I believe what Coach Blauer was trying to convey in his tape, was do not let the attacker know that you have any martial training by immediately showing a martial arts stance which would make the attacker aware that a physical confrontation is evident.
This may work better for males attacked by other males. A female who shows that she will be a threat by immediately using a martial arts stance may scare the attacker away if the attacker was not prepared to have the victim fight back
. Some research has proven this to be effective. Tony Blauer brings up the case of Albert DeSalvo (the Boston Strangler) who raped and killed many women. When asked why he murdered and raped so freely he stated that the women failed to fight back, not just physically, also verbally. Whenever someone resisted his threats, he turned and ran. Of course, this happened over 35 years ago when research of the serial killer’s traits began, and scenario training was in its infancy.
A submissive stance (maybe we should say non threatening
instead of submissive) might include the hands up in crane position, (palms facing forward) with the elbows in Sanchin, signifying a stop sign. The lower body mechanics however should not be in any forward, cat or leaning type stance as this would definitely signal a full martial stance and would actually invite a physical challenge. By practicing to defend from a neutral stance, you are conveying a submissive posture
and will not be perceived as a threat to the attacker. Your arms being in that position will help if the perpetrator makes a move to grab or hit.
Do not invoke submissive speech while the verbal exchange is taking place. By using questions such as how would you feel
if I were your girlfriend/wife/mother and this was happening to her. Try to get the attacker to think emotionally. It may help diffuse the argument. Avoid asking questions such as what would you do if… You just might get an answer you will not like. Remember not everyone thinks alike and the verbal questioning may backfire. By being in a non threatening stance
you will have the element of surprise at your disposal in case the attacker initiates a physical attack.
Do not ever believe an attacker if they state that “If you do not resist, I will not harm you”. The only thing that will accomplish is that they will have their way with you, and will still hurt you. If not physically then most certainly emotionally!
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I am not suggesting that the submissive posture doesn't work ever when using verbal defense prior to an attack - only that I believe it is much less likely for that to work for a female. For females I prefer the strong verbal response at the verbal stage of the attack - using the submissive strategy after the attack begins - that is IF the presence of mind can be kept to remember to use it under the chemical response of the body to stress/fear.
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Acronym for FEAR… F
I am not sure I agree with a submissive strategy after the verbal exchange has failed to work. When you now act on an attack, you must unleash the hidden (by submissive posture) tiger within and explode with multiple techniques. The element of surprise is now in your favor. Be prepared to run if the attacker withdraws or is knocked down to the ground.
If we can invent a VSD kihon that we can practice in our scenario training, in the dojo, then the chances of performing with the correct posture and verbiage will not fail. You will do as you practice!
[This message has been edited by LenTesta (edited August 25, 2000).]