It's funny, but if you think about self defense, I'm not sure that biting or elbows to the face are all that good. Think about the UFC and the elbows... honestly, I'd advocate that they be banned from the UFC precisely because they often result in a premature stoppage. You see guys who are "fine". They're ready to go except that they got cut and the doctor stops the fight. The cut isn't dangerous, nor is it affecting the fighter and "on the street" he'd likely continue fighting without a second thought. While it's possible, elbows on the ground aren't any more likely to end a fight than a punch, even if they have a strong chance of opening a cut.
Biting is another one. Unless you can take a finger or something equally damaging you're likely escalating the situation with the distinct possibility that you aren't improving your situation at all.
The above aren't written as questions, but to be clear, I don't train for self defense, per se, so I'm really throwing these out for discussion. What do you guys think?
i don't know that all elbow stoppages are premature....it's hard to fight when there's too much blood in your eyes to see. yes, the guy could physically continue, but the odds of him winning are slim. attackers aren't fighting for fame or a paycheck, they are typically looking for an easy target (if we're talking about true SD here & not a bar fight or something). not every SD tech has to incapacitate, being a difficult target is often enough. some people just get plain discouraged when they get a couple thumps & see a puddle of their own blood.
i agree with you about biting though, it is a last-ditch effort in my play book. all "dirty fighting" tactics (which i am a big fan of) should be secondary to core fighting/competition skills, imo. eye gouges, biting, pinching, all that stuff can help you, but you can't count on it to win the day.
Not at all related to the topic but love the new avatar Jarrod! Is that Argentina? Looks like it to me.
thanks man! that pic is from gray's peak right here in colorado. would love to hike south america sometime, i've heard nothing but good things.