One year on Patreon, time to celebrate

It’s been one year now since I started my page on Patreon, so I figured it’s time to celebrate.

I started on Patreon in the worst possible way: saying to myself “what do you have to lose, just go for it.” and then jumping in at the end of the month. As a result, I only had a few days to get all my rewards done and failed at that. That created a backlog that has been difficult to catch up to. Work and my health got in the way as well, and I did my best to compensate: making the videos twice the length they would normally be and giving bonus rewards as much as possible.

Still, I wasn’t all that impressed with my own performance (to paraphrase GSP…) so I decided to kick it up a notch for this second year. So… As a reward for my patrons, this month I created every reward twice:

  • The rewards at every tier will come out as usual, available to the Patrons who signed up for that level.
  • I made another batch of rewards at all levels, available to everybody, including non-Patrons.

I think that’s a good deal for everybody:

  • I make a dent in catching up on everything.
  • My Patrons get twice the content.
  • Those of you who are on the fence about joining up get a free look at the kind of content you can expect.

Everybody wins.

Here goes:

First, here’s an Orange Belt reward, a quick instructional video on a specific technique. Sometimes I shoot these on request, other times it’s stuff from my other videos, but in a LOT more detail.


The second Orange Belt reward is a Quick Q&A video. My Patrons at that level can ask questions and I give a quick answer. My goal is always to give the type of information you can use right away. The more in-depth explanations happen at another reward tier.


At Green Belt level, there is more instructional material, but of a different kind. Each month, I break down footage of a violent incident and discuss the lessons we can learn from it. I always find case studies interesting, which is why I wanted to include them on my Patreon page.


Blue Belt level also has a unique reward, a 30min Q&A video. Patrons at that level and up can ask questions and I answer them in a lot more detail than in other videos. My goal with these is to explain the nuances and context of these topics, to help Patrons increase the depth of their knowledge and understanding.

There is a lot more at each reward level, these are only the videos I make. There’s also a Newsletter and you can download the current issue here or read it here below.


There is a bunch more content though.  For all the details and if you want to join up and get access to all the previously published content as well, go here.

To my Patrons, thank you for your continued support. It’s made a world of difference to me and I look forward to all that’s still to come.

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New instructional video: Five Element Arm

Here is a quick update and a product announcement:
My surgery went fine. The doctor reattached the supraspinatus muscle and filed off the acromion to avoid future damage. I now have to keep my arm immobile for four weeks and then I can start rehab. I should be able to resume normal life in about eight weeks and have a full recovery in 6 to 12 months. Thank you to all of you who wished me the best both before and after the surgery.

Because I’m self-employed, this means pretty much zero income during the eight weeks I am not allowed to drive a car. As mentioned in my podcast, I had planned on doing some sort of crowdfunding to span that period. But it turned out I didn’t have enough time to set that up properly. So instead I chose to focus on two new products and offering them for sale:

  • Finishing the “Boxing for self-defense” book as quickly as possible so I can release it. That went reasonably well so far: I finished the photo shoot a few days before my surgery and am now busy finalizing the manuscript. With some luck I can publish it very soon.
  • Republishing my Paladin Press videos as soon as the rights revert to me on January 1, 2018. I’ve now found a platform where I can do just that. It’s called Pivotshare and allows me to offer online streaming and digital downloads. It also offers a monthly membership option that I might explore in the future. But all my original DVDs will be republished there and I will continue adding to that library of instructional material.

With that in mind, I just uploaded an instructional video as a test case, to get used to the platform and figure out how to optimize it for your convenience.

The video is called “Five Element Arm.” I originally made this video for my Patrons, but several people requested a separate purchasing possibility, so I uploaded it to the platform. You can create an account directly from the video here below or go to my main channel page and do so there if you would like to buy it.

What’s this video about? You can watch the preview here above, but here’s a quick explanation:

“Five Element Arm” is a series of self-defense techniques from the Practical Tai Chi Chuan system I teach. It takes a specific scenario into account: what if you can’t use both arms to defend yourself?

  • You might be injured during the fight.
  • You could be carrying something and not have the time to drop it.
  • You might need the other hand to keep track of the person you’re protecting.

Whatever the reason you might find yourself in that scenario, this drill teaches you effective self-defense techniques for such an occasion. This video includes both the solo drill as well as detailed instruction on how to apply each technique. It is just over 30 minutes long and to the best of my knowledge,  it is the only instructional video available on this specific drill.

Given as I am now exactly in the situation for which this drill was created, I can speak from experience that it’s worth investing the training in “disaster” scenarios. I will not have the full function of my right arm for several months and being defenseless during that time is unacceptable. It’s for exactly this reason that I practice this drill and several others. I hope you find it useful as well.

As explained above, all of my instructional videos will eventually be available on the Pivotshare platform so stay tuned for more.


PS: in case you’re wondering, I’m using Dragon Naturally Speaking software to dictate this text. I can very much recommend it to everybody.

Woman throws baby so she can fight

In this video, you see a woman who throws her baby so she can fight another woman on the bus. If you find that hard to watch, don’t click on the video below. That said, there are a few points worth considering if you do watch it, in particular relating to female violence. First, a short introduction:

  • We don’t see the beginning of the incident, it is well underway when the footage starts.
  • There is a lot of cursing and shouting but we can’t say who instigated the incident. What is clear is that both parties are more than willing to continue engaging the other; there is virtually no de-escalation.
  • As a result, one woman snaps and throws her baby at another passenger to start the fight.

Here’s the video:

Earlier this week I taught a thirty-something woman self-defense and female violence is is one of the topics that came up. Here’s why:

There is the assumption in modern society that violence is strictly a male issue, but nothing could be further from the truth. Women fight and use violence too, but it tends to get less press than when men fight. There are several reasons for that, one of them being that women tend to do less damage when they fight (except when they use weapons.) Regardless, woman-on-woman violence and fighting is real and more prevalent than you might expect. The video shows a few interesting dynamics in this regards, so here are some thoughts: [Read more…]

Roots of fight

I just stumbled on this cool website called Roots of Fight. It looks like it’s a blend between documentary videos and an on-line gear shop. It mixes the two quite nicely so don’t be surprised you end up buying some of their T-shirts. That said, the videos are well worth watching because they feature a bunch of well known fighters in a range of sports: muay Thai, MMA, boxing and more.

Click on this link to see a bunch of them but also take a look at their blog.


Here are a couple of videos I enjoyed the most:

First one is of course the incomparable Bas Rutten, explaining how he ended up breaking the shin bone of an opponent in a leg lock:


But my favorite is of course this one on Mike Tyson with comments by Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin and Ray Mancini: [Read more…]