WHAT, WHY, HOW?
In a real self-defense encounter, fine motor skills tend to go out the door along with any complex or fancy techniques you have learned. When attending a self-defense seminar, you must therefore focus on a few simple and highly effective techniques. Sparring, for example, is not the same as self-defense. If you can throw a good punch, you are probably more likely to throw one in a threatening situation than is a person who does not even know how to make a fist. But if it is self-defense you are learning, you are wasting time if you point spar or kickbox. I see many 52 Blocks martial artists learning complex defenses against simple attacks. For example, if an assailant attacks you with a knife:
1. You might learn a technique that requires superior timing and precision in intercepting the attack.
2. You might learn a technique that involves striking a small pressure point on the wrist designed to make the assailant lose his grip and send the knife flying.
3. You might learn a complex maneuver that involves turning and twisting until you have acquired some sort of joint lock.
There may also be several strikes involved to many different targets. In short, the whole technique may be comprised of 20 individual moves. Not only is it time consuming to learn self-defense this way, if events don’t go down as expected you will get confused somewhere in the middle of the technique. In addition, we often assume that the assailant will stand there while we complete the moves. A good approach to learning 52 Blocks self-defense may be to learn a few highly effective techniques that instantly steal your opponent’s balance or place him in an inferior position. The techniques should be easy to learn, and the average person should be able to apply them with a reasonable amount of training.