Archive for April, 2011
Perhaps the most important skill set that we can cultivate as Reality Based Self Defense (RBSD) practitioners is the ability to PREVENT violence and danger from coming our way. If violence does come our way though, the next best thing we can do is to ESCAPE the danger and go on to live a long happy life. Escaping actually flies in the face of most conventional martial arts training.
In conventional martial arts training, you’re taught to fully engage your attacker with striking, grappling and/or weaponry until you “win” the fight. In real life “winning” a fight is not what we’re shooting for, it’s all about SURVIVAL. So then, if survival of violence is our overall operational strategy, what tactics are we going to use to accomplish our goal? If you didn’t succeed in preventing the violence, then you have to as quickly as possible escape the violence.
I was a participant in several martial arts seminars where the A-list world renown master class teacher had to stop teaching in the middle of their seminar because they had something caught in their eye. They were rendered nearly helpless for several minutes because of this. I’ve also seen several A-list MMA fighters have to stop fighting for several minutes because they were jabbed in the eye. So, if some of the world’s top martial arts masters, as well as the world’s top ranked MMA athletes are stopped cold by eye attacks, then eye attacks are most definitely something we want to include in our Reality Based Self Defense tool box. Here are some drills to help you SAFELY practice eye attacks. Make sure that no one has their contact lenses in and that everyone’s nails are cut short and that everyone’s fingers are clean. Work these drills at about 40% intensity, if you want to amp up the intensity you’ll have to wear eye protection.
Criminals work best under the cloak of darkness, there is a direct correlation between low light conditions and violent crime, especially shootings. If we are going to be really honest in our Reality Based Self Defense training, then we have to ground our skill set cultivation in “what is.” Here are some essential DRILLS that will help us own the ever important SKILLS that will enable us to survive a violent encounter in low light conditions:
When I first began my Ninjutsu training twenty four years ago, there was a lot of emphasis on learning how to fight with old school Japanese weapons or protection tools. We trained with long staffs and swords as well as throwing stars and spikes.
It was fun pretending to be Ninja and Samurai warriors but what I really wanted was Reality Based Self Defense training. I discussed this with my teacher and he said that through training in historical based protection tools we were actually being trained in modern day reality based self defense. He went on to explain that there was FIVE PROTECTION TOOL CATEGORIES; impact, edged, flexible, projectile and combinations of the first four. He then said that any tool that we would deploy to defend ourselves has to fit into one of the five categories and that we will use the same body dynamics to use any of the protection tools. We wouldn’t have to learn different postures or striking/cutting methods for each different tool. I began to see the wisdom in this.What my teacher was doing was training us to USE ANYTHING AS A PROTECTION TOOL.
Imagine having the ability to knock somebody out using a single strike. Not an easy task under the stress and chaos of a real street fight, right? I mean by now you should know that when your adrenaline is jacked up, your fine motor skills, the ones needed to pull off complicated martial arts moves, goes flying out the window. The truth is that the only things available to you to defend yourself are gross motor skills — those techniques that don’t require a lot of practice to master and are so basic and powerful that they’re easy to employ even under the most violent conditions.
When people think about self defense, they most often think about punching, kicking, throws, etc.
However, have you ever thought about how you’d survive extreme self defense situations such as:
The Pentagon Channel’s 2011 Armed Forces Boxing Championship series is scheduled to begin airing April 30th at 2200ET.
You will also find it online on TPC’s Armed Forces Boxing page.
The Pentagon Channel captured all the action from this year’s tournament down at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and as we lead up to the launch, we’ll be releasing sneak peaks, promos and advance footage here on TPC’s Blog.
The video below is a profile package for the Army’s Toribio Ramirez who fought in the 132lb. weight class.
The Pentagon Channel is out with a new series on Close Combat. This show includes step-by-step demonstrations of techniques used in combatives training. Plus, all the ringside action in the light heavyweight finals form Fort Benning’s U.S. Army Combatives Championship tournament.
The Pentagon Channel is out with a new series on Close Combat. In this episode, a closer look at how each of the services trains in combatives. Plus, all the bantamweight action from the U.S. Army Combatives Championship at Fort Benning, GA.