This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
Published by Witch-Hunter Publishing P.O. Box 597 MacArthur WV 25873
This book & the title of “Street” Jujitsu Handbook are copyright material of the author, Ron Collins, & can not be reproduced in written format, copied or stored in an electronic devise without explicit written permission from the author, except for review.
This Book has be published for educational & entertainment purposes only. The author and/or publisher(s) claim no responsibility for use and/or misuse of the information, techniques, methods & formula contained herein… It is advised that one should not attempt any of these training methods or fighting techniques without first gaining a doctors’ permission & even then Practice safely…
-~Street-Focus Jujitsu~-~Philosophy & Psychology~So what is Street Focus Jujitsu? “Street” Jujitsu is the traditional warrior methods of jujitsu, minus the kata (Japanese word for “dance,” which is a term used to describe prearranged attack & defense training forms) practice. Instead of kata, street-focus jujitsu uses drills & repetition training to “perfect” the techniques. Another feature of Street-Focus Jujitsu is that the use of Japanese terminology & the modern belt system have been excluded for the simple reason that while this art draws heavily from traditional jujitsu & karate it is also “modernized” to be effective in the “streets” and hence a modern American adaptation of a traditional art. While one could consider this system of fighting a Mixed Martial Art, because it draws from multiple arts and styles. Having no place in the world of competition fighting; this system is designed to Kill or Cripple an attacker! Seven Rules of a Street-Fight: Many people are very fond of saying, “The only rule in a Street Fight is there are no rules...” This is only partly true. Although there are no rules which technique or techniques can be used, there are basic “martial arts” principles which govern all fights, battles & even wars... 1. Never Underestimate Your Opponent!!! Never underestimate your opponent's will to survive or heart in a fight. Anyone can be beaten on any given day, regardless of size, speed, skill, style or power on any given day... 2. Never Underestimate Yourself!!! Never believe that you can be easily defeated by your opponent. The human spirit is & will always be stronger then most men will ever know & many will believe... 3. Never Give Your Opponent an Edge!!! Never allow your opponent to exploit and control your weaknesses. Always seek to exploit the weaknesses of your opponent & seek any means to do so. In most assaults & self-defense situations you will always be fighting from the nondominant position of the attack, which means you must in turn seek to minimize your own weakness while exploiting your attackers... 4. Never Allow Fear to Control You!!! Fear is a natural reaction to risk & danger. When you are faced with an upcoming battle, fear is a natural factor. With fear comes adrenaline & the “fight or flight” response, adrenaline increases your power, speed and deadens the effects of pain by various levels. It also decreases motor function & rational thinking, thus by conditioning one's self to understand what is happening to their body and to accept this “happening” one is able to use the added boost but remain completely in control of one's actions.
5. Strike “Outside” Your Opponent's Guard... By striking “outside” of your opponent's guard you can surprise & exploit your opponent's natural bio-mechanical weaknesses. This is defined by staying to the backside/outside your opponent's lead shoulder. In this way you can move behind your opponent at an angle that is difficult to strike & gain the dominant attacking position; both outside the opponent's striking range & outside of the opponent's line of sight. 6. Always Expect to Be Attacked!!! By always expecting to be attacked, one reduces one's risk of being caught off guard by a surprise assault. Also by understanding certain high risk behaviors & high risk locations one can better know when to be alert for an attack and when to be on full alert for dangerous situations. 7. ALWAYS FIGHT TO KILL!!! When your life is on the line there is no exception to survival!!! Psychology of Victimization: The basic psychology of victimization is that victims often feel a self-loathing for being victimized. How this works is that it creates a cycle of learned habitual patterns. As the old saying goes “You often become that which you hate...” As the victim; especially those victimized at early childhood, habitually becomes mistreated & victimized by violence a pattern of rationalization takes place. The rationalization is that “might makes right” or some similar concept. In turned this ideology of might makes right, mixes with a damaged ego and through rationalization produces the belief that “If others are your victims then you are not the victim, simply by virtue of having your own victims.” Over time this cycle is repeated by the “new victims” who