Self Defense
by Sensei Andy Dominey on October 31st, 2010

It’s a strange phrase isn’t it; self defense? The act of defending oneself. Seems simple enough. Unfortunately, over the years it has been both over-complicated and made into a Hollywood movie.

I read something recently that I’m going to quote here because I think it is the best description for self defense I have ever read. ‘Self defense is the act of recovering from bad luck or poor judgment’. Absolutely true. If you are using a so-called self defense technique you are in a position that you really shouldn’t be in for one of the aforementioned reasons. Let’s look at the reasons in more detail.

Bad luck is really out of ones control and would involve such situations as a woman being targeted for sexual assault or something as simple as a guy in a bar choosing you to help make him feel like more of a man. These situations are, for the most part, unavoidable, hence, ‘bad luck’. In this situation, the best you can hope for is that the attack is either a) sloppy or unprepared or b) the attack is over quickly; since you are really not going to get much of a chance to act. I say ‘act’ rather than ‘react’ for reasons I’ll get into later.

Poor judgment covers everything else….any I mean everything. Stumbling into a fight between two people and getting hit does not count as bad luck since you made a choice (either conscious or unconscious) to put yourself in that place at that time…..poor judgment. Fortunately, this one can be avoided by training. Martial arts training specifically, since it teaches you the most important skill you can ever learn, awareness. Being aware of not only oneself but also of everything going on in ones vicinity and beyond, to the advanced level of predicting what is likely to happen if events continue to play out.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that learning how to defend oneself is worthless, it’s absolutely not. I’ve spent the last 13 years of my life studying the means on defending myself and I can tell you, it’s has not been wasted time. What I am saying, however, is that most typical situations in which self defense techniques are typically thought of can and should be avoided in the first place.

If, however, a situation cannot be avoided, we must fight…not fight to win since ‘winning’ means nothing…no, we don’t fight to win, we fight to survive. It’s better to avoid than to run, it’s better to run than to fight and it’s better to fight than to die.

Posted in Conflict    Tagged with Karate, Fight, Conflict, Battle, Defense, Self-Defense


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