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I’ve just come across an excellent article which could serve as a great reference for self defence classes but the post reputes that MMA shares principles with self defence. On the whole, it is very good, but it suffers from a bias against MMA rampant in the self defence fraternity and it’s one that bugs me. Put simply self defence classes and MMA share more than people would like to give credit. Many think that MMA training is hopeless for self defence because the rules detract from the reality of the training or the suitability of the training to a real attack. I beg to differ but before I expand on that here’s why I liked the post in the main.
It discusses the three most important principles concerning self defence and is called The Truth About Violence by Sam Harris, an author I’m afraid I’ve not heard of before. These principles are nothing new but his descriptions and examples given are great to get the message across. These principles are
- Avoid dangerous places and dangerous people
- Do not defend your property
- Respond immediately and escape
Avoidance and Awareness are covered nicely, not surprising given the reference reading material provided at the end of the article – Geoff Thompson and Rory Miller amongst others. He distils the main messages from these books nicely. The final principle concerns what to do when an attack is unavoidable and importantly an easy way to acknowledge when this is. He says that once your avoidance strategies are exhausted and the would be attacker is still at it this is when you should respond. As he says
the moment avoidance fails, attack explosively for the purposes of escape—not to mete out justice, or to teach a bully a lesson, or to apprehend a criminal. Your goal is to get away with minimum trauma (to you), while harming your attacker in any way that seems necessary to ensure your escape
This is exceptionally good advice in my book, particularly the caveats concerning justice, bullies and criminals. Blurring the lines here will land you in jail, if you move from self defence to apprehension of a criminal you could end up like Mr Hussain; locked up!
Effective Self Defence and MMA Share stuff!
Self Defence classes and MMA Share Pre-emptive Striking
Apologies for the stupid video but the KO demonstrates the MMA equivalent of the pre-emptive strike something else that self defence classes and MMA share. Sure it needs a little adaption but the principle is there.
And Explosive Attacking
There are numerous examples in MMA and the UFC of fighters’ explosive attacking. To say that you need to cultivate explosive attacking and then to discount MMA is plain daft, effective self defence classes and MMA share this too. Furthermore, there is plenty of explosive attacking in other combat sports too, like boxing and K1 and Muay Thai boxing to name a few from fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, Fedor, Jose Aldo, Pacman, Smoking Joe, Baukaw et al. But for me the personification explosive attack is Tyson and this video still gets me high…
I know it is Tyson but the explosive flat out attacking is not exclusive to him or to the few fighters mentioned above, there are many more I could add. My beef is that MMA in particular, but boxing and other combat sports too, are all too easily dismissed by self defence experts. The ferocity of Tyson and his ilk is something that will get you through many an encounter outside of your self defence classes. I’ve written previously on how I’ve been shown to get a handle on the explosive attacking of Tyson.
This post has dragged on a little but my point is that self defence classes and combat sports like MMA share more than certain techniques. There is a lot to be taken from these sports which can be used effectively in self defence classes, and explosive attacking is one of these. The Harris post is good but is spoiled by the implicit assumption that self defence and MMA share nothing!
Originally posted 2011-11-09 15:33:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter