14 thoughts on “Paraplegic Self-Defense #2: Striking Drills

  1. Antonio Pereira says:

    Ive been searching for some article in the internet, magazines and newspapers which talks about martial arts for paraplegic people. So ive found your web page and ive become so happy for this. Now i believe it is possible to practice jiu jitsu as a paraplegic. I´ll show your great videos to my sensei in order to give him some ideas about my trainning possibilities. Thank´s for making us believe! Sorry my poor english haha

  2. MuninPT says:

    You can take anyone with a quick stealthy move… the diference resides in "if" something happens and you can avoid it, defend it or do something about it… can you? if you're paraplegic and you needed to defend yourself i rather know how too… don't you think?

  3. NotMe1357 says:

    Drills are intended to develop certain skills. Drills do not represent self-defense situations. Drills are like reading and writing. Those who do not practice appear illiterate and ignorant to those who do.

  4. treflipallday says:

    no offense but i dont think a paraplegic could do this in a situation that they could be injured. unless if they watch everyones every move they could be taken out without even being able to do anything about it with one quick stealthy move

  5. littlefatfriend says:

    Given the complications of seated self defence, by far the best way to cope with the situation is to conduct youself in a way that will encourage your assailant to hassle someone else. Rock on Notme – Im sure you're doing it right.

  6. littlefatfriend says:

    As a means of keeping fit Im sure you could do other things more effectively. For emergency self defence in the real world I cant imagine anything better than drawing/inviting someone to get within reaching distance of you and hammering hell out of them just like notme does.

  7. littlefatfriend says:

    If somebody is able to justify to themselves beating up a cripple, they are unlikely to play the game by your rules. The defences notme is demonstrating are a means of subduing somebody in a desperate situation, if you're alone and being attacked by an able person, its kill or be killed. If I was able bodied, I'm certain you wouldn't stop me with a weapon (other than a gun). Self defence for cripples must be practical and realistic.

  8. littlefatfriend says:

    Buckyweb – I'm a complete t5 para – could you describe a situation where a stick (or virtually any other weapon) might be useful? In the real world, people dont give enough notice when they're going to attack you, and if you were holding a stick or anything else that would only most tell your assailant how and where to attack you – your weapon I'm sure would distract more than help you.

  9. NotMe1357 says:

    You are absolutely right, hand, stick, knife, and other weapon movements are all related. Weapons are an excellent method to train technique. I beleive that the most practical weapon for wheelchair users is a YAWARA with a loop for your middle and third finger. This combination allows the weapon to stay in your hand without gripping it until you strike. In the event you are knocked down it is also effective for ground fighting.

  10. NotMe1357 says:

    Sticks are great weapons of opportunity but they are difficult to carry and can easily defeated by a circling opponent, or one that closes straight in with full commitment. Remember, holding the stick in yor hand reduces your mobility and ability to turn the chair.

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