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Combat Training & Head Trauma by Mark Hatmaker

Here in the States one would have to be cloistered in a monastery or nunnery to not be aware that football season is commencing, and with that commencement the debate regarding head trauma continues. We are not here to discuss head trauma as it pertains to football injuries but we would be a bit less than dim-witted if we did not address cumulative head trauma in regard to combat sports or martial arts training.

Without a doubt playing the sport of football will likely result in a bracing hit or two in practice or during a game but the same can be said (if not more so) for serious martial sports/arts training. If we accept that cumulative damage can lead to some less than savory physical problems for football players we must also be aware of the fact that full-contact strikers are probably susceptible to similar if not the same future prognosis. If we accept the proposition that cumulative damage is a likelihood then it might be wise to determine ways to mitigate that damage while still training with integrity. Read More

There’s no end to the harebrained ideas for purifying water in survival situations. The video above is a test of one of the most egregious offenders of “survival hacks” gone wrong. This is the kind of tip that comes from non-experts who need “fluff” content to fill their new book. As you can see in Read More

Let’s use a conversation with General George Patton and a joke about a nun and a priest to teach us a lesson about martial arts and self-protection in general. F. van Wyck Mason was a historian, a novelist, and a veteran of World Wars I and II. In the Second World War, he was appointed Read More

What do you do when you’re on the beach, dehydrated, not a drop of fresh water in sight?  According to this survival trick, look for some garbage!  Sneak a peak at the video below to see what I mean:

Pop Quiz: What do the following have in common? Early UFC-Phenom Kimo Leopold Fortune 500 Power Suits My Great-Grandfather, Jerry Harber Cargo Shorts Frenchmen in the court of France’s King Louis XVI And hockey jerseys As the title tips, the common theme is handles.

Having a tripod can be extremely useful in a survival situation. The video above is a simple tutorial on the right way to create a tripod, with nothing more than a few feet of cordage. Whether you are setting the base for a trap, building a shelter, suspending something over a fire, creating shooting sticks, Read More