Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Starting Fresh

I started my first website in 2006, when I knew absolutely nothing about websites or blogs. I've been interested in martial arts since 1974, when I first sent away for a mail order kit. Yes folks, I am that old. Back in those days, if you wanted to order something, it was fill out a form and mail in cash.

When my package arrived, I was so excited. It contained a full scale diagram of a male body, showing all the striking points. It also had a small drawing of foot placement for karate. The little booklet that came with it, explained why it was necessary to toughen your hands for fighting. This lesson served me well over the years. When I started martial arts classes much later in life, (2001) I was able to break boards with ease while my dojo mates would cut or scrape their hands. Between 1974 and 2001, I taught myself, got some private instruction from a friend who was a black belt in karate and took pressure point and control courses. I've worked in security/bouncing since 1980, so the p.p.c.t. courses were very necessary.

When I started taking a mixed form of hapkido (8 other martial arts mixed with hapkido) all my other training was very helpful. We were learning striking and grappling but I was the only one versed in pressure points and I submitted some folks with a pressure point. In our classes, pressure points, strikes anywhere on the body and any type of submission like a toe hold was allowed, right from white belt. Very different than the BJJ, that my friends take. They are limited to the types of holds they can use until they get to blue belt is what I have been told.

As well as being interested in martial arts, I followed wrestling. As a young guy who had only two channels to watch growing up-Saturday morning was wrestling heaven. I will touch on that in later posts.

When the UFC first arrived, I was spellbound. Very little rules, no weight classes at all. Mixed martial arts has come a long way and I love it!

I will be posting a wide variety of topics on this blog. There is nothing for sale here, When flyinghammerfist first started, I sold T-shirts, hats and posters but I have moved on from that.

Currently I write for Amazon Kindle and produce PLR products that are sold on a major digital site.

Some of my Kindle fiction contains martial arts. I write detective stories, horror and some other stuff under pen names. I also do a bit of non-fiction. If you are interested in learning more about my writing, you can head over to and scroll around.

I hope you enjoy my articles and insights here on flyinghammerfist.

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