11/9/13

Applying Sports skills to self defense/Boaz Aviram

The general idea that if you study Jujitsu you do not want to be too far makes completely sense. In fact if you are good at it, you want to be very close.  BJJ even takes this idea further and gets you to the ground. 

The idea that if you study boxing, you do not want to be too far but not too close makes as much sense as the previous idea above. You are used to work in a striking distance to avoid punches, throw combinations if needed, and KO your opponent with single or series of punches.

The idea that you do not want to be close but rather stand away and kick for a Karateka makes perfectly sense. You have a greater range and you need not get too close to expose your delicate pressure points that otherwise could be protected by your arms, chin and tactical positioning.  The idea that you do not want to grapple with a person on the ground makes perfectly sense for a Muay Thai Practitioner.

Why get to the ground when you can exchange knees and elbow in the short range, and when the opponent go down to the ground, let him fall alone and stomp on him.

The idea that you want to try anything in Mixed Martial Art makes perfectly sense. Since there are many opinions and many fighting sports that each chose another avenue of exploring different range of fighting why not learn from them all and combine them to a winning edge strategy.

The idea that if you possess a firearm you do not want to be at a reaching distance makes perfectly sense as well. If you react on time in the long distance, it amounts to whoever reacts faster to lock his target with a perfectly aligned barrel.

When training in self defense scenarios often we assume we will get caught by surprise and try to either condition our bodies to respond favorably or gain confidence and reassurance that it is able to respond favorably. We do wish we could live after a confrontation perhaps just to tell the story…

Even within same fighting sports differences in heights and weights lead one to favor slightly different approach and use slightly different tactical maneuvers.

What if a boxer grabs a knife and uses it to jab? What if Aikidoka grabs a knife and uses it like a sword? What if a Jujitsu-ka grabs a knife and uses it like a sword or uses it like the strikes practiced in Jujitsu for self defense?

What if someone has a razor and all he is looking to cut your skin and arteries in the short range? Well some say that very few people if any could really achieve a level of mastery in defending that type of attack. Yet techniques are learned and training drills are orchestrated.

In Pure Krav Maga the aforementioned information was taken into account broken down to its bare elements and combined into units that make sense in the process that is called the hierarchy of prioritization.

Instead of putting the meat on myths and the individuals’ preferences, it was put on the reaction time factor. How can I reach my opponent’s pressure points first in any range when surprised and of course when I want to surprise him (otherwise how can I be sure we are talking about the same thing?)

Each of the training methods, techniques used, principles and ideas of the aforementioned possibilities were analyzed and taken into account with the most important element that any modern army must have. Budget of time to achieve winning results!
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