Regular Columns

Australia Versus New Zealand History

Australia versus New Zealand amateur tournaments are pretty infrequent these days but back in history they were regular events. It is always great to see the Australians come to New Zealand and I have found records of some interesting contests between the two countries. They were fought one year in New Zealand and the following […]

Civilian styles and systems observations and assessments for CQC purposes

For close to 3 decades my work has included observing and assessing fighting systems. This is an important aspect of identification of combative primary tactics and skills and also familiarization with potential enemy fighting arts. I have also had to process military close combat instructor applications for the International Close Combat Instructors Association including observing […]

Martial Arts Styles Do Exist

Martial Arts Styles Do Exist

Recently, I saw a Facebook video of a grappling competition, between a freestyle wrestler and a Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner. There are a lot of Youtube videos with titles like “Muay Thai vs. Kyokushin” or “Kung Fu vs. MMA” but what I liked about this particular video was that both practitioners were wearing the clothing appropriate […]

Shorty Hansen

  It is a very sad day with the loss of Shorty and my best wishes go out to Linda and family.  I knew him for 51 years and we talked most weeks. It only seems yesterday I was at Shorty’s 70th birthday party in this building and he said to me recently “I want […]