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In a previous post, Defining Violence, I hoped to show you that even from a purely intellectual perspective there is more to violence  than most of us believe (or have enough experience to comprehend). From a physical real world perspective it is even worse. Even when one is expecting the situation to turn violent the speed & in many cases the absolute viciousness can be stunning (think deer in the headlights). Experienced professionals, trained to respond at a faster tempo, only have a higher probability of surviving (hopefully unscathed), but certainly no guarantees. There are no fool proof systems. It's not like the movies & certainly not the same as being in an open space with a padded floor (even walls), one perfectly executed attack at a time. Not to say that these types of training aren't useful. It's a matter of understanding that the real world is different. As with defining violence, it's a case of  there is just so much more. ...continue reading "Understanding Violence"

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Self-Defence is bound by 4 walls. 2 represent the threat (immediate & physical) & 2 the response (de-escalatory & judicious)
Self-Defence is bound by 4 walls. 2 represent the threat (immediate & physical) & 2 the response (de-escalatory & judicious)

 "It's not that so many people are ignorant, but that they 'know' so much that isn't true..." -- Anon

This post is an attempt to explain in simple terms what self-defence is & is not. It's an attempt to explain why exactly the same technique can be viewed variously as:

  1. self-defence
  2. fighting
  3. assault

...continue reading "Defining Self-Defence"