Under: karate, martial arts, Self-defense
9 Nov 2011

10 Responses to “How to Teach Self Defense? Be Water my Friend!”

  1. Matt Klein Says:

    Thought-provoking post John. I believe what attracts people to martial arts in the first place is the boost in confidence it provides. I’ve had so many mothers and fathers of our kids in the classes here in Sydney say their children are no longer bullied. The reason: the bullies sense their child’s newfound self-confidence. They usually move on to an easier target. It’s not only about the ability to fight, but also the mental strength and confidence to stand up, just like your son did to the bullies.

    Also agree with your statement that self defense is not rocket science. Actual self defense requires the willingness to hurt someone if need be. Many people lack this, but once they start sparring they soon learn to keep someone away with a stiff jab or a powerful kick, or develop an excellent defense using footwork, slipping and bobbing, and blocking. A good self defense program should include all of this.

    Kata and forms create a “vocabulary” of movements, stances, and strikes that are useful for self defense. But their most important value is the focus and concentration that they promote. This is especially valuable for children as it develops mental clarity at a young age.
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  2. Rodrigo Valenzuela Says:

    It is indeed very important to teach the art of self defense to children. Martial arts is something that will fill them with confidence and also give them the strength to face other tough situations of life. It will also help them resist in case somebody is trying to bully them. Thanks for a thought provoking post!
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  3. Dr. J Says:

    Well written as always, John!

    School “children” always argue about time wasting courses! Calculus, never used it :-) However, I’ve never used a push up either, but doing them made me stronger so I could do practical things. I feel it is the same with the martial arts. Every aspect develops the self. Yes, it would be possible to just teach self defense, and that’s martial, but not the artist.

    I had a friend in medical school who came to me complaining of being bullied by workers at his part time night job in a factory. I taught him the first Tracy combination technique I ever learned, a defense against a two handed grab with a double 12 to 6 elbow strikes to break the grip, then straight finger thrusts to the throat, followed by several other moves. (I imagine you are familiar with the drill). A few days later he came to me and told me that when someone at work pushed him on the chest, he reacted with this move, and after hitting them in the throat, which everyone else saw, the bulling stopped :-)
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  4. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hi Matt!

    The willingness to hurt someone in defense can be brought out in students as you say and karate schools are a good place to learn this.

    Hi Rodrigo, Yep – confidence is a plus from training in the marital arts.

    Hey Dr. J!

    It is funny how fast bulling stops when you put up a defense. All of the “fluff” can come in handy too. I remember doing double inward blocks just in time to have two high-ball glasses shatter on my forearms.

    I like you thing the “artist” part is important too! :)

  5. Matt Klein Says:

    Hi John, Think Alexandra’s spambot just copied and pasted my comment to get a free backlink above. Just sayin.
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  6. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Hey Matt – I try to be ever vigilant and only let folks opine if they say something relevant. I totally missed this from inside wpadmin console… I’ve been spammed. Oh well – easily remedied. :)


  7. Matt Klein Says:

    Thanks John, you know how much I hate spammers, they were the bane of my existence on my blog until I disabled comments after a certain period. Would love to send all my spam back to them.
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  8. Travis Burke Says:

    Thats a very interesting point. I was trained in Krav Maga for only a few days, while doing some military tourism. I dont think i felt at all like i was liquid. It felt the exact opposite, haha. but it was still really fun, and we did way more than just train krav maga. we shot lots of different guns, threw grenades, jumped out of a plane, and much more. Check it out if your interested, i did it through a company called lionops. their website is http://www.lionops.com

  9. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Thanks for the tip Matt… I get 30 to 50 spam a day… I’m trying your system! :)

  10. Hana Says:

    Dear Mr. Zimmer,

    I am more interested in self-defense right after I read the website.
    I am doing an article about self-defense for my University project and I would appreciate if I could have your opinion on it?

    1. What is self-defense?
    2. Will it be effective?
    3. Can self-defense be useful to those who are in need?
    4. Is it dangerous when practicing it?
    5. Could self-defense lead ones death when apply it to someone?
    6. Will it help decrease the harassment rate?
    7. Is it the only way to protect oneself from any danger?
    8. Is self-defense acceptable to any age children, adults, or even elders?
    9. What are the advantages and disadvantages of learning self-defense?
    10. Can it be used to assassin someone?

    Thank you.