seek victimization through victimizing others. Thus a child who was beaten will often beat their own children. Children who were sexual abused, often grow up to sexually abuse other children. This is also one of the many reasons the children of drug addict or alcoholic parents, become addicts themselves. They rationalize the alcohol as the source of abuse & into rationalize the abuse as power, therefore the drug and/or alcohol becomes the psychological “source of power” and the cycle continues from one victim to the next. This is also the reason that many former victims join the military and police forces; that in having domination over others they feel they are no longer victims. This also results in the would be former victims, believing they are not continuing the cycle, but bringing justice and at the same time taking revenge for their own victimization. While in fact their firm belief in doing “Right” is the source rationalization of much suffering and continuing the cycle of victimization. This unfortunately leaves one of two options for this poor misguided souls. Either they are allowed to face themselves and understand that by finding victims, they are not
defeating their own victimization; but furthering it. After all how can you not be a victim when even after the abuser is gone, & you are still tormented by the events of the abuse? The second option is simpler, easier & will often leave you cold in its form. That is to those who have come to enjoy the victimization of others & power they have over them through said abuse, must be dealt with in due fashion. Like a lion or bear who has come to enjoy the taste of human flesh, a victimizer must be “put down” like a mad dog, either through death or incarceration. It is only our choice to decide which, in how far you must go to defend your life from one such as this. Then you must choose what keeps you alive! How do I know what victimization can do others? Because I have broken my own cycle of victimization; mental & physical abuses that have left with only the knowledge of what could become & what lines I must never cross to keep from becoming that monster... Perceptions of Violence: There are so many people who claim to know about street fighting, martial arts & violence. The truth is unless you live in the “Ghetto” or where raised around unrelenting violence; you know nothing of what violence is or isn't. Yet so many martial artist and the public at large, think a martial arts class will teach them “self-defense” or give them an advantage. First lets accept a single fact, there are three types of violent encounters, and they may over lap in some ways, depending on individual perceptions. Also bear in mind that what starts as one thing may evolve into something else. 1. Fighting: First a fight, is somewhat fair. The idea is more like a drunken brawl, between family, friends or strangers. The idea of a fight is to hurt another and is usually brought about by ego and pride. 2. Self-Defense: A self-defense situation is a mugging, a rape or being assaulted. The idea is to get something through the use of force, this may overlap if you are on the defending ends of a street-fight or a fight. 3. Street-Fighting: A street-fight is dirty and vicious with the single minded intent to hurt or kill another person. Most “street-fighters” are liars who want to look Big. The few real street-fighters are anti-social individuals who suffer from multiple psychotic episodes. Where martial arts and regular people fail at; is understanding violence. Violence attracts violence, as described earlier, the Psychology of Victimization; breeds more victims. As the victim of one person, finds other victims for themselves so that they do not feel as if they are the victim. After all in their minds, they are not the victim if you are their victim. Thus those who where beat on as children, often beat their children. Children who were molested often become child molesters. They need a victim, to feel
they were never a victim. This is why women who were raped, often manipulate or physically and emotionally abuse the men they date. No martial arts class, addresses violence by teaching you how violence will breed by more violence. Martial arts do however, teach one control of themselves which can have the effect of allowing the individual, self-control. But, no class can teach violence on the levels of psychological trauma that creates both excellent fighters and complete psychopaths. The ultimate failure of a Martial Artist lies in that most martial arts classes are geared toward sportsmanship & hobbies. The few martial artists who do teach fighting, do so using the methods taught to them, often by sportsman or hobbyists. As such there is little difference in the training methods and even less effective in the real world. The average person may never need to know or use the full force needed to defeat a psychotic attacker, one may never be faced with a psychopath (Mental Deranged Person), a sadist (Person who Enjoys Hurting Others), or a