I was just wondering what all your opinions are on self-defense and weapon self-defense (defending yourself from them not with them), how/if it should be taught in regular martial art classes, and what level it should be taught at...
At brown and black belt level we do a "circle of self defense" where anyone can attack you (or multiple people) using whatever they want, and you must defend yourself.
Also at brown belt, it is part of the requirement to advance that you come up with your own self-defense techniques against certain attacks or from certain positions (ex: you must create 3 against an attack while you're seated, 3 if someone comes from behind, 3 from on the ground, and 3 from a grab of any kind).
jovial_nihilist wrote:woah.. can you explain your belt system?
(mine goes: white-> advanced white->yellow-> orange ->green-> blue -> purple-> brown->black)
Niranjana wrote:unarmed techniques in reality only supplement the armed
Either way, when confronted with this situation, it makes little sense for you to rely solely on unarmed techniques when outnumbered and faced with armed aggressors.
This is not always true, with ranged weapons such as sticks if the gap is closed the unarmed defender has the advantage.
GenTDuke wrote:I would love to carry a jo around (six foot stick) but it is ILLEGAL I must do without a weapon, it is okay for your self to carry a weapon due to religious reasons, I cannot justify it. If you are attacked by an unarmed opponent you would obviously use your weapon or they will attempt to take it, you would have to use potentially deadly force (depending on weapon, in your case a blade: deadly) and would be put in prison with all the thugs of the world who carry weapons and use them on unarmed opponents.
GenTDuke wrote:In short I am forced to learn unarmed combat due to statutory and common law, if I had a choice I would specialise in weapons. I have to learn to disarm, disembowel, rip out eyes and throats, break joints etc in these situations with empty hands.
GenTDuke wrote:I do train with weapons to understand the mechanics of every possible strike, this gives me an advantage against a common thug, but as mentioned before against an educated attacker I would have little chance, but I doubt very much an honourable martial artist would attack without reason.
pandiriver wrote:Use your keys as palmsticks =)
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