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What are you REALLY training for? Before you start investing a lot of time and effort in any self-defense practice let's look at what we are concerned about out there in the world. Let's look at something like the bear hug. Let's get a healthy respect for bear hugs.

There is a HUGE difference when grappling with some highly skilled child of 12 who weighs all of 75 pounds soaking wet and some STRONG and POWERFUL man who weighs a solid 250 pounds. Even if the 250 pound power house has less skill he is going to be tougher generally.

As you move he will be moving. So it is very useful to work on ways in your training on how to disrupt balance, as well as keeping the other off-balance. It isn't just a question of you trying to get your footing under you. Like I said, as you move HE can move. So you can see disrupting his balance is a useful thing to put a lot of quality practice into. Of course why you are disrupting his balance is in order to take control of the other's posture so you can DO something effective like escaping, arresting, etc.

Ok now. The mugger is a strong and powerful and SMART mugger. Even before he tries his ambushing bear hug he will first judge if the conditions are in HIS favor to do this move on you; he will see if he can sneak up close behind you. If he thinks he has a very good chance of surprising you, then he will attempt his bear bug.

He will ram into you as he grabs you; then smash you into a wall HARD; then smash you to the sidewalk. Maybe then (as you are dazed) he will kick your head a few times or perhaps simply knife you somewhere in the sequence.

He ISN'T just going to JUST hold you so you get 5 moves to his 1. Yet surprisingly that is how many train for a bear hug. Once you get the idea that he isn't just going to hold you and wait for you to do a bunch of moves, you start to see the VALUE in training a LOT on breaking the other's balance and keeping him disrupted so you can defend yourself.

Coaching Attitudes To Keep In Mind: We all can improve on something in our self-defense. Each individual - because of body structure, talent, etc. - will have an easier time with a specific situation, but a harder time with another. This goes for all of us. The point is to customize the drills to improve the student in front of you. When improvement occurs, then adjust again - always keeping the student winning realistically.

It isn't just a matter of practicing. It is WISE practice. The quality of your training, as well as the years of REALISTIC coaching (you to yourself, as well as when dealing with others) will help you steadily improve your understanding and practical skills in dealing with more and more INTENSE situations.

If you line up 100 masters from various styles - and set up realistic self-defense scenes by people that are GOOD and POWERFUL at them - you will notice those masters who survive - when they do - all do very SIMILAR and BASIC actions - no matter what they CALL their STYLE.

It is a myth to think one's STYLE in hand to hand combat is always better than all other styles. STYLE is ONE part of the fight scene. The "style" is done by a particular PERSON.

Notes on Drilling: In ending, there is quite a bit of knowledge on drilling wisely - self drilling, as well as partner and group drilling. Below are just some Jujutsu 101 views of teaching self-defense, defensive tactics, hand to hand combat, etc. Take some time and think them over.
  • The more intense the situation, the less you can actually do.
  • Start slow and careful before increasing to greater and more serious self-defense situations. Use care. Slowly you will improve. Train with a sense of reality. When you and your partner's skills have improved, then you can increase the intensities.
  • A few simple moves against harder intensities are much better than practicing many moves against many weaker intensities of attack.
  • The human body moves in a limited number of general patterns.
  • Punches, kicks, throws and sophisticated joint locking are specialty skills. Shoves, stomps, and wrappings of a limb into your torso type holds are generally easier to learn and apply in tough situations.
  • An expert martial artist does not automatically make an expert teacher.
  • It is very difficult to challenge your cherished beliefs.
  • To be a good practitioner become a good and caring coach.
  • It is the science of self-defense, not hero-worshiping.
  • You only have the person's willingness and understanding to work with.
  • All drills are artificial; don't be afraid to adjust the drill to the person's level of skill.
  • You only have so many fights in you; don't waste them on reckless training!
  • Fred Crivello
    Jujutsu 101