A little about my history and then to the subject.
I have been training karate for about 6 years. The club where I train focuses mainly on kihon and kata. That is why I only recently (about year ago) discovered that karate is much more than kicks and punches. Now I have been studying lot's of locks, takedowns and practical kata bunkais.
Don’t let strangers talk to you about martial arts! It looks to me as if the victim of this attack willingly turned around so the mugger could demonstrate a strangle … he then wakes up minus his £5000 Rolex watch! Another example of why awareness training is key.
Hi! Longtime reader and listener of podcasts, first-time poster. I was wondering, is there any good advice or methods for self protection in an environment that does not allow harming ones "opponent"? I work in an environment where things can get quite troublesome (ie physically aggressive) but because it is in the workplace and the aggressive parties are my clients or patients (not sure what the proper english term is).
A lot has been said about how Karate is great for self protection, however, karate-ka practice this at Karate sparring distance which, when it comes to it, is poor for self protection.
Yes, sparring distances do vary from style to style (Shotokan generally being quite a large distance, Kyokushin being much closer etc), which generally leads people to believe that Kyokushin is "better" for self protection.