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mosul's picture

Police Violence in America

The BBC radio programme 'Inquiry" had an episode this week called "Why do U.S. cops keep killing unarmed black men?"

Please do not respond to that question, at least not until you have listened to the whole programe.

The reason I post it here is that at around the 14min mark a Professor called Seth Stoughton is introduced. According to his studies Police Dept training programs in the US have on average only 8 hours of conflict resoloution training, as opposed to an average of 60 hours of deadly force training and over 60 hours of slef defence training.

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Marcus_1's picture

Interesting video (from Facebook)

Ok, so I found this courtesy of someone I follow on Twitter, thought it could raise some decent discussion on here (apologies if it has already been posted).

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Iain Abernethy's picture

A good example of self-defence? What do you think?

This video was shared with me by Doug Wiltshire. One for group analysis!

It is presented as “Bully knocked out by vendor” so let’s run with that for the time being:

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Stevenson's picture

Mind Set

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Iain Abernethy's picture

The universal truth of pre-emption

One of the things that always delights me is that way that good martial advice tends to transcend system, culture and geographic location. What works, works. Therefore, we see much commonality between what can seem, on the surface at least, to be radically differing systems.

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Legal ramifications of Knife Hand Strike to base of the neck?

Hello all, new to the forums. I've noticed that a great deal of bunkai involves the technique of trapping one of the opponent's arms and striking to the base of the neck with the knife hand.  Is it just me or is that technique really dangerous?  I'm a large guy and I've been practicing karate strikes for a long time and I feel like if I held someone's arm and pulled their neck into a knife hand strike I could paralyze/kill them.  I'm worried that, if I ever was in an altercation, I would perform this manuever reflexively against an opponent that didn't warrent such a response?

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diadicic's picture

Self-Protection observation

Over the last few years of watching MMA fights and Street encounters caught on film, I have just started to pick up on something.  In about 80 to 90 percent of all cases.  There always seems to be a point, where the stand-up striking/grappling or Ground and pound/ part of the exchange opens a small windows for disengagement and escape.  No one seems to take it but in my opinion this would be where I would get out of there.   Should this be where we place our focus on the physical part of self-protection?

Just a thought.


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Iain Abernethy's picture

Why the meaning of life is 42 and how this relates to self-defence

The “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is one of my favourite set of books, TV shows and radio programs (not a huge fan of the recent movie). This clip from the 1980s TV show, where the super computer  “Deep-Thought” is asked to answer the ultimate question of “life, the universe and everything”, and takes 7.5 million years to come to the answer “42” is one of my favourite parts! The problem is that no one understood the question well enough for a decent answer to be possible. When it comes to self-defence I feel we martial art types often do the same.

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Iain Abernethy's picture

Womens self-defence from 1947 (video)

Women’s self-defence from 1947! Not sure about the wisdom of sacrifice throws, ankle locks and dropping into juji-gatame, but it is interesting viewing and the woman doing the demonstrations has some slick moves! Also watch out for the woman in the background on the weights machine (the one with the flower in her hair). Notice how tired she gets as she tries to lift through the entire scene! In fact it’s worth watching at least once where you focus solely on her to watch the smile vanish along with her form. That’s a lot of lifting she had to do!

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Michael Rust's picture

Active Shooter Booklet

Here is a very good booklet on how to deal with an Active Shooter Situation from the Dept of Homeland Security in the US. The very last tip after running and hiding is to fight. How many people have though about how they would fight and train for an active shooter ? I would love to hear your suggestiond or drills for my own practice.


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