Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Commonly Made Attempts of Aggression

  On several occasions, I have been asked to describe what manner of aggressions (attacks) that I initially train students to protect themselves against. Though obviously, I can't initially train anyone to defend against every/any possible manner of aggression possible to be attempted against someone, I can provide training to respond to commonly attempted aggressions.
  The techniques that Taika taught to us, are able to be easily adapted to most any manner of aggression that is attempted upon us. Fortunately, those techniques were developed to be adaptive, in that they can be used against numerous manners of aggression (with little to no change in execution manner). This ability makes the student able to be unconcerned with which arm (Right or Left) is being used against them (only that they are able to recognize that the aggressor is attempting to strike them).
  This list of aggressive motions is of the actions that I/we have determined to be the most commonly encountered in confrontational situations. Though (no doubt) there are others, this list provides a student with a base set of situations to work from (for easier practice reference).
1- Hand Push to Chest
2- Hand Push to Chest
Forearm Grab – Chest Level
(Horizontal & Vertical in front of the tori) Single Straight/Cross-Hand of Uke Grabbing
Wrist Grab - 2 on 1 High/Low (Vertical Forearm being grabbed)
Both Wrist's Grabbed High (Arms Vertical)
Shoulder/Lapel/Upper-Arm Grab
Punch to Head-Straight/Cross Arm
Punch to Stomach-Straight/Cross Arm
Roundhouse (Hay-maker) Straight/Cross Arm
Jab (Uke's Forward Hand, When both are held up in front of the Tori)
Knee to Groin
(Foot) Kick to Groin/stomach
  Though each of these aggressions could be done in numerous ways, we begin student's defending against the basic/most obvious versions of each (which are what is most commonly encountered).
  Strangely, I'm often questioned the most about why I don't emphasize defending against kicks to the head? Well, In 50 years, I've only encountered someone (trying) to kick me in the head (on the street) once, (as in 1 time). I've never encountered anyone else ever having it happen (though I'm sure somewhere, sometime, it has). If/when it has, I'd be inclined to believe that the individual did something to allow it to happen (because it sure as hell isn't a naturally easy motion to occur, and it's very easy to stop/prevent). 
  Being recognized for Tuite, RyuTe has scores of responses for grabs and pushes (of virtually any/every sort). As with the strikes, these initial defensive responses are to introduce the student to the systems technique ideology and to expand their initial awareness of the abilities for the technique responses. Every motion taught, can be easily transitioned into alternative techniques that are taught to the student later in their training.
  The initial techniques shown/taught are to provide the student with a response (even though they are only beginning their study). The techniques are not complicated and introduce the student to common motions that are used in numerous applications that will be taught later in their study.
  As the student progresses in their training, alternate targeting and follow-ups are shown to the student to utilize with those same motions. Those basic technique motions are continually built upon, which provides the student with further alternatives to multiple situations, all being based upon the same protective motions that they began their study with.
  I've previously described most all of these applications here (though not always in great detail, LOL). We regularly review (and update) the taught motions/responses to these situations. Students will often have questions (“what-if's”, LOL), and we will provide answers to those questions. Most importantly, is that the student is able to maintain a comfort/basic ability level for each of the listed situations.

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