Sunday, March 28, 2010

SMART STREET FIGHT - CLASSIC EXAMPLE

SMART STREET FIGHTING

Remember these critical points in a street fight -
* Keep moving and don't present a stationary target.
* Don't be in the comfort zone of the attacker/s - keep changing Range, Direction.
* Don't assume there is only one aggressor. Always assume he has got assistance. So scanning your blind side is very critical.
* Since you are assuming your attacker is going to get assistance from friends, you always try to keep the confrontation as short as possible; which prepares you for the next assault.
* For your life's sake don't try fancy stuff - especially intricate locks and high kicks. They are for movies.
* Don't get trapped in the middle of a group.. keep pushing to the periphery of group
* Keep you senses and eyes open for exit routes
* Don't panic.. Even if you don't feel brave, Fake aggression
* If you fall down, try to get up fast.
* If you are down in the midst of a gang, cover your head with arms and just roll up like a snail covering vital organs.
* And use whatever object comes within your reach - chairs, bottles, stones, pen

There is a good representation of this street smartness in this video -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8EEN5RkltY

Sunday, March 21, 2010

DON'T TRY TO BE A HERO.. YOU MAY END UP AS A JOKER - PART II


In Part 1 we saw the Options of Confrontation in a hierarchy of -
AVOID >> KEEP MAX DISTANCE >> USE AVAILABLE OBJECTS

Now we come to the options when one is compelled to use one's body

OPTION 4 - LONG RANGE - USE LEGS TO DEFEND AND ATTACK
Legs are the longest weapons in our arsenal. The advantage in using legs is, one's vital organs are kept away from the aggressor's reach - which is very critical in facing attacks using sharp objects.
Legs are the largest group of muscles and bones in the body and can deliver a powerful attack or defense in any direction - Front, Side or Back.

OPTION 5 - MID RANGE - USE PUNCHES AND HAMMER FIST
If in mid distance, which is between kicking and touching distance, punches are effective.
But punches are effective only if it is delivered to the front. What if the aggressor is on one's side or back. Hammer fists are ideal for attacks to the side and back. I personally prefer hammer fists to punches because of its versatility and surprise element.
Most important - Go for the Chin. Hitting an aggressor on the body will NOT generally stop a fight, unless it is really powerful.
Some adapted kicks are also useful in mid-range, like a kick to the groin using the shin part of the leg.

OPTION 6 - SHORT RANGE - USE ELBOW STRIKES
In short range, elbow strikes are very effective. They can be very versatile in a vertical or horizontal arc.
Elbows can be used in any direction - Front, Side or Back.
Again - Go for the Chin. Remember we want to keep the confrontation as short as possible

OPTION 7 - CLOSE RANGE - When the aggressor is ON you, when his body is in contact with yours.
Close range calls for Head-butts, Groin taps, Knee kicks, Stomping, Eye gouging, Elbow pushes.
Even Biting, Choking and Shouting in the ears are damaging and provides the crucial window of opportunity.

Of-course the unsaid elements are COMMON SENSE, AGGRESSION and HANDLING SHOCK. We will be exploring those elements too in future blogs.

The next blog is on SMART STREET FIGHTING

Thursday, March 18, 2010

DON'T TRY TO BE A HERO.. YOU MAY END UP AS A JOKER - PART I

DON'T TRY TO BE A HERO.. YOU MAY END UP AS A JOKER - PART I
The first 3 Options in facing a Crisis on the street... more follows


KravMaga is pragmatic.
Its no-nonsense approach is simply "If from NORMAL condition, one is exposed to a CRISIS, your duty is restore NORMAL condition as early as possible" 

NORMAL >> IN A CRISIS >> NORMAL
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OPTION 1. AVOID -
there is no point in getting INTO an situation and then fighting tooth & nail to get OUT of it. So prudently one attempts to bye-pass a crisis

                              >>>>>NORMAL>>>>>
NORMAL>>>>^^^           CRISIS               >>>>> NORMAL
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OPTION 2 - KEEP THE AGGRESSOR AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE
If one cant avoid totally, one tries to maximise the distance from danger.
Suppose a girl is walking on a lonely road. And a potentially dangerous man is walking towards her. The girl immediately crosses the road and goes to the side opposite to the man.
The advantage in this is if the man tries to intersect her by crossing to her side, his intentions become evident early. Its better than being surprised and shocked suddenly.

