I talk to Matt Thornton. Matt is the founder of Straight Blast Gym & a BJJ Black belt. We discuss what lead him to emphasise training against resisting opponents in a concept he developed called Aliveness. Also how cross-training in multiple arts can teach you the delivery systems of each style while also identifying the common themes between them all, which he considered fundamentals. Finally, how real-life testing can lead to critical thinking skills to help you identify the truths found in martial arts.