Just completed a refresher safety / judicious application of force continuum by a certified state police weapons instructor / trainer in order to qualify for concealed carry permit renewal ! He also has considerable martial arts experience ! I thought it would be interesting to outline the classroom discussions in addition to range work with a .45 colt under simulated stress conditions at ranges from 3 ft to 21ft [ typical street encounter] :
1] The tough part of self defense is to make up your mind to do whatever it takes to stop someone from hurting you so you can disengage and get away ! Although your primary objective is not to hurt or kill your assailant , you may have to do this in order to stop him and survive ! This may mean doing something very nasty to someone , including shooting him , because you will be really scared and in animal survival mode !
2] Do not believe that size and strength of the opposition won't matter to you if you are a trained martial artist ! What usually happens on the street is that both you and your assailant will be in gross motor mode , because of the chemical cocktail , and but with a few exceptions , the fight will be decided by superior strength !
3] Under savage attack , you will be scared , partially frozen in denial , inaccurate with your shooting and or with your karate targeting techniques [ some of you will never reconcile with this fact] ! Manual dexterity will vanish , your skill level -both armed and unarmed - will diminish by 40% --your knees will weaken and you will do lots of flailing ; you will drop things , fail to go for cover , slip and fall on slippery surfaces and otherwise 'go totally stupid' unless you have been properly programmed under realistic conditions and over a long time span !
4] You will be astonished at the real possibility that the big crazy, adrenalized , mean , determined assailant[s] will not go down or even stop, after being hit by your strong empty hand techniques and or several pistol bullets center mass ! A crazed attacker with strong momentum will not feel kicks , punches or even nerve strikes ; will not even realize he has been shot or cut /stabbed until after he closes the distance and cuts your throat ! [ true life documented events] !
5] The way martial arts are taught today , are very marginal in street application ! Most of the techniques will not stop a big tough guy ! Thus the need for a force continuum concept with weaponry escalating from empty hands to less than lethal to full lethal !
Lots of our techniques as we practice them in our bunkais , going to the body and even face , are going to be ineffective against some thug twice your size chock full of adrenaline coming at you ! Think of nasty blows , soft tissue strikes i.e., throat , eyes, etc. ! Most effective ! Modify your bunkais for soft tissue strikes only . For example , stay away from nukite strikes to the rib cage [ useless] and bring them up into the throat area ! Bob Campbell showed me some variations that are truly devastating to the throat area ! think of upgrading your techniques to a no-nonsense delivery ! Embrace the mindset -will to survive - as an enhancement to your training experience ! Try to bring some of the real world into each training session !