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You’ve heard the old axiom, “Never bring a knife to a gun fight?” or the “21 foot rule,” well consider this for a minutes, what happens if you have a concealed carry weapon permit (CCW) but you are surprised by an attacker before you can pull out your gun or knife? Likely you have lost any advantage your weapons training afforded you and you will have to default to your fighting skills.


I’ll give a couple of examples of knife vs gun and knife vs sword for your perusal. The case I am trying to make is you should learn how to fight with your hands and feet (kenpo, karate, kung fu, muay thai, tae kwon do…) or even wrestling, jiu-jitsu (Japanese or Brazilian, or even a sport like mma, kick boxing, or boxing) for close in fighting. But first are the two examples.



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YouTube Channel for My Self Defense Blog

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: HEMA, martial arts
19 Feb 2017


I would like to announce and explain about the “MySelfDefenseBlog” YouTube channel in this post. You know the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, well in this light – a video is worth ten-thousand words. I have had a youtube channel for years that I’ve used occasionally, but now after watching HEMA (historical european martial arts) videos for the last couple of years, a light bulb went off in my head – hey I can do that!


In this post I will discuss the evolution of the blog to vlog on youtube while retaining the blog. Also the strengths and weaknesses of each medium and what the goals are for me as I evolve as a martial artist – dabbling into HEMA.


First here is the youtube channel: MySelfDefenseBlog. One sample video:


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