Previous threads have prompted me to post this one. I'm curious as to what some of your favorite, or unfavorite depending on how you view them, self defense myths are. By myth I mean half truth, not stories from antiquity. Below are two that I commonly debunk.
1. "Hey man don't you know that all fights go to the ground." "No all fights don;t go to the ground. Someone may, and usually does go to the ground via a trip, slip, punch, throw, etc, but the idea of all fights going to the ground as presented on TV is absurd. Staying afoot is staying alive espically if your opponent is armed, there are multiple opponents or you want to get the heck out of Dodge. Taking someone to the ground is possible when you have backup say friends watching your back, experienced partners like police officers, bouncers or security guards. However intentionally going to the ground with your opponent on broken terrain, inside a crowded bar or without knowning if they're armed or have friends is not a smart thing to do. Likewise intentionally ground grappling with a bigger, stronger opponent is not smart self-defense. Sure you need to know how to grapple, but there needs to be a distinction between sport grappling-which is fun-and the goals of smart self-defense.
2. Gun defense. I'm always seeing people practicing gun defense with the opponent walking up behind them, or to their face and placing the gun against their forehead, back, stomach, etc. "and then all you have to do is raise your hands like so and slap the gun away." This gets pretty absurd when plastic AK 47s are used or shotguns. Much of this fantasy approach is promoted by the marital arts industry and a lot of publishing houses out to make money on flashy, campy, feel good self defense. Does no one stop to think that a firearm kills from a distance, a much greater distance might I add than the karate-ka's foot, fist or chi can reach. I mean after all the sword and pike were replaced on the battlefield by firearms so just where does this leave the gi clad karate-ka against someone armed with a Glock 9mm, Colt 45, or Beretta. Now don;t get me wrong I'm all for training someone what to do against a weapon but much of what is presented today is fantasy at best. But I do have to admit that going to the ground when up against a firearm is the safest thing you can do. Not grappling mind you, but ducking to get out of the line of fire. DRC-duck,run and seek cover.
So what's your favorite myths?