“Simple Self Defense,” by Captain Chris

“Real martial arts training can’t be rushed. Despite what instructors who work for black belt mills and McDojos say, it takes years to learn a martial art. It could take up to five years for a student to earn their black belt from a legitimate martial arts school, but you might not have that long. You aren’t going to live at the school until you’re ready for a street fight and thieves, rapists, and murders aren’t going to wait around until you know how to fight back. While martial arts training can take years to learn, the fundamentals of self defense don’t take very long at all – allowing you to have time to train in whatever style you enjoy.”

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  1. From the same link…

    Posted on Sunday, 4th January 2009 by Captain Chris

    A lot of martial arts don’t teach actual fighting techniques. That might sound surprising after all you have seen people thrown and even seen bricks and chunks of ice smashed to pieces. You have even seen fighters lay on the mat bleeding during a mixed martial arts match, but while all those techniques are awe-inspiring they aren’t meant for fighting. A real fight is a knock down drag out bloody affair where there is always the chance that someone might get killed. Often times even in the most brutal of sports the fight is stopped before fighters get to that point in a match. For a real fight that can take place on street, in a subway, car or anywhere else you find yourself during your daily routine you need real fighting techniques.

    Many grown men don’t even know how to throw an effective punch that will hurt their attacker more than it will hurt them. Boxing or Muay Thai will start you off and give you an idea of how to strike, but in a real fight you don’t wear gloves and there is a good chance you will be grappled. Also what will you do when the fight goes to the ground which almost always happens? You can’t explain that you didn’t learn that, and it isn’t part of your style. Judo is a great sport, but when your clinch fighting or grappling on the ground do you know how to end the fight quickly and deal with a weapon? Fighting techniques are all about dealing with the unexpected and surviving.

    Real fighting techniques are usually whatever has been banded from more civilized sports. In boxing for example you can’t punch your opponent in the groin, bite them, gouge out their eyes with your fingers, or give them in a head butt. While this makes for a fair and safe match on the street those are all things you want to do to help you survive. Even sports with weapons are having restrictions on what can be used, but don’t let that stop you during a real fight. Even the most skilled martial artist will pickup a broken bottle from the ground or a knife off the counter and uses them if they have the chance to supplement their training. When you’re in a real fight you aren’t in a show and you aren’t trying to score points so don’t hold back when it comes to your techniques.

    Tags: fighting techniques

  2. There are a lot of misnomers.

    “Martial Arts”
    The first is the word “Martial” Art.
    Martial means war.
    To “go to war” takes about 30 seconds to realise someone is invading.
    Many will cower. Others will become killers instinctively but simply being innovative.
    To train a soldier for war takes about 6 weeks.
    To be “Martial” all you need is to be able to do simple kill techniques that work and to take orders.
    So much for “Martial” arts “taking a “long” time.”.

    The Will to Kill
    Indoctrination and command reaction can take a little longer in normal people and can take up to five years military training.
    It fails with older people who have woken up sufficiently to eschew being manipulated by wrongful “authority.”

    “Self Defence”
    Despite the veneers, most violence is covert and society is full of dirty little secrets.
    Disillusion yourselves! Kids leave home because the “street” is often the safest place they can find.
    Real “self-defence” implies a lot of things including how to manage your health and hygiene, your money, your mind, your legal rights, how to vote, how to live in a safe environment and how to properly and responsibly bring up your children by being there for them.
    You don’t get to choose the bulk of the perpetrators of violence and violation; your relatives, family or parents.
    Statistics show relatives are the majority offenders in matters of violence and strangers in the street the fewest. But don’t discount these, although they are fewest, many can really bad and very dangerous.
    Anyone having worked in mental health, mediation and police HAS TO LIVE IN A DIFFERENT TOWN because the psychic burden of knowing the ongoing violences, sexual abuses, misuses of authority and all the rest makes it impossible to walk up the street without seeing someone you know is either a perpetrator, a victim or both.
    These ongoing interpersonal societal violences and abuses most people like to live in the pretence things are otherwise CAN NOT be addressed by way of murdering your assailant!! That simply compounds the problems.
    Other skills and help are required.

    Paranoia and unconscious behaviours will not only invite problems but manufacture them when they did not need to exist.

    Awareness is a good thing.
    Advance noticing and thinking clearly is the heart of true Budo and violence PREVENTION.
    Indeed, that does improve with time and practice that is well rounded, open minded and eclectic, as well as a job as a professional protector of some kind

    “A loooooooooooooong, loooooooooooooong, tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime.”
    A long, long time is as form of self hypnotising spiel used in advertising dojos for unemployed would be senseis who want to keep taking your money.

    To Avoid, To Kill and Choices
    To avoid trouble mostly takes reasonable common sense.
    To kill takes a few seconds and in most cases no training at all.
    The desire to kill is not common in most people who are not psychotic.
    Therefore most people will fail in combat self defence, no matter what martial sport they practice.

    Time, Each Moment
    What does indeed take time is becoming awake, through the discipline of regular training used to supplement a lifestyle choosing not to live asleep of reality. This is a never ending and ongoing journey. Awakening or that much misused word “enlightenment” is never sudden or unearned. Waiting for it to just happen takes millions of years. One life as an active and discipline Budoka, choosing to meet reality, by climbing the mountain of personal challenge as a choice, instead of just waiting at the bottom, may take “time.” Every day. Awakening is progressive and never ends.

    Waking Up
    Properly addressed Budo training is a superlative path for supplementing a productive life and getting on with the business of waking up to the immense creative human potential we are currently squandering as a species.
    It’s a start and a good one.

    There is more to life than fighting or obsessing with fighting when no real need to fight violently exists.
    And yes, it is impossible to address intense violent action by trying to “fight gently” or with ideas.

    In the movies, the “hero” or perpetrator rides off into the sunset. In real life there is a little matter of mopping up ; the inevitable follow up, some paperwork, court appearances, accountability and enclosed spaces with metal bars.

  3. “Denial”
    Denial is not an option.

  4. …there are simple, if crude, techniques: strikes, kicks, a simple joint lock or two, that can and should be learned quickly. they will improve anybody’s chances in an encounter. employing them requires awareness and will.

    beyond that, those who train long term will gain some incremental technical advantage, preserve and enhance proficiency in basics, and retain good physical condition. they may even find something more than they originally signed up for. but long term training is the exception rather than the rule. motivations undoubtedly vary, but the dojo is there to serve them.

  5. “…murder[er]s aren’t going to wait around until you know how to fight back.”

    In New York City, the average murder rate for the years 2000, 2001, and 2002 was 8.1 per 100,000 population. (Bowmaker, Simon. Economics Uncut: A Complete Guide to Life, Death, and Misadventure. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Publishing Ltd., 2005).

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