42 thoughts on “Paraplegic Self-Defense #1: Takedowns

  1. monte0472 says:

    Also, I didn't learn that from this video. All I had was my knowledge from my scrapping days before the chair, but kudos to NotMe1357 for inspiring ppl with disabilities & letting them know that they can defend themselves. He also says to get proper training.

  2. monte0472 says:

    I know that this is an old comment but ppl still see this video. In real life, you wouldn't let go because he taps. You hold that s.o.b. until he stops moving. I was attacked from behind. I was able to get his head & I let go when I was confident I had enough time to get back in my chair before he could get up & jolly stomp me. In short, he was sleep. As for the knife thing, good idea except I'm a C4 quadriplegic & can't move my fingers. Holding a knife is out. My arms work fine so I choked him.

  3. rantanen1 says:

    This is the FIRST video out of a hundred that seems useful at all from a cripples point of view.

    most vids on youtube about wheelchair self-defense or martial arts are complete shit

  4. fossils12 says:

    I'm physically disabled. Though not exactly a wheelchair user, I had to physically fend off attacks before. A walking stick though used for balance/walking proved an effective self defence weapon.

    Thanks for posting this video. It gives those with physical limitations an idea on what to do if they are in the unfortunate situation of being attacked.

  5. Mr Bishop says:

    this is a good video, but i noticed that you had a few techniques that involved inducing pain on the attacker untill he tapped out, you should think about, what if the guy is on PCP, hes not gonna feel any pain. and incorporate that in to your next techniques. no criticism, just a suggestion. great video.

  6. nosvaructu says:

    I would never attack a person in a wheel chair unless he is a immediate threat, aka with a gun because that is messed up to do so for one. Two, I don't want to look dumb if he pwns me with the techniques in the video. Quick question though on the viability of finishing someone with a guilloutine choke without the add of your legs. You can't control the person or gain the leverage needed to lock it in tight.

  7. NotMe1357 says:

    @SneakyBadness These are the type of people that attack wheelchair users.


    They are not MMA fighters or grapplers, just predators looking for victims.

  8. NotMe1357 says:

    @hwaycasie30728 The point of the video is to give people with disabilities an example of some basics concepts. The concepts are:
    1. Attacking the attaacker
    2. Controlling his head
    3. Executing a finish

    Specific techniques are only examples of concepts, nothing more nothing less.

    In addition, the video shows that it is very easy to get knocked out of a wheelchair.

  9. NotMe1357 says:

    I know you think you know what you are talking about, but you really don't. The "clingling" you referred to is actually a double arm rolling of the radial bones into the back of his neck. It works because it causes intense pain and pressure. It works for me because I have greater upper body strength than the person in the video. In addition, he is not used to that type of pain. I could also put my chin into his eye and crush his orbital bones.

  10. James Blau says:

    The comments aren't trying to tell you not to learn self-defense just because you can't use your legs, they're telling you to be realistic so that you don't get people hurt. Look at situation 2, in which the assailant taps because someone is merely clinging to his head! You should tell people that they will only be able to do any of this effectively if they practice against people who are resisting more than your assailant. And why not say "carry a knife," if this is really about defense?

  11. NotMe1357 says:

    These techniques work when one person has both superior upper body strength and greater technical ability. In a grappling "match", both participants are fairly equal in strength and ability, that is why it is called a "match". If sumyungmen were to grapple against a person with weaker upper body strength and no grappling experience, he would be able to make the techniques work too.

  12. NotMe1357 says:

    Once again a comment from an abled-bodied grappler who is really saying:
    1. That won't not work on me, so you can't do it.
    2. I can't do it with out my legs, so neither can you.
    3. You people should not be wasting your time on a "abled-bodied sport".

    Once again, why are able-bodied young men grapplers commenting on something that has nothing to to with them? And why are they providing self-defense advice to paraplegics?

  13. NotMe1357 says:

    It is not that insdel2004 is a dick. It is that he has has limited understanding of the difference between self-defense and MMA, and he is not smart enough to keep quiet.

    What he "means" is that the techniques would not work against "him", or in an MMA match. So what? MMA fighters don't attack people who use wheelchairs.

    As with all self-defense techniques, they only work against someone who is NOT expecting the response.

  14. Placebo Effect says:

    Not to mention, wheelchair users' arms are FAR stronger than most people's since they use them all the time for mobility (unless it's an electric, of course). Definitely couldn't hurt.

  15. Matt Meade says:

    "I highly doubt the effectiveness of a choke applied from the bottom on when you can't use your legs… "

    Against a trained BJJer maybe not, but this is no tourney. Against a thug, people tend to just freak and try to pull their head straight out.

  16. NotMe1357 says:

    A powerful high kick will blast a wheelchair user out of the chair. The best you can do is try to minimize the damage with your forearm. High kicks come from sparring martial artists, attackers would rather stomp.

  17. bobgaggle says:

    i gotta say, kudos for not giving up. People tend to think of those in wheelchairs are the vulnerable ones, but this is mind blowing. Your dummy seemed pretty urgent on some of those tap outs, and with adrenaline flowing i imagine you can do some harm

  18. NotMe1357 says:

    When you don't have use of your legs, you compensate with greater use of wrist extention, the rolling of the radial and ulnar bones, and you derive your power from your back and shoulders. Proper choking requires an greater understanding of technique than just using brute force. For example, if you needed legs to choke, then why can snakes do it?

  19. NotMe1357 says:

    The person who wants to attack a person in a wheelchair is looking for a victim not a fight. One of the points of the video was to demonstrate how easy it is for an attacker to knock a person out of a wheelchair.

  20. NotMe1357 says:

    My chair frame is titanium built by TI not invacare. It is light weight. Regarding the back height, relatively speaking the back is high not low due to the fact that it corrasponds to my injury level at T4-5. A low back is typical of a much lower level of injury such as T11 or below or an amputee. Even if a chair has a high degree of stability, a powerful attacker will have little trouble tripping the chair over backwards or pulling you out the front.

  21. NotMe1357 says:

    This video was intended to demonstrate that is it is highly likely that a wheelchair user will be knocked out of the chair in an actual confrontation. Therefore it is necessary to learn techniques of ground fighting. Actual instruction of certain techniques will follow in future videos.

  22. daveroller says:

    Really useful to see how it's possible for a paraplegic to use self defense. I'd like to learn more. It's hard to see enough detail in this video to know how to use your hands. But now I know some basics about attacking the attacker by grabbing his head or leg and deflecting his hands. Really a useful video! Thanks.

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