Martial Arts Book Two
Harry J. Chong
IntroductionOnce you have a foundation for self-defense you must go on and expand your knowledge. The followingis advice about fitness, and a fair collection of useful techniques that one can add to his or her repertoire.Again this is only for my personal use.Getting Better at Self Defense: Fitness and TrainingWhen you want to learn self-defense for yourself you must find a proper instructor and learn a variety of fighting techniques to be well rounded. You must do classes or a combination of classes, which teach youhow to use yourself in every way you can.
You should learn:
-How to use your hands, elbows, knees, and feet for striking.-How to grapple, and wrestle, and fight on the ground.-How to exploit/take advantage of weaknesses in the body, what areas to target, how to manipulate joints,and pressure points.-How to do footwork, block, evade, and dodge.-How to deal with multiple attackers.-How to deal with weapons.-How to use weapons.-How to avoid trouble.-How to prepare yourself mentally, and how to think, and even how to communicate with your attacker.
In addition to this you must also get in shape. This requires several things:
1. A good diet, with lots of fruits and vegetables, and milk, and eggs, and wholesome foods.2. Meditation and relaxation, learning how to cope with stress.3. Stretching, similar to what one might find in yoga or Pilates.4. Tough work and internal conditioning. That would include things like battering your forearms and fistsagainst wood -- in a controlled manner -- to toughen your bones and skin. (See: Wolff's Law.)5. Sparring.6. Shadow boxing.7. Drills or katas.8. Practicing against human substitutes, like a dummy, and/or a heavy bag and speed bag.9. Competitive Fighting.10. A combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises. Skipping rope, sprinting (doing interval training),and swimming.11. Compound weight lifting exercises. The basics would be the squat, bench press, overhead press, barbell rows, and the dead lift. (See: Stronglifts.com.)