Good talk on blocks

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:34 pm

Your attacker cannot successfully attack you unless you provide him that opportunity. He cannot control you without you allowing him to do so. The choice is yours, but only if you know that it is.

I can’t overemphasize how important it is that you remain in control and make purposeful choices, even if the choice is to comply. Stop, and think about this for a while.

Since this chapter focuses on prevention, I’ll cover the first three choices (leaving, dominating, and complying) here. The rest of this book will cover the second three, which fall under physical self defense.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:04 am

Distance Is Prevention

Distance removes opportunity from the attacker’s equation. It can be used to avoid or escape (leaving, in the previous list of choices) from a potential attack.

Maintaining a safe distance, such that a potential threat will need to take at least a few steps in order to reach you, is crucial.

It isn’t realistic to assume you can maintain a safe distance from all people at all times, but it’s also unnecessary to do so. In the company of friends, there is no need to maintain a safe distance.

In a crowded place, under normal circumstances and where there are no warning signs or pre-attack indicators, it’s also unnecessary (and impossible) to maintain distance.

But when you’re in an isolated area, see warning signs, pre-attack indicators, or don’t feel right, you should strive to create as much distance as possible between yourself and any potential threat.

In isolated areas, you should also keep a safe distance from places an attacker may hide in order to surprise you.

Keep your distance from recessed doorways and corners, and walk on the side of the street where there are no cars.

If someone is approaching and on track to cross your path, cross the street or change direction. Run if you need to.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:19 pm

your karate does'nt work......(except on smurfs)

Bornsinner »

Does your Karate work?

Its a simple question, but if you are honest with yourselves i bet most of the karate-ka out there will lose in simple street fights.

This art we study was made for one reason ___________(you fill that in). how many of us treat it like it will save our life someday.

My guess is maybe 5%, and that is a shame to all the masters before who spent the better parts of their lives researching and testing these DEADLY techniques.

Take this art seriously, and train as if your life depended on it. We study a MARTIAL ART, not an exercise program.

yours in budo, bornsinner[/b] :o
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:21 pm

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The simple fact is that far more than 5% do believe that their study of karate will save their life some day, and most of them are fooling themselves that this study alone is the end all of self defense.

Since you're new to Canna Sensei's forum, you can be forgiven for your naivete' in this matter. You are not alone in your thoughts on the subject.

You are, however, quite right that many who study martial arts would get their clocks cleaned in a street fight.

That's why this forum exists; to dump an ice cold bucket of reality on those who believe otherwise.

Stick around and browse through the forum archives to get a dose of reality.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:56 pm

Bill said it best
When beginner students ask me whether they can use the karate for self defense, I only make one promise. I tell them they will have a higher probability of coming out on the better end of things after training than they did before.


And most of us who teach Uechi or anything else...tell our students the very same thing.

But there are some of us who really believe or would have you believe that if you had trained 'properly' you would never lose a street fight.

It takes a guy like Rory to make all see that violence is a multi headed Hydra monster...extremely unpredictable, and you would not win some fights even if you carried a Colt .45 pistol in your hand every day.

I simply caution students to be very careful of what they end up believing themselves capable of...or they'll end up like the black belt champion with his throat cut in the stairway, or like Joshua Ford and his girl, killed, cut to pieces, wrapped up in plastic bags and thrown into a dumpster.

It's all too easy to fall in love with yourself looking in the dojo mirror doing sanchin, or hearing the 'pop' of a bag when you hit it, or performing some kata or bunkai....

It's all too easy to feel elated and as a 'kick ass superman' walking out of the class you just attended and down to the parking lot...

You might be thinking 'They wouldn't dare' ...chest out and doing the strut.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:01 pm

The real problem: a teacher tells you of self defense abilities developed in your training.

In a way a comical one, because, as in the past, people are not clear on the definition of “self-defense” --

defense against whom and what?

Always a good start to get this clear in your mind every single time 'defensive' thoughts intrude.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:03 pm

Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber than your Mark

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick, is to make your victims feel smart – and not just smart, but smarter than you are. Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives.


“[…] it is a real recommendation to be stupid. For just as warmth is agreeable to the body, so it does the mind good to feel its superiority; and a man will seek company likely to give him this feeling, as instinctively as he will approach the fireplace or walk in the sun if he wants to get warm. […] if a man is to be liked, he must really be inferior in point of intellect.”
– Arthur Schopenhauer

Subliminally reassure people that they are more intelligent than you are, or even that you are a bit of a moron, and you can run rings around them. The feeling of intellectual superiority you give them will disarm their suspicion-muscles.

“Masquerading as a swine to kill the tiger.”
– Chinese proverb
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:18 pm

a good man

This is a very famous karate teacher, one of the US pioneers from long ago, anyone recognize him?

