Most Fighting Strategies Too Complicated For Street Self
Are the fighting strategies that
being taught today too complex to be effective on the street?
Over the years of my training
we taught most of the traditional self defense technques to
our students. Coming from a background in Okinawan karate we
didn't have too much fancy stuff. On the other hand I thought
our techniques and fighting strategies were fairly simple and
direct. I had always considered the stress of a real attack
and realized it is quite different than practicing in the dojo.
It wasn't until I attended a F.A.S.T.
Defense training (adrenal stress conditioning) class that I
realized that even what I considered simple fighting strategies
were still in some cases way too complex for an adrenaline filled
A good example is the roundhouse
or sucker punch. I have seen more different fighting strategies
for this one attack that I care to remember. Let me give you
a little evolution of my own shift in fighting strategies dealing
with this defense over the years.
Way back my fighting strategy
was to strike, throw and strike again. It worked great in the
dojo and looked really cool too! There are some major flaws
to this strategy. First, people react differently to strikes.
In the dojo the guy just stands there but on the street his
reaction may be to fall backward or to either side. This flaws
the follow up throw if your basic technique was a one arm hip
Perhaps a judo expert might be
able to pull that off because he could adapt his fighting strategy
to quickly change his throw.
Later on in my training we would
make the block and then follow up with an assortment of counter
attacks. This sounds reasonable and it may be, depending on
your fighting strategy. What I found out later on was that under
an "adrenal dump", those multiple counter attacks might not
be available (mentally) because of the loss of cognitive thinking
under those conditions.
That is one of the reasons we
Self Defense 101. The blocks are all simple and the follow
ups from most attacks are very similar, if not the same. Using
these fighting strategies, the chances of a successful defense
against an all out street attack are significantly higher.