Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Banglore ATM robbery attempt - Lessons

Bengaluru ATM robbery attempt - Video
Quite a few friends asked me what were the options for the victim, Jyoti Uday  Well, the first option is 'personal safety".. Period.

Even though, as a KravMaga instructor I teach defence against knife threats and knife attacks, we first tell the student " Its not worthwhile to fight against a knife to save your money"


Money can be earned again but not life. See what happened to the poor victim Jyoti. She is in the hospital with grievious head injuries. Even though doctors say her life is not in danger, she may probably have serious physical and mental trauma for the rest of her life

So, to save a few thousands Jyoti paid a much higher price.
Please be clear about the priorities. Self-defence is NOT about fighting. It is all about survival.

There are 2 kinds of crimes.
1) Crime for gain
2) Crime of Passion

This ATM assault and robbery attempt is obviously a crime for gain. A criminal is not keen to increase his crime magnitude. So why resist and force him to assault!

Self-defence is called for only in scenarios of 'crime of passion' where the victim does not have a choice; other than fighting to save from imminent death. 

A committed knife assault is almost impossible to stop, even for a trained martial-artist. At the most he can reduce the number of stabs..that's all.

Who is accountable for this crime?
If at all, anybody is accountable for this Bengaluru ATM assault it is the bank which owns the ATM. It had no guard.
The worst part was, the victim was bleeding for a few hours before being noticed. So obviously the CCTVs are only recording devices and are not monitored.
The Corporation bank has to owe responsibility for the absence of physical security and organized response mechanism.

Net take - If somebody tries to rob you pointing a knife, just hand over the money.As a KravMaga instructor, I dont want to make my trainees to risk their life to save a few thousands. 

Once again I reiterate – Civilian self-defence is NOT about fighting. It is all about survival with minimum effort. 

To highlight this priority on survival, just see this intelligent lady's reaction when she is caught in an ugly situation, along with her small son.

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS vs FINE MOTOR SKILLS in Martial arts training

Which is effective in a fight - Gross motor skills or Fine Motor skills
This is an argument going on for ages, amongst martial arts instructors. Much has been said on both sides. Now I am adding my own thoughts to this argument, with the benefit of having practiced Karate and KravMaga and the hind-sight acquired after having taught KravMaga to civilians and police.

Actually experts say there are 3 levels of motor skills - Fine, Complex and Gross.
Here is my simple description which explains the 3 motor skills in the context of fighting
(click for readable view)
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.To make it even simpler –
1. Practice = swimming on dry land 
2. Sparring = swimming in a shallow swimming pool
3. Actual fight = trying to survive in rough waves, blindfolded!

See how complex skills fail in an actual crisis, even for trained police men!


"So, I need NOT learn fine movements?!"
Let me clarify that I am NOT against teaching Fine motor skills. The more time spent in exercising fine and complex motor skills will definitely benefit one in a real ugly fight. But the instructor has to impress upon the trainees that actual fighting is without grammar and predictability.

Net take for the martial arts student
There is a process from being a novice to becoming an expert. One can't jump into the rough waves without first learning to swim. But DON'T become complacent and think you can swim the rough sea just because you are able to paddle 2 laps in the pleasant pool.

Net take for the martial arts instructor
The instructor has to take the trainee through different levels gradually.
      1. Train for Aggression.
      2. Train for physical exhaustion.
      3. Train for Mental shock. 
      4. Train for diverse directions and various angles of attack
      5. Train for multiple attackers scenario
      6. Train for fighting even when grievously injured.

Street-fight-reality
Feeble attempt to fend off a deadly attack
And after all these, tell the student emphatically that
" Reality cannot still be recreated inside the dojo."

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Friday, October 11, 2013

As a Kravist,what can I learn from Sachin

Sachin is a great athlete. For many cricket fans he is more than that.. He is God!
Today, when I read Sachin is retiring I asked myself " What made Sachin what he is!?”
The most obvious quality that set Sachin apart from the mortals was his natural talent for cricket. We cannot emulate that, since not all are born blessed with it. But, there were many cricketers who had the same talent as Sachin. But none could rise to that height and sustain that level for years, like him.
So I looked at Sachin's qualities which differentiated him, other than natural talent.

