Self defence techniques
Introduction to defence techniques
The use of techniques within self defence has been bounded around the internet for ages, some state you can learn basic techniques and you will be safe on the street. The ways of the street are unbounded and dangerous and there are no second chances. This page is designed to put you in the picture and share our views on technical applications within a street environment.
Self Defence Techniques
Techniques are based on learning cognitively (remembering) systems or forms that in some circumstances are in direct conflict with what your natural instincts want to do. Most techniques are broken down into easier segments and others taught by numbers. The philosophy is that with repetition you will be able to gain muscle memory and hopefully when you encounter a situation that replicates a time to use a certain technique then you will repetitively use the own you have been taught. The only down side to this is that when being taught these techniques they are done in a sterile environment and there is no environmental stimulus or pressure as we call it. The closest systems come to is sparring, but even then it is two consenting adults agreeing to fight with the guidance of rules.
Self Defence Concepts
The whole aim of the RAID system is one of conceptual awareness to environments and aggression, in that you are taught a toolbox of direct defence concepts which you carry with you, that are bound to your own personal natural instinct. Now these concepts work on not only your natural survival mechanism but also the attackers which makes them undeniable. To give you an example of this what happens when something goes into your eye and it causes irritation? No matter what you are doing it overrides everything until you resolve it or you are able to ease the irritation, also your hand or hands are drawn to the area to cover the eye or aid in the resolution. If you agree with this then you are true to your body’s natural survival mechanism. Relating this to the street if you thrust one of your fingers in the eye of your attacker, knowing what you know it is the same survival mechanism in the attacker that overrides their attack on you for the time it takes for you to escape or create space.
One of my seminars I had a professional martial artist question the theory and he asked to pin me down and test the theory. So whilst on the ground defending myself from a barrage of punches all I remembered was my finger was a magnet and his eye was a ball of steel. Within seconds the magnet found its way to the ball of steel and the student leapt off me rapidly grasping his eye in which I then got up and asked did he now agree. His reply was “that’s awesome”. Post conflict modules provides a solider with a primary defence strategy in line with operational rules of engagement”.