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
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100+ Self Defense Techniques
In a recent post I read the statement was made that one's instructor was an expert in self defense and has over a hundred self-defense techniques he/she teaches and practices. This seems a bit off to me.
I can just imagine that all one hundred techniques are responses to very specific attack techniques. I would ask you this question, do you want to attack the technique? or, do you want to fight the fight?
If an attacker does not follow the rules of the attack-counter attack scenario taught by this instructor what do you do. I am trying to convey that if you are attacked do you want to focus on the incoming technique or would you get more bang if you just focus on being attacked and address that overall scenario?
I am not giving a good description, it is so difficult to write about this stuff. Hopefully, you will just read and say, hey I got to find out more about this stuff. I will try one last thing. If your attacked your response should be appropriate to that attack, not the techniques used in the attack. There is this huge mean bent on damaging you person doing you harm. You want to focus on avoidance, evasion and ending the damage - focus on that, not the techniques cause the guy is not playing by your rules in the dojo or self defense course of 100 self-defense techniques.
Take another look at Mr. Rory Millers video trailer and then find out how to get that kind of training and experience for self-protection/defense, etc.
Now, as to those 100+ self-defense techniques. I find value in them for a fundamental training session for martial artists. I find, like kata bunkai, kata and jiyu-kobo that learning the specifics like this programs the mind but where it dies on the vine is not many take it to the next step.
The next step being an individual thing. You, the individual can practice these techniques and make some decisions. You should feel how the work for you, your body and your natural abilities - natural is a key word here. You should over time feel if one or another feels natural. You know, like it happens without thought and seems to be as natural, somewhat, as walking. These are the ones you pair down to and really practice in a chaotic no hold barred reality based fashion.
Once you get them down to three or four naturally applied to any attack technique and it works using as close to reality based scenarios you may have found those good self-defense tactics - notice I said tactics, not techniques.
Use Rory Miller's "Dracula" defense technique in the trailer. The one where he is in protective gear along with two others gathering around the one guy when the one guy assumes the Dracula posture, drives through the attacker in the gear and leaves the scene. Now, to me, that is one very good self-defense tactic, i.e. tactic being several things to get to safety and not just one specific technique to counter another, etc.
Techniques are to specific, tactics encompass a set of actions necessary to gain safety, stop any damage or possible damage and not suffer the "afters."