Recent content by Charlemagne

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    Favorite Firearm of all time.

    For handguns, it is the CZ P01. I had one, which was dead reliable and accurate, and stupidly sold it so that I could buy an HK VP9. After one range session, I sold the VP9 and bought another P01. The ergos are so good that it sits perfectly in the hand without even trying. It's a fantastic...
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    Learning multiple arts at same time?

    There is no reason that you cannot learn multiple martial arts simultaneously. Having said that, what would seem to make the most sense would be to pick arts that do not overlap in purpose, range, etc. As someone noted earlier, studying BJJ and Boxing at the same time, or Karate and Judo, FMA...
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    A story of an attempted kidnapping.

    It happened to her friend, and she shared it with me. And I am sure that things can get blown out of proportion, but that does not mean that they don't happen either. Many of us are training MA for a scenario that is statistically very unlikely for the average person, but we still train. This...
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    A story of an attempted kidnapping.

    A friend of mine just shared this, and I thought worth spreading around. It's scary as heck, and every parent's fear, but it's better to have knowledge of how they operate (at least one of the ways). - Names redacted to preserve privacy.
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    Fitness certifications

    For one who is interested in certifications more related to the Human Performance side of things, I would recommend looking into the following: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist - National Strength and Conditioning Association - Become a Certified Strength and Conditioning...
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    Fitness certifications

    There are many options for fitness certifications, but few that go through the process for accreditation through the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. Both ACSM and NSCA do. ICE : NCCA Accreditation
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    Fitness certifications

    They are roughly the same in regards to their Personal Training certs. In addition, ACSM's certs are fantastic for clinical settings, and you are correct in regards to the CSCS exam for NSCA. I am heavily involved in both organizations, have been for many years now. ACSM and NSCA are really...
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    Fitness certifications

    There are many certification options, but the two most reputable Personal Training Certifications are as follows: - NSCA Certified Personal Trainer - Become an NSCA-Certified Personal Trainer簧 (NSCA-CPT簧) - ACSM Certified Personal Trainer - Personal Trainer Certification | ACSM
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    What is it with reality systems and hip throws?

    They are mechanically pretty simple, and can be pulled off against an unskilled opponent without too much difficulty if you train them sufficiently. Of course, the amount of time and dedication that they get to really work on that is debatable.
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    Gun Holster Reviews and opinions

    You're in Michigan it looks like, so it might not matter so much, but I found the StealthGear to be every bit as comfortable as the AlienGear out of the box, but you don't get the accumulation of sweat behind it. It's obviously up to you, but I thought I would mention it. Cheers!
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    What kind of knife is best for knife fighting?

    I haven't seen it the way you describe in any of the places I have trained unless the fancy version was being shown as a demo, but that is not a criticism, just an observation. We start clean and simple and then build on that later. Again, it's pretty hard to get a disarm if you can't even get...
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    What kind of knife is best for knife fighting?

    Good points. I've studied a few different FMA systems now, some more focused on the knife than others (Modern Arnis, a bit of Sayoc Kali, Lacoste-Inosanto Kali, Pekiti Tirsia Kali - PTI, and now Pekiti Tirsia Kali - PTKGO). Most of what I have seen with the knife, either in those systems, or...
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    Gun Holster Reviews and opinions

    Like many of you, I've tried a number of options For leather, Erik at HBE Leatherworks does great stuff. H.B.E. Specialty LeatherWorks For synthetic, I prefer StealthGear, particularly in the deep South with as hot as it gets. I've tried Aliengear, Comp-tac, etc. and I really like the...
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