Archive for October, 2011
One thing about being a member of the police service is that ethical, as well as legal, issues always come up involving the use of force. What is reasonable and what is not reasonable force? That is the question officers face daily. The levels of force options are well defined yet ambiguous at the same time.
The Bushido Code can help solve this dilemma.
Those in the military who wish to become non-military law enforcement officers must redefine their “Rules of Engagement” to comply with what applies to daily life as a street cop in the United States.
I borrowed the word “Integrative” to describe my approach to firearms training from “Integrative Medicine.” True Integrative Medicine uses FUNCTIONAL healing methods from all over the world, be they ancient or modern, eastern or western. They only thing that matters is if it really works. Likewise, in my Integrative Firearms Training Program we use methods that are both ancient and modern, eastern and western and most importantly fully functional. What I mean by functional techniques is that they have been pressure tested in an alive manner through force on force adrenaline stress conditioning. The way to do that is through Scenario Based Training.
In my blog post entitled “BJJ For RBSD” I covered several modifications that we needed to make to turn Brazilian Jujutsu into a viable Reality Based Self Defense method. There are two other important considerations that we need to be aware of as well.
The first is that in a real life ground fight, we’re not going to “submit” anybody. Let’s think this through, you’re attacked, the fight goes to the ground, you catch the bad guy in an arm bar, he taps and you let him go. NO! That’s ridiculous! All of the submission techniques taught in BJJ have to be taken to the point where you hyper-extend the joint so that it can no longer be used as a weapon against you. There’s no referee that’s going to stop the fight due to a submission. Be your own referee and tear your attacker up like a buzz saw.
“If you want to learn how to fight, you must practice fighting against someone who is fighting back!” Burton Richardson
I’ve been a fan of Guro Burton Richardson for nearly two decades. My recent blog post “BJJ For RBSD” had at it’s core Guro Richardson’s STREET RULES, namely the Weapon Rule, the Multiple Opponent Rule, the Slam Rule and the Bite Rule. These are very well laid out in his JKD Unlimited For The Street Association October 2011 E-Newsletter.
Brazilian Jujutsu (BJJ) has a lot to offer the practitioner of Reality Based Self Defense (RBSD), however there are several key modifications that we have to make in order to turn a sport submission grappling system into a functional personal protection ground fighting method.
If you’ve only practiced BJJ as a sport, than you’ve ben conditioned to leave your groin open to attack, as well as not seeing your attacker’s groin as a viable target. We have to protect our groin against both striking and grabbing attacks, while at the same time aggressively targeting our attacker’s groin.
It’s always fascinated me how the Chinese Martial Arts, particularly the internal arts of Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan and Bagua Zhang are inextricably entwined with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The interface between the martial arts and the healing arts were taken to the highest level in ancient China. TCM includes QIGONG longevity exercises, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Herbalogy and Nutrition. Many truly formidable martial arts masters were also powerful healers.
For a combatives system to be truly comprehensive it has to include these four broad categories in it’s training:
1. The use of AND defense against the FOUR RANGES OF UNARMED COMBAT, namely Kicking, Punching, Clinching and Ground Fighting.
The best self defense technique against multiple attackers is to not be where the bad guys are.
If you can avoid danger and are aware of your surroundings, you’ll get through life without ever having to bruise a knuckle.
The second best self defense technique against multiple attackers?
When it comes to surviving a real world street fighting — one where you’re surrounded by a group of adrenaline-fueled thugs looking to stomp you into oblivion with their steel-toed workboots — your best option is to run!
That may sound like a whuss move to you, but frankly, it’s most often your best one.
Remember, self defense is NOT about your black-ops assassin bag of tricks to decapitate every hoodlum in sight.
In fact, SURVIVAL is your only goal!
If you can RUN…then do it!
Jeff Anderson, Combatives and Fitness Master Instructor as well as the Founder and President of the International Society of Close Quarter Combatants; The World’s Premier Reality-Based Self Defense Resource, will be interviewing me tomorrow night, Thursday, October 13th at 9:00 PM EST. The theme will be “Modern Day Ninjutsu.”
To listen in, allow yourself to go to the ISCQC website at: http://iscqc.org/.
Professor Pedro Sauer, a certified 8th Degree Red/Black Belt under Rickson Gracie, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where from an early age, he began training in the martial arts. At age five, he began Western Boxing and later took up Judo and Tae Kwon Do. At age fifteen, however, his friend, Rickson Gracie, invited him to train in Jujutsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that Jujutsu was the most effective of all the martial arts for him, and he began training the very next day.