Sunday, April 15, 2012
Determining What's Common
I was at a bar recently (having a drink, relaxing and B.S.ing' with some friends) and I just happened to be perfectly positioned to watch an altercation between two (male) patrons. Neither of these individuals had any (apparent) training, and as the pummeling progressed, it didn't appear that any serious damage would be sustained (by either individual). The entire confrontation lasted about 45 seconds (actually a Long time).
Despite the hype that's promoted by the MMA and the Ground-fighting systems, fights are far more simplistic than those systems would care to admit. Even when your the initial aggressor, it's very risky to take your opponent to the ground (especially without back-up).
The confrontation I observed was “typical”. Two individual's trading a couple of quick punches, then migrating into a clinch, followed by a couple of “attitude” shots, and finalized with a (verbal) submission.
From my understanding, this was neither the first, nor (undoubtedly) would it be the last, altercation between these two, LOL. It apparently was a (semi) regular event. When I was working as a bouncer, I saw these kinds of conflicts pretty regularly. It was important to be aware of the relationships between select patrons (including recognizing when something wasn't “standard/normal”).
Neither individual attempted any form/manner of kick. Neither party performed any strikes upon the opponent's legs. Neither person tried to apply any manor of restraining method until after the clinch portion of the altercation.
These individual's followed their (own) pre-programed method of conflict. They've done it often enough that (I'm sure) if/when either were to engage with someone else (besides their “regular” confrontation partner, LOL), they would still perform those same motions (no-doubt expecting the same results).
There are numerous individual's on the internet, that promote their vast amounts of experience in confrontations. Though much of their information is valid (to a certain degree), that doesn't mean that it should be accepted as being typical (or even applicable for the average student of the martial arts).
I receive a regular (2-5 E-mails a day) stream of sales promotions from various individual's that proclaim that “they” are going to make “me” a deadly force to be feared! (ROTFLMFAO!). This is usually done over a weekend (WOW!), for around $600.00 U.S. Dollars (awww....).
It's my opinion, that if you want to become familiar with “common” confrontations, you need to “hang-out” in places that those events occur on a regular basis. Disregarding the fact that this is a really Stupid pursuit, you should also have any vital medical information tattooed upon your body (to aid the ER tech's while they're attempting to patch you up in the ambulance).
The average student just won't be involved in the majority of the confrontational situations that are being promoted by these individual's. I've had numerous individual's (both here and in person/class) “Poo-Poo” the practicality of the Tuite motions that are being taught.
This opinion is usually being based upon how these types of techniques are being taught by other systems. Contrary to the Beat em' till they Bleed attitude (which seems to be quite popular ?), I have no desire to intermingle with any bodily fluids from anybody.
I had a brief interchange with another blogger, who was bewailing the fact that because of their own slight physical size, wrist/arm manipulations were too difficult to apply (evidently, when the recipient wasn't complying ?, uh yea-yah?). This attitude seems to be quite popular (and widely believed).
Personally, I find that working on these techniques with women (especially), is more challenging (as an instructor), and I (additionally) always learn from the experience. Commonly, the female is smaller than myself, and (usually, LOL) has less muscular strength than I possess. This requires a more complete understanding of the techniques application, as well as recognition of the inherent weaknesses of the uke. Both for me to explain how, as well as for the student to be able to apply the technique upon a larger/stronger aggressor.
I've found that 95% of the confrontations that I find myself involved in/with, can be reconciled from the (eventual) application of some manner of Tuite. It hasn't mattered how the confrontation/situation was began, I've been able to end it, through the use of a limb-manipulation (Tuite) technique.
This is mostly the result of (my own) motivation to do so. I will often by-pass presented opportunities to strike an individual (in those situations) when I am given the chance to apply a Tuite technique. I may utilize a distraction (type of) strike, but rarely (if ever), do I attempt to create a (physically) damaging result from an applied strike.
I train students to proceed to a control/restraint-position/technique in almost every application that I teach. That doesn't mean that it's always a practical choice for every situation, but I believe it's an easy enough omission to make, when the situation doesn't permit it.
One need only view their own local police response records (for the area they live in, commonly available On-line) and the most typical forms/manners of confrontations (at least those that are reported, LOL) are listed for your own evaluation. Additionally, don't assume that you know what the listed charges constitute. Different localities can have different standards for battery, assault, Domestic violence, robbery, theft (take the recently so-called “stand your ground” case in Florida).
When one see's what crimes are commonly being committed (in the areas they frequent), it makes it easier to decide what manner of training they should be pursuing. Consider it a dose of reality, LOL. Over-all crime has steadily dropped (across the country) for the past 20 years. Certain areas will always experience fluctuations (due to numerous factors), but serious (deadly) crime (via altercations) is still commonly dropping.
This of course shouldn't imply that training for more difficult situations shouldn't be done, only that student's shouldn't become discouraged by any lack of immediate ability, or obsessed in the pursuit of unrealistic goals (that will most likely never be needed or required anyhow).
I do believe that student's should strive to exceed their present standards and consistently improve (be it in known techniques, or with different applications). One's first priority should be in protecting one's self from the most common threats and assault manners and methods. It's my own belief, that one could spend an entire lifetime just practicing the variables associated with those situations (with no need to ever worry about the rabid zombie Apocalypse, ….of course,.. you never know.....).