- Feb 23, 2014
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My experience with these types of defenses suggests there are a few issues at play:
1) most of us would be nearly helpless against a top-tier fighter (certainly with my knees, etc., I'd be no match for a well-trained fighter in his prime who is both conditioned to take a beating and likely has genetically lower response to pain), regardless of our art or background, so I'll leave that be to start with.
2) Every defense - especially those that use "aiki" (sometimes simply described as acting where the low-effort response is available) - require a certain amount of awareness of and "feel" for the exact situation. They can't be made to work, you have to learn to recognize the opportunity when it exists. Someone who understands the physical principles can shut those down. This is why my students learn both the "aiki" and "non-aiki" methods to use our techniques, since sometimes you just don't have time to wait for a great "aiki" opportunity.
3) There are other responses to attacks that don't require that "feel", and most folks will focus on those. If I were training for fighting, I'd eliminate a large portion of what I've studied, and focus on a smaller group. Since aiki principles require more patience, I'd ditch those in favor of things I could "make" work with enough force and skill. (Since I'm not training for fighting, but for defense, I have the leisure of taking the time to keep adding tools once I'm competent for defense.)
Not really. We are having two different conversations here. Back control is a dominant position and the way you approach that kind of determines what you are getting out of your martial arts.
So you can either approach it like you are in a bad position that the other guy may realistically win from.
Or you can create a circumstance where you will win regardless.
My point about top tier fighters is that not being able to escape back control is not automatically a product of not having the awesome defence. You are in a crap position. And if you are escaping back control all the time you have a quality control issue with your partner.
Bear hugs are a great test to determine if your training is contrived or not.