DEDICATION
Its common knowledge that Sachin practised for at least 12 hours. He took every aspect of the game apart and gained expertise in each of them.
Passion backed up with Dedication!  That sets apart the champion from others. They dedicate time for practice, time for introspection and time for learning; more than their peers.

FOCUS
Fame is heady. Especially in the glamour world of Indian cricket, it’s easy to lose focus and be swept away in the wave of public adulation. We have the Sreesanths of the world to vouchsafe that. 
But Sachin kept a level head throughout his career. Fame and fortune sat light on his shoulders.
The champion's dedication can turn his life so distorted that many are socially awkward and aloof to anything else except their passion. That probably triggered this observation - "What's Greatness without a tinge of Madness!" 

PERSISTENCE
When he identified a problem, Sachin will not move on to other things till he fixed it.
Harsha Bhogle recounts an incident at net-practice when a rookie fast bowler's deliveries were too dangerous. While other top batsmen, fearing injury, politely shooed off the bowler, Sachin called that rookie and asked him to bowl. Initially Sachin was in trouble. After some deliveries, having studied the bowler, Sachin was hitting the ball all over the ground.
Complacency is the badge of the ‘Also-ran’. The world is full of them. The Also-rans who perform below their potential and die complaining the world has not given them their due.
Here is Sidhu  on Sachin's innings after his nose got smashed by a Waqar bouncer

ADAPTABILITY
Sachin's innings spans across three decades. In these years, Cricket has moved on from the sedentary 5 days test to the bollywood tamasha of IPL.
Sachin has left his footprint in all the formats of the game - Test, ODI, T20. Many champions lack this adaptability and end up like the dinosaurs.

TEAM PLAYER
After having lead the team for 25 tests, Sachin was comfortable playing under different captains, many of whom idolized him! That’s tough on the ego, to say the least.
But, Sachin was more than a captain. He led by being a role model for other players. 

Harsha Bhogle on Sachin's analysis and persistence   


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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Sunday, September 29, 2013

The girl who kicked her way into my heart - A picture story

Yesterday, I went to a small rural hamlet Karumarapakkam, somewhere in between Kalpakkam on ECR and Thirukazhukundram. I was there to do KravMaga self-defence workshop for women.
For the third year I was going there to do a workshop for rural women, who suffer domestic violence and sexual harassment, due to rampant alcoholism. I started doing this workshop in a classroom of the local school. The girls were mostly between 13 to 17 years.
While I was slowly warming up to the task at hand, I noticed 2 small girls peeping through the window. 
After a few minutes, I noticed these 2 small girls have quietly slipped into the classroom and were sitting in a corner. Especially the smaller girl looked sharp and intelligent, and she was listening very intently to my talk.
When the workshop entered into the kicking and punching phase, I could sense this kutty girl was eager to kick the bag. 
I called her to come forward and kick the bag. She and her slightly bigger friend came forward without hesitation. While the bigger girls were coy and kicking the bag demurely, these 2 small impish tiny-tots went all out and kicked the bag with gusto. 
And after every kick this small girl in a pink dress will do a few pirouettes and laugh loud showing some missing teeth. My heart just went out to her.
Later, when I was teaching releases from hand holds, this girl, who was thin and hardly 3 feet high, did the releases with so much energy, 
I asked the older girls to emulate her. This kutty girl was oblivious to all this attention. She was just immersed in doing the releases, and laughing every time she did it.
At the end of the workshop, when all of us stood together for a group photo, I called this tiny-tot and her friend to come and stand with me. I felt privileged to be with this small girl, whose name I still do not know.
Its better in a way, I don't know this small girl's name. Because, for me she will always be the essence of female energy - The Shakti. The Shakti or the energy which procreates, protects the good and destroys the evil.
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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
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Friday, August 30, 2013

12 signs of a true teacher

I have been writing only about the pretenders so far. Enough of those negative characters!
Now let’s talk about identifying a teacher, who can even become a mentor for you.
This is not only relevant to the martial arts teacher, but anyone who is in the business of disseminating knowledge.

