When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
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
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
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Techniques vs. Concepts (Like - tactics vs. strategies)
In some of these McSelf-defense Places they will heap on the sales pitch that their techniques will save your ass in only two weeks of training yet as you study violence and self defense, see links to the right please, you find that there are no one or even two-three techniques that will save your ass BUT there are concepts and application of same that in school yard scuffles will save you from the bent nose syndrome.
Because I am not an expert on this the following are provided ONLY to get you to do some research that looks for "concepts" that can achieve this goal.
1st Concept: have a goal or focus before you encounter any school yard scuffles. I hope you actually know how to avoid them or deescalate them but if you guys insist on coming to blows make sure you worked out and practiced-practiced-practiced those concepts that will allow you to avoid nose damage.
2nd Concept: Move! Don't just move back although when a fist is flying instincts from mother nature will want you to pull back away from the danger. When I say move practice-practice-practice having a fist come toward you then adjust that instinct a bit and move back and to one side or the other. Look at a clock and facing your partner, testing/practicing, as noon so you move to either 8 or 4 o'clock. There is more to this type of practice and you need to find it and study it completely and then practice-practice-practice (see bibliography if you can't get google to cough it up). The books author calls this slipping I believe ...
3rd Concept: As you move you can learn to parry, block or deflect the incoming fist. This too requires more than what I am posing here yet my goal here is to provide guidance in further studies and what I mean by concepts vs. techniques.
4th Concept: Create space and time. If you can learn to move and then parry-block-deflect you can use these to create a time and space avenue of leaving the area and get to a safe place. Example is to step into the advancing opponent while stepping to eleven or one o'clock, deflect, turn-twist following his momentum and then shove hard at the shoulder with left hand while right deflecting hand pushes the elbow or upper arm so the top goes much faster than legs and he falls allowing gravity to do its thing thank you very much Mr. MacYoung :-) Now, run like hell and get the hell out of dodge. The guy if he does get up after the fall will be wondering what happened and where the hell did you go.
Get my drift? Don't let yourself get caught up in a prideful mental state where you "have to do it manly way," run away. By not losing, by not allowing yourself to get hit, you didn't lose and he didn't win. Great!
MacYoung, Marc. "A Professional's Guide to Ending Violence Quickly: How Bouncers, Bodyguards, and Other Security Professionals Handle Ugly Situations." Paladin Press. Boulder, Colorado. 1996.
p.s. notice how I kinda borrowed some of his euphemisms only a bit toned down hehehehee