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Comment by Shane on November 8, 2014 at 12:07pm
Aggression therapy. It just works.
Comment by Jason Stevens on November 8, 2014 at 11:15am

I was thinking more along the lines of Super Heroes, Shane. Super Heroes.

Comment by Shane on November 8, 2014 at 7:24am
It's not Domeatic Violence if you have pads on. It's training.
Comment by Jason Stevens on November 7, 2014 at 11:32pm

The couple that kicks together, sticks together, Shane!

Comment by Shane on November 7, 2014 at 2:54pm
Wife knocked me completely on my ass with a Tai Chi push during a Krav Maga class.
Comment by David Tindell on November 7, 2014 at 2:51pm

Regular Joe and Jason make excellent suggestions. I've trained extensively in Systema and can vouch for its effectiveness in personal combat, especially as relates to law enforcement, where your objective is primarily to subdue the assailant. If none of those recommended disciplines is available in your area, taekwondo probably is and that gives you an excellent foundation for martial arts training. Remember, martial arts is a lifetime pursuit. You're not going to learn all you need to know in a couple months.

Comment by Jason Stevens on November 6, 2014 at 11:36am

For a supplemental discipline, I would always advise Tai Chi. Even when used for primarily relaxation and meditation, it teaches you better control over your body. If you learn to apply it in a fight, which admittedly can take decades of study, it's exceptionally effective. Go forth, Ray Ray, and enjoy your martial journey! 

Comment by Regular Joe on November 6, 2014 at 9:28am

RayRay: You should make a few phone calls or do some Googling to / about the specific organizations you're interested in joining; just about every organization has its own self-defense and/or combatives programs, and many of them are specific to the work that they do. For example, people in corrections often train in close-quarters fighting where they assume that there are multiple attackers knife / bludgeon type weapons. On the other hand, police often train on controlling, neutralizing and subduing opponents while inflicting as little harm as possible; it might involve a bit of jiu-jitsu or wrestling in order to smother and pin the opponent. Military combatives, on the other hand, usually assume that your opponent probably has a gun and/or that his buddy who's about to appear out of nowhere probably has a gun, so they generally teach you to go in for a quick disarm and/or kill and to stay off the ground or to get back up from it as quickly as possible. It's all very different and specific to their reality. If there's a particular organization or type of work that you'd like to do, find their facebook groups or online messageboards and ask them what kind of training they do and recommend. Or, if it's for police or something more like that, call a local community college that has a police foundations program and ask them about their training. They might offer the training to the public or they might be able to refer you to a school that offers those courses. Worst case, if you can't get any info at all whatsoever, you could either train in MMA so that you get a solid base in a variety of aspects of martial arts and then specialize once you get hired by an organization and start training in their program. Or you could pick a military-inspired or reality-based system that's available in your area and start practising that to see where it takes you. You could try Krav Maga, Defendo, Systema, etc. 

Comment by RayRay on November 4, 2014 at 10:24am

First group, first post... I am looking to enter federal policing or other security type work and would like to work on handling myself better physically. I am 25 and trained in jui jitsu and boxing when i was a teenager but haven't trained for about 8 years. I'm physically fit and can box well still but am unsure about the best style of training to follow. 

Does anyone here have info on what forms of training law enforcement/special forces practice when it comes to hand to hand combat?

Comment by Melchizedek Cox on September 5, 2014 at 10:20am

Shalam! I am Dr. LTG Melchizedek A. Shabazz-El, M.I. Ma.DSc. D.Math. from North Bridgewater, Brockton, Mass. Ketsugo Ryu Jujitsuka Yodan, and Kodokan Judoka Rukudan. Osu!


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