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5 Self-Defense Facts Dojo Masters and Other Gurus Don’t Understand, and How This Can Get You Hurt

Your life can be aware of these.

Training you or someone you know at a dojo somewhere is not the kind of training that will save your life in combat or mugging.

Don’t think for one minute that being in your ‘xyz’ black belt will help you protect yourself from violent confrontation.

Here’s why:

1. Martial Artists train with rules. The main rule for street fights and self-defense is SURVIVE. Rule number two there are no rules! This is not a joke.

2. The fancy techniques used in many martial arts good motor skills are required, and do not work in street combat (although watching a demo game may be great).

If you are caught in a street fight you will experience adrenaline dumping, which means that everyone except the seasoned street fighter will lose fine motor skills (you are not being called a scary cat, it is just human physiology).

This means that the fancy parley with interlocking to wear the technique you learned will not happen. And when it doesn’t, you’ll probably freeze.

3. The average street fight lasts 3-5 seconds. This means that your first few strikes have to do enough damage to end the fight quickly. If you don’t have statistics, say your opponent’s will.

The spinning of a flying round house kick is a waste of time and you should not rely on these movements to protect yourself.

4. Most martial arts train you to fight one attacker. In real life attackers often have friends and have no ‘code of honor’.

If you don’t understand this you can kick your head in if you falsely decide to land a fight.

5. Finally, many ‘dojo masters’ and ‘gurus’ actually believe that martial artists beat street fights. The truth of the matter is that countless martial artists have their kick buttons or worse in street fights in the real world.

That doesn’t mean you know the black belt street smart fighting skills that can save a person’s life or love. I think the facts mentioned above make this point very clear.

Knowledge is a weapon.

Okay so why am I telling you this? Well I believe that knowing how a real-life violent confrontation happens is one of the greatest benefits you can have in a street fight or self-defense.

These five facts are some of the most important things to know, but the whole list is much longer. You should take this list seriously. It may seem simple but it was not easy to figure out this stuff (ask any street fighter how many fights it took them to figure it out).

If you’re like me you’d better skip the school of hard hills (and broken bones) and figure this stuff out ahead of time.

I have spent the last 18 years researching actual street fights through police reports, serious street fights accidentally captured on security cameras (not staged), and by interviewing street and bounce fighters dealing with this topic every day.

Why did I do this? Well for my personal safety and the safety of my family I refuse to rely on trial and error. I don’t like to leave things without a chance.

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