Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to learn effective self defense techniques

Rather than teach you self defense techniques that i find effective, i will teach you how to evaluate whether or not a self defense technique is effective. I am a firm believer in the saying "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you give him an occupation that will last a lifetime." There are many people out there claiming to teach effective self defense techniques even when they've never tested their effectiveness. They may in fact even be lying to you. This guide will give you the fundamental principles to help you learn effective self defense techniques using the scientific method.

1) Learn the purpose of a technique - The first step in learning effective techniques is learning the purpose for using it. If you don't understand the purpose behind a certain self defense technique then you are better off not using it. For example, i use the fingerjab to distract my enemy by briefly blinding his vision. Some critics say the fingerjab is ineffective because the human eyes would reflexively close too quickly to poke the eyes. Even if i can't jam my fingers into my enemy's eyes, my goal is still accomplished. He can't see with his eyes closed, leaving him/her exposed to another attack.

2) Learn simple, efficient, and realistic techniques - In order for you to use a technique effectively, it must meet certain requirements. A) Is it simple? If a technique requires a long sequence of moves in order to be performed, it's not simple. If it requires years of practice in order to perfect for combat then it's not simple. You should be able to use it quickly with minimum movement. B) Is it efficient? If it takes alot of energy to execute then it's not efficient. Energy is very important in self defense. If you use alot of energy in a flying spin kick when all your enemy has to do is step aside to avoid it, your technique isn't efficient. If you tire easily after exerting alot of energy in one technique, your technique isn't efficient. Efficiency is determined by how well you can conserve your energy. The less energy you use, the better. This video explains more in detail. C) Is it realistic? Is it based on scientific principles? If it's compatible with the laws of physics, biology, physiology, the human anatomy, and so forth then it's probably effective in combat.  

3) Practice the technique properly - If you fail to practice a technique properly then it won't work period. The key to any technique's effectiveness is proper training namely in drills. Once you've learned the technique correctly then you can rule out the possibility for error.

4) Apply the technique in no holds barred sparring - The best way of determining a technique's effectiveness is in sparring. If you spar with a non-resistant partner then of course the technique will work but it may not work against a resistant attacker in actual combat. It's therefore critical that you practice techniques against a resisting partner in all out sparring. This is how Bruce Lee evaluated a technique's effectiveness. Let your partner know your goals and give your partner the freedom to resist. If you want to say test out a wrist lock's effectiveness in sparring, your partner may resist by attacking you with the free hand or pulling the arm away. Raw combat International gives great insight on turning techniques into skills in training.

5) Apply the technique in combat or discard it - If you've found the technique works in sparring against a resistant partner then you've successfully determined it to be effective in self defense. If it doesn't work after several tries, you may need to keep practicing the technique in drills or change the way you apply the technique. If for example you try to apply a wrist lock by grabbing your opponent's arm and it's ineffective then you might find success by executing a stop hit to stun the arm before you apply the wrist lock. If after several attempts in different scenarios the technique still doesn't work then you can safely say it's ineffective. Whether the technique is successful or not, it's wise to learn when it's applicable and when it isn't. It's crucial to create the right conditions for the technique to be effective in a particular situation. If you apply say an armbar against an opponent with a weapon and you get attacked, the technique wouldn't work in that particular scenario. Context is key. Self defense techniques won't always work in every situation. It's up to you to judge in wisdom which techniques are useful and when they aren't.

Practice these principles when you are practicing techniques of any combat system and never be fooled again. If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to my blog for updates, more advice, and exclusive content in the near future. I'm proud and excited to offer a FREE sample chapter of my E-book "Jeet Kune Do: How to build your own fighting system for self defense!" It's essentially a step-by-step guide on how to make your own self defense system suited to fit your own needs using Jeet Kune Do. If you would love to receive your FREE chapter of my e-book, click on the link below and share a post via. social media then it's yours for FREE! Be sure to also fill out the survey on the right and provide feedback on my blog. Leave questions, comments, and suggestions below.

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