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Hey, NOTHING here is PERSONAL, get over it - Teach Me and I will Learn!

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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My System has a Atomic Back-fist ....

Once, long ago, say around 85 this black belt started a training regimen at the same location where I happened to have a dojo. He took the space the two hours before my allotted time for same space. He and I began to work for the last fifteen minutes of his space time. He kept talking about how powerful his back-fist was and kept zinging them into my face.

I asked him to go ahead and hit me with all he had in his back-fist to my face. He kept saying he couldn't or he would break my cheek. I said go ahead and we got on the floor and zing, snap, splat on my right cheek. I smiled when he turned back to see if I was still standing. He was absolutely shocked.

Now, yes, his fist hurt but it caused no "damage." None, zilch, nothing. He could not understand why because he had been using this his entire time as a karate-ka. I said to him, body mechanics. Now, understand that was in 85 and no one had broken down in fine details what that actually meant because today I don't care for using body mechanics but none the less this guy had not concept of power and how to apply it. I suspected rightly so that he spent a good deal of time either sparring for points or competing in tournaments for points.

His back fist was lightening fast and got in and out the same, fast. He could score points fast but .... now it is that butt that gets you every time.

The moral of this story: "You are getting screwed by your 'self-defense' training?" by Marc MacYoung. I provide this link because he has the experience and expertise so you may take his stuff to the bank, it is cold hard cash. Really well posted on such things for the moral of my story is to lead you to his and then to "think" about what you perceive as your system and its benefits toward self-defense.

What if? The "what if monkey." What if this guy in 85 had gotten into a situation where he needed his stuff and did this fast back fist to some huge bear of a real bad guy - toilet paper, the guy would wipe his toosh with his face.


Rick said...

I think that one of the biggest misunderstandings in martial arts that comes from non or light contact point sparring is that if you touch your opponent, he's doing to disappear in a cloud of smoke.

Colin Wee said...

The other big misunderstanding is flashy long range technique wins over boring basic short range technique.

I once took a full powered axe kick to the forehead to prove a point. The visiting BB thought that this was a great knockout blow - but she wasn't landing it on any of my lower belt students. And her mind wasn't 'opened' to the issue as you've so correctly put it ... point sparring will get you eaten when you most need it.

I took an axe kick. But I gotta give it to you ... I wouldn't volunteer my face for a backfist.

Good post, Charles.


Charles James said...

Thanks Colin, much appreciated. Thanks Rick, thanks for the invite via email.