Amused by the creativity of the kangaroos. Squaring off and fighting is found everywhere in nature. We are the only species where the majority think there is something wrong or unnatural about fighting and sparring. Always prepare to fight, so just maybe we’ll never need to fight.
This is video from our Fit and Fearless Instructors on S. Congress in Austin. Nothing else to write here, other than excellent technique.
Last week we posted a jeet kune do defense against a shock knife. Lots of holes in that one. In the video below, John Whitman of Krav Maga Alliance/Focus Self Defense, and a Krav Mag guru, in my opinion, demonstrates a proper knife defense against downward knife stab.
Not perfect but interesting. If he had thrown a simultaneous counter strike to the face the battle would have been easier.
But the shock knife does bring an element of danger! Something we should consider in our knife training.
The video shows a defense which is based on strength, which can work, but only for those who are least as strong as their attacker. In Krav we try to use simultaneous counter strikes to weaken the attacker, and continue striking until said attacker drops his weapon.
The guy in the video made it work. I simply think the krav defense to the attack is simpler, easier, and more intuitive. But, that being said I love the idea of working with a shock knife for a scarier training experience.
Watch the video. The athleticism is brilliant. The flexibility and quickness of the feet and legs are amazing. This is sport martial art. Very few of those kicks would save a person in a self defense situation. The kicks are quick, yet lack true power. Another flaw in regards to self defense application is the hands are down, and not used offensively in any manner. So, then do we discount this as nothing more than sport? Again the athleticism is amazing. Basically, the tae kwon do think tank, in order to get tae kwon do into the Olympics took out punches, elbows, and all hand techniques because in their minds kicking is more dynamic, requires a greater skill level, and is more appealing to watch. This is why Tae Kwon Do became an Olympic sport. So, as long as we don’t confuse the sport aspect of martial art with the self defense and life approach of martial art, we can accept it as just sport. One of the unfortunate side effects of Olympic Style Tae Kwon Do, is that many schools have taught this type of fighting as self defense to people whom would never aspire nor achieve Olympiad status. So, this is where the line gets blurry. Normal everyday people training in Olympic style Tae Kwon Do as a practical self defense system. In my experience, in a controlled match a balanced fighter will defeat a person trained in Olympic Style TKD. Because the TKD folks have no concept of how to use their hands for defense or offense. The point of this blog entry is to respect the sport and athletes of Olympic Style TKD, as they are quite simply amazing. But, to also understand there is a very clear difference between sport and the true martial way. The roots of all martial arts was to make the weak more capable of battling a stronger opponent. To learn how to survive in combat. To turn the weak into the strong. However, as we evolve our martial arts have changed, as the times have changed. With martial sport it’s important to sell it as such, and not sell it as self defense.
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