When it comes to self-defence, you want to be the weapon and have the tool, not the other way around. An integrated combat approach is the key.

We humans are ultimately animals…though some more than others, you could say. Our best self-defence skill is realising the foolishness of aggressive posturing, to avoid getting involved in ‘alpha male’ disputes.

Facing your fears and doubts in training is a must, and the influence of skill on successful fear-control shouldn’t be underestimated.

‘Just run away’ is something we often hear from self-defence instructors — but running can turn you into prey.

The Kinetic Fighting–Integrated Combat (KEF–IC) syllabus is based on five principles: number 4 is ‘Make full use of any available weapon’. For anyone interested in improving their chances of survival in the case of an assault, it’s vital to learn how legal, everyday objects can double as improvised weapons.

Discipline is our ultimate weapon in the daily war on wasted time and aimless effort. For most successful people, it’s habitual — and it can be for anyone who’s willing. Learned through decades of martial arts practice and Special Forces soldiering, these three tips to master self-discipline could help provide your will with a way.

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