The art of defending yourself
Defending Yourself

When I studied Organization theory we learned that in a situation that takes place over a long period of time, you need minimal planning, since you can adjust the tactics as you go along, “crossing the bridges when you get to them”. Thus, in a self-defense context, a fight that you don’t see coming and that might be over fast, you need a lot of time to “plan”! In order to achieve this you have to practise a lot, but also minimize the game plan, having as few different solutions as possible to as many problems as possible.

I don’t agree with a pedagogical system in which you are learning different reactions to similar problems to different belt levels, especially if the classes are separated. The tools you get to each belt might differ, but the reactions have to be universal! Maybe the old Japanese sword masters could observe the path of the Katana before taking action, but in self-defense for ordinary people I don’t think that is the way to go.

Just like when you prepare for a fight in the Sport of martial arts, you can’t let the belts stand in the way for your self-defense practise.