Tony Ferguson’s horrible deadlift

Here’s a video of Tony Ferguson, a professional athlete and UFC champion, doing a deadlift last year:

There is a reason why I write my books and articles the way I do and this is a part of it:
Martial arts is one of the fields in which even the best have some of the worst training practices.
This video illustrates that clearly.Tony is an excellent fighter, there is no doubt about that. But I see only two explanations for this horrible deadlift:

  • He is trained by an incompetent conditioning coach. There is zero reason to let any client perform a deadlift in this manner, let alone with this much weight. Zeroat all.
    I teach all my clients how to properly hip-hinge without weight or with a broomstick. No exceptions. Technique comes first, weight second. If they don’t like it, they can find another trainer, because I won’t be responsible when they go to snap city and end up hospitalized.
  • He thinks he knows how to deadlift, but never really learned proper technique. Which would mean he is his own conditioning coach. As a professional athlete looking for every edge you can get, that’s just stupid.

I’ve rarely encountered a field other than martial arts where the most counterproductive or antiquainted training exercises and protocols are used by professionals. When I write in-depth about topics, it is precisely to avoid giving you incomplete information that can lead to injuries or worse. I’ve often been criticized for being too wordy, but it doesn’t bother me. Those who think TL;DR is the way to excellence will eventually find out that they missed their shot. Those who keep on studying and try to learn and improve, those are the practitioners who get to the top and stay there.

hip hinge

Showing Barry Eisler the range of motion in a proper hip hinge

There is a corrolary to this: I rarely talk about topics I don’t have experience with or knowledge of. I try to avoid adding bullshit to the already massive amounts of information that are shared all over the internet. So I usually either stay quiet on those topics or refer to others who are more knowledgeable.

I would dare say that if he hasn’t already, Tony could do worse than find a good coach to teach him the basics of the deadlift…

Podcast Episode 005: Interview with Marc MacYoung

This episode features a long interview with Marc MacYoung. Marc is one of the pioneers of realistic self-defense instruction, having written his first books on martial arts, violence and street-survival almost 30 years ago.

Show notes:

1. After-incident skills

2.His latest book, In The Name of Self-Defense

3. Writing Violence

4. Q&A

Marc MacYoung online:

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Final Paladin Press sale

As most of you know by now, one of my publishers, Paladin Press, is closing down at the end of the year. I have one book and many DVDs with them.
It looks like this is the big “going out of business” sale they had planned. So if you were thinking of getting some of my stuff, now might be the time.
The details:
Use code OCT50 at checkout.
Sale ends on 10/09/2017 at 10:00 PM EDT.
Go here for a list of my products.
Final Paladin Press sale

Final Paladin Press sale

Remember that this is first come, first served until stock lasts and then the products will never be sold again. The rights revert back to me at the end of the year and I won’t be selling them as such:
– I’ll re-publish the heavy bag book but in a slightly different version.
– I probably won’t re-publish the DVDs the same way because of technical issues. I haven’t made a final decisionjust yet, but right now it looks like I’ll only do digital downloads/streaming. Most likely via a membership site.
All that to say that if you want the products as they are now, your time to get them is ticking away fast.

Podcast Episode 004: My books and Q&A

I often get asked questions about my martial arts and self-defense books, so I decided to talk about them a bit. That way I can give more detailed information on what they are about and who can benefit from reading them.

There’s also another Q&A session.

Show notes:

1. Updates

2. My books

3. Q&A

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Podcast Episode 003: Interview with Loren W. Christensen

This episode is a one-hour, in-depth interview with Loren W. Christensen. Loren is my sometimes co-author, a former police officer, expert martial artist and best-selling author.

The Skype connection wasn’t great, so there’s a slight crackling sound on the line. Nothing we could do about that, sorry.

Show notes:

1. Introduction and training regimen

2. Training advice to young martial artists.

3. Training advice for martial artists in their 40s and 50s.

4. Which books Loren is writing now and what he has planned.

5. Q&A Sports based striking techniques for self-defense.

6. On traditional arts and vital points.

7. 90% of fights go to the ground?

8. Principles to use against multiple attackers.

9. When is his next novel coming out?

10. Final words.

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