Context: self-defense, not sport or play. Karate practitioner who wants to get up to strike or get away.
What are the essential grounds skills a karateka should have?
Thus far, I have identified: sprawl, breakfall, sweep while mounted, sweep while attacker is in guard, choke while attacker in guard, break and stand up from guard, get up while not exposing yourself, and restricted movement striking.
What if your attacker is a woman. Increasly some women want to take on men thinking they are equal to the man in strength etc. Also some think they can hit harder than men and have a good chance, others think a man will not defend himself if the attacker is a woman or rely on the white knights to defender her if the man defends himself.
Ok what then how can a man who being attacked by a woman for no reason, than a man attacking a man, how would he deal with her and the white knights?
Within the last few weeks there has been a Canadian Court of Appeal decision that seeks to clarify the law around how the courts handle self-defence cases. Essentially, the need to view these cases from the perspective of the person defending themselves has been emphasised:
“The court must be alive to the fact that people in stressful and dangerous situations do not have time for subtle reflection.” - Justice Peter Lauwers
I though this may be on interest to our Canadian members and readers:
Last Thursday (12th of May), the Channel 4 programme “24 Hours in Police Custody” covered the tragic case of a gentleman who was killed by a single punch outside a night club. The coverage of how the police investigated the event has relevance to many of the topics discussed here. In particular, pre-emptive striking and what is self-defence and what is not.