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The street thug doesn’t want to slug it out for 6 x 3 min rounds; he wants to separate you from your senses with one big shot, usually an overhand right, a wild swinging haymaker, or a type of hook. He will not take a boxers stance, nor will he step back into classical-stance.

He will verbally disarm you and take his shot from where he stands no ritualistic posing, just bang. You wont have time to step back into stance, anyway if you do you will be on the back foot; and he will swarm you with punches.

If his first shot misses or is blocked he will follow up with another and another.

Most classical blocking methods fall short when applied against a street puncher or boxer.

Inner, outer and rising blocks become redundant, X blocks suicidal.

Committed punches with body weight behind them and the opponent not holding back; will crash through these blocks_

taking into account if you even get time to attempt to use one, Live fighting is not rigid 1 2 3 motions, it is fast, furious and continual motion.

ln regard to blocking in general, how ;many blocks do you see executed in a boxing match, how many have you seen in the no holds barred contest.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:21 pm

Even high-level exponents of the hard Shotokan Karate style when competing in point karate tournaments are hardly ever seen using the classical blocks. This should tell you something,.

In real punching range all you will have is instinctive reaction blocks or better termed as cover ups. The moves are reminiscent of how a boxer may cover up against blows, but just slightly modified.

Lets take the first example; you are confronted by trouble and sense your aggressor is going to strike.

You should have stepped back into a small 45% stance, let’s say left leg leading.

Ideally if you feel an attack on your person is imminent, you should kick off with your own offensive attack but this may not always be possible for one reason or the other.

So suddenly the attacker throws a big overhand right or hook.

You will have to bring your hands up instinctively, left hand covering the left side of your head. l call this a telephone block, the position resembles the way your hand arm is when holding the receiver of a phone to your ear.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:23 pm

The punch can be taken on the forearm or if it is hooking around, your biceps and shoulder can absorb the strike.

The cover up is a natural reaction you don’t have to go into any sophisticated ritual before you execute it. People have lots of inbred reflex actions that with the right training can be used without much conscious pre- thought.

For example, if somebody threw an object at you and shouted catch you just raise your hands and do it, no posture, fancy hand movement, etc, just natural reflex.

The same can be said if somebody shouted look out, or duck, your body naturally crouches without conscious effort.

This is how the cover up block should be done, if you train it, it begins to make good sense.

If performed correctly you should stop the blow but also be at a good distance to immediately counter
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:25 pm

Committed punches with body weight behind them and the opponent not holding back; will crash through these blocks_
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:45 pm

A good man

What you follow up with is up to you and how you see fit, as long as your head is still on your shoulders you can fight back.

Now if you were initially in the left stance and this time the aggressor threw a left hook, you can either bring up your right hand in the telephone block, or you can pivot your hips and come across to meet the punching arm with a modified double knife hand block with your left, smashing into their wrist and biceps, from there you can shoot back with a reverse knife hand to neck, hammerfist to jaw, slap to eardrum, elbow to jaw etc.


The problem is when you get 'clocked' in the street it will be sort of unexpected and even if expect to be punched, you still have to read what kind, what trajectory, and then you have to react to that 'read' in order to block or do anything.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:03 pm

A good man

The important element is you haven’t changed stance, so if you face somebody and you don’t know if they are going to punch you with the right or left hand, you will have a chance because you are not shuffling your feet, looking for the correct stance.

This principle; was taught to me some 12 years ago by my then Ju Jutsu Instructor and it is one of the fundamental tactics of the Kempo Goshin Jutsu system I teach, it is common sense_

but in my experience of teaching, very few others practice it, it is essential, to have any hope of blocking a punch.

Against a flurry of swings you should again cover up the head with the telephone blocks either side, then come up the; middle with a knee strike to assailants groin body or head butt to the face, you will also be in a position of inside control; to grapple or; throw if you so wish.


This last one, even though correct, rises the specter of finding yourself at grappling range with very big and strong opponent, like a bear.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:06 pm

A good man

Here is something we should be doing but we don't relying on our 'blocks'...

Learning to duck or bob-weave under a haymaking swing is worth practicing, you can evade the blow and come up on the outer side of the attacker to punch the ribs kidneys or go for the rear choke or strangle.

Also slipping and parrying straight punches over your shoulders is a smart but fairly advanced idea but again worth investing time in.


To learn how to effectively cover, slip, duck, etc, practice against a partner with the gloves on, start of easy, don’t blast away otherwise you do not develop the; necessary technique, reflexes and confidence needed.

Don’t make the mistake of only punching in a sparring scenario; you must practice the face off, confrontational scenarios where nine times out of ten it will happen.

Work the drills, practice against the different punches, and learn your different defenses.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:11 pm

Remember...most of us are not well schooled in blocking jabs, hooks to body/head, and uppercuts.

If you close the distance on an opponent as mostly happens naturally in a fight, the uppercut, unless you practice to see it and intercept, will rise unseen and knock you out.
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