carpentry, for example can be done with a level, a framing square, a saw and a hammer. It’s how well you work those tools and what you do with those tools that makes all the different.

Self defense is no different.

With a few basic hand strikes (heal of hand and edge of hand) and primary footwork (convulsive stomping and driving) combined with the right principle tactics and you’re all set. Throw in handful of gouges, tears and bites and you’re all set.

Once you have the basic skill set down you just learn to apply them to every possible position and situation.

Am I over simplifying…a little, but not that much.

The mistake people make is that they train for specific scenarios and situations. They will have one defense for a wrist grab and another for a punch. Training for each individual situation is like a carpenter learning how to build just one style of house. In order to “build many houses” you need to have the primary skill set and know how to adapt it to any situation. When you concentrate on “what type of attack” you are literally training your self to build “one type of house.” What you need to do is be able to break down what that attack has in common with all other attacks and then adapt your skill set to dismantle and defend against that attack.

Then there are other people who like collecting techniques. They look for the next new “move”. While techniques have they’re place, they won’t do you any good if you don’t have the basics. It’s like a carpenter getting a brand new air hammer. Sure it can drive a nail fast, but if he doesn’t have the foundation skills he’s still a bad carpenter, he will just be horrible faster than before.

Learning a more complicated technique like a strangle without any good foundation skills will probably get killed becuase by the time tyou get into a position of opportunity to apply the choke, you most likely will have been injured severely while your target has beaten, stabbed or shot you.

When it’s all said and done, defensive tactics only take a few skills trained the correct way to enable you to survive and win. Study the basics first, then go and get your shiny new tools.

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How to Self Defense: The Secret Moves Needed to Survive an Attack

Today Damian Ross, CEO of the Self Defense Company, has some thoughts on secret moves:

“Kids always want to know the “secret move”. The one unstoppable move that will guarantee victory every time you unleash it. I know you may chuckle at the notion when it’s phrased that way, but you do the EXACT same thing when it comes to self defense.

Most systems are just that, a collection of moves and techniques based on a particular style. Then you are given a set of possible scenarios and forced to train specific responses to each individual situation. Technique based systems do not work because your recall under stress doesn’t allow you the time to search your memory and then engage your response. Now, this does appear to work in training, among peers when you’re mentally prepared for self defense against attackers who are coached to ensure your success.

The secret move, isn’t a “move” at all, but a formula of factors that all self defense situations contain. The techniques are only a means to enable you to gain advantage of the formula. Simply put, the techniques are any skill that will inflict more injury on your target than on yourself. The ones that afford you the least amount of contact are obviously preferred (tactical nuke is better than grappling).

Any action you take must be prioritized by the following assumptions: he’s armed, skilled, has friends, is determined and is capable of causing you harm.

The next consideration for techniques is environment including clothing. Will you be on an icy road or a sandy beach? Will you be wearing a uniform or a t-shirt and jeans? Are you in a warm or cold climate? All of these factors must be considered and incorporated into your training.

The final consideration for “techniques” is your physical ability and fitness. What will you be capable of doing. A professional fighter is going to have a different base line skill set than a professional football player or an accountant. Age, injury and fitness are serious, real considerations.

All of these factors of technique considered, the primary formula for self defense (the “secret”) comes down to Position, Distance, Momentum and Balance.

Position: where you are in relation to your target. Are you both standing, is one of you standing and one on the ground. Are you in the guard, the mount, the half guard, does he have your back or do you have his? Is he behind you or in front?

Distance: How far are you from the target?

Momentum: The mass and velocity of an object. If you have the momentum your target will have none. Training to move forward and take ground is crucial. A little test: when you watch someone demonstrate a defense technique and they “stay in the same spot” this is a huge red flag. You never stay still when fighting, you always need to be moving forward on the attack. If you train to stand still you are training to fail.

Balance: Maintain yours and break his.

By controlling momentum and balance you control the fight, period.

So there are no “secret moves” but there is a set of criteria that will enable you to formulate a system of personal protection and I wish you luck in doing that…or can skip all that and just go to now and get started for

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