Self-Protection

A forum dedicated to all things practical and ‘real’. This is the place for discussions on awareness, personal safety, self-protection
and making martial arts work when it counts.

diadicic's picture

Self-Protection observation

Over the last few years of watching MMA fights and Street encounters caught on film, I have just started to pick up on something.  In about 80 to 90 percent of all cases.  There always seems to be a point, where the stand-up striking/grappling or Ground and pound/ part of the exchange opens a small windows for disengagement and escape.  No one seems to take it but in my opinion this would be where I would get out of there.   Should this be where we place our focus on the physical part of self-protection?

Just a thought.

Dom

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Why the meaning of life is 42 and how this relates to self-defence

The “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is one of my favourite set of books, TV shows and radio programs (not a huge fan of the recent movie). This clip from the 1980s TV show, where the super computer  “Deep-Thought” is asked to answer the ultimate question of “life, the universe and everything”, and takes 7.5 million years to come to the answer “42” is one of my favourite parts! The problem is that no one understood the question well enough for a decent answer to be possible. When it comes to self-defence I feel we martial art types often do the same.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Womens self-defence from 1947 (video)

Women’s self-defence from 1947! Not sure about the wisdom of sacrifice throws, ankle locks and dropping into juji-gatame, but it is interesting viewing and the woman doing the demonstrations has some slick moves! Also watch out for the woman in the background on the weights machine (the one with the flower in her hair). Notice how tired she gets as she tries to lift through the entire scene! In fact it’s worth watching at least once where you focus solely on her to watch the smile vanish along with her form. That’s a lot of lifting she had to do!

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Michael Rust's picture

Active Shooter Booklet

Here is a very good booklet on how to deal with an Active Shooter Situation from the Dept of Homeland Security in the US. The very last tip after running and hiding is to fight. How many people have though about how they would fight and train for an active shooter ? I would love to hear your suggestiond or drills for my own practice.

http://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/active_shooter_educational_booklet_508.pdf

Regards,

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Ground fighting against a knife attack

Wim Demeere discusses a very graphic video that clearly shows why the ground is not a good place to be when third parties (in this case one armed with a knife) can get involved. As Wim makes clear, the footage is gruesome and viewer discretion is strongly advised. However, it does make very clear that one-on-one unarmed fighting methods and tactics will not fare well when transposed to a civilian self-protection context.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Security guards get stabbed trying to detain thief (graphic video).

A graphic video (containing a lot of bad language) showing how things develop when a knife gets pulled during a three person grapple (you need to be over 18 and sign in to YouTube to view). Notice how the security guards fail to control one arm which allows the thief to pull his knife. It takes the thief a full 8 seconds (starts at 12 seconds) to pulls the knife and execute the first stab. Also notice how the guy in black was trying to control the arm that eventually stabbed him, but abandoned it.

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css1971's picture

The missing component when dealing with knife defence.

Knives are a bit of a obsession with me, I originate from what the U.N. called the "stabbing capital of the developed world". Stabbings were (probably still are) a weekly occurrence (Friday and Saturday nights) and several of my acquaintances in student days were disfigured through incidents with knives.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

A recent Interview with Rory Miller (video)

An interesting interview with Rory Miller:

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Marcus_1's picture

Bit of an eye-opener for some...

Saw this today posted on a Facebook group I belong to : http://www.fox10phoenix.com/Clip/11014328/activist-critical-of-police-un...

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Iain Abernethy's picture

The global status report on violence prevention 2014

Hi All,

The World Health Organization has recently released a report on violence:

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