Self Defense/training


is it possible to train by yourself? wouldnt one need a dvd or something in lieu of an instructor

Depending on how much you already know, it is perfectly okay to train alone if you've already done some training under a good instructor.
It takes alot of honesty and will power to keep it true when doing it solo, and if you don't have the basics trained, it is best you find an instructor that will teach you for a year or so to get your foot in the door.
Try not to do it by the online DVDs- alot of them are fakes and look like they work while they really don't and can get you hurt in a real situation.
Again, if you already have a good grasp of what works and what doesn't, DVDs can help you focus, but they should not be taken as god's truth.
If you don't want to pay for an instructor, find a buddy that's equally interested, and train in a partnership...this way you both can try things out while finding out what works and what doesn't.

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Johnny St. Tai


With over 20 years in the Martial Art and combat circle, I can tell you how to train, what to do or not to do in a self defense situation. My trainings included unarmed and weapons, so I can also answer weapon-related questions. I will and can not answer/give legal advice since the law differs from place to place. If you are seeking answers regarding legality issues, best find a lawyer.


20+ years in various Martial Arts and combat trainings. - Brown belt in triditional Tae Kwon Do- trained from age 7 to age 12. - Basic Judo training- half a year at age 12. - Visited Thailand at 13, train in the Muay Sangha branch of Muay Thai kickboxing for half a year. - Joined the Taiwanese Military School's teen training at 14- completed the nine month training including knife fighting, long and short firearms, field-survival and close quarter combat. - Basic Taichi training at 15, also trained in the Southern King Cobra Kun Fu and the Iron Mantis Kung Fu. - Mixed fancing training from 15 to 17, including Epee, Sabre, cavalry, and Iaijutsu. - Achieved Brown belt in Shorin Ryu Karate- trained from 16 to 18. - Achieved Master level Counterattack training- from 18 to 23 and have been teaching it since. - Started recreational boxing at 24, and Yang Style Taichi Sabre fighting at 28. - Currently training in Krav Maga- aiming for instructor license. - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training currently in progress. - Over 100 Mixed Martial Arts matches won, 28 losses. - Thwarted six attempted robberies. - Various street and real combat experience.

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Master Level Counterattack Self Defense, Advanced Weapon Training, a year with the military, brown belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and Tae Kwon Do.

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