A fantastic article from Marc MacYoung! Everyone needs to read this:
Marc is an extremely knowledgeable and experienced guy. Also, a great communicator too and it’s rare you get such a potent mix.
There’s lots in this piece that mirrors many of the discussions here. You need to read it!
All the best,
PS Selected quotes to encourage you to read the full thing:
Let me start by saying most self-defense training is as screwed up as a soup sandwich. There's good training out there, but there's way more bad. You need to know that to be an informed consumer.
Most so-called 'self-defense' training falls down in one or more of these categories:
1) Knowledge of how crime and violence happen
2) Understanding what self-defense is
3) Understanding strengths/limits and applicability of 'techniques'
4) Ability to perform under stress
5) Planning for consequences
6) Agendas other than personal defense
7) Marketing/selling something else as self-defense.
The goals of fighting are completely different than self-defense.
As such the strategies, tactics and decisions are different. Radically different. Typically fighting is to win. You participate and stay engaged until that goal is achieved. Oh, and while we're on the subject, did you know self-defense is legal, but fighting is illegal? That's how different it is.
When it comes to self-defense techniques the filters are slightly different. They are:
1) Does the move have required mechanics to work?
2) Does it work against a larger/stronger/non-cooperative person?
3) How specialized/over-generalized is it?
4) What is the context for its use?
5) What are the legal restrictions on its use?
Realistically you don't have to be paranoid or devote your life to training to handle being jumped by 27 ninja. But you do need to do a risk analysis of your life and cover those bases.
Remember: Train for what happens most and you'll be able to handle most of what happens. And that includes knowing when it's time to turn and walk away so nothing happens.