CMD Series #001: The Beginning

I have spent close on two decades developing and refining Crazy Monkey Defense (CMD) from humble hand defense movements, to an integrated combat athletic inspired street fighting system. The creation of CMD was predominantly inspired by my several years working outside the doors of some of the roughest nightclubs in the inner city of Johannesburg. …

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Engineered Ignorance in the Self-Defense Industry

I first heard the term ‘Engineered Ignorance’ in a documentary entitled: Shoshana Zuboff on surveillance capitalism | VPRO Documentary (you can watch it here). Shoshana, an American author and scholar, describes how giant tech companies mine our data for nefarious uses, while keeping us in the dark about what is really going on behind the …

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The Mystery of ‘Pressure Testing’ in Self-Defense Training

I was forwarded an article, where the author who is a founder of his own system writes about how so many self-defense instructors don’t pressure test what they teach. This leaves them open, as he suggests to putting forward ludicrous claims and advice on the topic of self-protection. I agree, except, and ironically I know …

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