I have recently been getting a few anonymous comments about my hand to hand/knife training. I am not sure if it’s the same anonymous that is posting all the not so encouraging comments or not, but this is the latest one…
I was involved in martial arts for 30 years, boxed and placed twice in the police Olympics. Taught at a large police academy. The problem is disparity of force. No matter what you do unless you can get a advantage ( gun and a bit of distance vs knife or open hand) you will lose. My late wife was 5’4″ and 105. Do you really think she could fight a 200 lb in shape main with the element of surprise? I told my wife one think survive. She did this by her natural advantage. She was a runner, and I told her to run like Hell. Learn to fight and live another day. Too many instructors in Dojo’s etc have not spent any time “really doing it” in the Military or Police. Play the game with your rules not attackers.
I can not disagree more with this mindset. I am not saying that there isn’t a time when running away might not be your best option. Absolutely, run if you can. That was my very first mistake. Had I hightailed it out of dodge then there wouldn’t be a blog for you all to be reading because the story would have ended there. Run, run, run, but DO NOT EVER and I mean NEVER think you are out of the fight for any reason.
Here was my response to him…
I will not argue the merits of Arete’s skills and training, mostly because I don’t think he would want me to. It is not my place to say what he did or did not do, so out of respect for a relationship I value I will leave it at that. However, I will say two things about it. One, I have great respect for anyone who served honorably in defense of this country whether it be at home or abroad. Secondly, I will grant you that simply being an MP or a service member does not automatically qualify one to teach self defense or knife training, but it also does not automatically exclude one either. And one more because I can’t help myself…he was not an MP.
As for me, I train for a lot of reasons. The most important is for self defense. I have no idea what kind of situations I will find myself in and I most certainly will not leave it to odds to decide my fate for me. I have read story after story where the little “guy” who shouldn’t have won, won. I am not giving in and I train to gain any kind of advantage that I can, however remote.
I also train for mindset. The more I train the more confidence I gain, and the more confidence I gain the better equipped I will be to handle any of those bad guy situations I might find myself in. If I go down and I might, I am going down with a fight and a bloody bruised attacker left behind.
****Adding a comment here. This paragraph was not in my original response. If I am attacked and running isn’t an option, I do not care what his or their size is, I don’t care what kind of weapon they have, their crazy jacked up evilness will pale in comparison to mine and if need be I will fight to the fricken bloody end. What is there to lose at that point? Nothing and who knows, I just might win. Story added from the Cornered Cat’s FB. Look what we have here…surprise, disparity of force, no gun…no dead victim, well all be damned. Thank God she didn’t know she didn’t have a chance.