Hi everyone and a very merry christmas,
(The ones who go looking for trouble arnt much of a problem for those who are ready for it)
Ive always been one to avoid a fight, never gone looking for trouble and most times been able to talk my way out, (one who truly understands the art of karate do is never easily drawn in to a fight, Gichin Funakoshi) but sometimes we end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Having been in no more than 8 real full on fights all of which have been self-defence situations, and been very lucky and fortunate to have come out on top each time. Through my own fighting experiences im very confident and belive in what i teach (karate) really does work for the street. Below is an account of a fight which took place 7 years ago, i remember it like it was yesterday and recall the particular techniques i used that night.
I was confronted by 2 guys in a small flat corridor walk way, both guys were bigger framed than me as im only small anyway, after a few verbal exchanges and knowing it was going to, kick of, and no way of escape i quickly made the first move by using a headbutt, upon this i caught the first guys teeth which cut the top right of my eye, blood ran making me blind in the right eye, i was then pushed back by the guy i had just headbutted, i used no more than 2 or 3 left hook punches, Pinan Godan, Tekki Shodan etc, then a right sweep in which we both fell to the ground, myself on the bottom, this is the last place anyone wants to be, one on one is hard enough but 2 is just not nice, at this point the other guy came in for the boot, i kicked out using my heal which caught his knee which forced him back, this must have really hurt as he did not attempt to come back and have another go. The guy on top rained down no more than 3 punches i managed to trap his arms and turn him over, at this point he just stopped, did not struggle or try to get me of, he just lay there, a bit battered and exhausted, fight was over. As i was on top and had the advantage i could have carried on but i didnt, i raised to my feet, wiped the blood from my eye looked at them both and the bloody mess and walked of, nothing was said nor did i ever see them again. The whole fight lasted about 60 seconds, maybe a bit longer. So i used a headbutt, 2 hook punches, a sweep and a front / thrust kick from the ground against 2 guys in a small confined space. I think its very important to train 2 on one and certainly train in small areas just in case we ever find ourselves in these kind of situations.
My point to all this is this, firstly, it doesnt matter what you have round your waist, belt wise, its wheather you can do it for real that counts, and one really does not have time to think or plan in a real fight.
Secondly, and please just here me out on this, how many instructors who are teaching and never been in a real fight, how do they know what they are teaching really works in the street if they have never used any of there techniques for real? its an interesting question, im only saying this because ive been in classes etc when a student has asked the above to an instructor ,students trust the instructor but do you think that they are being mislead and taught under false pretences? What do others think about this?
Im far from proud of the fights ive been in but im glad they happened as most of the basic techniques, punches, blocks and blocks as strikes and some bunkai from katas, mainly the pinan/heian ive used for real and know they work so my students are rest assured that i only teach what works.
One thing i have learned and a code i live by is this:
1) Expect the unexpected
2) Never underestimate your opponent(s)
3) Always be ready
I hope this is of some interest and would just like to wish everyone a very merry christmas and a happy new year.
All the best