What is Your Self Defense
I often get email letters asking me if what I teach
is better than (shoot-fighting, shaolin kung fu, Brazilian Jujutsu,
etc, etc.) The question I always ask myself is I wonder what level
this person is willing to commit to their self defense training.
What I mean by this is do they want a quick fix?
Something that will give them the best chance possible in most
situations without spending a lifetime of self defense study.
Some are ready and willing to commit two or three
days a week for several hours at a time. They are willing to be
physically banged around, stressing their bodies to the max. They
are willing to do this for five, eight, ten years or more.
Additionally they want to study striking, grappling,
throwing and pressure point fighting. Closing the gap, distance
fighting, mid range and close range. Fighting from the ground
with a standing opponent. Defending against an array of weapons
from knives, sticks, clubs, bats, guns both from the standing
position as well as the ground. Grappling on the ground as well
So the question is my style of self
defense going to work against someone with this kind of
training and years of hard work and experience? It depends.
Probably not if the highly trained person was willing
and able to stay involved long enough to master all of these arts
and techniques. But what are the chances of coming up against
someone with this type of all encompassing martial arts training?
More than likely someone with this type of commitment, self discipline
and character would not be the street thug, looking for a free
Too often the person looking to be all things ends
up being the perverbial jack of all trades and master of none.
When under the duress of a real attack, often they freeze up because
their head is full of so many techniques and options they have
difficulty pulling the trigger at all.
Most of my students, especially the video based
students, want to learn something that will give them a good chance
of survival on the street without them having to invest a good
part of their life learning and studying as I have.
Shihan Michael Pace