Thursday, November 17, 2016

Gun Disarms Don't Work

       Direct your attention to the video above. While this is a great video, it demonstrates one of the biggest flaws in Krav Maga training - the idea of the "gun disarm". While it is recommended to watch the whole video, the uploader decides to test some of the gun disarms at about the 11 minute mark. He uses an airsoft pistol at close range to attempt to test reaction times of both himself and the shooter. As you can see in the video, there are various results. He is successful at times, but receives a painful sting more than once. 

Let's compare the velocity of an airsoft pistol and some common firearm rounds that can be found in military or street situations:


  • 110 metres per second (350 ft/s) and under for Close Quarters Battle (CQB)
  • 120 metres per second (400 ft/s) and under for outdoor play with fully automatic AEGs
  • 120–140 metres per second (400–450 ft/s) for semi-auto "DMR" style AEGs
  • 140–150 metres per second (450–500 ft/s) for bolt-action sniper rifles

Common Firearms
  • 1,279.5 ft/s (390 m/s) for a H-Point C-9 with 9mm Luger
  • 825 ft/s (251 m/s) for a 1911 in .45 ACP
  • Between 1,067 m/s (3,500 ft/s) and 1,524 m/s (5,000 ft/s) for most small-arms

Do you really want to try your chances with a gun to your chest over your wallet, a stupid argument, or a car jacking? The video shows that there are already mixed results while using airsoft. What do you think your chances are with bullets that are traveling nine to ten times faster? 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Martial Arts and Extremism

             Martial arts and extremism have often gone hand-in-hand. Of course, extremism is a relative term, so we will attempt to use it in the sense that is closest to "militantism". Martial (pertaining to war)  thought is often a strong draw to these kinds of groups. From skinheads to anti-racists, from ultra-nationalists to anarchists, martial arts has drawn them all to a certain type of lifestyle that tends to embrace some form of martial art or martial attitude.

 While the terms "martial arts"and "extremist" may leave a reader with a strange image of a terrorist sporting a turban in a gi and a karate headband , part of this is because the term "martial art" has, in many ways, lost its meaning to English speakers. Tto speakers of other languges, the terms fit well together. Terms such as "Kampfkunst", "Боевы́е иску́сства", "dövüş sanatlar", and "arte marcial" have far more gritty connotations to the native speakers of their respective tongues.These are terms that translate to the "art of fighting" - A.K.A "How to Fight".  Not so silly now, is it?

   One of the more historically documented ties between a very popular martial art and militants is actually the popular sport of "Krav Maga". Imrich Lichtenfeld, a devoted Zionist, applied his martial arts skills to develop a fighting style that Jews, and later on the Israeli Defense Force, would use to defend themselves and have the upperhand in close-range urban combat that Israel would be involved in for decades.

     In the US and in Europe, MMA has become a training ground for skinheads and ultra-nationalists. Shaved heads are not an uncommon sight at both gyms, as well as MMA tournament events. In Russia, which ironically has the most Neo-Nazis on earth, MMA, boxing, and wrestling is used to train initiates to skinhead and ultra-nationalist gangs for street combat. In Germany, "Wehrsportgruppen" (defense-sport groups) formed to combat increased crime from immigrant groups in working-class areas. Certain clothing brands have decided to even openly promote the ties between ultra-nationalists and MMA - like "White Rex", for example. Other brands, such as Doc Martens, Lonsdale, and even Adidas have struggled with this image, as well.

    On the other end of the spectrum, antifascist groups and anarchists have also adopted martial arts. One must look only at the "Anarchist's Cookbook" to see advice on how to fight, weak points of the body to strike, and more. These groups encourage their followers to seek training in martial arts. Sometimes they offer "workshops" for improving fighting skills. Their reasons? The same as the far right - preparing for street combat, except against police and their own perceived enemies, just as the skinheads would combat immigrant gangs.

Why are all these radical groups practicing martial arts? The reason may seem simple - "Duh, they want to know how to fight, stupid!"


It is more complex than this. If these radical groups wanted to truly want to know how to "fight to win", so to speak, they would be spending more time on classes dealing with knives, bombs, weapons, infangry tactics, assassinations, and other deadly methods. These are the methods used to topple governments, destroy enemies, and generate public attention. Let's be honest - a gun tends to trump a punch, and an untrained soldier with a rifle can often easily kill a trained martial arist. Martial arts are promoted because they teach a lifestyle of self-sacrifice. To suffer now is to make a sacrifice for the greater good of tomorrow. For many extremist groups, this is the goal in mind.