Friday, June 8, 2012
What Good is Tuite ?
A recent comment to one of my blogs brought up a recurring opinion,.. “of what use is tuite, if I can't/don't get grabbed by the aggressor”? The real problem is not with the techniques, but with the perception of the techniques.
There are numerous aspects to tuite, but what is commonly focused upon is the response to grabs made by an aggressor. Many of them are very similar to motions/techniques performed by other methodology's. That fact (in and of itself), does not imply that they are performed in the same manner.
Additionally, tuite is commonly performed in response to something specifically being done. If that situation doesn't occur, then the technique can't be performed. The alternative to that situation, is to create the situation (that is required to implement the technique).
Tuite can be either the initial response, or the follow-up (to an attempted aggression). Not every situation will allow for a tuite type of response to be initially implemented. They are mostly a response to a hand's-on situation (of either the aggressor's, or the defender's hands).
One of the advantages to tuite, is that any strength disparity’s become irrelevant. When properly implemented, tuite will work on an aggressor. I've been through this debate a hundred times. Even when the recipient is under the influence of nerve numbing drugs, they will still react to these techniques. The techniques are not based upon pain compliance (responses). They effect the brain's subliminal responses to applied pressures that the brain perceives as physically threatening (whether they actually are, or not).
In our classes, we commonly have a number of smaller female students (90-115#). Our larger students (Male) average around 200#. This is almost a 2-1 weight difference, and the females are able to implement the shown techniques (effectively) against the males. My point being, that strength/size is not the determining factor to technique success/failure.
Presenting examples of individuals who would appear to be a threat (only because of their physical size/strength), is not an argument against a defensive method. Stating a specific action that a person may attempt (in regards to an implied response) is something that could be debated.
When we were initially shown/taught tuite, Taika did not show any submission/compliance applications. His method (as originally taught to us) was to incapacitate an aggressor (in the easiest, fastest manor possible). That meant either physically, or by placing them in an unconscious state (K.O.'d..LOL).
When Taika became aware of our L.E. Instruction, he (then) began showing immobilization and submission technique applications. Many of those had to be modified in order to be used in L.E. As well, LOL.
Tuite is not an end-all answer to every situation that a student will encounter. It is, a response to many commonly encountered situations that can be de-escalated before they turn into something that can't be.
As I've stated before, Tuite is the second most queried RyuTe topic (1st being Kyusho, naturally LOL). It's also the most miss-applied. There are more screwed-up versions/examples of techniques being called tuite (on the web) than there are MA systems. Everybody thinks they have tuite (already) in their system,... they may very well have some form of manipulation techniques, but Tuite?,..not likely.