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Consider learning a self defence system instead of a martial art If getting good at defending yourself in a fairly short space of time is more important to you than long-term study of a particular martial system or philosophy, you may wish to consider a self-defense system instead of a martial art. In an essay titled, "Are Martial Arts Self-Defense?", Marc ...


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First, each art and instructor is going to approach this differently. Most everyone that I've trained with over the years has, at least somewhat, agreed that aliveness is a vital component. Unfortunately, there's no way to truly prepare; at its worst, we still always know that our training partners are not going to kill us. Part of the mental preparation ...


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That misconception doesn't just exist in the USA, I have heard of it since I was a kid, and is most likely a product of Hollywood. In the country of New Zealand, there is no differentiation in law between a trained martial artist and the ordinary person on the street. You have no extra legal obligations than the normal person next to you. But much like a ...


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Sometimes the right answer is to walk away, sometimes it is to give them your wallet... When is it time to leg it? Always. You always need to get away. If you're going to try to walk away, you need to make sure you can keep them in your sight until you're at a safe distance. Distance is determined by the threat of their weapon's reach. If they are ...


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Yes, depending on your definitions of martial arts, inadequate, and real world. No, depending on your definitions of martial arts, inadequate, and real world. Surviving an attack (or combat) is all about stacking the deck in your favour: martial arts (arts of Mars, the God of War) do help, so do guns, team mates, artillery, the police, not being there, ...


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Sam Harris wrote a good article on the principles of self defense. In summary (quotes are from the article linked): Principle #1: Avoid dangerous people and dangerous places. “What are you looking at, asshole?” “Sorry, man. I was just spacing out. It’s been a long day.” De-escalate and move on. Principle #2: Do not defend your ...


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Interesting... Assumptions Consider for a moment the "Chainsaw-Wielding Killer" of your apparent nightmares. Assume, for a moment, a weight of approximately 8.3 lbs. (Roughly 7.4 lbs. for a lightweight chainsaw, another .9 lbs. for fuel, using the Stihl MS 192 C-E as a guide) – roughly twice the weight of a european bastard sword. Said killer could: ...


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Rory Miller has written a few books that talk about this topic extensive and provide a variety of drills focused around the mental aspects of self defense, specifically: Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected Drills: Training for Sudden Violence In Facing Violence he talks about the various stages of escalation in the real world and what, your ...


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I'm going to beat the dead horse I keep near my keyboard. I'm skeptical of any school that requires the student to perform any action that the student feels has the potential of being long term harmful. That's not a problem with the school/style, that's a problem with the teacher. As a counterexample, there are two of us who are currently preparing to ...


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There's this art form called Running. It defends against almost any handheld, especially heavy, melee weaponry. How to defend using Running Observe position of chainsaw and its wielder. Distance yourself out of arms (+ chainsaw) reach: this should be some six to eight feet. Turn away from the chainsaw. Engage feet and quads in Running. Do not stop until ...


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This will probably vary depending on where you are, but weapons law is generally fairly specific about what is a weapon and what isn't, and I think it's unlikely that you'll find martial arts training defined as a weapon. What you need to worry about more is the reasonable use of force. I know that in Australia (or at least, my state, Queensland), the laws ...


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Self-defense Scope Self-defense has many elements unrelated to hand-to-hand combat. Everyone interested in self-defense should wear a seatbelt, avoid smoking and addictive drugs, stay fit (in particular, capable of running very fast), and cultivate a basic knowledge of general self-defense strategies like being assertive, de-escalation, and situational ...


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OK, I've just watched the video. This situation was ludicrous. looking at the body language of the participants as the car approached, this probably could have been defused with a simple apology - there were words being flung but little more than that those two wanted to fight. They rolled up their sleeves and squared off. I'm going to refer to the ...


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I am myself in the Big Boy / Old Man category, so I feel your pain! Especially since you've been training in quite hard / high-impact styles. For the inflammation: ibuprofen (600mg, after training) ice packs or ice baths (lots of icing after training does wonders) frequent massage with arnica cream, dit da jow, or similar For your next training ...


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One of my instructors used to say that martial arts is only good if you know you are going to be in a fight. If you are attacked unexpectedly what will likely happen is you will have a natural instinctive reaction (fight or flight, flinch response). This is because you weren't in the mental mindset of expecting a confrontation (as you would be in a class or ...


