Anybody on here used martial arts for self defense?

Discussion in 'Women of the Martial Arts (Women Martial Artists)' started by Tiberius, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Becca

    Becca Yellow Belt

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    Thanks everyone. I find my art safest for me. I don't pit the arts against one and other as a general rule. For the record I do have experience in grappling and I've learnt that it isn't for me. That isn't to say that it isn't for everyone at all however. I find being the lighter person it's safer for me to stay on my feet as much as is possible but that's just me.

    Also just another point. When in that kind of situation you stick to what you know. The basics of what you know. Even with classes in Judo or ju-jitsu I've fought on my feet for seven years and that's unlikely to change because that is what my body is trained to do. I think the phrase to each their own applies here :)

    Let's give the thread back to it's original topic now I think. :)
     
  2. Chris Parker

    Chris Parker Grandmaster

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    Hey Becca,

    Close.... what actually happens is that your unconscious mind goes to what it believes to be powerful, and that has nothing to do with conscious mind reasoning or decision-making at all. And if your experience has taught you that your art is powerful and works for you (on an unconscious level), then that'll come out, regardless of whether or not it's "effective" in one area or another. Because, really, when it comes down to it, the relative effectiveness of one art's techniques or anothers is really irrelevant. Do you have confidence in it, and your ability to apply it? Yes? Great, that is what makes it work! The "techniques" don't matter at all, in the end. They may be what you use (physically), but they are not what helps you get away and be successful in defending yourself.
     
  3. Balrog

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    Every day of my life.

    If so what kind of technique did you use? [/quote]
    The self-confidence that I learned from studying martial arts.

    Remember the words of Sun Tzu:

     
  4. Balrog

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    Sorry, should have previewed - broken quote tags in my response.
     
  5. Drac

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    Many times when I was still working the streets..Lots of joint locks in order to put cuffs on and some leg sweeps when a subject decided during the seach for a weapon that HE wasnt goin to jail today..
     
  6. Tiberius

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    police training then
     
  7. Blade96

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    ah men come here all the time to this little forum. No big deal really :p

    and is it just me, or are you a Board Enforcer, Chris, helping to keep people moral (aka helping keep people from trolling and stuff.) I think you are. :)

    Now to the question. Yes, if stopping a hot cup of tea from falling on me can be considered self defence =]

    I used a seiken zuki (basic punch) to knock it away from me.
     
  8. Tiberius

    Tiberius Green Belt

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    Its pretty normal for guys to feel uncomfortable when the "new guy" talks to the girls. Subconsciously they feel like they invested more time towards the women in the circle. When the new guy gets along well with them and they talk and laugh toegether, the old timers feel like, what is he doing with our women? Those are MY women. I should have respected the pecking order and socialised more with the guys first : ). Not blaiming anyone here of trying to be the lover boy of the board. Again most people act in that way without even realizing it and its quite frequent and I guess normal for a guy to act in that way.

    Lol yes that counts too : ). Doing yoga I am rather flexible and although I am very defined and in shape I am not exactly Mr. Superstrong XD, so I was curious to see what people are more prone to use on da street, Kicking and punching, Throws and ground techniques or some combination.
     
  9. Chris Parker

    Chris Parker Grandmaster

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    Trust me, son, really not the case here. Not to go too much into it, but there are reasons I looked into your posting habits. But there is no jealousy here, as you really don't seem to warrant it. Just so you know.
     
  10. Tiberius

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    I wasnt talking about jealousy pops. And I wasnt trying to single you out either. I was talking in general about something I observed several times, not so much involving me, but also observing others in a social setting.

    I found some of your posts weird too to say the least, but out of context, without knowing both parties involved, their relation to each other, or the whole story that lead up to a particular contribution, many things can sound odd.

    Not to mention the fact that it wasnt me who singled you out, calling you out on your behaviour acting as the "board enforcer" and "moralizer". I merely tried to say that you are not a weirdo or strange and yours was a common reaction towards "the new guy" which I observed before which can still be considered normal.
     
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  11. Blade96

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    Board enforcer and moralizer are not bad things. In fact the world could use more of them, me thinks :)

    Punch for me. :)
     
  12. Drac

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    No, I used techniques from either Shorin-Ryu or Combat Hapkido. Police training is only a primer, all officers need to add to the skills that they received in the academy..But I am getting off topic...Sorry..

    It really doesnt matter WHAT she used in an altercation, as long as it worked. We teach our smaller female student numerous " tricks' to use in a situation. No, I will not discuss them here. Such questions should be directed at your instructor..
     
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  13. Rich Parsons

    Rich Parsons A Student of Martial Arts

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    I have used many techniques, but in the last decade mostly verbal.

    The better stories are the female students I have been able to help even if just a little and that little bit helped them through a dangerous situation and survived it.
     
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    I learned that Chain Punching works really well against multiple attackers, and has the side effect of making some of them have a little nap during the course of said attack :)
     
  15. Laus

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    I've never had to use my martial arts to defend myself. I have, howver had to talk a man out of following me around my neighbourhood at some ungodly hour. I doubt I could have done that effectively if didn't think I could defend myself if to came to that.

    A friend of mine related this to me once: while on vacation, walking alone to her hotel at night, she was beign followed by two men. She figured they were fixing to mug her or worse. So before they got close enough to do anything she turned and screamed at the top of her lungs. They took off and she got back to her hotel safely.
     
  16. eggg1994

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    i have defended myself but not physically. I did not use any of my bjj techniques i just verbaly stood up for myself this was in my naborhood by the way. i was going on a walk in the naborhood and these teenage boy's said i looked sexy and cute i told them to shut up and then they said that one of their boy's said that all he wanted to do was kiss you i told them to go do that to someone else you *** hole and then they just walked away. i just stood up to them for what i believe in and that was it. i never once ever had to use my self defence techniques against anyone. you should also not judge some's martial art for not being good in self defence. there is not martial art that's not good for self defence and truely what makes a martial art good for self defence is it's principles that it use's to defeat an attacker so my question is how do you know that their self defence is terrable? you need evidence to back your self up or else you would have been lieing
     
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    I did once! Those were two guys! They runned after me, and i was stupid and i didn't run, instead i waited for them and tryed to talk, since there was no reason to attack me. Well i think this was my failure in self defense.

    We talked for a 30 seconds and then one of them grabbed me for t shirt. I kicked him in the groin, stepped aside and kicked him to the knees with some sort of side kick. Other one runned away. The first one stayed on the floor, but not because pain, i rather think because of fear.

    Then i runed away too and i never saw them again.

    I was relatively cold-blooded during it all,but later i was so very shaky and shocked! And my voice were shivering like i was beaten. Later i found bruise on my hand, i don't know how.

    I hope i never again will come in that situation!
     
  18. Cirdan

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    Had to defend myself more than once, fortunately I have been able to walk home in one piece. Things happen quickly, very violently and are over in a few seconds. I`ll admit that on these occations I failed to detect the early warning signs or take them seriously enough. On one occation I had my girlfriend (in high heels) with me which prevented a quick extraction. I`ve used positioning and voice more than anything else, escaping being surrounded and making them hesitate. I`ve also used the front kick. I`ve always taken the opportunity to walk away if available, even after getting sucker punched.

    Karate is gut-wrenching when you look at what many of the techniques are actually meant for. It`s close, it`s personal, it`s gruesome.
     
  19. granfire

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    Grappling as means to get back on your feet and run, by all means, train and study.
    As means to be the end all SD...I'd rather not...
     
  20. Golden Crane

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    Curse those high-heels. Hard to do much of anything - including spin around to kick or run away - wearing those suckers...
     

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