The hero of the story suddenly stops in his tracks. He lowers his fully-automatic rifle, his usually stoic emotionless face creases with momentary concern. “Hang on… I’ve got a bad feeling about this…”
This is usually the point in the movie when the big badass boss monster makes its appearance for the epic final battle just before end credits role and we start to pick our way through popcorn-strewn aisles on our way to our cars, wondering whether we’ve been ripped off.
Is this a Hollywood trope or is this a real human phenomenon? Is there such a thing as a sense of impending danger? A sense that ‘Something is not quite right…’. A gut feeling? Bush-Sense?
I have a three-year-old son. His name is Gerald, named after my grandfather because we recycle male names in my family instead of inventing new ones. It’s a way of preserving part of our heritage and history so that it is not lost with passing generations. Gerry is my pride and joy and is a very happy, well-adjusted introvert. My wife and I are both introverts and when you take two introverts and put them together, it is unlikely that they will produce an extrovert. Note that being an introvert is not synonymous with lacking confidence. Gerry is supremely confident and never hesitates to speak his mind. This we have always encouraged.
In the year 1949, George Orwell wrote the dystopian novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. Readers of his novel will be familiar with the type of overt control exerted by the Party and its various representatives. In the novel, individualism and independent thinking are persecuted as crimes known as “Thoughtcrimes” with obedience enforced by the “Thought Police”.
It sounds like a terrifying world but I am sometimes left thinking that we may be living the nightmare without even knowing it.
Over the last few weeks, I have released a series of three articles on Ground-Work containing some of my general opinions and approaches to fighting on the ground. If you’ve read these articles, you will note that I strongly recommend that the ground should generally be avoided in a self-defence situation for several good reasons. I thought that I would share one of my experiences with you regarding a ground-fighting situation subsequent to my three-part series. I usually don’t share my personal experiences regarding real self-defence situations because they are seldom ‘clean’ and seldom do they go according to plan. They are typically messy, indecorous, unglamorous and some of them make for pretty boring reading because the situations were averted before coming to physical confrontation.
In this case, the action was decisive even though it certainly did not go according to plan.
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.
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.
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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.
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