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“A lot of the karate techniques that are drilled as the standard set of selfdefense responses probably aren’t going to work against a do-it-yourself
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“Imagine that you’re facing someone who is naturally good in a grap Ǥ ϐ learned how to shoot in and take you down. [That person] could have the ability to get you to the ground before you could step back to perform your techniques.”
In all likelihood, a street tough who’s self-taught in MMA would have the same advantage. “The bad guy is going to shoot in, and you may try to punch him or knee him — you might get him or you won’t,” Vale says. “You would already have to be moving defensively by the time he is moving offensively on you. Even if you do connect with your technique, it could happen that way because of luck or a collision due to the fact that you’re both moving.”
The window of opportunity to defend yourself lasts about half a second after the attacker engages with you, Vale says. “If he successfully grabs you in something like a rear-naked choke, you’re going to be out quickly. So you really have only a half-second to [avoid] ending up in the hold.
“Now, if you are able to step back and react to stop him, that’s great, but realistically, that won’t always happen. It’s why I also train my students to respond to the second after it happens — when the bad guy already has you in the choke and you are on the ground.”
When you practice self-defense, do everything possible to prepare for such contingencies, Vale advises. “Don’t limit yourself by " ϐ moment of the attack. You also should have techniques that will work in the short amount of time that you’ll have when you start the drill from your back with the choke already locked on.”
If the formula for victory is combining preparation with opportunity, seizing opportunity on its own could be the home-brew that lets Ǧ Ǧ ϐ the street.
“I can remember years ago [when] Mr. Ed Parker met a jujitsu or judo guy — I can’t remember who it was,” Vale says. “This guy came up to Mr. Parker and said, ‘I have a hold that no one can get out of.’ So he put Mr. Parker in the hold and told him to get out of it. When Mr. Parker said, ‘I can’t,’ the guy jumped up, threw his hands in the air and said, ‘I beat Mr. Parker!’
“Mr. Parker said, ‘Wait a minute. You didn’t beat me. I let you put me in the hold. Let’s try it again.’
“So the guy reached in to grab him again, and Mr. Parker instantly hit him in the neck, preventing the hold. The guy complained, ‘Wait, you can’t do that! I didn’t get you in the hold yet.’
“Mr. Parker pointed out that if you are willing to let the guy get the hold, you are giving him the opportunity, and by playing along with your opponent’s choreography, of course the hold will work against you. But in a real situation, if you are trained to respond in fractions of a second, the timing of your reaction could very well be the thing that denies your opponent the opportunity to get the hold.”
The lesson applies as much to a modern MMA-based assault as it does to the kenpo-vs.grappling demo that Parker gave.
“Don’t limit yourself by always starting on your feet from the first moment of the attack.”
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The opponent, perhaps inspired by MMA on the Internet, attempts a low roundhouse kick (1). Bart Vales answers with a leg block, an option that’s best for martial artists who have conditioned their shins (2). The opponent follows up with a punch, which Vale neutralizes by moving and blocking
(3). The shootfighter/kenpo stylist immediately seizes the extended arm (4) and leverages it to effect a takedown (5). The move leaves him in position to secure an armbar that can easily damage the shoulder (6).
It pays to watch MMA so you’re familiar with the types of attacks that are used in the cage, Bart Vale (left) says. For example, once you see that fighters often shoot in for a takedown, you should start working on the kind of takedown defense MMA fighters favor.
If you’re able to move away from an attack and thus buy time to prepare your counter, by all means do so, Bart Vale says. However, sometimes an MMA-themed aggression — such as this knee thrust delivered from the clinch — won’t permit you to do that. That’s why a self-trained MMA fighter can be more dangerous than a conventional striker, he says.
Because self-defense often begins from a position that’s less advantageous than standing in front of your adversary, it’s essential to engage in training sessions that start from awkward positions, Bart Vale says.