I consider physical training a crucial part of lifestyle design and optimization. This is the first of two posts that will focus on practical strategies for surviving a full-force physical attack.
Parts I and II focus on stand-up defense against punches and chokes, and parts III and IV — taught with UFC grappling coach, David Camarillo — will focus on ground escapes and finishes.
Trained competitive fighters have a wide range of techniques, but I will limit the video tutorials below to simple-to-remember defenses against the most common attacks for men and women in the standing and ground positions. First we’ll look at punch defenses for men (especially against the overhand right) and choke defenses for women… A few notes:
1. Women effectively prepare to overcome real-life confrontations in one way: training in a supportive environment with stronger men who use force. Most women have never dealt with male strength and will freeze if they are unaccustomed to actually being pinned down, choked, etc. Learning techniques with no resistance with other women is comfortable but does nothing.
2. Do not strike with your knuckles, unless you want to break your hands.
3. Chokes are better than large-joint manipulation (elbow lock, kimura, etc.). I’ve seen Brazilian fighters on Nubain have arms and ankles snapped, only to continue fighting and win. Don’t underestimate the power drugs and adrenalin can give your opponent. Pain can be overcome, unconsciousness cannot.
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Posted on: September 7, 2007.
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