“Reality-Based” Self Defense (Part 1) – The Brutal Truth Uncensored

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  1. Jon Upshaw says:

    Let me preface by saying that I agree with you on being prepared for the fact that in a real situation there are factors that cannot be foreseen, such as the sucker punch example you presented, and I agree with you on the importance of maintaining total awareness at all times. I also agree that the goal shouldn't be fighting it should be prevention or deescalation of a situation to avoid violent conflict at all possible situations. However this is where my issues lie and if you have acceptable answers for these issues I would love to hear them so that I can better understand what you are trying to present. For me the number one thing that detracts from what you are saying is this, "personal protection" is literally the same as self defense, and in case you wish to dispute that here are the links for the definitions of each word, from both Dictionary.com and the Merriam-Webster web site.
    { http://www.dictionary.com/browse/personal?s=t, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/self?s=t, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/defense?s=t, http://www.dictionary.com/browse/protection?s=t, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/self, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/defense, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/protection}
    Next, while, as stated above, I do agree with you on the prevention of violence before an encounter can reach that level, Learning self defense is about how to handle the situation if it is NOT POSSIBLE to avoid the violent conflict. You can posture, threaten, and intimidate, you can reason, and understand, and be passive, you can get mugged and just give them what they want no problem, no question asked, but the fact of the matter is that some people just want to hurt others, kill others, violate others, maybe they're forced into it, maybe they're mentally unstable, maybe they just like dominating others, but sometimes you can't deescalate, and you will be attacked, and possibly killed, and it is for those situations that we learn self defense. Sure, there are other reasons as well like exercise and community and simply enjoying the activity, but none of those are the reason they were created to begin with, they were created to defend ones self.
    You mention that most martial arts do not have a basis for what happens in a real fight, to a degree I disagree with you here. I would be willing to say that if you asked a person who has proven themselves as an expert in self defense, for instance seasoned professional bodyguards who have seen close quarters violence on several different occasions and in different scenarios they would tell you that to be truly effective you shouldn't rely on any single style but instead take from several styles to stay well rounded and prepared for any eventuality. All styles have weaknesses that can be exploited but a person is not a style and can therefor can recognize these weaknesses and find other styles or techniques to strengthen themselves in those areas. With that said it is also important to note that all styles have something to offer to the practitioner, whether its physical, mental, spiritual, or combative, all have a place and all have strengths above others that can be learned and incorporated into an individuals personal style. Martial arts are not meant to be rigid and unyielding, they are meant to be flexible and absorptive so that they may continue to evolve into something more effective.
    I am omitting a few issues I had with some of the things you said in this video either because it was your personal opinion, to which we are all entitled, or I felt it was too biased or opinionated on my part. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and lending your ear to mine.

  2. markpcockburn says:

    I use to do Wing Chun at my local community centre, which I quite enjoyed.  However, I was talking to a so called expert, and asked him why they don't teach techniques for when a fight goes to the ground.  He said it doesn't matter, because if you are good at your wing chun, the fight will NEVER, go to the ground.  My response was, what if the other person is really good with ground techniques, and he just repeated himself.lol

  3. Nicholas Meyers says:

    I think that whomever it was that gave the thumbs down on this really doesn't understand that the reality of violence is totally different from traditional training which is simply a dogmatic cultural representation of what they think a fight should be. This guy's dead-on .

  4. Matthew Hoffman says:

    I couldn't agree more with your premise James. Thanks very much for putting your point of view out there. As a lifelong martial artist I have always felt that far too much emphasis is put on the idea that "if I can throw a punch well i will be safe." I feel that genuinely the elements you touch on at the end of the video in particular are of so much value and are what I try to instill in all of my students as well. I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on how you approach breaking the news to a new practitioner that real "personal Protection" is a much more subtle art than people are led to believe. Again thanks for that very down to earth take on a highly saturated topic.

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