If a nut or bolt comes loose and it needs tightening immediately or the “sh** will hit the fan”,  do you spend time measuring the nuts and then track down the perfect spanner or do you use an adjustable wrench?

This another page from the E-Book,  MAKING YOUR MARTIAL ART WORK ON THE STREET,



This is not as straight forward a question as it may seem, it is not possible to have a stock answer for this because that would mean there will only be one type of encounter against one type of person and you know that is unlikely.

If, we do not have some vague idea of the impending attack and attacker how do we evaluate what we are learning, how do we decide which areas of our own training should be worked on, improved and which just need maintaining.

Is the attacker short or tall, heavy or light, fast or slow does he want to dance or does he want to stand and deliver?  These criteria change everything.

If, as a couple of my own students have said before, we do not have any particular type of foe in mind we are just trying to get as many tools as possible in our survival toolbox how can we ever know if we have all the right tools, when is our toolbox full and ready for work, do we just keep stuffing in more tools? ”

“Never forget Hicks Law {the more choices you have the longer it takes to make a decision}.

The type of guys that like the toolbox analogy tend to be tradesman or handymen, it is something that resonates with their everyday experiences.  If you are this type of guy answer me this about a real maintenance situation.

 If a nut or bolt comes loose and it needs tightening immediately or the “sh** will hit the fan”,  do you spend time measuring the nuts and then track down the perfect spanner or do you use an adjustable wrench?

Does this choice have any different effect on the outcome of the job?

In the original question I asked, “Who are we training to defend ourselves from?”  Most training uses generic attacks to work against, if we are using Generic Attacks then it would make sense that there is a Generic Attacker that is using these attacks, or at least a recognisable collection of attackers. 

What could that collection look like?

Taller people will hit us from farther away and be far trickier to get inside of, they will usually kick first, and may very well be out of immediate striking Range as we defend their Kick so any counter strike will need movement, and then when we do strike the fact that they are on one leg will make them less stable, they will definitely move on contact, stealing our power and negating  combinations.

Shorter people will by necessity be much closer as they attack,  it is hard to get inside someone that is already inside our space, they will be too close to kick effectively if we cannot control the space, and may of already compromised our Balance, moving back to create space or regain Balance will prevent us from moving our Body Mass into them sacrificing  power.

Fast moving people will favour darting in and out of range, they will use combo’s and be more difficult to land an effective strike on, hitting a moving target is very difficult if this skill has not been trained.

Slower moving people will usually prefer to ambush or Sucker Punch us than a straight face off,  once fighting  they may continually press forward and use powerful strikes to counter their lack of speed.

Well-conditioned people, on top of the above options these guys will be harder to injure or hurt because of their toned bodies, body shots may be less effective.

Heavy or fat people, similar to well-conditioned people will require intelligent target selection, usually their weakness is their Legs, and they know it so they will close the space.

Your average attacker will have similarities to at least 2 of the above stereotypes.

A big roundhouse punch from a quick tall well conditioned attacker will require a completely different response than the same attack from a short, slow and fat person.  In training we can change partners to get some variation but can we cover the extremes?  Finding a way to at least play with these differences even if they are nothing like the real thing  will allow us to become familiar with the potential differences, and often that is all it takes to be prepared.

We all have favourite “Fan Boy” techniques that amuse and excite us at training, usually they are impossible to pull of in the street, hitting a moving target is way harder than hitting a stationary partner and it is going to be very difficult to pull off under pressure, hitting a quick moving small target is going up a level and going to be very, very difficult indeed, hitting a quick moving small target with a small weapon, well I am sure you see how this is turning out so we would do well to keep it simple, I recommend forgetting all about Dim Mak pressure points, darting finger jabs to the eye, or flying Superman punches.



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