Adventurous. Alone. Attacked.

The number of female solo travelers has skyrocketed. Knowing that in the social uncounscious, it is easier to aggress a woman than a man, they are also an increasing number of stories of violence towards women travelers. These women share their dramatic stories. Lesson to learn for all of us: Learning self Defense could be a part of the solution to prevent such tragic events. An article of the New York Times, by megan Specia and Tariro Mzezewa.

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Practising Crossfit while fasting Ramadan

I am a martial artist and a crossfit practitioner.

Finally, I am muslim. And I fast during the month of ramadan as does a majority of my fellow co-relegionaires. I have been personally fasting during ramadan and training at the same time since a decade now. And here is my advises to continue training during the fasting month. 

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The reality of knife attacks

There are constantly misconceptions and mistakes while we talk about knife attacks and knife defense techniques. Here is a necessary - and violent - come back to the reality of knife aggressions.  (VIDEO- NSFW)

Based on the excellent study from Patrice Bonnafoux , updated, adapted and summarised hereafter by us. 

 

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"Can I kill my aggressor?"

Practising Self Defense in the context of Malaysian law. 
“Can I kill my aggressor while defending myself?  Can I use a Gun against an aggressor holding a knife, threatening me? Can I Kill someone attempting the life of my beloved ones?  What is the limits of the right to protect myself or my property? T
hese questions are constantly raised during our Self Defense classes and Workshop at the Academy. As a former lawyer, I did some research in the specific context of Malaysian law and I decided to summarise my results in the following article. 

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Bruce Lee and the Art of Scientific Street Fighting

"Organized despair." That's the phrase Bruce Lee often used to characterize many of the prevailing practices within the martial arts world.

With these concerns in mind, Bruce took to calling his own approach "scientific street fighting," promoting a martial worldview that was fact-based, research-driven, and analytical; as well as free of the mythology and romantic hyperbole that was so heavily-embedded within the field. By citing "street fighting," he was emphasizing practical application within the most unpredictable martial context possible, in which "combat is not fixed and is very much 'alive.'"

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The secret of a long and healthy life? Eat Less.


What do we need to do to enhance the length and quality of our lives even more? Researchers (...) believe that the key to a better old age may be to reduce the amount of food on our plates, via an approach called “calorie restriction”. This diet goes further than cutting back on fatty foods from time-to-time; it’s about making gradual and careful reductions in portion size permanently.

An article of Alex Riley, for the BBC . 

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3 takeaways from CrossFit that helped my professional life.

This isn’t a post about how CrossFit is the ultimate form a fitness. My intent here is merely to highlight some aspects of the sport that translate really well into my daily professional life. Things that made me reflect on how I was acting - both as a team leader and as a part of a team. These takeaways are based on my personal experience only, but I believe there are constants due to the very essence of the sport. And the parallel with work is easy: because it’s community-based and because it constantly tests you.

An article by Jonathan Nyst, our CrossFit Trainer

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Event - Self Defense Seminar at Chi BSC

Sifu David Bertrand will be in Kuala Lumpur this 11th of April, for a 2 Hours Self Defense Seminar, At Chi Fitness BSC, from 7h30 PM to  9h30 PM.   This Seminar is open to everybody, no matter your age, gender or level.   David is instructor in different systems and martial arts and will introduce us to the
"Use of common objects in Self Defense " . 

David Bertrand is Ben's instructor. 

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Article - Knives: Advanced way to get stabbed

Blades are so important to our working and home lives though, and so easy to find or even make, that anyone from the desperate criminal to your angry 5-year-old niece can find something to stab or slash another person with if they are so inclined. All those hours of rolling around under sweaty men are only going to get you ventilated like Swiss cheese on the street, Holes Gracie. Fortunately, while you are superficially putting in the rounds and the miles to get a six pack, real martial artists are studying the blade.


 

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