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                                                    Editorial For July 2014  

                      Real World Daily “Updates”

A habit we got into way back around 1960 and have continued to pursue ever since was inspired by Charles (“Charlie”) Nelson, one of our most beloved former teachers. It consists of scrutinizing the daily news for stories about violent crime, street fighting, and related insanity. Charlie would almost always grab some news clipping off his desk during a lesson, and point to the atrocity described in order to validate or illustrate a point that he was making about self-defense that day.

There was no internet in those days (nor, I must say as an aside, and with blissful nostalgia, were there the damnable cell phones that everyone seems compelled to be speaking into in the most inconsiderately loud tones possible, wherever they go). So one got the daily news from newspapers or from the TV news.

Today, any self-defense student who is online —— and who isn’t? —— can, and we would strongly urge ought to, go onto the N.Y. Daily News web site every day. There he will find a huge number of news stories, not merely about the insanity that is going on in New York, but also about the lunacy going on throughout America. Stories that will be of great value in mentally conditioning himself, and in coming to the realization that dangerous, life-threatening crackpots abound virtually everywhere; and their victims need not be in the “wrong place” or even doing anything remotely questionable in order to be targetted by this contemptable garbage —— and beaten, murdered, raped, or otherwise terrorized.

Our students tend to be extremely nice, decent people. In 50 years of teaching —— all told —— we have had to get rid of fewer than half a dozen. Hell! Our record is better than any law enforcement or intelligence agency on the planet! All of the rest have been, and are, wonderful people whom we deem it a pleasure to know and an honor to teach.

Good people rarely come to have any knowledge of violent crime, street savagery, mindless fighting, and so on, unless of course they or someone close to them has such a catastrophic experience thrust upon him. Then, the awareness of just what can happen becomes all too clear, and, as a result, they may take to the study of self-defense. Supplementary to any instruction a person may receive in the techniques of self-defense, must come mental conditioning and deep training in wariness, alertness, and mistrustfulness of strangers. Without that, it is questionable whether the student will take the training truly “to heart”.

By checking the NY Daily News web site for about 10-15 minutes each day, one receives an undeniable and excellent reminder of the essential sordidness of this world and its “people”.  The human condition has never, thanks to the “humans” who contribute to it, ever been very good. Read any history book. The story of man on earth is a story of unending violence and conflict; of psychopaths and their victims, of bullies and their targets, of offenders and those against whom they offend. Not at all a pretty picture. But a picture that many people manage to avoid looking at, and as a result are trebly shocked and left helplessly floundering for some “way out” or defense, when and if it comes to them.

Educate yourself ahead of time! And you no longer need to clip items from the daily news; you can go online and read what the dailies have posted each and every day. You can save those especially important articles if you wish, use them to instruct your students (if you are a teacher), or simply to keep abreast of human evil, yourself (if you ar a student). It is well worth doing.

One overridingly important thing that you will pick up after reading the daily crime stories each day for a few weeks, is how perfectly innocent, decent people are so often zeroed in upon by the scum; and how avoidance (which we always stress is self-defense technique number one) is so often impossible! Mind your own business, be polite, never agree to a fight, be inoffensive, etc. —— and still the living garbage can intrude upon your life and, in so doing, end the quality of your life, or end your life itself, period!

In major police departments each shift is normally given a briefing before going out on their tour of daily duty.  Look at a perusal of the N.Y. Daily News each day as your daily “briefing”. Let it reignite your commitment to be cautious, alert, situationally aware, and very wary of strangers.

Trouble can come at any time, in any place, and to anyone. Developing a clear awareness of the problem and recommit every day to being thoroughly prepared to deal with trouble if it comes to you. It’s a wise habit to get into.

Doing so may one day save your life.

                                                                            Bradley J. Steiner


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IT IS the mission and purpose of this Site to pursue and to disseminate the very best information and guidance for those who are interested in practical self-defense and close combat. We include ancillary and cognate disciplines, such as physical training, the use of hypnosis and other means of effecting proper levels of mental conditioning and all round total readiness. We also include review and discussion of published materials on all aspects of our subjects, and of related subjects — from all sources, worldwide: current and out of print.

It is also the purpose of this Site to provide authentic and reliable information about the System of close combat and martial art that we founded in 1975: American Combato (Jen•Do•Tao)™, and to inform visitors to this Site how to obtain bona fide, legitimate training in this Art. Additionally, we offer unique instructional materials and papers relevant to all general researches into and studies of self-defense and close combat.

While we certainly do have a serious commercial objective in presenting this Site, we are no less motivated by our lifetime love of and devotion to the subjects about which it deals. We therefore cordially welcome visitors who train in other schools and systems of martial art. So long as the individual has a deep interest in real world self-defense and in authentic methods of close combat, we are confident that he will enjoy and greatly benefit by visiting this Site regularly.

We respect all sincere, decent practitioners of all responsibly taught, legitimate martial arts. We do have our own ideas and convictions which we have arrived at over the last 50-plus years of dedication to what we do.   We have no interest in converting antagonists; but we have found over the preceding decades that we have invariably gotten along extremely well with anyone who is seriously devoted to the combat arts for the same reasons that we are.

We have been a student of the martial arts (including weaponry) since the 1950’s. Among our personal teachers and close associates have been Col. Rex Applegate and Sgt. Charles (“Charlie”) Nelson. We have been a devotee of sensible weight training since the early 1960’s. We have been a student of hypnosis for more than 40 years, and have been a state licensed hypnotherapist for 22 years — with our specialty being the mental conditioning of combat students and physical trainees (for which we have been recognized as a “Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy”). In 1975 we founded the American Combato (Jen•Do•Tao) System of self-defense and close combat, which is today recognized internationally.  We have a background in intelligence and in protective services (“bodyguarding”). We have written more than two dozen books and 1,000 magazine articles during the last 40 years on our various subjects. We have been writing and publishing a limited-circulation monthly Journal (Close Quarters: The Professional Journal of Ungentlemanly Warfare) for nearly nine years. We have trained SWAT officers, patrol officers, military elites (U.S. Marines, SEALs,  and Army Special Forces), bodyguards, investigators, spies, and security personnel of all types. We have also trained the elderly, the very young, and the handicapped. We are Founder, President, and CEO of the International Combat Martial Arts Federation. We are former Washington State Director of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, and we are President of the International Stick and Knife Fighting Association, in Berlin, Germany. We have been personally certified by the late Col. Rex Applegate to teach his and W.E. Fairbairn’s methods.

We feel that after more than half a century of all this we have something worthwhile to offer.

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