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With over 20 years in the Martial Art and combat circle, I can tell you how to train, what to do or not to do in a self defense situation. My trainings included unarmed and weapons, so I can also answer weapon-related questions. I will and can not answer/give legal advice since the law differs from place to place. If you are seeking answers regarding legality issues, best find a lawyer.

Experience in the area

20+ years in various Martial Arts and combat trainings. - Brown belt in triditional Tae Kwon Do- trained from age 7 to age 12. - Basic Judo training- half a year at age 12. - Visited Thailand at 13, train in the Muay Sangha branch of Muay Thai kickboxing for half a year. - Joined the Taiwanese Military School's teen training at 14- completed the nine month training including knife fighting, long and short firearms, field-survival and close quarter combat. - Basic Taichi training at 15, also trained in the Southern King Cobra Kun Fu and the Iron Mantis Kung Fu. - Mixed fancing training from 15 to 17, including Epee, Sabre, cavalry, and Iaijutsu. - Achieved Brown belt in Shorin Ryu Karate- trained from 16 to 18. - Achieved Master level Counterattack training- from 18 to 23 and have been teaching it since. - Started recreational boxing at 24, and Yang Style Taichi Sabre fighting at 28. - Currently training in Krav Maga- aiming for instructor license. - Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training currently in progress. - Over 100 Mixed Martial Arts matches won, 28 losses. - Thwarted six attempted robberies. - Various street and real combat experience.


Richmond Martial Art



Master Level Counterattack Self Defense, Advanced Weapon Training, a year with the military, brown belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and Tae Kwon Do.

Past/Present Clients

Over 50 students.

What do you like about this subject?

To quote the Human Weapon series: "There are hundreds of fighting styles around the world, used by every people and culture..." There is always something to learn and experience in this area, and we're all students, no matter how long we've been training.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I want to reach out to people around the world, in particular those who feel that they really need to defend them selves, and give them the tools they can use to achieve their goal.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The best way to survive an attack is not to be there when it happens.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

They say that size does not matter in a fight, it's not completely true. A big Bruce Lee verses a small Bruce Lee, the big Bruce Lee will win eight out of ten times. When skills are equal, strength, reach and weight become the deciding factors.

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Recent Answers from Johnny St. Tai

2015-07-23 stun gun:

First please make sure that it is legal to own and carry one in your city- otherwise if you ever get caught with it it will be problematic.    here's a nice little guide to buying one:  http://site.stungunmikes

2015-04-01 self defense:

Bad Guy: "What the f you looking at you p***?"    Good guy: "Oh man I'm sorry, you look so much like a relaly good friend I've not seen for years...You wouldn't be Tom Goodwin would you?"    ----    Bad

2014-12-08 Roundhouse kick and back kick effectiveness in a "street fight":

That'd be like asking how useful is a screwdriver in building a house :) If you go into the fight specifically trying to make those kicks work, they won't be any good at all. But if you're so good at them

2014-02-16 boxing muay thai:

For beginning, invest in cheaper gear around $20-30 range till you're sure you'll be doing it for a long time.  Doesn't really matter on brand, just don't go for the expensive stuffs.  Wraps aren't strictly

2014-02-15 boxing muay thai:

Muay Thai and boxing arne't related. You can do one without the other. Running, skipping ropes are good starting training tools.  Find a good gym and try it, some of them offer free trial sessions.  Most


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