sadomasochist (Person who enjoys Hurting Themselves and Others). But then again one simply never knows. First, accept one fact, if your are interested in defending yourself you can do so only through hard work. A three to twelve hour a week class will do nothing for you if you don't practice and work hard at it on your own. Second, you have to decide what you want to do. If you want to know a martial arts to compete in tournaments and contests, then your probably where you want to be. The same is true if you want to practice a traditional form of exercise for a hobby. But if you want to learn to defend yourself, you must first be mentally prepared to win at all costs, psych yourself up to do as much damage as possible and consciously choose to ignore pain in order to give pain. Third, train the way you fight. In the Army & Marine Corps. I was told you WILL fight to way you train, so you must train the way you fight. I have learned this long before then when I was a teenager studying martial arts. So then in the real world you must accept your place, if attacked first, you will be fighting from a defensive position as a victim. Fourth, be prepared to be your enemy. This sounds sick but it is ultimately true, to beat your enemy you must get inside your enemy's mind. And this may be a very frightening place. Just remember it takes a monster to stop a monster, but it takes a man (woman) to control the monster within themselves. Finally, you have to accept that what you might have to do to keep from being beaten, raped, murdered or worse (and yes there are worse); is break the law. There are several use of force laws for citizens, less so then with the police and less protections by law for using force. A concept which to me violates the “equal protection of laws” clause of the 14th Amendment. This “breaking the law to save your life” could be simple destruction of property such as breaking a store window to sound the alarm and get police assistance, after your cell phone goes out and you are being assaulted. This could also be using a weapon or dealing permanent damage that would prevent the other person from continuing the
assault to protect you as you escape to freedom. I will not give you legal advise and I suggest you check local laws in may cases for use of force regulations, but I will say that my opinion of use of force laws is that they are complete Bull Shit! Some ivy league boy who has never been in serious fight, is going to tell me how much force I can use to stop someone who has attacked me because; too much force may endanger their civil liberties, but too little force will endanger my life. Sorry law takes a back seat to survival here. To survive violence you must understand violence and in effect experience violence. The controlled violence of the ring, is not the chaotic violence of a bar brawl or a mugging. When you train for a fight, you had better train to fight as if your life depends on it! The ultimate failing of martial arts is in subscribing to propaganda. I represent one side of the argument; the side who will shoot you and having ran out of bullets, and magazines with bullets, will draw a knife, long before I will ever use my fists. I'm also the side who well tell that anything is better then nothing, and all martial arts have something to offer, even the one's I don't like. I also will say this, anyone who says “such-&-such” art is the supreme, superior, ultimate martial art is full of it. To properly defend yourself you need to address 3 key things, awareness, psychology & effectiveness. Awareness, means not only knowing situations, places, & habits where your safety is endangered but also physical signals when a person is preparing for active violence. Psychology, is knowing even in layman's terms the basic habits, environments and circumstances that lead to violent behavior patterns. Finally, effectiveness means knowing your martial art, self-defense or combatives program that can survive “pressure testing” and will work regardless of conditions. This means you must learn to be assertive and aggressive to win at all costs. The reason for these three keys, is first they allow avoidance of trouble, they allow one to understand violence; in effect fearing it less, and finally they allow one to overcome the threat or use of violence itself. Something rarely taught in Self-Defense and never taught in pure Martial Arts classes. From my prospective, few in any martial artists want to use their training for any other reason then to show off, win trophies or pick up women. Some women join martial arts classes to meet guys, but they soon learn most guys hate it when a chick beats them in a fair fight. All this social networking and hobbyist approaches are why I have a very small group of private students. Those few who do practice realistic, “street based” self-defense are usually “black balled” as thugs and unenlightened savages. Usually by martial artists who can't fight their way out of a paper bag & often resent anyone who can, for doing so...
