Hot Martial Arts How-Tos

How To: Wrap Your Hands for Muay Boran (Ancient Thai Boxing)

Muay Boran Muay Boran (Ancient Boxing) is an all-inclusive term for the ancient boxing arts of Thailand, from which modern Muay Thai was born. In the old days, fighters would wrap their hands with strips of twisted hemp cloth or hemp rope. Although it is commonly thought that fighters would dip their wrapped hands in broken glass, this is largely a myth. They did, however, dip their hands in water in order to harden the rope.

How To: Keep an opponent pinned

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Octavio Couto Jr. is a real pro when it comes to fighting. He is going to be teaching you how to properly keep an opponent pinned down to the ground for a substantial amount of time. In this seminar, Octavio demonstrates a unique side control position known as the 100 kilo and a few other great moves to use in order to help you gain complete control over the person you are fighting. If you don't know what the 100 kilo is or how to do it, just follow this video a...

How To: Use the pressure points of the arms in self defense

The arms are the part of the body most used by Westerners in fighting. As a result, targeting and disabling an opponents arms is a great way to end a fight quickly without the risk involved in hitting an opponent's head. This three-part video details pressure points all over the arms and various ways of striking them in order to hurt and disable your opponent, ending your engagement with limited damage to both yourself and them.

How To: Attack the pressure points of the leg while fighting

Disabling your opponents legs is the fastest way to make sure that you can get away from a fight situation without killing your opponent. Attacking the pressure points associated with the large blood vessels and nerves in the legs is an effective way to do that. This two-part video features an extensive walkthrough of the legs pressure points and ideas for attacks that can be used against them to get your fight over with as quickly as possible without risking killing someone.

How To: Train with Japanese Sai

In this martial arts video series, learn how to train with the Japanese Sai from 3rd degree Black Belt Michael Lewis. Michael will demonstrate Sai fighting techniques such as how to use a Sai to block a bo staff strike, how to block and counter strike with a Sai, how to use a Sai disarm an opponent armed with a bo staff and an opponent armed with an escrima stick, and how to use a Sai to block and disarm an opponent with a katana blade.

How To: Use the pressure points of the torso in self-defense

This seven-part video series is absolutely a must-watch for anyone who regularly finds themselves in self-defense situations. Each of its parts details how to use a different pressure point on the human torso effectively and as safely as possible in hand-to-hand combat. It includes demonstrations, explanations, and all of the information you will need to strike your opponent down using the many pressure points in their chest.

How To: Break a choke hold while seated using a pressure point

This martial arts/self defense video will show you how to break a choke hold using a pressure point, from a seated position. These are nerve points that you use to disrupt your attackers nervous system. Remember that in using these forms you must always keep a calm mind. It is also important to know when your opponent is disabled after using this chokehold.

How To: Do a judo throw

The Judo throw became one of the most famous judo moves for a reason. Done right, it is a devastating (and very cool looking) maneuver. In this tutorial, Judo Black Belt and BJJ Brown Belt Mark Massey teaches us the Kuzure Osoto Gari (and the more traditional) Osoto Maki Komi throw.

How To: Do stand up grappling techniques in MMA

In this video series, expert MMA wrestler Charles Bishop will show you a variety of takedowns, throws, and stances. He leads you through setting up a double leg takedown and two different ways of finishing the move and transitioning into a submission. You will learn the same for a single leg takedown, with various ways to finish and move into a submission. Charles also teaches you many throws: under hook, arm throws, shoulder throws, upper body, and more.

How To: Do self defense using a baton or baseball bat

In this video series, our expert Tres Tew will show you how to use a baton or bat for self defense. He will teach you about open and closed positions, how to draw the bat quickly and strike or block, and how to defang the cobra. Tres will also teach you how to defend against a charge, a cross slash, a shoulder grab, a front choke, cross grab, and wrist grab using a baton or bat.

How To: Do a Muay Thai kickboxing front kick foot jab

Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing and the national sport of Thailand, is an intense martial art that uses not just all the limbs, but joints, as possible weapons against an opponent. This how-to video clarifies some basic Muay Thai kickboxing moves, with step-by-step instructions accompanied with demonstrations shown from multiple angles. Whether you're looking to work on your technique, or pick up a new sport, this video tutorial will help you improve your Muay Thai skills. Follow along and le...

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