The signs of a true teacher -
1.       He has long years of dedicated practice
 I read somewhere that it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in any field. 
So, if somebody puts in say 10 hours a week in pursuing his passion, he would have totalled only 500 odd hours in a year. At that rate it would take 20 years to claim to be an expert in any field of interest.
Most of the great teachers I have come across put in not less than 30 hours a week in practice..and they have been at it relentlessly for at least 20 years!
2.        He has a clear road map for the student's progress
The teacher is able to chalk out a route and mark the milestones for the student.
The student is clear where he stands at any point of time.
3.       A true teacher will not be rigid in his curriculum
He can look at the big picture and make small tweaks to his curriculum, which make it relevant to changing times and local conditions.
The teacher can also adapt the content and teaching methodology, to suit the individual idiosyncrasies of the student.
4.       A good teacher will not micro-manage your progress
A student has to be taught the fundamentals, given an objective and then left alone for some time. He will make some mistakes and do some introspection. That's the organic progression a good teacher will wait to happen, before intervening again.
5.       A true teacher's evaluation is transparent
He always tests the student only after explaining his methodology of testing.
If the student doesn’t make the mark, the true teacher specifically points out the reasons for his verdict.
He even goes further to help him rectify the errors and omissions.
6.       A good teacher will not lose sight of the basics
Whenever the student has a doubt, the teacher will refer him back to the basics. This enables the student to get a strong foundation, to build his progress upon.
The teacher gives a clear framework of reference, that works even without his presence.

7.       A true teacher will let go off the student  who wants to find his own path
Everyone have their own priorities..and these priorities also keep changing.
In spite of his dedication the teacher will see some promising students opting for some other pursuit. This is the reality a true teacher will accept with a shrug.
Most of the great teachers manage only a handful of protégés, even after a life time of mentoring.
8.       A true teacher will criticize without vehemence
A student will remember the anger, but forget why he provoked the teacher. So the teacher will be careful not to cloud his criticism with anger or frustration.
 If at all he shows his rare anger, it will be only to make a point which he wants the student never to forget, in his entire life time.
9.       A true teacher will praise without misguiding
A true teacher will use words of praise judiciously. The praise should function as an adrenalin shot and raise the bar for the student.
The teacher will also not appreciate frivolously and frequently, where it becomes a trivial non-event.
10.   A true teacher will never insist "This is how it’s done"
He will listen to the student and show him the advantage of doing the lesson in one way and the disadvantages of doing it other ways.
The teacher will even go further, depending on the student's maturity, and show variations of the lesson;  but he will be careful not to overload the student, with too many variations.
11.   A good teacher is also a great learner. He is always curious.
Every expert I have come across never becomes complacent. He is on the constant lookout for fresh inputs that will enable him to add layers of interpretation; this layering is very important when teaching, since the student can be taught in small components and then all the components can be joined together finally.
12.   Finally, the true teacher will never feel threatened by a great student

On the contrary the teacher will be happy, that the seed he has planted has blossomed magnificently.In fact the teacher should endeavour to make himself redundant gradually.

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Chennai City Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

6 Signs of a Stupid Street Fighter

Recently, in Brazil, UFC Featherweight champs Maiqul Falcao and his training partner Kaue Mena was beaten up by a gang outside a gas station. Kaue Mena is now in critical condition at a hospital.
The video clearly shows Falcao hitting a girl unprovoked, which brings to the scene a gang of local youth. The gang vastly outnumbers these 2 UFC fighters and they proceed to make mincemeat of the fighters, with rods and merciless kicks to the head.
So these heroes of the ring become pathetic zeroes on the street.
What's the net take?
What are the signs that differentiate a victim of his own Ego, Ignorance and Stupidity?
What makes a guy a stupid street fighter?

Asking to be hit ?!
1) Tendency to initiate brawls
Some people have a negative cloud hovering over their heads always. They keep on goading others by being rude, provoking and abusive. They get away with it when they are in dominant positions, inside their home or office cabin. But once outside the safety of their domains, they invite trouble, like flies to a sweet-shop. 
Stress, Frustration and Anger can also worsen social interaction. But, from what I have noticed, Alcohol is a major catalyst of violent confrontations.
Many years back, in my office there was a small diminutive guy - Madan. During the day time he was shy and soft spoken. But when he came to the office in the mornings, he will sport a black eye or random injuries. One day I happened to be beside him in an office party. He was sipping a drink and making small talk. Suddenly he took umbrage to something I said and jumped on me! Since I had been warned about Madan's metamorphosis, I managed to keep him at bay without getting offended. But, let me tell you, he was totally a different person, ugly and snarling! No wonder, strangers loved to smash his mug…hmm.
Net take - Suicidal characters are Rude / Stressed / Frustrated / Turn into " The Hulk' after a few drinks! These guys should recognize and accept they have a serious problem. That's the first step away from becoming a walking 'Punching bag'

