Real training vs. “REEL” training


Training for reality is about effectiveness.

Training for making a ‘sizzle video or  “REEL” or for demo is about image and presentation.

Both have a place in martial arts BUT it’s very important for instructors to know the difference so we don’t teach ‘show’ when we need to be teaching ‘go’ skills.

Here are some links to videos when I did a keyword search using “self defense, moves, techniques, demos”
1.  Which are “real” or ‘REEL’ self defense and why?
2.  Which one (or ones) accomplishes the ‘mission’ whether it’s ‘real’ or ‘REEL’ training.

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Tactically Speaking: Do you have “Excalibur Syndrome?”


This video was not created for the “Joe or Jane Civilian” audience, but the “Excalibur Syndrome” mentality is not exclusive to Law Enforcement Officers (LEO), Military, and/or other ‘Operator’ types.  Do a quick google search on ‘swords for home defense’ … Continue reading

Great explanation of OODA Loop and how theories only go so far….


Normally I spend more time rolling my eyes at how unrealistic TV action/crime dramas can be, but I was impressed at the concise and clear explanation of OODA Loop on “Numbers”.   I was also impressed with the way this clip ended.

For more OODA Loop info, check out my buddy Tom’s blog posts on the topic here.

MCMAP – and we’re not talking fast food.


Forget about the demo for the MMA guys in the beginning. It’s nice but meant to be pretty and informative. Pay attention to the “Last of the Mohicans” challenge and the choices that the MMA guys DON’T make because, though they are incredible athletes and tough as nails with incredible techniques, they haven’t trained to make ‘field’ choices.

The “One Mind, Any Weapons” approach translates well to civilian training. More than focusing on mastering techniques with various weapons, a strong focus on training the brain makes a student responsive, adaptive, and effective because he (or she) can size up what they have, what they are facing, and what they need to.

I especially like the emphasis on conditioning and mentality in conjunction with technique.

Tactically Speaking: Simplicity “Zen”


I know this is an older video with a lot of internet exposure, but it’s definitely worth revisiting if you have seen it before – or view it for the first time for newbies.  I call this ‘Simplicity Zen‘ because … Continue reading

Simple but tough question…


From my good friend Tom’s blog.  He’s was part of the inspiration to start the Tactical Arnis blog so when I find really great content that he’s taken the time to make… why reinvent the wheel?

This is a simple but tough question based on the Dunning-Kruger effect:

His blog is on my links and blogroll, check it out.  His Tactical PreSchool series is great too.

“Something interesting to think about is the “Dunning-Kruger” effect.

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes.[1] The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority.

In other words, some of the people who like to yap about how good they are are not as good as they may think, while some who say “ahhh Im not as good at it as I would like to be” may in fact be more skilled than the loudmouths.”