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This is a great article! Thanks. I would only add that not all persons are immediately able to handle such stress when first starting Martail Arts. This could be quite traumatizing to persons who have been victims of domestic violence, or rape. Most of them will naturally freeze. This is something that needs to be overcome, but in a way that is not further traumatizing. Discretion is needed when using "real" situations.
By far the best article on self defense I have read in a long long time!! Finally I get to read words about things I know personally but for some reason falls on deaf ears a lot of times. When you are involved or have observed this kind of aggresion over and over you see the pattern of what real violence looks like and what you should be doing in training. Lots of true stuff in this article...should be read and listened to and not picked apart by "experts"....this is exactly how it is when the rubber hits the road!!
I'm a novice martial artist, but have had a life long interest in physical combat, self defense, etc. I've always felt that the "1 step, 2 step, 3 step" self defense sequences taught in many schools and at a lot of self defense seminars (while useful) often did the student a disservice by making them think the were now ready for anything when in fact they weren't very prepared at all. This article did an excellent job of explaining some things. I passed on the link to my kids. Thanks for posting.
Fantasic article, great advice
Rory, if you don't mind, can I copy this to my Blog? It is too good to let pass
Feel free, Patrick.
This was a fantastic read, thank you for posting. This actually was able to help me bring the correct words to my mind in regards to my thoughts on self defense. Too often I have seen self defense technuiqes taught that were so impractical, based off of thing's such as the amount of time given to execute them, or even in some cases for them to be damn near rehersed to actually work according to plan.
I believe this article really gives genuine insight into just how dark, or even ruthless being on the receiving end of an assault can be. Too often self defense is based off of the assumption the adversary will be some sort of goon. People don't want to believe that someone is capable of such a calculated and brutal set of thought process and actions.
In regards to self defense, this thought process should the baseline of any training. Of course now I am speaking in direct regards to people who are in a line of work where self defense is part of the job. There is a distinct reality between thinking you are able to defend yourself, and actually being able to defend yourself. One of the biggest crimes in my opinion, is people who have recieved inacurate or false information and believe they are capable of defending themselves when really they are not. It is in situations like that where people can be seriously injured or even lose their lives.
Overall, this is good insight into what, in the unfortunate event, someone could actually be up against in a real self defense situation. Very well written.
I was asked today to teach some basic DT stuff to a SORT team. Not only did I put something together geared towards their specific job function (as opposed to a regular LEO), but I'm going to hand this article out and recommend your books as reference.
Thank you and be Safe.
Rory's article brought back a lot of memories from my time working on a behavior ward. Most of the attcks were patient against patient but there were a fair number of attacks against the staff. You learned very quickly to keep your head on a swivel, to note patterns of movement or behavior and to postion yourself in relation to the patients so that you could not be surprised. Despite all this, surprises still happened. The sense of bewilderment that a sudden attack brings I can still recall. Then we had the problem that our responses were limited due to rules that we could not hurt the patients. This meant judo throws were not allowed and so were joint locks for control. For some unknown reason to me, I developed the habit of using a double palm heal push to the center of the chest when my attacker was in front of me. I never trained this technique in class, but I remember using it the first time and thinking, where the heck did that come from?
The result of my response was to back up the attacker, sometimes droppin them on their butt. This gave me time to then reposition and respond in ways we were allowed to do.
Chaos was a normal part of the daily routine. I do NOT miss those good old days.
This guy rocks! I use a lot of his material in my Women's Self Defense courses because I relate to him being a soon0to-be retired Officer myself (4 more working days)
He has a lot of depth and real world insights
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