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Monday, May 25, 2009

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Does Size Matters in Self Defense?

From: Ultimate Defense System

david vs goliath 300x196 Does Size Matter When It Comes To Self Defense?

As a self defense instructor, one of the most common things I hear is “I just don’t think I’m strong enough to defend myself!”

Usually, it’s a small female, sub 100 lb’s telling me that she just doesn’t feel that she can defend herself against a large man attacking her.

And the cold truth is…she’s absolutely right…but there’s a catch!

Follow me here…

It’s not that she’s too small or too weak to defend herself.

Not at all.

It’s just that by ceonventional thinking, she simply doesn’t stand a chance.

Let’s build a character here.

We’ll call her Jenny. Jenny wanted to learn to defend herself, so she went with the “latest” fighting styles that are all the rage.

She learned some western boxing for quick hands, she learned some muay thai for deadly kicks, and finally she finished it up with a year of BJJ for some solid ground game.

So now we’ve got Jenny, our tough little MMA fighter.

But guess what, she’s still gonna lose that fight. EVERYTIME.

But it’s not because Jenny is too weak, or too small.

What it really comes down to, is the fact that she’s training to fight the opponent physically. She’s training to punch harder, kick faster, etc…

But no matter how hard she can punch, how fast she can kick, or whatever, their will always be someone stronger.

So what is Jenny to do? Is her self defense journey pointless?

Not even close my friend…

Instead, Jenny must throw away traditional “Physical” fight mentality and learn what I call “Psychological” fighting skills.

So instead of that front hand jab, we use an eye flick, which can disrupt an opponents vision and temporarily blind them.

Instead of a hook punch, you use an ear slap, which blows the opponents equilibrium and gives you valuable time.

By using attacks that not only do PHYSICAL damage, but has PSYCHOLOGICAL damage, such as scrambling the opponents brain and temporarily blinding them, you can BYPASS the physical.

And the best part is that you don’t have to go practice for 10 years in a dojo.

Theres no fancy head kicks, no crazy joint locks.

Real self defense is about the simplest and dirtiest moves you can use.

So next time your practicing up on your self defense moves, take a step back and look at what your doing.

Ask yourself, would this work on a man 120 lbs larger than me? (Yes, this rules out 90% of wrist locks)

Then ask yourself if you feel you could pull it off in a stressful situation where words and hormones are flying.

If it fails either of these tests then chances are it’s not the most effective self defense technique you could be practicing.

You don’t have to be in great shape to defend yourself, but you do have to have a smart approach.

Otherwise…well…there’s always someone out there who’s just a bit faster, a bit stronger.

~武德为首, Martial Art Morality comes first

Friday, May 22, 2009

Martial Virtue

From: Richard Northwood

All traditional martial arts have a code of conduct. When people are taught how to fight, it is extremely important that they are able to keep out of trouble. For a person who is trained to fight can easily resort to violence unless they are disciplined. The Chen family are no exception, and they have twenty disciplines:

1. Do not bully others.
2. Do not oppress the weak.
3. Do not be a coward; help those in peril.
4. Do not engage in unlawful acts.
5. Do not use skill for immoral acts.
6. Do not be arrogant.
7. Do not sell/exhibit skill indiscriminately.
8. Do not join illicit gangs.
9. Do not waste time in idleness.
10. Do not be conceited and boastful.
11. Do not compete with the arrogant.
12. Do not argue with the ignorant.
13. Do not be influenced by worldly possessions.
14. Do not seek undeserved wealth.
15. Do not indulge in alcohol and lust.
16. Do not be in public or personal debt.
17. Do not obstruct public or personal efforts.
18. Do not hunger for power and position.
19. Do not be a traitor.
20. Do not neglect your training or waste your skill.

So when you start a martial art, ask if they have a code of conduct. Does it make sense? If there are no rules for conduct, consider that you may be putting yourself in danger.

~武德为首, Martial Art Morality comes first

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Street Fight Vs Self-Defence

From: Martial Jesse Crouch

Street fights greatly differ from self defense situations. Even on the 'rule-less' street there are rules, mores and unique environmental factors that exist during fights that do not in self defense scenarios. I talk a lot about the two and it should be understood that they are very different from each other.

Street Fight
Sometimes planned. Generally, all participants can see signs of a fight coming.

Victim has no plan. Often planned by attacker.

Often has many observers. Many are close to those fighting.

Attackers work to make sure their victims are as isolated as possible.

Is often understood to be one-on-one and not multiple attackers

Attacker wants odds on his side as much as possible. Multiple attackers common. Will rarely attack groups of people.

Doesn't usually involve weapons

Often involves weapons, sometimes victim has a weapon as well.

Often a feud between people. Goal is to 'win' the fight and usually does not involve death. Sometimes seen as a fair way to settle a dispute, but can also just be a way of signaling dominance.

Goal is some sort of property theft - money, life, etc. Not about winning or losing.

Often has understood rules that vary greatly depending on the fight. Cultural values reflect highly here and 'dirty fighting' techniques are sometimes frowned upon. Examples: no eye gouging, no groin shots, no kicking, no biting, etc.

Absolutely no rules.

These are general differences. The chart is purely for reference and to understand that there usually are differences between the two. These specifications vary greatly between situations.

~武德为首, Martial Art Morality comes first

Monday, May 18, 2009

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Breaking Boards for Charity

From: Postar

HUDSON FALLS -- The sound of snapping boards and spirited yells resounded off the walls of Murray’s Family Martial Arts Center on Sunday, as more than 100 people participated in the center’s charity board break.

The "Kicks for Kindness" event sought to raise money for Desma Degraw, a second-degree black belt who was diagnosed with breast cancer last December.

Participants with a variety of skill levels lined up to kick or punch their way through 2,009 boards in two hours. While some children punched through a thin stick, those with more experience broke through several layers of lumber.

The symbolic act served as a display of perseverance in the face of adversity, a skill set students say was ingrained through their practice of martial arts.

"It just makes you keep going," Degraw said.

For Degraw, the skills learned in her years of Taekwondo practice helped her stay optimistic in spite of what otherwise might be a grim situation. She pointed toward the repeated efforts necessary in perfecting a move or a form with teaching her persistence.

"It keeps you focused," she said. "You don’t spend a lot of time worrying about the what-ifs."

Degraw, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatments to cure her cancer, plans to have a double mastectomy performed this week, which will remove both breasts and a portion of her lymph nodes.

"I’ll be all right," she said. "I’m not too worried about it."

She credited her teacher, Bob Murray, for instilling her with courage and persistence.

"I figure cancer’s no worse than having him back you into a corner and pummel you for a while," she told the crowd.

The event raised about $9,400 for Degraw, who has been unable to work since undergoing treatment. Local businesses donated items to be auctioned off during the event, while Murray’s daughters and a number of others cut hair and sold refreshments outside.

~武德为首, Martial Art Morality comes first

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Grip of Death

The first simultanous hit to the back and front is to the demonstrator's Kidney and Groin. The rest of it is a mystery to me. Feel free to leave a comment if you have a deeper understanding on this.

~武德为首, Martial Art Morality comes first