[lit-ideas] Hitting first

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 13:47:53 -0400

Omar: Hitting first is very important in fights, especially psychologically.

I learned some martial arts techniques from a man who trained Navy SEALS, DEA, and such. These JKD techniques distill the best techniques from dozens of martial arts schools. They are geared toward streetfighting and rapidly ending fights.

Fighting technique has various ranges, and particular techniques that are appropriate for each range. Since most streetfights end up on the ground, a thorough knowledge of Brazilian jiu jitsu is favored. In addition, so-called "dojo rules" are thrown out the window. One must be able to muster killer instinct and engage in "dirty" tactics like eye-gouging and biting. Nasty, nasty stuff.

I learned several things from the sparring and training. One is how easily human beings can be killed. We are delicate and fragile creatures, and can be killed by someone's thumb, properly applied. Another thing I learned is not to get in fights, and only fight if it is impossible to escape.

Weapons are no better. Though I learned some things about knife fighting and weapons skills, I would never use any of them unless my life depended on it. I saw a training video in which the same instructor gave a little girl a black magic marker (the "knife") and told her to mark up a group of Marines. The Marines were instructed to try gently to block and evade the knife. In a few moments, all the guys were covered with long black lines.

Streetfighting is so ugly and dangerous, I cannot understand why someone would knowingly invite a fight. A friend I sparred with had someone provoke him into a fight, but he found a very good solution: he blocked every punch his opponent threw and pushed him away each time. Finally the would-be attacker got the message and backed off.

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