Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Filter your methods.

When considering the various ways you can counter a violent physical assault it's both logical and practical to assume your attacker will possess some type of advantage over you. Therefor it is imperative to filter the techniques and concepts you train in through that assumption. Simply put, you need to ask yourself if technique or concept 'X' will work for you against a resisting attacker who is larger, stronger or faster than you. Will it work if he is under the influence of alcohol or drugs and thus has an elevated pain tolerance? Will it work if he's armed with a knife or impact weapon, or has an accomplice? No one can answer these questions for you. You must pressure test your methods against live energy and active resistance. Ideally, test them against a training partner who is faster, larger and stronger than you. Perhaps against two partners. Test like your life depends on it because on the street, it does.

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