Saturday, January 10, 2009

Top 10 posts of 2008, part 1

I know, this is overdue, but I’m going to jump on the bandwagon, and, in case you missed them, these are the 10 most popular posts of 2008, in ascending order, starting with numbers 10 through 5:

10. Defend the Thai ClinchDefending the Thai Clinch

I have often expressed my love for the knee, and it hasn't waned at all. I enjoy locking someone up in a Thai clinch and delivering multiple, full-power knees more than few other things. So, I have been asked how you defend the knee, but more important, how do you avoid getting kneed in the first place. To do that, you need to know how to escape or defend the Thai clinch.

9. Boxing Punch Numbering System

Similar to the stick angle numbering systems in the Filipino martial arts, boxing punch numbers help you learn to build combinations and to train a fighter as you have them throw the punches in drills or on the mitts.image

8. Airsoft Pistols for Tactical Training

Airsoft (or soft air) weapons are one of the best tools in your training toolkit to develop realistic techniques and tactics with handguns and long guns. Head over to the post, then the link for more.

7. Anaerobic Training Drills

All types of fighting are closer to a sprint than marathon. Hence you should develop your anaerobic capacity. Check it out.

6. Why Do We Get Hit?

Besides the obvious answer of, "there was nothing in the way," the reason is usually one or more of these three factors…

5. Practical Hand Techniques is helpful because it covers what techniques to use for practical self-defense, not sparring. How do you adapt what you know for “the street?

image Open-hand strike (slap) - awesome. Why did they outlaw the slap, elbows, and forearms in boxing? Why do they penalize you for using anything but the knuckle area in Olympic boxing? Because it works! There was a fighter named "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, for whom the rule about not using an open glove was created. He was a force to be reckoned with, and literally slapped his opponents around. The open-hand strike can be used to the trunk and head, and is excellent at delivering “blunt-force trauma”. Use with control!







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