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Yellow Belt
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So in many of the posts in this thread people have talked about muscle memory and reacting spontaneously without thinking about it if you are in a self defense situation. So in terms of using martial arts in the street or in self defense you could say, "You do but you don't" and that's what it means.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can plainly see whats going on and what he is about to throw at you, or tries a common street grab, then you can unleash whatever you need to stop the threat, but if it leads to a full hands on brawl, it will probably be wild scrambling and most of your training has gone out the window. i dont count on this aggressor to throw a pretty karate style punch that will land on its intended target, what he will throw will be so sloppy that his punch to the nose will probably hit your throat. And he probably has a buddy coming up behind you. I think its good to practice at least your punching in funny positions, such as getting your bob bag in a head lock and punching his head, or hitting a heavy bag while its on the ground, etc.
At least you will probably be better at punching in general from any position than a normal person. There is no telling how you will actually be standing or sitting when you get attacked. I think you be able to counter instinctively at least starting out, but dont count on being able to square off in your fighting stance like in the movies.
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Location: Fort Drum, NY
Styles: Ryukyu Kempo

PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like what mirkoinbrazil is saying. I call this the difference between "fighting" and "self-defense." In my view, "fighting" is when you square off with someone. IMO, this occurs mainly when you meet after school to fight someone in the parking lot...or when you are in the cage for a competition. "Self-defense," alternatively, is when you are attacked on the street, in public, at the pub, wherever, when you don't have time to square off and you are--possibly--defending your life.

I believe you should train for both situations, but in the latter, your goal is to a) avoid the situation altogether by constantly being aware of your surroundings and keeping a level head to try to diffuse bad situations, b) get away if possible, and c) end the situation as quickly and efficiently as possible if it comes to violence (which means using everything in your arsenal--weapons, dirty fighting, etc.).
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