is wrong with most self defense and street fighting
Choosing a good self defense or street
fighting techniques video can be very confusing and frustrating.
They all claim to have to best system and teach the most devastating
techniques. Since most of us can't afford to buy them all, what
do we do?
In my quest over the years to put
together the best possible and most effective system of self
defense, I have reviewed dozens if not hundreds of videos and
books on the subject. Some really good and others... well!
It continues to amaze me the kind
of products I find out there. Some of them are produced by excellent
martial artists who, I believe, would fare very well in most
street situations. The problem is the techniques and maneuvers
they are teaching are so involved and complicated that A) You
could never learn them from a video, and B) Even if you could,
they would take many years to perfect in hopes that you would
be able to pull them off with the full adrenal rush of an all
out street attack.
I find others that are teaching old
style traditional martial arts that would never work in a real
situation in the 21st Century and maybe wouldn't have worked
several hundred years ago either. Some of these videos are just
someone filming the technique that they were taught years ago.
Some are teaching just plain garbage.
Techniques that look flashy in the studio but would be plain
useless in a real self defense situation. Things like high kicking,
involved wrist manipulations, complicated multi-step techniques
and flashy multi kick combinations that require jumping and
spinning, etc. This stuff if for the movies, not the street!
A good self defense video will contain
techniques and moves that can be learned by the average person,
in a reasonable time with a minimal effort. Sure for anything
to be effective you must practice it enough times so that it's
comfortable and flows easily to you. Most people who purchase
self defense videos are not interested in committing a lifetime
of study to learn. They are looking to get up to speed quickly
and with something that has a reasonable chance of working.
It must have direct and effective
techniques that have a high percentage chance of stopping an
attacker quickly. It must eliminate all the fluff, all the complicated
techniques that require pinpoint hitting (like pressure points)
because you probably won't be able to hit very accurately under
a strong adrenal rush.
Take a look at Street
Self Defense 101. I think it's the best out there for effective,
easy to learn self defense that really works.