As you know this is a self-defense blog dealing with real self defense issues? It is not a political correctness blog where we try and say how we wish the world really was! For instance when I was remarking to my step-daughter one time my views about women in the military front lines and started extrapolating about women in other potentially dangerous jobs such as police or firefighting… she started accusing me of pulling the “woman card.”!
More on that conversation later but here is the question. Should be look at our self defense strategy from how we would like the world to be or how the world is? I would argue that a child or woman should not go running/walking at night unless the areas are well lighted and there are lots of people around (for instance at a beach boardwalk in the summer evenings would be safer). Read on for my supporting arguments and how I answered my step-daughter.
First take a look at this video – if you go to the 60 second mark, she starts talking about running at night and her concerns.
Way back when I first started in the Hawaiian Martial Arts, the first one I tried was Lima Lama (I later transitioned to Kenpo). That was a really cool – flowing martial art where I was first exposed to self-defense techniques. One would learn how to defend against a right cross or a club attack. The attacks and defenses seemed to go on forever from my beginning karate mind.
I recall telling my instructors that these techniques were really complex and when would I ever use one? I mean after you blocked – you then counter punched, kicked out the leg and dropped a knee and punch. That was a lot to remember and even back then – I did not believe if someone threw a right cross – I was going to do all of that.
In this post we will ask and hopefully answer the question of why we learn complex self defense techniques and are they relevant. But first watch this example of one such technique.
As you may know from reading this blog – I do Kenpo… I used to do other Japanese styles but I’ve never been to a Taekwondo tournament. My only exposure has been the Olympics. If you have read my comments back then – you know how I feel about kicking at the expense of punches.
I found this video and I could not believe it. First watch the video and then I’ll tell you what I think. Hint – I cannot believe this is a real video showing good moves.
One of the challenges we all have as we age is how to workout and keep a balance of cardio-pulmonary stress and reduce the likelihood of injuries. Well one way the practitioner of karate can connect to his/her inner dojo is to practice your art! I mean the “fluff” you learned coming up in the ranks such as kata, techniques and basics do not have to be just for belt testing! You can slowly transition from sparring and bag work to increase the ratio of kata and self-defense techniques!
In this posting I’ll explore what I think the transition is necessary and why I have not kept up with the “fluff” after achieving rank – well overdue to jump back in and it is the smart move. But first take a look at a kenpo kata I found on the web.
I have had some experiences while teaching karate over the years confused me. One of the time I was teaching this woman some karate on the side and showed her how to do the kenpo salutation/bow. She did not want to bow to me. I tried to explain to her this was just a formality in karate – it shows respect for one’s instructor. I finally got her to understand but I did not understand the objection myself. I’ll tell you about what I was able to work out with her in a bit.
Then when I read this post entitled, “Religious Objection In The Dojo” I was still confused a couple of years back. I mean I am a Christian but was not really practicing much other than trying to find a service at Easter and Christmas. Still I was confused by why even a devout religious person would object to the obligatory bow before and after lessons.
In this post I’ll explore the pros and cons of the martial arts tradition of bowing. First watch this explanation video I found.
One of the truths you hear about self defense is anyone with a knife or scissors is dangerous. Well I agree with that but I have never thought that a little 4″ blade makes someone invincible! While I will grant that if you have to defend against someone with a knife – you might get hurt. I would also say if you were not a trained fighter – you would have a far better chance at getting hurt!
In this post I will talk some of the times I’ve faced people with knives and what I did about it. First here is one example of how a girl seemingly wanted to keep a woman from hurting herself or someone else. And yes a snap kick can knock a knife out of someones hand – I’ve done that.
To my amazement when looking for a video on the topic of fighting fair – I did not find one. I mean that is the most important question if someone challenges you to a fight – right? I mean it is not self defense and you can back down… but say you think the guy needs to be taught a lesson and you want to teach the pugilistic lesson so the next poor slob will not have to endure whatever this idiot is dishing out. Is there a generally agreed on set of rules to fighting fair?
Let me just say two words – grow up! Dueling has been illegal for a hundred or more years. In California I have seen cops decline to take action because no one other than the fighters got hurt and they (the fighters) agreed to, “mutual combat.” I would like to say I have never (ahm…) been in a “fun” fight purely for some attitude adjustment or to underscore an old boxing vs karate argument… but I have at times in my youth. What were the rules you may ask – they were to fight fair!
In this post I will try to bring back a concept from my youth… fair fighting and how I see the modern generation missing this point. But first I will play an old standard, Elton John’s, “Saturday Nights is Alright for Fighting.”