This first lesson is about the most important self defense technique you may ever learn. And it is taught at virtually NONE of the thousands of martial arts schools operating in the world.
- Why would so few schools teach it?
- Because the instructors don’t know it.
- Why don’t they know it?
Because most martial arts are not designed to defend yourself in a real situation. Most can be used in a real situation, though most schools teach only one or two ranges of self defense. But what I am saying is that most martial arts are trained to be used against another practitioner of the same art.
For example: a higher level Tae Kwon Do practitioner is usually very adept at defending spin kicks. What are the chances of someone throwing a spin kick on the street? Probably 1% or less.
And not just to pick on Tae Kwon Do. Let’s look at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. High level BJJ practitioners can escape uma plata really well. What are the chances of being put in uma plata on the street? The same as a spinning hook kick: less than 1%.
Can Tae Kwon Do or Jiu-Jitsu work in the street? Absolutely. But if realistic self defense is one of the reasons why you train, you have to look at your training. YOU PROBABLY DON’T TRAIN FOR A REALISTIC SITUATION
When you start a match, do you bow or shake hands first? Are you training on a flat matted surface? Are you training with someone that is training the same art form as you? Do you have rules? Of course you do. It isn’t practical to hold martial arts classes in the local bar. Students would be getting hurt every class if you were training with live energy, who will attack like a crazed streetfighter where anything goes, in an environment where you would trip, fall on chairs, run into other people, etc…
So what are you supposed to do?
This technique, called the fence, will begin to fill this gap in most student’s training.
And the best thing about it is that it will prevent most people from ever attacking you if they approach
This information did not come from a martial arts instructor. This came from a guy that had over 300 street fights. It isn’t pretty, it’s not complicated, and that’s why it works.
I recommend practicing realistic situations every few months (of course under the supervision of a highly qualified self defense instructor). Have someone approach you and practice using the fence. Have them role play an attack while you use the fence. Have them attack (not full power but make itsomewhat realistic) and sometimes have them back awayback away. Sometimes have them pretend to back away, then attack you. Have them attack with a knife or gun sometimes. Have them try to take you down. Sometimes do it with 2 people. Practice what could happen in a real situation.
Even if you don’t do well, at least you have an idea what to expect. And the more you do it, the better you will get.