What is Your Self
I often get email letters asking me if what I
teach is better than (shoot-fighting, shaolin kung fu, Brazilian
Jujutsu, etc, etc.) The question I always ask myself is I wonder
what level this person is willing to commit to their self defense
What I mean by this is do they want a quick fix?
Something that will give them the best chance possible in most
situations without spending a lifetime of self defense study.
Some are ready and willing to commit two or three
days a week for several hours at a time. They are willing to
be physically banged around, stressing their bodies to the max.
They are willing to do this for five, eight, ten years or more.
Additionally they want to study striking, grappling,
throwing and pressure point fighting. Closing the gap, distance
fighting, mid range and close range. Fighting from the ground
with a standing opponent. Defending against an array of weapons
from knives, sticks, clubs, bats, guns both from the standing
position as well as the ground. Grappling on the ground as well
So the question is my style of self
defense going to work against someone with this kind of
training and years of hard work and experience? It depends.
Probably not if the highly trained person was
willing and able to stay involved long enough to master all
of these arts and techniques. But what are the chances of coming
up against someone with this type of all encompassing martial
arts training? More than likely someone with this type of commitment,
self discipline and character would not be the street thug,
looking for a free lunch!
Too often the person looking to be all things
ends up being the perverbial jack of all trades and master of
none. When under the duress of a real attack, often they freeze
up because their head is full of so many techniques and options
they have difficulty pulling the trigger at all.
Most of my students, especially the video based
students, want to learn something that will give them a good
chance of survival on the street without them having to invest
a good part of their life learning and studying as I have.
Shihan Michael Pace