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One becomes better at VSD or self defense with practice
No argument there Sensei. But where is the average karate person to get the "right practice" ? If one works as a bouncer, bartender,police officer,correctional officer etc., it is easy to get the right practice under fairly "realistic" conditions.
Well, sort of..because in the above situations one will find himself in his own, somewhat protected environment with available back up.
So the person's body alarm reactions will not be as extreme as an isolated encounter in a parking lot at three AM. Big difference!
VSD scenarios in the Dojo? Yes , useful, but only up to a point. It is not the same as practice against real lonesome, bewildering, mind numbing experiences.
And then it is matter of personal temperament. Some people may give the impression of doing well under controlled scenarios, but in the real thing, they act totally different in keeping with their genetic make up.
The way one's tongue wags under the kick of the cocktail, will give the assailant a perception of "aggressive response" _ " submissive response" __ or "noncommittal response"
All three are fraught with danger with individual pros and cons. Each response mode, along with tell tale body language, can result in either defusing or triggering/escalating violence.
Pretty tough calls to make__ out on the mean streets sometimes.
Pacifism can trigger unspeakable violence in some sick, distorted minds.
Mas Ayoob explains that criminals have twisted values, they consider normal people as their natural prey and resent any incursion on what they consider their God-given right to attack them.
When they perceive an ineffectual attempt to thwart them ..possibly by pacifistic language and or demeanor, they fly into a vengeful rage.
The VSD balance is a very precarious one, not ineffective, but not that easy to manipulate under extreme stress, and prone to many tactical errors.
Care to analyze the response modes as above?