Beta Male
2) Walking around like a thug, inviting unwanted attention
Mc MarcYoung calls these puffed up Supermen as 'Beta' males.. They try to ape the 'Alpha' male, but fall short miserably.
I often see some youngsters walk with their nose up and arms out sideways as if their lats are bulging. These prop-ups are more comical than intimidating. Some of my young trainees in KravMaga are also prone to puff up like this. I caution them that bullies enjoy puncturing their 'Beta' ego-balloons.
Net take - Don't behave like an Alpha male when you don't have his kind of resources. Alphas are natural leaders and have a plan for escalations.

Couples searching for privacy
often become victims
3) Getting into dangerous situations foolishly
Recently my wife and me visited a temple near the Kalashetra beach. While walking back to the car she suggested “Let’s sit for sometime in the beach.” That stretch of beach is full of bushes, more frequented by men and women peddling sex and their customers, which she was not aware of; so I said “This beach is not safe and let’s go to Besant Nagar beach, which is just a few minutes’ drive away.”
My wife started teasing me, that I am a coward in spite of being a KravMaga instructor, teaching police commandos! I replied “It’s wiser NOT to get into a problem, than get into a situation and struggle to solve it."  What if 4 or 5 guys accost us and I get hit on the head by a stone from behind?!

Net take - Avoid going to lonely or dangerous places, especially with dependants.
If you can’t avoid, be extra vigilant. Better be prepared, with a strong deterrent.


Respect Boundaries
4) Thinking backing-down-from-a-fight is unmanly
When the opponent has a major tactical advantage like numbers, weapons or location, just bail out. Don't let your misplaced Ego stand between you and your safety. As one of my KravMaga instructors said, “Improve your position backwards." :)
Say sorry and back out.. Or if it’s too late to cool the opponent's anger, just run. This is for an anger situation.
In a crime situation, comply with the criminal, if what he needs is just money. It’s better common-sense to give away a few hundreds, than to spend thousands in a hospital.


Instilling some Common-sense the hard way!
 5) Blind to situational awareness
Long back I got myself in a rage situation in a petrol bunk..While I was engaged with my opponent, suddenly a punch from somebody else whizzed past my nose. I turned to see 3 or 4 guys, total strangers to both of us, attacking me with gusto.
I ducked between them and came out on the other side. With room to maneuver, I was able to thwart them.
This incident came to my mind when I started practising KravMaga. In KravMaga, every technique ends with a scan of the surroundings. (Video)
This scan of surroundings is very critical for survival, since 'tunnel vision' is one of the adrenalin induced reactions in shock stage.
Net take - Never assume there is only one issue and that you have addressed it. Scan..and..Scan.

When done in Movies, No one can defend !
 6) Complacent due to martial arts training
Practicing Martial arts is like swimming in the pool. Fighting with a street-smart criminal is like swimming in the rough seas.
Unfortunately, even many instructors of martial arts are not aware of it.They teach unrealistic techniques to awe-struck trainees, totally oblivious that they are putting their trainees' safety in jeopardy.
Especially, many frauds, who are capitalizing on the ignorance, are awarding black belts like a vending machine. In Chennai, one pretender put up a poster recently - "Champion in 25 days!".. That’s an improvement for him, as he caught the gullible public's imagination, some months back, by announcing "Black Belt in 30 days!."  Imagine the number of clueless victims he is churning out!
The harsh reality is, most of us live in one particular social group… and being perceived as tough in that peer group, is highly misleading. Once the 'bad-ass' gets exposed in an alien environment, he will get his ass handed back to him, in so many different ways which his instructor was not aware of.
Here is a classic example of complacency due to martial arts. (Video)
Net take - You are NOT exposed to mindless violence...and you are NOT trained to face that ugly violence inside most martial arts dojos.


So, DON'T BE A STUPID STREET FIGHTER!
Common Sense, Politeness and Good Manners are better alternatives to stupid fighting. Period!






