Under: karate, Self-defense
27 Oct 2014

2 Responses to “Does Karate Protect You Against an Assassin’s Attack?”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    I imagine if he bothered you, John, that guys goose would have been cooked, lol!

    Interesting that fighter pilots, before the days of long range missiles, found that rather than mix it up in a dogfight, the most effective kill was to attack unseen and fast with one quick pass.

    For me, karate gives me that chance to win that I would never have had without it.

  2. Zara Says:

    Hi John,

    Funny question. If I were ever under lethal threat (e.g someone put a hit on me) I wouldn’t rely on martial arts but the cops to protect me, that’s if I had any choice in the matter.

    First of all an assasin will be armed (unless he’s a ninja well practiced in the death touch, think 5 finger exploding heart technique) and I probably won’t be outside my own home. Second like you said someone who wants you dead will use overwhelming force (firearms, accomplices) and/or surprise to get you. Unless he’s incompetent (in that case he won’t be alive or free for very long) or you get really lucky you’re pretty much dead. Of course the chance of becoming the victim of an assasin or murderer will be slim to none if you use the least bit of common-sense and don’t go around insulting dangerous looking men’s manhood (cheating around with a mob boss’ girlfriend would probably do the trick) or threaten their livelihood. See, I knew watching all those episodes from the Sopranos was good for something, lol.

    As to the real question behind your article: like dr.J says knowing martial arts and being good at them will only up the chance of you winning and surviving fights, they’re no garantee you will prevail as this depends on a lot of factors.

    Personally I don’t consider martial arts a necessity for survival and I practice them for fun and because they help me develop as a human-being (physically and mentally). If you really need protection against imminent violence I’d pick a gun or police protection over martial arts any day.

    In our advanced curriculum there are unarmed defenses against knives, sticks and gun threats and even though they’re quite good (they originate in either kali-escrima or krav maga) they should only ever be used as a last resort: a last ditch effort to save your life from lethal danger when the alternative is certain death.

    In any case it’s still a gamble since a weapon confers tremendous power to the person wielding it, even with no training at all. If the guy has any experience with his weapon you’ll almost certainly lose (put a knife in my hand and even my teacher will not be able to disarm me empty handed and I’m not even highly trained in its use), that’s if he’s dumb enough to show it first and not shoot you, club you or stab you right away without any warning.

    Again if someone wants you dead he’ll not be so civil as to show his weapon (or himself) first and give you a chance to react: he’ll hide and attack you hard and fast with no warning whatsoever, preferably with your back turned. In my opinion only luck and the good graces of a divinity will allow you to survive that extreme threat level. The more so in today’s world with sophisticated firearms even a child can learn to operate with only minimal training. People have been killed accidentally by a child playing with a gun so how on earth could you survive a determined attack by someone with experience in firearms?