Working to Win (Survive) or Delaying Loss?

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Working to Win (Survive) or Delaying Loss?

Postby Rick Wilson » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:32 pm

Working to Win (Survive) or Delaying Loss?

Watch a proposed self defence response to an assault and ask: Are they trying to win (survive) or are they trying to delay losing?

I see many self defence moves all about covering or recovering a defensive position. The movement do not take less effort or time than movements that would work towards better and more strategic positions leading to a win (survival) or movements that would end the situation. The movements used lead to a recovery of a defensive position which means the intent instilled is to delay loss and not one to win (survive).

If you are defensive and merely trying not to lose, you will.

If someone is trying to hit you and your only thoughts are stopping them from hitting you then eventually, they will succeed.

Your thoughts and intent have to be about winning the situation. Winning for me can have a number of defence strategies but they all lead to surviving.

To act and merely put off loss is not a good strategy because at some point you will no longer be able to put it off. Instead you should always be working to win, to escape the Aggressor, or to disable them or to control them.

Distancing away to recover a guard position but not moving towards an escape route means the Bad Guy gets another shot.

Covering up so that you do not get hit is time limited.

I am not saying there is never a time for either of those but frankly if you train them then that will be what you go to and delaying loss simply means you still lose, just later.

Just some thoughts for you to look at what your responses are and make sure they enact strategies that lead directly to winning and not simply delaying loss.


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Re: Working to Win (Survive) or Delaying Loss?

Postby Van Canna » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:53 pm

Great points, Rick, thank you.
Instead you should always be working to win, to escape the Aggressor, or to disable them or to control them.

Distancing away to recover a guard position but not moving towards an escape route means the Bad Guy gets another shot.

Covering up so that you do not get hit is time limited.


The problem we see constantly, as Rory and others 'in the business' point out so well...is that when suddenly hit by 'stress' in an impending attack...the mind goes into a state of confusion for some people...making it difficult to come up with the 'right choice' in response action.

Plus the fact of a 'trained' martial artist's tendency to 'stick around' instead of evading, running, apologizing, etc.,

We, as a group, have a tendency of thinking we are much better than we actually are at handling any type of violence, against any type of attacker, against any situation.

This is what killed the champion black belt who thought he had what it took to 'deal' with the Jamaican gang banger mad at him for going out with his ex girl friend.

Some times the practice of martial arts fogs out 'brains' in dire ways.

Listen sometimes to 'senseis' tell his students....'You are now black belts and have nothing to fear from anyone' ...

Good post Rick.
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