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Subject is 'Real stuff that will work when it has to', meaning self-defense techniques, tactics or strategies-no limits here-
Destroy the sight, breath or mobility of anyone who threatens me. Only these three things come close to a guarantee. A punch to the head can cause a concussion but a concussed person can still kill. A person with no eyes will have a very hard time hurting you. A person with no ability to breathe has only one thought - his next breath. And if his mobility is gone, you can escape or deal with him at your leisure.
1. Attack. Every move has to be an attack designed to achieve one of your strategic goals. Attack hard, attack first and attack without let-up. Make him be the one to fight the defensive battle. If you have the presence of mind to have a defensive manouver that double as an attack, ok. but block then attack
is only good for sparring, not fighting.
2. The problem is that the eyes that will immediately stop his attack are hard to get to and the 'iffy' leg, knee, ankle busters, tho easier to do, are less successful as a 'dead' stopper. This leaves the throat as easier to get to than the eyes and more successful than a leg buster. Of course, for breath, we only attack the throat - the solar plexus and the short ribs will only hurt untrained, low adrenalized guys that aren't wearing a coat!
If I'm being rushed in a 'canyon' -no chance for lateral movement like when you are in a parking lot between two cars, my Shorin-ji takes over and I'll meet the attack with a thrusting 'stop' kick, either a front kick or a side kick, driving forward. I practice and get my students to practice against the rushing charge of a very large guy to develope the stopping power. Then on to my main goals...
If I'm being seriously threatened by someone bigger, younger and stronger than me, I will
open the dance with a first strike, a rising shuto to the throat.
I will also do my best to be armed when this attack happens. Shelly, you have the right idea but the keys in the fist are overrated. Hit a punching bag hard with this weapon and see what happens - if you don't get his eye, first stike, you will most likely be incapacitated. Since I seldom go anywhere without 'practicing' being armed, I usually have something in my hands all the time, or very close. Favorite non-weapons; steel rulers, paperweights made of stone or steel, pop bottles, scissors, etc, etc.
you go to the effort to condition your hands to take the force of a punch to a bony protrusion, do open hand shots only. Punching to the skull with an unconditioned hand is like smashing your hand with a hammer, then defending yourself. Open hand combos, shutos, ax hands, chin jabs, palm heel strikes etc must be trained if you need serious self defense.
This training technique I give to you FREE! Hang a baloon from a pin in the ceiling at eye height and every time you pass it, do an eye strike. Draw an evil face on it and up your targeting accuracy. Next, have a partner move the ballon around the house so you come across it unexpectedly and eye strike, eye strike, chin jab, throat strike that sucker into oblivion!!
If you can't get anyone to play "Kato" for your Inspector Cleuseau, at least always pretend that he is there, especially in your yellow light zones.
The martial arts have been my life since 1972. Karate is like ballet to me, an epitome of what a human can do in a fighting (dancing) situation. But ballet is only good if you are on a stage wth the right kind of music and are an incredibly gifted athlete and then they still get hurt. 99% of most formal martal arts is like ballet, stretching our abilities to the utmost but so rarified as to be useless when the feathers hit the fan. You can't do ballet on a crowded dance floor even if it is the highest form of dance and not all martial arts techniques are designed to be practical. When it comes to life saving fighting, simple and ferocious will do more than trained and complicated.
Make sure your training includes some down home boogie woogie as well as the ballet!
The other way I look at this question is: your son is going to jail for some stupid putz mistake in judgment and you have three months before sentencing - what do you teach him about fighting in jail?
I haven't posted much to this Uechi site so I guess you guys now all know at least one topic that makes me sit up and howl!!
The Fighting Old Man
[This message has been edited by Sochin (edited 09-04-99).]