The Use-of-Force law, as it is practiced within the State of New York, has many similarities to other states. Therefore, most of what I have said, and what I will discuss, has relevance to all martial artists.
When I spoke previously about martial artists and the Use-of-Force, I knew that I was opening up a “can of worms.”
In regards to criminals having a firearm, an edged weapon, or a dangerous looking blunt force instrument (baseball bat, crow bar, ball peen hammer, etc.), you must always consider surrendering your valuables, if you cannot wind him with wild and reckless abandon marathon sprinting.
However, if you think that you will still die, even though you gave up your valuables without resistance, that is another story.
When a criminal thinks that you should be robbed and beaten, he counts on you to not report your felony beating to the police. (Felony beating means a nice stay at the hospital) This way, his reputation grows, and he will most likely see you as a nice ATM victim in the future.
Since he wants to haul off and knock you into the next time zone, he will be swinging with reckless abandon. This will be your moment to take advantage of this wild swing. An atemi at that moment might not really be necessary. Your criminal is using a blind rage guided muscle to your head area.
This fast momentum will be enough to throw him to the opposite side of the street with a little assistance. He will be hurt. He may want to sue, however, he might not.
I took the time to check with county court and state court records (felony cases) and I found that there are almost no cases of criminals suing for losing a fight during a mugging of their victims. Suing people is more popular with prisoners. It is only a lawyer, who wishes to make a harassment suit, and hoping for an out-of-court settlement. An out-of-court settlement doesn’t mean that the criminal won. It was cheaper for people to settle the case, rather than fighting and winning, some time in the distant future.
Aikido techniques are far more humane than martial arts that rely on striking techniques. I don’t argue that a little atemi would loosen someone up for a technique. However, my personal experience has been, criminals are masters of the sucker punch. That is what you must prepare for.
When people say that the USA has the most murders in the world, I argue that position. Possibly or maybe as a first world nation. As a third world nation, hootoos and tootsies, must have killed millions. Cambodia must have killed millions. The list goes on.
Spontaneous and instinctive training is necessary to make Aikido work in the street. I have tied people in knots on the floor with Aikido techniques. Granted, I also have the luxury of handcuffs.
People have to practice for the real world ever so often. It can still be safely done in a dojo environment.
(to be continued)
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Keoni May, a native of Hawaii, is an experienced aikidoka who has crosstrained in numerous Asian and western martial arts. He has compiled a series of thought-provoking observations on various aikido and martial arts related subjects to stimulate readers’ thinking.