i thought this would be best under self-protection regarding the following.
How many of us have ever been in a class, course or seminar when whoever is teaching or showing a technique says, i can guarantee this will work, or this is guaranteed to work? I cringe when i here this i really do, but why?
Well, firstly whoever has said without explaining the realistic side of it first has obviously never been in a real fight or confrontation, secondly whatever has been shown or taught really wont, or is guaranteed to work and any instructor who says otherwise is lying and misleading their students.
Let me explain:
When teaching i always stress to my students that nothing is guaranteed and one should not take anything as gospal, however, what i also say is that it may very well work if you have got the better of your attacker. Anyone who has really been there for real will now that even then its not that easy.
Real fights are fast, brutal, dangerous and unpredicable and are over in about 30 to 60 seconds if your lucky, when confronted by drunk who is staggering, unstable and no real threat, if he/she trys to throw a punch they tell you by swinging the arm back first, we now the sort of thing. In this a block defense is very possible, Jodan uke, Uchi uke etc.
When fights start from chest to chest for example or it just kicks of and the rain of punches are comeing at what seems like 100 miles per hour, one really does not have time to block, this is when your blocks come in very handy as strikes, a point to be well remembered. The saying, there is no first attack in karate can somtimes confuse a lot of people, like most animals if they feel threatend they attack, we are no different, Master Gichin Funakoshi explains this response in karate do kyohan indepth.
To experience the 100 miles per hour exercise is one on one to start, the attacker comes in full throttle hitting randomly wearing focus mitts, then 2, then 3 attackers etc. CAUTION: a head guard is advised for the one being hit and this exercise should only be done under experienced supervision! Also remember in any attack the head is the main target and must be protected atall times!
This kind of training is vital against multible attackers and really helps to find your feet regarding balance and how the body works under realistic stress/attack.
We all train and train tobe the best we can be, an instructor is teaching the students tobe the best they can be, learning how to avoid confrontations and the saying the best way to avoid a punch is not be there must be kept in mind, but sadly somtimes we can end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Teaching bunkai etc is as we now a different ball game as we are teaching & showing how to study kata and bunkai, and we all have our own ways of doing this, there is no right and wrong to a point.
But when doing so to say this is guaranteed to work in a real street fight is what i feel the wrong point / approach of teaching.
I have no doubt not everyone will agree with the above but i hope it is of interest.