Over the years my programs have evolved to now encompassing both life long martial art experiences, to short intense courses for the busy individual. These programs have evolved for various reasons, some because of my own personal journey, whilst others emerged out of requests from those who follow my work. I can vividly remember back to the inception of the Crazy Monkey hand defense action, when that’s all there was, to what is now arguably one of the most important martial systems taught around the world.
I often get asked what was the impetus for Crazy Monkey Defense? To be honest, it began for personal, selfish reasons. In my formative training first in Karate as a kid, then later on in Western boxing as a teenager, before moving on to Muay Thai — as well as dabbling with several forms of martial approaches through various instructors, and an in-depth exploration into what was then the Virginian birth of MMA in the mid 90’s — I always felt let down. While there were things I learned that were invaluable, it often was overshadowed by hours upon hours of training in techniques that seemed ill equipped for the realities of the fight out on the street.
In this day and age MMA has become the litmus test for what will, or wont work in fighting. While reality based self defense pundits will argue that it’s sport fighting, not street fighting, there is no denying that what you see is real unarmed combat against skilled fighters. While there is some validity to the argument that it is sport, the truth of the matter is that most reality based self defense approaches avoid the unpredictable, chaotic, uncooperative nature of MMA for a more sterile scenario based approach where they are always the victor. With few exceptions, almost non of the proclaimed self-defense experts on YouTube ever show what they teach outside of a neatly choreographed set up. As such, MMA like it or not, remains the go to laboratory for what will or will not work against an opponent of equal measure.
I am telling you up front, this is going to be a long article. There’s no way around it unfortunately. This is an important, and mostly misunderstood subject in the world of interpersonal violence. As such it needs some serious unpacking. While this article may not answer all on this topic, I hope at the very least it’s a start. If you sincere about wanting to train for interpersonal violence, and by the end of the article you agree with my argument, consider joining us in 2018 for our revamped self-preservation programs (click here to get notified when that will happen).