I was undecided as to whether this post belonged in Kata Application or Self Protection section. Basically one of my newer students informed me during Saturdays session that on Friday he found himself in a situation in which he was forced to defend himself.
An aggressive individual initiated an assault, landing the first punch on my students left eyebrow with your stereotypical swinging right hook. My student initiated cover, projecting both hands into the opponents face, moving inside the effective range.
He tells me that he delivered an elbow strike (with datum) which didn't land so well, his opponent created some room, my students response was to revert to the blitz striking, as he is taught. His opponent, after taking impact, and by now realising that this quite young man he had assaulted had been underestimated made his escape.
During the altercation a witness had called the police so my student waited and gave a statement, which was supported by his friend who was present and the witness.
At my club we practice Naihanchi( as I've probably mentioned before), and the student applied his flinch response as practiced, with follow up options. Apart from being a massive endorsement of the way my club approaches and drills our situational training it illustrates the value of vigorous impactive training, both giving and receiving, and for proper self protection, having a smaller set of skills upon which you rely.
We discuss the effects of adrenalin as a matter of course, and he tells me that was a comfort when his stomach started churning. If I was being hyper critical I would have liked him to get the first punch in, pre-emption is high on the list of things we practice .
My student has a tasty bruise around the upper ridge of his left eye, he can live with that. He told me directly that it was his training that made all the difference, that was great to hear and I must admit it felt very gratifying, especially when you consider my student has no great history of physical conflict, is currently white belt and has only been training with my club for about eight weeks
All the best