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Will you be up against someone with a gun, like what Clarence had to deal with, will you face someone with a knife or blunt weapon, will you be up against multiple armed opponents, multiple unarmed opponents, a much larger and stronger opponent, a trained martial arts opponent, or an average untrained person.
What is the most likely situation you will encounter?
With this in mind, and fantasies aside, let's describe our perceived advantages against each of these scenarios, with our empty hands training curricula.
I have been practicing martial arts for 35 years and the honest facts are: even after several years of grueling pain and effort, all but a few black belts remain at a significant disadvantage against someone experienced with a gun, knife, or stick, let alone multiple armed assailants. Against multiple unarmed assailants they still remain at a huge disadvantage.
Empty Hands practitioners have an even chance when facing a larger opponent or another trained martial artist. Empty Hands practitioners have an inherent advantage in only one category – over the average untrained person, the least dangerous and least likelyto be encountered.
This gameness or mindset or whatever you want to call it is controlled by the fight or flight patterns in the brain. When that point happens in a fight where it is lost, it is the point where “fight “ turns to flight.
Your ability to maintain the fight brain pattern is determined by your ability to maintain a focus and not lose it. Everything is against you from maintaining it, pain, injury, your surroundings, seeing a loved one, your own thoughts of losing. The longer the fight lasts the more prone you are to losing your focus. Your success lies in your ability to create this focus fast and keeping it.
The will to fight is shown in the face and in the eyes (the eyes are the window to the soul). If you look into the face of a tiger, your own will to fight disappears due to the over powering will of the tiger. In the same way certain people have that as well. Maybe some people are born with it; some are raised to have it. I use kata to develop it.
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE MURDER:
DESTRUCTION OF NATURE AND INTERHUMAN
VIOLENCE IN ADORNO’S CRITIQUE OF CULTURE
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