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Frequent group training

17.09.2014, 10:00

There is the plan to build a Practical Wing Chun trainings group for frequent sessions in Salzburg... read more

Own research presented

17.09.2014, 10:00

It is a pleasure to invite you to the annual symposium of the DVS. I will present some results of my... read more


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Self Defence and Close Combat

First of all: Self Defence ≠ pure close combat

I offer pure close combat only in private lessons or for professional departments. More informations at the offer and by request.

What do I mean when talking about Self Defence? Or what is not part of my point of view?
Self Defence is



poor tricks and grips     combative sport
  • only useful in special situations
  • "I was trying, but..."
    "I didn't even get the chance to..."
  • rules far away from reality
  • techniques and behaviour
    adjusted to competitive circumstances

martial arts     military combat
  • too complex
  • stuck in own stystem
  • special physical requirements
  • missing pre-combat stages

"Bending and turning, jumping and stepping backwards never has killed an enemy."
    - Miyamoto Musashi

When talking about Self Defence I mean

the most necessary skills to avoid any dangers and harm. This can happen by escaping, de-escalating or fighting. It includes perception of situations, psychological-social aspects in pre-combat stages and the directest fighting skills in order to take control of the situation as fast as possible and to end the escalation. Therefore combative abilities are required. The right behaviour during pre-combat stages can avoid further problems and in the same time needs to prepare good starting circumstances for the real fight, so that it is possible to end the fight fast and with low risks.


4-stages-model: Perception of situations, behaviour during pre-combat, de-escalation/fight, escape
1. Perception
  • learning about situations
  • evaluating situations
  • mindset / expectations
2. Pre-combat
  • de-escalation vs preparing the fight
  • social vs physical behaviour
  • influencing the situation + enemy
3. Fight
  • learning to anticipate
  • basic system of practical movements
  • arsenal of (re)actions
4. Escape
  • when is it finished?
  • how to finish?

Which fighting style?

When it is about real combat I do not distinguish between styles. Most movements I use and teach are used in many styles. I show you the concepts and principles behind these movements. In most cases the lack of these principals are the reason for failure when realistic situations are changing, reaction of the oponent is unknown and he is not only playing/training with you.
I do not give you a checklist like "If situation A happens, do action B". Instead I show the concepts which generally improves the power, speed and efficiency of movements - based on biomechanics. Special jointlocks for every situation are not part of what I teach (for police and security it is valuable and necessary, but for self defence there are more efficient things).
My style is mostly based on gross motor kicking and striking elements, mixed with a concept called "Shredder" from the Canadian Senshido. Compared to pure striking styles the Shredder offers some great advantages when having less power than the opponent and when facing realistic aggression and intention to hurt.