Self Defence and the 3 Stages of Street Violence, by Mark Dixon
Training for a street confrontation is very, very different from training in sport based martial arts, or martial art competitions. It is equally fair to say it is very different from doing sparring or martial art drills in a dojo.
In a street confrontation there are no rules, no referees, probably no one there to break it up and do you seriously think you can tap out ? In this situation anything goes and you have to expect the unexpected.
So how can we properly train for the unexpected ? Your training needs to include realistic rehearsal training and must include techniques and strategies based on what is happening out there.
For reality based training to be effective you must be exposed to, and learn how to deal with three main conflict stages.
Stage 1 – Pre Fight
Most situations can be avoided before they even start provided your training includes strategies, tactics and realistic rehearsal. Developing awareness skills, threat assessment and verbal skills should all form the beginnings of your pre fight training. Learning how to avoid confrontations both physically and mentally is a critical part of any realistic self defence program.
Stage 2 – In Fight
This is the stage that a great deal of self defence courses and martial art schools focus on. The problem here is most of them are based on tradition, set sequences or just theory.
Remember earlier I said you have to expect the unexpected. Not one confrontation is going to be the same and using complex forms or patterns for a certain situation is very unlikely to work in reality. The conflict stage is very unlikely going to be just you and a single opponent and your training needs to reflect the complexities and varieties of situation you could face. Training to fight one opponent is no longer realistic. What about ways to fight criminals with weapons, dealing with gang attacks, muggings, rape attacks, robberies ?
Does your training deal with the different levels of force needed to handle these different levels of violence ?
Stage 3 – Post Fight
There are many areas that your realistic self defence training should incorporate here as well. This may be administering first aid, effective escape methods, ways recall attacker description and incident details.
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