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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Chennai City Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
Chennai Site - https://sites.google.com/site/kravmagachennai/
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LINKED IN -  http://in.linkedin.com/in/ksr960
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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Any martial art is good, if the instructor is NOT bad


In my recent blog I criticized the technique of a guy in Chennai, who claims he is a martial arts teacher . He also wrote a rejoinder, which without mentioning the art by name, criticized every aspect of KravMaga. This guy was also intelligent enough to make his prejudiced bile sound like a dispassionate comparison of martial arts. But ...

... Why is it NOT intelligent to compare different martial arts?
This half-baked guru's comparison of different methods itself is misleading, like comparing 
apples and oranges, to use a cliché.
  • What he missed to understand was the fact that every method is different, because they evolved in different environments, and for different objectives.
  • When analyzing any particular fighting art one has to look at the anthropological, sociological and sometimes even the political aspects of the environment in which that art evolved. 
  • Another major differentiator in a method of fighting is, for what job-profile it is designed for. I will extrapolate this a bit more. 
Why look into the physical-anthropological aspect, when analyzing a martial art?
Let me first state that the concept of sub-species amongst humans is NOT racist. For instance in forensics , when examining a murder crime, whether the body is of an African, Asian or European ancestry can be specified with a high degree of accuracy.
So, it's an established reality that subspecies of humans have some predominantly common physical characteristics.
Is this race only for blacks?!
The martial art evolved in a region where mostly the men are tall and big will be different from a region where the majority of the males are short and stocky. That’s why different geographies gave us varied forms like Boxing, Judo, KungFu, Kali and Wrestling.

Why look into sociological origins of a martial art?
The origins of traditional Japanese unarmed combat can be traced to the caste system which prohibited certain communities from carrying weapons. In India too there was a similar caste system, where the Kshatriyas were supposed to be the warrior class.
Nowadays these caste differentiators have blurred; so thankfully martial arts can be learnt by everyone.

The threats to the community also influenced the martial traditions; the most legendary, I can recall now, are the Spartans of ancient Greece, the Sikhs of Punjab and the Gurkhas of Nepal. Not to forget the Buddhist monks of Shaolin, who evolved an unique system suited to their lifestyle.
The nature of the environment will also influence the fighting system..thats why a tribal in a tropical jungle will fight different from a Bedouin in the desert. 

Why political climate influences a fighting art?
When carrying of weapons is banned by authority, mundane household or farm equipments evolve into improvised weapons. A classic example is the Tonfa of Japanese martial arts, which is the improvised version of the rice-grinder handle. 

For more interesting information of improvised weapons, see here.
Since I teach prison guards, I come across lots of improvised weapons, like aluminium plates folded and sharpened into a crude knife. Even a tooth-brush can function as a knife if one end is sharpened!

Why the trainee's profile influences the choice of fighting methodology
  • A policeman's job is different from a soldier's. A policeman is expected to control the aggressor, while a soldier is not.
  • A hotel bouncer's job is different from a body guard's, even though both technically do third-party protection.
  • A Man's problem is different from a Woman. His issue is Rage while hers is sexual harassment.
  • A martial art suitable for a rule based ring fighter won’t be suitable for a wild street-fight.
  • A technique which can be applied only by a seasoned Aikido practitioner, can't be taught to an average girl working in a bank. 


The net take is - Any martial-art is good if the instructor is NOT bad !
In my last post, I only analyzed the technique of this guy and not his system; if at all he has one! :)
Unfortunately he missed the essentials
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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Chennai City Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
Chennai Site - https://sites.google.com/site/kravmagachennai/
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Sunday, January 13, 2013

7 Dictums of what NOT to teach in self-defense for WOMEN


WARNING to WOMEN!
After the Guwahati molestation and Delhi gang rape, more women are enquiring about self-defense courses. This blog post is to warn those women. They could end up with martial-arts schools which will actually put them in greater danger, when they try to repel a sexual aggressor.

REALITY NOT REALIZED BY MARTIAL-ART TEACHERS
Many martial arts instructors DON'T understand the specific problems of women, like -
1- The average Women is SMALLER than the average Man
2- The Woman will be under extreme FEAR and STRESS during a sexual attack
3- Most Women are PUT OFF by Violence; so, learning to fight does NOT appeal to them
4- Most Women DON'T see themselves as capable of fighting a bigger & aggressive Man
The martial-arts instructor should factor in this reality before making a curriculum for women. But do they?
The emphatic answer is a big "NO"!

