Martial Art Techniques to Avoid in a Conflict

Martial Art Techniques to Avoid in a Conflict

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Expert Author Maurice Lorenz-Andree
Why, after an extensive 4-week self-defense training under one of our top 4th Dan's in London, did I fail to defend myself against a true, simulated and unpredictable street attack by an aggressive commando at a commando judo club. A true simulated rush of a street fighter, hell bent on bringing you down, takes approximately 3 to 4 seconds or less in a surprise attack.
I was very confident with the self-defense training I received in London which was very successful. I was confidently able to defend myself against a number of simulated urban attacks. In this commando simulated attack, I was not prepared for the speed of his attack. Besides, I attempted a typical Judo Self-Defense technique against an unpredictable, aggressive & fast moving attacker.
(a) I attempted to execute a Judo throw against this fast and aggressive attack.
(b) In doing so, I attempted to make body contact, to allow me to execute that Judo technique - I entered his area of potential control, his space.
With regards to (a), never attempt to throw a fast moving determined attacker because he will never give you the right opportunity to attempt that throw. If by some chance you are successful, he would more than likely soak up that throw as he hits the floor and that would really piss him off. Moreover, you are now entering his space giving him the opportunity to physically attack you. Whilst you are focused on stepping in to attempt your throw, his hands are free to strike you in every which way and he can easily kick you - you are totally vulnerable to his attack and it is a dangerous move to attempt a throw in an urban scuffle or in a bar.
With regards to (b), avoid entering his space, because an attacker's main purpose is to get close to you so that he can physically attack you. It is therefore very important to avoid close (body) contact with your attacker. When someone has grabbed you, or attempted to hold you, your first reaction is always to try and break away from him, your animal survival instinct is to escape. Therefore, DO NOT EVER give anyone the opportunity to get close to you.
Tip When squaring up to a commando, do not smile or grin at him. Honestly, he thinks you are taking the piss. No, you are not a judo friend; you are something that he thinks needs to be taken down painfully - happy memories of a painful experience.
The 42 Commando Judo Club taught their family members and ordinary student members, the difference between defending yourself in an urban brawl or in a bar against the lethal unarmed combat tactics the Commando's use against an enemy.
In a self-defense scenario, you walk away from a possible lethal confrontation, you avoid a possible problem. Avoidance gives you a 90%self-defense success rate. I have known many Self-defense teachers in the past, whose students are very apt in avoiding a confrontation or possible confrontation, and have not had to respond to a physical defense situation.
A commando is trained to seek his enemy, to maim or kill him; his mindset and purpose is to destroy and to succeed, he must use the most lethal means of attack. YOU ARE NOT A COMMANDO.
In self-defense, you should never attempt to throw your attacker, as mentioned above. Can you imagine a 10 stone young lady attempting to throw a 16 stone bruiser, who would simply grab her and take her down with him? There are rare occasions when an attacker does present himself for a throw, but that throw is not going to keep him down.
Another favorite Dojo "technique" taught to vulnerable young ladies is to place a hulk of a man into an arm lock when he grabs her lapel or arm OWO, brilliant, and these are often taught in many Dojos by "Black Belts"! It does not bear thinking what she is now, in a dark corner of a car park or side street, supposed to do with this man in an arm lock??????
If 90% of successful self-defense is based on Avoidance and Awareness, then what can you do when all else fails, and when there is no place to run to, or walk away from? In those critical moments, you must execute your physical response with minimum effort and maximum effect.

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