SPEED KILLS!Martial Musings: Sensei Harry Zegel
Sensei Benny recently discussed self-defense techniques with me. In Ukidokan Karate, as in most other Martial Arts, you learn set combinations of techniques used in response to an attack be it a punch, a kick, or a grab.
The question often arises Do I need to do all of the moves in the sequence? What happens if I cant utilize a component of the technique in the real world will it still work?
The learned combinations of self defense techniques are both a proven practical response as well as a drill to help you become aware of your opponents attack, and to teach you a see-respond reaction to his likely actions. It is the initial 2-3 actions you take, however, that are most important!
Imagine you are a machine gun, as the attack begins. Your first, second, and third techniques are bullets fired as the attack occurs BAM BAM BAM delivered very rapidly - and now your opponent is reeling. Your initial techniques need to be performed very speedily and accurately! Once your initial response has occurred, you can then finish him off with a variety of techniques not necessarily the ones memorized in your 5-6 part self defense sequence. In real life, or as often is said On the street, things change -so after your initial salvo, if your opponent has moved unexpectedly forward, or fallen aside, or doesnt respond to your strike you may need to modify which is why your initial response needs to be rapid and precise to incapacitate him!
The initial 2-3 techniques are most vital a trained Martial Artist may perform 4, possibly 5 Sensei Benny himself has said he would be fortunate to perform the entire sequence! The point is, it is the beginning actions you take that are crucial.
While learning self-defense sequences are important, remember that Sensei Benny advises us to perform the first 2-3 techniques very rapidly and accurately since SPEED KILLS.