HOW WOMEN ARE MISGUIDED BY HALF-BAKED GURUS
Recently I saw a video of a self-promoted martial-arts guru, in Chennai, who is offering a course for women.
The scenario - Knife-threat to woman's throat by a probable rapist.
Step 1 -The instructor showed a technique where the attacked woman nonchalantly bends the thumb of the attacker's hand which is holding the knife! At the same time, she also steps on the attacker's toes and cuts his mobility!!
Step 2 - The attacker immediately falls to the ground writhing in apparent pain.
Step 3 - Then the small woman puts one foot on his face while holding down the attacker in an intricate Aikido wrist-lock.
Step 4 - She removes the knife from the attacker as effortlessly as removing a hair pin.
Then she looks proudly at the camera and smiles!
After I saw this video, I was just hoping the gullible woman student never tries out this in the unfortunate event of a real sexual attack. She will be better off running as if possessed. ( Obviously I can't share this video and help spread this sham. But see the safer and better option here )

BLUNDERS GALORE.
What are the major blunders committed by this martial-arts instructor?
Blunder 1 - TOO MANY ASSUMPTIONS - As I often say the expansion of ASSUME is "It makes an ASS of U and ME".
The technique is so complicated that it will be difficult even for a martial-arts veteran. Assuming a small novice woman can execute this technique will only expose her to more danger.
Blunder 2 - TECHNIQUE TOO PRECISE  - Small-joint manipulation
Highly precision movements like bending the thumb backwards, that too the thumb of the hand holding the knife just won't be possible for 2 reasons -
1) The attacker WON'T be static. The woman will only end up cutting her hand on the knife blade
2) The woman will be in extreme panic, that she CAN'T EXECUTE this precise Aikido small-joint manipulation.
Blunder 3 - STRENGTH DIFFERENCE NOT FACTORED IN
1) A small woman CAN'T just like that create enough pain that makes a bigger, more aggressive man fall like a mannequin.
Blunder 4 - AGGRESSION OF ATTACKER NOT FACTORED IN
2) Her foot on the face WON'T hold that angry attacker down.. and that too he has one hand free! He can do so many things with his free hand, like tripping her leg, supporting himself and turning his body. Its stupid to assume he will lie there silently.
Blunder 4 - TOO MUCH OF ENGAGEMENT WITH THE ATTACKER
1) Longer engagement in close quarters only exposes the woman to more danger
2) Women instinctively will only move away.. and NOT increase physical contact with a threat
Blunder 5 - TEACHING A WOMAN CONTROL and WEAPON DISARMING 
This is the common problem with traditional martial arts. They were designed for warriors and NOT an average woman. The Instructors just keep teaching them to school girls!
Controlling and Disarming is NOT required for a woman, unless she is a Police Officer!

In summary -
THE 7 DON'TS OF WOMAN SELF-DEFENCE TECHNIQUES
The technique..
1) ... should NOT be based on STRENGTH
2) ... should NOT be COMPLICATED & LAYERED
3)... should NOT assume the WOMAN is going to be COOL and OBJECTIVE
4) .. should NOT assume the ATTACKER is going to be STATIC and COMPLIANT
5) .. should NOT increase ENGAGEMENT with the Attacker
6) .. should NOT teach CONTROL of the attacker
7) ... should NOT teach DISARMING WEAPON

These 7 DICTUMs hold good for all self-defense techniques.. They are MORE CRITICAL for women.
In a later post, I will talk of What to Teach in Women's Self Defence Class.
Meanwhile give me your feedback and suggestions. 

Related Posts -
“How to find out if the martial-arts instructor is a martial-fart”
 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" - Part I & Part II
Videos -
KRAV-MAGA FOR WOMEN - CHENNAI, INDIA
KravMaga - safety tips for Children & Women - NDTV Hindu Chennai

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Chennai City Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
...............................................................
Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
Chennai Site - https://sites.google.com/site/kravmagachennai/
KRAVMAGA BLOG -  http://kravmaga-chennai.blogspot.com/
LINKED IN -  http://in.linkedin.com/in/ksr960
FACEBOOK - http://bit.ly/KravMagaChennai
YOUTUBE - http://www.youtube.com/user/KravMagaSreeRam
GOOGLE PROFILE - http://www.google.com/profiles/ksr960
TWEET - @kravMagaSreeRam

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