Fighting with Self-Defense!

Posted by: John W. Zimmer
Under: Self-defense
2 Dec 2008

10 Responses to “Fighting with Self-Defense!”

  1. Says:

    I always ssay that having so many targets from the waist down why anyone would want to even think about kicking high. Although as you say, if you practise high kicks regularly and are used to them, then you have a chance of pulling them off in a real fight. Interesting post.

  2. David Hays Says:


    I get the same BS all the time, that Sport Karate (point fighting) training has no “real street” application.

    I believe that is true IF you do not cross train. You and I (coming form the same school) have the advantage of a few things. We trained with some of the greats in sport karate, Terry Crook, Chicken Gabriel, Rey Leal, Larry McGraw, Steve Anderson, John Tunage, Victor Hervious, etc. The difference is we all also trained in street self defense and full contact (continuous sparring) and now ground fighting.

    Talk to you soon.

    David Hays

  3. Micah Lacsamana Says:

    Nice Post… I don’t know much about Karate and kick boxing. I only use C2 Taser as my self defense gadget.

  4. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Micah,
    I like the taser as part of an overall defense strategy but I don’t know that I would put all of my eggs in one basket.
    My choice is a layered approach like getting some self-defense/fighting training, home security (good locks, dogs), and yet non-lethal defense products as well as lethal if one lives in a high-crime area.
    Good luck and thanks for commenting.
    John W. Zimmer

  5. Amanda Says:

    Hey John, we have been training hard to break the high kick habit. It’s far more effective to kick the thigh/knee/shin. High kicks are dangerous if you’re not fast enough, you can see you behind in technicolor!! It’s just more effective for self-defence, it doesn’t look as cool as high kicks, but when you’re defending yourself for real, who cares what it looks like?

  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Amanda, I totally agree about the high-kicks… I used to spar with Jim Martinez… who scoop-kicked me every time I kicked him above the waist… it got to the point where I would not throw a high kick when I fought him… you know – I liked singing alto and did not want to move up an octave. :)

  7. arthur Says:

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  8. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Arthur, Try

  9. Jordan Wosher Says:

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  10. new york trainers Says:

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