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I've personally sliced my finger open from a kick before. If your grip isn't that great, you'll get cut, but a minor laceration is nothing compared to a gunshot would. Also, many external hammer pistols will not go off if the slide is pushed back a little it. On a side note, if you manage to grab the cylinder of a 6-shooter that hasn't been cocked (hammer ...


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The Kubotan (a trademarked name for what's otherwise called eda koppo or the similar yawara) is effectively a force amplifier, as you said. It's limited only truly by an individual's understanding of the weapon. Uses Striking By holding the kubotan in the middle of the fist, it acts as a fist-load. By laying the stick along the thumb, and using the thumb ...


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He had a choice, he made it by stopping his car, getting out of his car, by allowing his monkey brain to take charge. Talk about some stupid commentary afterwards by the newscasters.... Geez... Plus didn't Patterson have past issues with road rage/DUI's? As Marc MacYoung said the number one pre-attack indicator is you being an asshole. I doubt Patterson ...


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I've had to answer this question a lot over the years, and used to have a link on my old computer about where that came from: Essentially, the rumor of martial artists having to register their hands as lethal weapons stemmed from boxing, where a boxing promoter once claimed his client had his hands registered as weapons... It was, of course, completely ...


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My understanding is that the major ramification is that it can make a self-defense plea more challenging because of the way a jury will perceive you. It's one thing to try and convince a jury that what you did to defend yourself was reasonable if you are wholly untrained. It is another thing entirely to do so when you're a 3 dan. Just a matter of ...


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There are a few different martial arts that focus in that area. Some traditional and some modern. It should also be mentioned that the art you practice regularly and reliably is the "best" art in this regard: A very experienced US Tai-Chi practitioner can still be very effective in a self defense situation, simply because they know so much about how to move ...


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One of my old instructor used to teach a couple of ways. 3-hour seminar One approach was a free, one evening seminar (3 hour long) usually offered in the first or second week of the term at a university. Obviously this was a very limited unit. The focus was on rape-by-force and rape-in-a-coercive-social-setting scenarios (not the whole story of course, but ...


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I was taught a drill by a Systema friend that may well be this one. I really liked it, because it allowed for mistakes and for development of positional understanding. Big for me, more natural for my friend, was development of creativity and free flow. We did not perform that drill in 'slow motion' - we performed it around half speed and with full intent. ...


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Assuming your not in the tragectory of the bullet when it's fired, you can obtain the following injuries: Friction injuries Thermal Injuries Lacerations Broken/Avulsed fingers The first danger, excluding the round, will be the slide. There is considerable amount of force exerted by the gas release and slide recoil. If you finger is trapped inside the ...


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Here are the basic principles I've been taught in regards to self defense: Be vigilant. The sooner you see the attacker approach, you better you can prepare for it--and even better avoid the situation entirely. Never assume the attacker is alone--even if you can't see their friends. Never hand the money to them, always drop it on the ground. If they bend ...


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You should first consider whether you can run away. No point in turning you back to the adversary unless you're quite sure he won't get you. Me, with my weight and bad knee, it would take an old mugger in a wheelchair before I'd consider this option :)


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Keep driving. If they follow you in their car, drive to the nearest police station. Or your dojo. (True story). The real answer: meditate daily as part of your martial arts practice.


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Sang Kim in Martial Arts After 40 gives some good advice, the most general point being the suggestion that older martial artists should consider switching from power styles to styles that emphasize precision. He specifically suggests considering weapons arts, to reduce wear and tear that gets harder to recover from as one gets older, as well as their ...


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Interesting. There are a lot of assumptions here. Let's cover the assumptions that you're making about the attackers first: A1Q - You seem to be indicating he's the lookout, as well as a fill in. His position would indicate that, if you're cornered, he's also closest to a wall. A2L - Being loud, barking orders, etc. is not indicative of a leader ...


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[Nota Bene: A lot of this is going to piss off a lot of you. I am most certainly NOT blaming any victims by saying any of this; I'm proposing a better way to prepare people for the harsh reality that certain people are just not nice.] What Is Rape? I wasn't going to answer this question. I like Sardathrion's comment that "Whatever you think you know about ...



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