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Marc's picture

Finishing blow after takedown

Hi everybody,

in sports kumite a takedown only scores points if it is finished with a punch. Here are some nice examples:


Now, I've seen several examples of similar finishing punches after a takedown in videos on practical bunkai (on this forum and elsewhere).

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Paul_L's picture

Is This a Silly Self Defence Technique?

When in my teens someone told me that if I was being threatened and thought that it was going to come to blows, spit in the agressors eyes as a distraction and then kick them between the legs really hard and run away.

For years I thought it was quite a silly thing but now I wonder if actually it would be a simple and effective thing to do?

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Anf's picture

Knife disarm techniques - counterproductive?

Hi all. In our syllabus, we have a set of techniques for defending against various knife attacks. While they are fun to practice in the company of trusted fellow students, with fake knives, I wonder if they are practical at all, or worse, if they are counterproductive.

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Paul_L's picture

Using a weapon after dissarming an attacker?

Can anyone advise what the law is in regards to using a weapon that you have disarmed from an attacker if the attacker then continues to assault you?

Obviously it would be unwise to drop the weapon but is it reasonable to say that the attackers intention is still to cause you grievous injury or death?

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Neil Babbage's picture

Consultation on Offensive Weapons

You may find this of interest. It includes proposals on acid, etc but also making it illegal to hold certain weapons privately.

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Marcus_1's picture

Interview of PC from Borough Market

Apologies for the graphic detail that this interview goes into, however, it is a very open and honest interview with a man who faced the most horrific events any person (police or otherwise) can, and survived:

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Paul_L's picture

Attributes for successful self defence

I was looking at an old self defence manual the other day and the moves presented in the book just seemed to be quite ridiculous. While we do train self defence at our club I wouldn't consider myself an expert by any means. 

This has got to be my favourite from the book. Maybe it could work in some situations.

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Les Bubka's picture

Jacket vs Knives

Hi All

I just come across this clip, very surprising results. I totaly did not expect that normal jacket will give so much protection. 

I'm no specialist on knives so maybe some of you have more info on this subject.

Kind regards 


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Marcus_1's picture

Police issue spithoods

Having been subjected to being spat at by the great unwashed numerous times in my current rols as a front line police officer and in my previous job as a prison officer, I know first hand how horrendous it can be and how it can affect you mentally. I have alsways said I would rather be punched than spat at, it's filthy plain and simple.

So it's nice to see that these are now being issued in a least one policing area and that they are compliant with human rights (and Geneva Convention - somethign about not reducing a person sensory perception).

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Ian H's picture

BBC Crime Calculator story

Iain just posted a story on Facebook from the BBC about a crime calculator ...

I tried the calculator, but it only works if you live in the UK, so it couldn't tell me my likelihood of being attacked.  But there was a news story attached, and one comment there stood out to me:

The people with the highest risk of being a victim - the young - were less likely to be worried than older generations, even though the older you become, the safer things generally become.

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