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Self Defense Doesn’t Have To Be Flashy

Posted 09/09/2014 9:21 am by

This is a training video and it’s clear that she is demonstrating and not fighting. That’s okay; demonstrations can help us see the technique clearly and the principles fully.

1. Simple works under pressure. Her basics are good and she keeps to a few simple thoughts that work under pressure: get distance, attack sensitive parts, use your environment. Those simple ideas work again and again. Now then, there might be some high-level stuff that can refine this and make it more effective against more opponents or in worse situations, but this is a great start.

2. I’m not a Krav Maga practitioner, but its teaching philosophy gets one major thing right at least. A lesson I try to adhere to as an instructor is not teaching my students what I can do, but what THEY can do. I don’t want to show off, but show them what works and how they can expand their skills and plan to effectively defend themselves from harm. That is showcased here quite well I think. This instructor gets to the point, uses simple movements, and stays with some simple lessons and easy to remember points. That’s awesome!

3. The hair pull is something you should train on if you have long hair. Gender doesn’t matter, though in the States women have long hair a lot more than men. Her technique is pretty darn good, so get with a partner and work it. I love her willingness to “embrace the suck” and say yes it’s gonna hurt, yes you might end up on the ground, and that’s okay.


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