Michelle Hanlon

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Stop Using Fear to Profit


(written October 5, 2017) It has been an intense week. The largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history happened just a few days ago in Las Vegas. Just one day earlier, here in my hometown of Edmonton, we had a “terrorist” attack. Sadly, attacks like these are becoming more and more common. A lot of [...]

Stop Using Fear to Profit 2017-11-15T22:39:47+00:00

Escape and Evasion


Every self defense program I’ve seen so far has an escape protocol to it; it has some part in the curriculum that mentions that escaping is a great idea, how to escape, where to escape, and what to do. I find, though, that most people don’t actually train to escape, and this becomes quite the [...]

Escape and Evasion 2017-11-15T22:23:29+00:00

The Statistics Trap


If I can give you any advice as an instructor, it’s to not get stuck in the statistics trap. As a person who’s just living their life, in this age of disinformation, where we have way too many people telling us way too many things, it’s very easy to fact-check something over and over and [...]

The Statistics Trap 2017-11-15T22:19:50+00:00

Quit Moving Backwards When Training!


All right, so this is mostly for our reality-based self-defense fans. Any other sport science that trains, this isn’t going to work for you. Obviously if you are controlling the ring, moving backwards is a very sound tactic. If you saw the Manny Pacquiao vs Floyd Mayweather fight, the fact that Floyd Mayweather could move [...]

Quit Moving Backwards When Training! 2017-03-03T22:27:30+00:00

Psychology Beats Biology


If you’ve trained at KPC, if you’ve seen us online, if you have read anything I’ve written, I have this one thing I say all the time, which is “psychology beats biology”.  I’d like to take a little time to explain that. This saying comes from the thought process that intent will almost always beat [...]

Psychology Beats Biology 2017-02-10T21:47:57+00:00

Stop Using Titles!


If you are under fifty years of age - actually, if you’re under forty-five - stop using your martial arts title! You sound ridiculous. Use coach, use instructor, use your name, sir is fine, but making people call you “Grand Master Laser Lotus 8” is over - those times are done! People, especially in our [...]

Stop Using Titles! 2017-02-02T01:42:08+00:00

Be a Better Training Partner!


You hit your martial arts class, you’re excited to learn new stuff, you’re excited to train, you’re excited to be there!  What do most people find is the worst part of training?  It’s being the person getting beaten up.  I’ve always said the best part of martial arts is “my turn”.  So, you do something [...]

Be a Better Training Partner! 2016-11-15T05:01:17+00:00



The term “expert” gets thrown around a lot.  On the internet, on pieces of paper, on certificates, on promo material, on Facebook … everywhere there’s a self-defense “expert”.  To me, in this field, there will never be an expert, and, to quote Rory Miller, “if they are an expert in the field, I think they [...]

Expert 2016-11-15T05:01:17+00:00

How Do You Train For Escape?


Every single self-defense gym, reality-based, traditional self-defense, MMA - everybody always talks about escaping, and avoidance, and awareness, and articulation of force and all of these things.  I find a problem in a lot of gyms - maybe not your gym in particular but a lot - is that people mostly just pay lip service [...]

How Do You Train For Escape? 2016-05-09T21:13:43+00:00

Your Concept of Violence


What do I mean by “your concept of violence”?  Well, every single person has a different thought process of what violence is. And when they go looking for a self-defense or a martial arts gym, they extrapolate that into what they’re looking for. There’s a reason why karate, jujutsu, krav maga, kickboxing, kung fu, exist [...]

Your Concept of Violence 2016-11-15T05:01:17+00:00