"When I forget my ways, I am in The Way"

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04 July 2013

Essential points of self-defense

  1. Never underestimate your opponent.
  2. Remember that an attack can be countered by shifting your weight and avoidance as well as by blocking and striking.
  3. Always maintain a good foundation or stance to obtain the maximum effect from your techniques.
  4. Move your body as a unit, not as isolated parts.
  5. Don't meet your opponent's force head-on; attempt to use his momentum to your advantage.
  6. Don't attempt fancy techniques in a street situation. Stick to the basics.
  7. Concentrate your defense on your opponent's anatomical weak points.
  8. Be aware of your surroundings. Also, be alert to items that could be used as weapons by yourself or your opponent.
  9. Never fight an opponent on his terms. Use whatever techniques are necessary to suppress your opponent.
  10. Control your mind and body when dealing out punishment to any opponent. Subdue; don't maim or torture unnecessarily.
  11. Avoid trouble whenever possible.
  12. Remember, the attacker has three advantages: he knows when, where, and how he will attack.
The Essential Points of Self Defense are taught in the curriculum of Great River Jiu Jitsu. While developed for martial arts students, they can also help anyone be more effective in facing the normal problems, stresses, anxieties, fears, relationship issues and real-life, everyday situations we all come up against.