For those readers who have not seen my first article on the dangers of ground-work, please see the article here.
Once a defender is on the ground, there are significant dangers that they are exposed to as a result of loss of mobility and closer proximity to hazards such as the feet of standing opponents and concealed weapons. To bring this in line with the goal-oriented approach to survival situations, we should confirm our strategy and tactics.
I have decided to begin a series of articles discussing my perspectives on ground-fighting. Although I have mentioned the following points on the dangers of going to ground in a self-defence situation in previous articles, I feel it would be good to cover them again as a refresher in the first installment of this series. Please note that my analysis of ground-fighting is done from the perspective of a self-defence situation and not from a sporting perspective.
We’ve been very privileged over the last couple of weeks to have hosted our martial arts instructors from South Africa right here in Australia. SiGung Marco Kavalieratos and SiFu Christian Hanche. The learning experience for us has been phenomenally intense. It’s felt a bit like a thermonuclear bomb going off in our heads because of the sheer volume of training and exposure to new material. Both SiGung Marco and SiFu Chris are extremely experienced martial artists. A pair of the most competent martial artists I have ever had the pleasure of training with. Their collective wealth of experience in terms of combat, application, technique and background knowledge is a real treasure of the system.
Social media, in particular Facebook, is a bit like a social thermometer. If you want to get a feel for popular thought patterns, sample some of Facebook’s meme traffic and status updates. It will give you a good idea of major trends in popular thought. Most of the time, checking Facebook feels about as inspiring and refreshing as stepping into a crowded public swimming pool on a hot summer’s day. You know it’s gross, but once you’re in you find that you stay in because it’s only slightly less comfortable than getting out. That state lasts until your morbid sense of curiosity is finally overwhelmed by the rising tide of revulsion at the mysterious yellow stains, phlegm nuggets and frothy drifts. At least the chlorine masks the other odours. I think I may have just figured out why we climbed out of the primal ocean to begin with.
My wife and I have just finished watching the first season of Stranger Things. I quite enjoyed the homage to cult 80’s sci/fi which was punctuated by musical classics like “Should I stay or should I go” by the Clash. For me, it brought back all the same excitement of watching cult classics in the 80’s and early 90’s such as The Goonies, Ghostbusters, The X-Files and Buckaroo Banzai.
“Should I stay or should I go now?” is a good question to ask ourselves within the context of a self-defence situation. It is not only a question that we should ask when faced with a situation, but the broader question of “Will I stay or will I go?” is essential to answer while preparing and training for self-defence.
28/7/2017 0 Comments
In addition to being a martial arts and self-defence instructor, I am also a chartered electrical engineer working part-time in the building industry, a backyard tinkerer and a part-time inventor. What can I say? I have a lot of interests. For someone who doesn't know me very well, it may seem as if they are all disparate interests, but when you get to know me a little better, you will see that they are actually all connected.
There are many points of difference in the way that we operate as a martial arts school when we are compared with other, conventional schools. Most of these points of difference become clear only to students who enroll and train with us for some time. One of these points of difference which is immediately obvious to all applicants and can be a major stumbling block to potential students is the interview process.
Initial acceptance into our school is dependent on a successful interview with the head of the school. Some people find this big and scary. They have had to successfully sit interviews to win employment, but why do they need to do this to learn martial arts? Surely it should just be as easy as rocking up on the day, paying your ten dollars and getting your Big Mac With A Side Order Of Kung Fu Training. Super-size that Kung Fu Kick, please!
I have written many articles and run many courses on the general principles of self-defence because I have seen that the greater self-defence industry is preoccupied with selling fads, gadgets and combat techniques. Perhaps because that's what people expect from self-defence instruction. Generally in business, the attitude appears to be “Give 'em what they want and take their money”. Very few self-defence service providers appear to be interested in developing the underlying structure and framework for a useful response in their students. Perhaps because this is not popular with a consumer audience.
Many years ago, I saw a film called “Beautiful People”. It was released in 1974 and was in the style of a nature documentary but with a strong 'object-lesson' narrative binding the stories together. Stories about various interactions between animals and humans in the African bush. It left a big impression on me as a child.
One story began with a Bushman (or San) hunter who needed to find some water. He noticed a baboon in a tree nearby, so he carefully dug out a hole in the side of a large termite mound and stuffed it full of melon seeds, making sure that the baboon could see what he was doing. He then left the immediate area and hid to watch what unfolded. Once the baboon could see that the man was gone, he climbed down the tree, rushed over to the termite mound and stuck his hand into the hole to grab a handful of melon seeds.
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