Well, you might be thinking, well I am a well-educated person, having a decent job, don’t go into political discussions and confrontations so I am pretty much sure I don’t need it. Well, you are correct but partially. Let me explain the painful story of Pranay Mishra a techie from Accenture. He was going to meet his girlfriend after office and was stabbed to death by two bike-borne men. This story has been covered by many local and national news outlets that I don’t have to justify it, a quick google search can lead you there. Well to make things simple and for the sake of saving my time, the point I am trying to focus is that innocent life could have been saved or at least he could have tried to save himself if he knew some form of self-defense techniques. No matter how many degrees or skilled you are your life is at the mercy of someone who has no respect for who you are, what you do. So its safe to be prepared than sorry. Practicing martial arts doesn’t mean you have to become a fighter or anything but it at least makes you prepared you for the worst situations in life. I too have learned this in a hard way but that is another story for another day.
Okay! Can I really defend myself?
Great question, let me explain you it in a manner you will understand better. Do you remember the day when you first used your computer for the first time and struggled with time mouse, with the left and right click? The whole idea of martial arts is also quite the same except you have to involve yourself physically. Not only it gives you practicing may kind of martial arts edge over others it also gives you the ability to stay more healthy in general.
Types of Martial Arts and their advantages:
Kung-Fu / Wing Chun – The Wing Chun dummy training is useful to learn the centreline punching, kicking, pivoting, improve speed, reflexes, coordination, range, simultaneous attack, and defenses, etc. Basically, Kung-fu and Wing Chun are similar but are applicable for different scenarios. Kung-fu helps you not only train your body but also your mind to be prepared for anything that you may face as a threat to life.
Karate with Iron Body Training – Most of the people are already familiar about it so let me explain a little bit to help you understand more. Traditional Karate is like a system it makes your body a real weapon with their iron body training. I have seen many people wear gloves when sparring. But this isn’t the best way to train for self-defense. Your hands are fragile and can break easily. That’s why we should train our fists with iron body training to prevent broken bones but also to deliver more punishing blows. It’s more like preparing for a fight every day when you have no adrenalin rush. In case you are wondering if Iron Body is a real thing you can visit our Karate Training Classes in Kolkata to see a real-life example.
Kajukenbo training – I was inspired by the Kajukenbo presented in Fight Quest and aspire to use it in my training. There are no “fair rules” and it’s very unpredictable. You could be fighting one guy before another guy comes up from behind and knocks you out. There’s also training against ambushes with multiple attackers, weapons, and so forth. It’s very useful for constantly being aware of your environment and keeping your distance. That’s probably as close to a real violent street situation as you can get. train in bag work.
Boxing training – I like several training methods from boxing namely bare-knuckle boxing. I shadow-box, use a speedball, practice head evasions, knuckle push-ups, and hope to one day.
Striking – I like to use a lot of Wing Chun hits such as punches, uppercuts, elbow strikes, palm strikes, finger jabs, chops, headbutts, a modified hook punch, etc. They are very fast and efficient. I use Wing Chun parries to quickly redirect powerful blows. Elbow blocks are used to break fists with my elbows. Even if they don’t land, they’ll safely slide off my forearms. I can also strike the arms and do other attacks.
Kicking – I use Wing Chun kicks to target the lower body. They are fast, efficient, and target awkward angles that other kicks can’t.
Trapping – I like to trap a person’s arm or hand to immobilize it as I strike.
Grappling – I use simple and efficient takedowns. I like to armlock then break the arm to disable my attacker. I sometimes like to use some BJJ techniques to escape submissions and go right into striking or kicking.
Remember when it’s a real fight you can and should use anything and everything else that’s available. You can be a hero later if you save your life at that moment. Train yourself so that it can you prepare for a self-defense scenario with fewer weapons or things available nearby.
- Use other weapons – Throw sand, dirt, paper, anything to distract your opponent as you make an entry. Go in quickly and deliver the fatal blow.
- Bait your opponent – Draw your opponent in for an attack and counter-attack quickly. For example, something that I did was switch stances periodically to get my opponent to attack.
- Work from different angles – Don’t just move back and forth. Use different angles to attack and defend. Move around your opponent.
- Don’t “push” – Pushing your limbs forward wastes time and energy. Instead, snap your arm forward to generate speed and power.
- Ditch flashy footwork – Using fancy footwork slows you down and doesn’t generate enough reach. Pick footwork that’s quick, balanced, and simple. I can’t tell you how many times I got hit from using bad footwork that involved stepping. To me, stepping wastes time and energy. You have to lift up your foot, replant it elsewhere, and do the same with the other foot. While you’re doing that, your opponent will attack you.
- Condition your body – Work out your forearms and legs. Strong forearms will let you get a better grip on the sword. Practice lunging to work out your knees. That’ll improve your sword thrusts. Do a lot of Isometrics to build up the fast twitch muscle fibers in your arms. That increases the speed and power of your attacks/defenses.
- Don’t block – Blocking wastes time and energy. It’s also a passive form of defense. Blocking depends on stopping force. This can be bad if the force is too strong. Your block can collapse under pressure or allow your opponent to exploit another opening. Instead, counter-attack and parry.
- Attack/defend when retreating – Even when retreating, make sure you attack and defend. If you’re moving back and your opponent advances, he/she may walk into your attack unexpectedly.
- Intercept your opponent – It’s ideal to intercept your attacker at the moment he/she is about to attack. This is because he/she is going to be concerned with attacking and not defending.
- Use simple and efficient techniques – Don’t waste energy or time doing fancy moves. Be economical. It’s all about how fast you can end your opponent.
Use broken rhythm – Vary the timing, speed, rhythm, footwork, and form of your attacks/defenses. Look to throw your opponent off guard.