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Lack Of Realism
This kind of confidence would be fine if it weren’t for the fact that the conditions under which the techniques are practiced are completely unrealistic.
Aside from the lack of realism in the type of environment in which the techniques are practiced, and also the lack of any real pressure and the knowledge that no one can get hurt, the single biggest factor lacking in these scenarios is the psychological shock element.
Point a rubber gun at someone and they barely flinch. Point a real gun at someone and convincingly threaten to kill them if they don’t do as you say, and that person will likely ##### themselves and do exactly as you say. They’d be mentally terrified and physically frozen. It’s kinda hard to pull off a good disarm technique when you’re in that kind of shock. I’d say it’s near impossible.
~HoshinThe one flaw in disarm teachings I see over and over is that there is usually little or no thought put into the conditions or the scenario of the confrontation.
That picture is a representation of the woe that I feel every time I see a picture or a video of someone disarming someone else of a knife or a gun. Without exception, in these videos, the person doing the technique is invariably calm, relaxed and unhesitant in their response. Their movements are quick and smooth. They make the whole thing seem effortless (it’s very much like watching someone do a magic trick actually).
And that’s because disarming a fully compliant training partner who has a rubber knife or gun trained on you while you both stand in a matted training area, is effortless. With just a little practice, it can become ridiculously easy to disarm someone who is holding a (fake) weapon on you.
The relative ease with which you are able to do these techniques is an underlying problem associated with these magic tricks, because it creates a sense of false confidence in the practitioner. After a few hundred repetitions, a person could start to feel like they really could disarm someone of a real knife or gun if they had to.
Although let’s be clear here: The chances of you actually taking a knife of someone who really doesn’t want to give it to you, and to do so without sustaining (potentially serious or fatal) damage, are slim to none. I’m not saying you couldn’t do it cleanly, without taking damage. Anything is possible. But really, when you think about it, what are the odds?
More importantly: Are the consequences of trying and likely failing worth it to you? I guess that would depend on how much danger you thought you were in at the time.
Another thing you should be aware of: If someone really wanted to stab you, you probably wouldn’t know it until after you’d been stabbed, or at least attacked in some way.
Someone who threatens with a knife is doing just that, threatening you, not attacking you. They are trying to scare you into giving them what they want. This will be clear in their instructions to you. Listen to them and give them what they want and you will most likely survive the encounter unscathed (physically anyway)
what are the odds?
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