There are Fighter's who practice good Martial Arts,
but the best Fighter's practice the best Martial Arts
President & Founder
Mark Hall "Bodyguard"
Mark "The Cobra" Hall
Street Combat Applications Training offers the most complete and effective fighting system in the world.
Primary self defense strategy is based on avoidance and this depends on awareness. Fighting among adults is serious; medically, legally and in every other way. In fact, fighting itself is truly a “no win” situation. Only a fight avoided is truly a fight won.
The enemy: It isn’t likely that your assailant in a real street fight will attack you like your training partner in the dojo. The fact is, he didn’t attend your dojo; so he doesn’t know how to attack like that. He learned by doing, and he sticks with what works. This makes the “untrained” street fighter more dangerous than many martial artists realize. However, it also gives him a significant amount of predictability that you can exploit once you understand his modus operandi. Every real world assault is at least an attempt at some form of ambush. Yet, ironically, the actual attack is preceded with some form of “interview”, the objective being to determine if you (the potential victim”are safe to attack. Once you understand the interview process and its various stages, you become much more difficult to ambush with the “sucker punch”.
Awareness and Avoidance: are your first and most important defense skills. During training you will be subjected to various forms of “interviews” as your instructor has seen them played out time and again. You will also learn to control the disabling, visceral effects of fear and anger which the “hot stage of the interview” is designed to elicit. When the hot stage of the “interview” isn’t working, the aggressor most often won’t attack.
The Reality of Actual Fights: Many people’s idea of a fight is derived from movies or TV unless they have seen or experienced one. Your instructor has literally seen hundreds of actual assaults and your training is based on his collective knowledge. Most real fights last less than eight seconds. The outcome, most often is decided in the first few seconds. How many techniques can you effectively execute in that amount of time? The correct answer is not many. You really don’t need a lot of techniques for effective self-defense. What you do need are basic movements that get you off the attack line, and strikes that impact with real disabling power. Anyone can learn to put up- more of a fight than most thugs can or are willing to engage. It is difficult for most people to understand this, but the physical skills necessary can be learned fairly quickly. It is “Getting your mind right” that is the challenge.
Mind Set: The mistake most people make in a real fight isn’t so much failure in technique but a failure in their psychological preparation for combat. Most cannot believe that they are being assaulted. This is denial. They retreat on the attack line, lose balance and it is lights out. The bottom line is: either you are in control of yourself or someone else is. If you allow someone’s challenge or insults to get to you, to get you enraged or frozen in fear, then you have allowed them to control you. When you can relax under the stress of a verbal or physical assault, only then are you in control and thus able to defend yourself. The problem most people have is not a lack of skill or technique, but making the instant mental transition from normal civilized behavior to 100% combat mode. Problems arise because most people do not have much,; if any, experience with physical violence. Indeed, the bully or aggressor is counting on this. Anyone can learn to defend themselves once they get their minds right. Proper training can achieve this.
Training Method: If you are forced to defend yourself in an actual assault, you will be in an adrenalized state. This biochemical reaction has profound effects on a person’s cognitive and motor control function. In general people think of “adrenaline” providing a person with enhanced strength, power and speed in an emergency and this is true. However, a person not conditioned to the adrenal reaction may be overcome by it, and they may lose their ability to use higher brain functions or to coordinate their limbs. In short, they may “panic” or “freeze up”. This is why otherwise decent martial artists may find themselves “flailing” ineffectively unable to access any of their martial tools because they have no fighting experience in an adrenalized state. This is not a theory with your instructor. He has seen the disabling effects of the adrenaline reaction many times. The key to being able to use the beneficial effects of this biochemistry rather than being paralyzed by it lies in learning to control it. This can only be achieved by experiencing it.
Your instructor: In a fight on the street, your assailant does not care how pretty he looks when he blindsides you and then stomps you into a bloody mess. The formal training and flashy moves practiced in the dojo will be useless. As a bouncer in several bars, Mr. Hall has been attacked with fists, boots, sticks, bats, hammers, knives, and guns. He has learned about what goes down in a real fight. As a fifth degree black belt in street combat applications training and a fourth degree black belt in Moo Yea Do karate and holding rank in a number of other styles, he has learned that martial art training is useful in a brawl, but is no substitute for experience. An active participant in dozens of fights, and witness to scores more, he has separated fighting fact from fighting fantasy. The result is a blend of concepts and techniques that can save your life where fighting is quick, dirty, and very violent, “on the street”. Mr. Hall draws upon his experience to reveal the psychology, the strengths and weaknesses of a bully, the characteristics of a real fight and ways of dealing with aggressive people. That bully didn’t grow up, but he did grow bigger, more vicious and more dangerous. Still, every bully is a coward constantly in fear of being found out, and he won’t attack if he thinks he might get hurt. Most fights are avoidable and avoidance is a critical skill taught by Mr. Hall. A book and DVD set on S.C.A.T. will be available soon on this website.
"Today’s Martial Arts are too wrapped up in “sport” and trophies and “champions” to be of much use on the street. They don’t teach all the stuff leading up to a real fight, it doesn’t start with the first punch and it doesn’t end with the last one either. Mr. Hall deals with the real world!!!"
"There’s a controlled stress environment put on you that you can’t find in a regular commercial doJang. Hall really does test you, the training is just excellent."
I’m always in a constant search for what’s really going to work in an emergency situation…I’ve learned an awful lot from Mr. Hall. After only 3 months I think I have tripled my ability to defend myself in a real life encounter.
I found the hard way that the DoJangs I trained in for years did not prepare me for a real fight. Training with Mr. Hall caused me extreme anxiety at first, but my control became more accessible with each class. I have much greater confidence in my ability to shut down an attack.
I’ve learned more in 1 month training one on one with Mr. Hall than I would have in 6 months of group lessons. The Ground Technique and hand to hand is second to none.
Dr. Kenneth Toy
My self-confidence increased enormously. I got much more out of training with Mr. Hall than I ever imagined I would. Definitely one of the best schools I ever been in.
You learn to deal properly with someone screaming in your face and challenging you. I learned to remain calm when someone was yelling and threatening me.
In the DoJo you always have to hold back…that was one of my concerns. Would I hold back in the street too? I’ve crossed over that now.