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I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

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Going for a Head Shot

How many martial systems teach self defense where they tend to go for a head shot? Have you ever truly considered the repercussions for the head shot? What do you think a jury would view a head shot as in a criminal action? How much time have you devoted to the medical results to any and all martial system techniques when applied to another human being? Do you cover this in the systems fundamentals?

Recently reading a good book on stuff like this from a pretty good and reliable source who wrote that over eighty percent of those who arrive to an ER unconscious from a traumatic head injury, DIE. Even the ones who come in conscious and able to talk with a traumatic head injury, DIE (about fifty percent).

Now, the author states clearly that they read  somewhere that ... and then the stats above. As I try to continue understanding violence it occurs to me that if a martial system teaches self defense with out knowing all that this entails is putting two parties in extreme danger; especially if they promote a head strike. I recently reviewed some competitive video for self defense where a lot of punches/strikes land on the head, makes me wonder.

It never occurred to me that a head shot could be deadly, doah, or that head shots are almost always perceived by the laymen, i.e. jurors, as extreme and unnecessary. Doah! Just how stupid can anyone get...referring to me, K.

Do you teach self defense? Do you teach your students to go for the head? Hmm, are you thinking about it from a different perspective now? Being an instructor takes on more meaning every day I contemplate and train and practice. How about you?


Dr. Melissa Smith said...

This was a really interesting post. It should be possible to research / verify the statistics this author is citing.

The self defense I teach and have been taught is 95% about listening to your gut and walking or running away before physical confrontation arises.

As for the rest, I would say "if he can't walk, he can't fight," is a huge strategic component. I've been taught to focus on choking and blows to the side of the neck rather than blows to the head in terms of rendering people unconscious.

Charles James said...

Dr. Smith: Thank you for your comment.

It appears, according to some experts in this area, that any blow directed to the head is perceived as excessive.

I would also say due to its proximity the blow to the neck as you describe may be perceived as deadly.

I understand that jurors are fundamentally of this view so if it went to jurors one could be perceived as an aggressor using excessive force.

Those experts talk about how to handle this, etc.

Again, thanks,