Saturday, February 1, 2014

What Traditional Martial Arts Won't Teach You!

The image above is from a video of a streetfight in Russia. But where it happened doesn't really matter because it involves the kind of violence we see on the news all the time.

The video (which is no longer available to watch), featured 2 victims who obviously didn’t want any trouble and continuously tried to back away… but the 3 predators kept closing the distance to attack.
Although no one is seriously injured in the brawl... mostly because of poor technique and the numbing effects of adrenaline... the assault only came to an end when one of the victims took a hatchet from the boot of his car.

Not surprisingly the predators scattered at that point. But wanting some sense of revenge, the guy then did a hatchet-job on the predator’s car (see image above).

None of what I've described so far sounds anything like what you see in most martial art schools… and yet it’s exactly what happens in most street brawls. So here are the important points you need to be aware of if you're thinking of learning any form of self-defence :

1)  Firstly, predators don’t want to get hurt – they just want to hurt their victims. So once they've selected their victim, they close the distance (get in your face) and launch a 'surprise' attack.

2)  No matter what you say to them, all they will hear is “Blah, blah, blah.” They don’t care what you say… they just want to hurt you. And that's why most people get punched while they're trying to say "I don't want any trouble....."

3)  Try not to let them get close enough to grab you... especially if there is more than one attacker. Move back, move around. If they do grab you go 'survival'... attack the eyes and throat... or even bite!

4)  Predators will continue to attack until they’re hurt, or until they think they're going to get hurt. In the video you will see one of the young predators launch a series of wild punches that don’t connect.  But he continues to attack, simply because he hasn't been hurt in any way.  And that brings us to the next point…..

5)  It helps to have at least one strong strike... a palm-heel, a punch, or an elbow. Otherwise just go 'survival' and attack their eyes, mouth, ears and throat. Keep in mind that if you can’t hurt them or frighten them, then they're not going to stop attacking you.

6)  Recent research has found that you can reduce PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) if you play an ‘active part’ in protecting yourself. In other words fight back... go on the offensive... show the predators that you’re not going to be a soft easy target.

7)  Another striking option is to use an E.D.O (Everyday Defence Object). Examples would be : a rolled-up magazine ; a small metal water bottle ; a tactical torch ; or a tactical pen. But whatever you plan to carry (or have in your car), you have to actually practice striking with it  every now and then.

8)  Even if you do manage to hit your attacker, keep in mind that you are both going to be pumped full of adrenaline… which makes the body faster, stronger, and feel less pain. So sometimes your strikes might not have much of an effect at all… so be ready to fight on!

9)  Finally, street violence is nothing like you see in the movies. It’s frantic and desperate... and that usually weakens the effectiveness of the punches and kicks.
So why don’t most martial arts classes take those points into consideration?  Well it’s all a bit of an inconvenient truth really... real violence is very unpredictable and messy.

In a street fight there can be more than one attacker, coming at you from different directions... one or more of them might be armed... and the attack can stop and start, and cover lot of ground. 

In contrast to that, most traditional martial art systems reflect a social etiquette and way of fighting that comes from another culture, and another time in history. In short, they are culturally-based, not reality-based. 

It's only in the last decade or so that a new approach to self defence has emerged. It's not limited by cultural training practices, and it's called : Reality-Based Self Defence (R.B.S.D.)   

This kind of training can be confrontational (emotionally), and often involves pressure-testing exercises. However it also involves an understanding of predator tactics... pre-fight and post-fight tactics... and an appreciation of the physical and psychological effects of adrenaline. 

But armed with this knowledge, what you'll discover is that you only need a few basic techniques to protect yourself effectively.

It's Primal Protection.


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