                                                             NORMAL>>>>>       
NORMAL>>>>>>> NORMAL^^^^^^^^^
    CRISIS>>>>>>>>>>>CRISIS
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OPTION 3 - IF CONFRONTATION IS INEVITABLE, USE AVAILABLE OBJECTS TO RESIST
Even a small injury can put one back for weeks; and bring down one's productivity, affecting earnings and curbing independence. So avoid using the body as far as possible.KravMaga advocates using available
objects -
SHIELD like objects like back-packs, hand bags.
STICK like objects like umbrellas, brooms
STONE like objects like ashtrays, artifacts
KNIFE like objects pens, spoons
BLINDING objects like sprays, sand
and also DIVERSIONS, which give the extra time to escape or attack

We continue the Hierarchy of Options in Part II

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

5 WAYS TO CHOOSE A STREET-SMART SELF-DEFENSE SYSTEM

You can read the same article in http://vickykapoor.com/quotes/street-smart-system/

Often I have come across this sarcastic query, “Do martial arts really work in a street fight! Is it worth training at all!?”
That may be asking like why maintain a fire brigade since it is idle most of the time.
Any physical activity is beneficial in some manner. It could be games, yoga, swimming, cycling, dance or anything. It could improve some element of total fitness – either cardio-vascular, muscular endurance, flexibility or atleast co-ordination and quick thinking; which help in a crisis.
But, if you are in a job prone to confrontations like security, policing, hotel bouncer etc., learning fighting arts is definitely a plus. Or if your life style makes you vulnerable, like living in a crime prone locality, commuting late or transporting valuables.
But a word of caution, look out for these inherent failures in any fighting art before signing up. These system weaknesses make you victim and at worst a casualty. So choose carefully. Your life depends on it.
What are the signs that a martial art is NOT street-smart -
1) CHOREOGRAPHED MOVEMENTS -
That is nice in dance. In the street it can make one look ridiculous. Because the most shocking realization in the street is the ‘unpredictability’.
Choose a fighting method like KravMaga, which constantly exposes you to attacks from different directions, angles and timings, which makes one adaptable.
2) NO AGGRESSION TRAINING –
Having an obliging partner who holds back his punches politely, stands still till the partner goes through all the movements makes one complacent.
Choose a method which teaches you the basic skills, then escalates physical and mental stress. KravMaga classes have some energy sapping aggression training.
3) TRAINING IN A SINGLE METHOD LIKE STANDING STYLE OR GROUND STYLE
The reality is, one could be standing, sitting or on the ground when attacked. Or it could be even an attack by more than one. Or it could be in a suffocating crowd.
If you are training in a martial art which says punching & kicking will solve all problems, or just grappling will do, start praying in a street fight.
Better still, choose KravMaga which trains one in kicking, punching, grappling, restraining with locks / holds. And to face street weapons like sticks and knives too.
4) COMPLICATED AND EXOTIC TECHNIQUES
Looks great in movies. Or in a demo to school kids.
On the street it’s quick and decisive movements which count. Fancy kicks and locks fail miserably in reality, unless you are facing a still dummy. And they take years of repeated practice to be effective. Leave that to the grey-haired masters.
5) PHILOSOPHICAL MUMBO-JUMBO IN CLASS
Philosophical nuggets went along with the movie Karate Kid. A self-defense class is about facing a rapist, a mugger or a bunch of drunken goons. Learn that first before worrying about self-actualization.
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