- Dec 17, 2008
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I would agree but now we are really talking about martial artists seeking to improve their skill set, not the average person wanting to learn 'self defence'. No one that I have seen wanting self defence lessons would even think of cross training.I would say that while some arts are probably better suited for SD than others, I'd also say a lot of it comes down to how things are trained. Nothing says that you have to be chained to the methods found only in your school. In other words, go cross train.
Even Krav has its problems. I have found that people learning Krav don't have the same devotion to training that you find with students from more traditional styles. Many want everything in the first two weeks then they're off. It is frustrating from a teaching point of view.For the scenario you describe above, I would focus on training in something that is simple, easy to learn, doesn't require tons of practice to be able to recall it. Krav Maga comes to mind. Yes, I know...some KM schools are a joke, but that can be said of any art. My point is: That is something that's simple and to the point.
And therein is the total truth.Bottom line is...there really isn't any quick fix.
I would agree but you do here occasionally where someone (normally female) has survived an attack and had given credit to the SD training. In those cases it is normally something as simple as a knee to the groin.This is why I'm leery of some women's SD courses, because if the students think that after a few 8hr sessons, that they're going to be 100% competent, they're going to be in for a rude awakening. Plus, some of these courses, don't focus on key things, ie: scenario training, adrenal stress training, and actually having an inst. pad up, and attack the student, in a fashion that they'd get attacked on the street, so the student can actually apply the things that she's learned. Having some experience on the ground is also a plus. Some basic BJJ techs, can be a huge plus.
They are the fundamental pillars of self defence. Rehashing them is good if it gets the message across.Of course, good old fashioned common sense is important. We've talked about awareness countless times, no sense in rehashing all the points here, but to touch on a few, things such as: being aware of your surroundings, taking precautions around your home, avoiding bad areas/establishments, etc.
Spot on!Like I said, nothing is ever going to be 100%. But I think that if you apply some of the things that have been mentioned already in this thread, your odds of success, just went up.