Friday, July 13, 2012

Defending Against Larger, Stronger, Faster....

Students often ask me if self defense techniques work against someone with superior physical attributes(e.g. size, strenght, speed).  The general answer is a qualified yes.  Being stronger, faster etc.. certainly offers advantages.  However, there are ways to defend against the more physically imposing.  Here are some general tips: 
  • Use Effective Techniques:  If executed quickly and precisely, techniques can be effective - even against behemoths.
  • The Element of Surprise: Surprise your assailant with a premptive strike to a vulnerable body part (there are many)
  • Use Common Objects:  Even a gorilla of a man is afraid of a broken bottle (if he isn't he should be) or will be distracted by hot coffee splashed in his face).
  • Fight Dirty: Face it.  Without exten
    sive training, you are not going to wrestle with a skilled grappler and come out on top - unless you fight dirty.  Even hulking monsters have anatomical weaknesses.  
The challenge is immense.  Your training must prepare you for formidable opponents.  There is always, as my father told me once, someone stronger.

Stay safe,

Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor and Owner
International Krav Maga Federation(IKMF), Toronto

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