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The secrets of Martial Arts exposed
This is a controversial topic. So in order not to offend anyone let me say this. Everything in the Martial Arts realm is good in its own context, but when people preach that Judo is a realistic form of self defence or that a 1500 year old Karate system is the ultimate self defence then I have problem with it. If you love the martial arts and your instructor makes sure you know that it is an art or sport and you are aware of the limitations, great. If you like speaking Japanese, Chinese etc and the way of the ancient great, for that is the place for you. If you want to defend yourself as quickly as possible then you are in the wrong place because these people are sucking your money away and exposing you to great harm in a real life situation. You have no idea how many heart broken ex-martial arts students and instructors come to me for help. They have literally wasted anywhere from 1-15 years yes 15 years doing stuff that doesn’t work. Then they spend 3 months with me and learn more and can apply more than they learnt in all the time they spent at other systems.
Unfortunately everything in the self defence world works on faith. You put your faith in an instructor because you assume he knows more than you do and after all let’s face it, you have no idea about combat at all. The instructors are often painted with special names such as Sensei, Sempai, Sifu, and Master. Immediately placing them on a higher plane. Respect for their teachings is often demanded and no questions can be asked. After they are an expert aren’t they?
With many martial arts systems logic does not prevail. You are not allowed free speech and to question what you do. Here is an example:
You ask a question- “Why are we doing this technique?”
Your answer- “Because this is how we have been doing it for 600 years”
My answer as a combat instructor to a client is a complete logical response so the client can thoroughly understand the tactic and see the logic behind what they are doing.
Here is a realistic way to look at combat training. Humans progress through Evolution. Right? Then why is it that most martial arts system are caught in the past?
Think about it. If I said to you that a horse was the best form of transportation because we were using it 600 years ago, you would call me an idiot. Yet, why is it that when someone who says that our system was created 600 years ago so it is the best form of self defence most people believe it?
It boils down to key factors that influence peoples beliefs about martial arts and combat training:
1. Faith- Can get you killed. Put your faith in logic not other people. Remember your instructor is a human not a god.
2. Movies- I saw the Matrix once and Keanu Reeves went flipping off wall to wall and dogged bullets but hey we all know that is a movie right. Why is it that people see a martial arts action hero and start perceiving that what he does on screen is a try demonstration of their fighting skill? They are an actor and are there to entertain. Sure they are very skilled athletes but not one of them can perform exactly like that. Not saying they can’t fight just saying that their skill on TV is just like a dance. Choreography. No one can fight like that so don’t aspire too it.
3. Magic- Ever been sold a martial arts system on some amazing feat? You know egg standing, knock out point demonstrations, concrete breaking, board breaking, ice breaking etc? Some of these are great feats of strength. But most are tricks, designed to make you believe in the hidden secrets of martial arts. All of them fail to demonstrate one thing. Why they are useful in any real world combat application. Each one of the ones I listed have a trick behind them and have been used for centuries to build faith and fear in people. It’s no different to David Copperfield making the statue of liberty disappear. Some of them require great amounts of


concentration and special breathing. Bit hard to tell a guy about to punch you in the head “ hang on I just need to develop my chi for 5 minutes”
4. The club hero- So you go to a martial arts school and argue logic and they say but wait we have “Joe Bloggs” who is our expert fighter. You watch this guy and he is awesome can move and fight with ease. If he can do it you can right? Wrong. What they didn’t tell you is that they have 500 students and no one can fight except for that 1 guy. A good combat system is one where the mass majority of people are proficient at what they do not the minority. Some people are super athletes that can apply anything they know. But this is not the mass majority of people.
It is for these very reasons I hate being painted with the Martial Artist brush. I have been there and will never go there ever again. I am a combat instructor and my role and promise to those who train with me is simple.
1. To teach people to survive in the worst possible situations.
2. To ensure that I always respond with a logical and practical solution
3. To deliver information in the easiest possible format so that you can apply what you know.
4. To have you walk away knowing you have made the best investment in your own personal protection.
5. To paint my self as a normal human being not some sort of god.
6. To only deliver information that is realistic and that has purpose to reality based combat training.
These basic promises are what any professional combat instructor should be delivering too you. If not. Find somewhere else to train. If you are like I was once and hunting for all the solutions because something didn’t feel right. Or you were waiting for the big secret to be revealed cut your loses now. Find a new training place that will deliver you the truth of reality combat training.
Whether you start training with me or someone else choose a reality based training system. I teach Close Quarter Combat a blend of the very best military, martial arts and law enforcement tactics. Realistic, logical and effective. You can visit my site at www.cqctactics.com and email me directly from there if you have any questions.
I hope this article helped open your eyes to the reality of combat training and helps you make a more informed choice about real world self defence training.
Best Regards
Glenn Zwiers
Chief Instructor for the SFCA CQC System

About The Author

Glenn Zwiers has diverse experience in combative arts, spanning more than 18 years from oriental to western and European fighting arts. He also has real world experience working as a bouncer at many of Melbourne's pubs and night clubs. Glenn has also worked as a bodyguard and has protected a variety of clients including the former Premier of Victoria, Jeff Kennet. Glenn has also spent time in infantry reserve units with the Australian Army.
Glenn has appeared on National Television programs such as a Current Affairs and the Today Show and has been in magazines such as Blitz Martial Arts Magazine, Security Oz magazine, Ralph magazine, close quarter combat magazine. He was the first in the world to reach level 6 of the SFC elite. He was first in Australia to reach level 10 of the SFC unarmed combative and is currently the only level 11 in Australia and one of handful in the world. He is also one of the few people in the world ranked as a Level 10 Master in Knife Combat.
Glenn travels Australia and the World teaching Close Quarter Combat and is regarded as one of Australia's leading authorities in the field. Glenn has trained people from all walks of life including but not limited too.
SFCA Close Quarter Combat Centre
17 Metropolitan Ave
Nunawading Vic Australia 3131
(03) 9878 4288 International- +61 3 9878 4288
www.cqctactics.com

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