The Power of Avoidance: “It is not enough to simply avoid the sinister thugs in the dark alley with the intent to rob you, rape you & kill you. It is enough to avoid the dark alley in the first place... “ -Ron Collins While many martial artist will advertise their art as allowing you beat down the three to fifty knife wielding, gun toting, muggers, rapists and murders in the proverbial “dark alley” I prefer to overly simplify the situation to avoiding the “Dark Alley” all together. This is done, by both literally avoiding high risk locations and avoiding high risk behaviors as well. The connection to alcohol, drug abuse & violence is widely known. So is the statistical fact that most rapes & home invasions come from people you know or have known. Random violence occurs in places of business, to include the infamous “parking lot mugging.” A certain amount of credence must be given to the practicers of Ninjitsu, this is because ninjitsu is the only martial art to teach you to run & hide. This simple act of avoidance is often key to surviving an attack, especially since you can not attack that which isn't there. Basics of Stealth & Evasion... The basic idea of stealth is to not be seen, being seen will result in you having to confront an adversary. Despite what most self-proclaimed street-fighters will tell you, avoidance is the best weapon. With stealth comes the opinion of ambush or simply walking away. Stealth is not avoidance however, stealth is simply being undetected, avoidance is not being their to be detected. Therefore, the object of stealth should be to avoid the issue of confrontation. This requires a certain amount of awareness & natural caution. The second object of stealth is the go unnoticed; this is whats called hiding in plain sight. This requires you to alter manner and dress to match the world around you. Using various shades & tones of color clothing that not only match the environment but draw no attention psychologically from pursuers if in a crowd. Basics of Camouflage: The very core ideas of camouflage is that they allow you to blend to your environment and that camouflage allows you to go unnoticed. In the case of self-defense camouflage we must assume that you will be wearing normal clothing & that you are in an urban or semi-urban (urbanize area within a rural community) area. As such I remind the student (reader) that conventional clothing must be worn and must be symbiotic with what one's surroundings. In cities surrounded by mountains, trees, deserts, jungles etc. it is not uncommon to see hikers or hunters dressed to blend with nature, as such a rural town in West Virginia or California may well have hunters in
camouflaged clothing. Thus we address even the need to blend into nature as well as blending into cities & rural towns. Basic Color Patterns: Jungle Terrain- Olive greens, brown & tan in a leaf-like pattern Desert Terrain- Tan Woodland Terrain- Light drab gray Snowy Terrain- Drab white Urban Terrain- Light gray or medium dark tan Night/Shadow in General Terrain- Flat black, drab midnight blue or a drab charcoal gray Indigenous Clothing- Matching the general appearance of those within a given area. Principles of Noise & Movement: Adjust movement to terrain, cover, and visibility. In low visibility, belly crawl. Sprint or dash from cover to cover, giving several minutes between sprints. Side step along walls to help shield your silhouette from view. Use slow walking or crawling around good cover. Use a light sprint to close in on a sentry or targeted opponent within ten to fifteen feet away. The most important rule to the rule that in an emergency do not move. If you think you’ve been spotted remain perfectly still, frozen in your tracks. If you do need to move while following this rule drop as softly as possible to your stomach and listen for signs you were spotted. Street Focus Jujitsu Training Philosophy... The training philosophy of Street Focus Jujitsu is to fight the way you are training, by training the way you will or must fight. This means sparring multiple people, being randomly “attacked” in class to make student perpetually aware of their environment and encouraging controlled but efficient violence. The greatest weapon is the Mind of the Fighter/Warrior. In this the person who is taking action does so with a element of control & coldness that may seem inhuman to most bystanders. This coldness is not so much malicious action but a firm resolve that comes from understanding odds and options. That understanding can be summed up as this; “For every injury they suffer ten more will not be hurt, either because they know what I will do to them or by the fact that I have stopped you from trying to do the same to them...” What this means is that if I break a mugger's arm or even go so far as to kill that same mugger that person will not be able to hurt others. If I fight a “local tough” and injure him so badly that he never wishes to fight me again, it means those who witness the violence & the effects of the violence will not cross the same line. Those who do will do so doubting themselves. And, this why we train, we learn to fight so that we don't have to fight. Techniques & styles are hang ups that martial artists & even non-martial artists fail to understand. The limitations of styles or techniques are useless and meaningless,
its not what I know but how I apply it. So the goal of “Street” Jujitsu is not to select or modify techniques to work on the streets, but to build a mental “temple” for the heart and endurance to win no matter what. Violence is not always the answer, but that does not mean that violence is always to be excluded from the list of answers. If you are attacked you must respond with violence to violence or be harmed and possibly lose your life. We are never the attackers nor will lower ourselves to believe violence makes us anything more then cowards. For in using violence as a deterrent we, we accept that we have lowered ourselves to the level of our attacker yet we will not fall below them. For if we know that my understanding these things we are enlightened to what they truly mean & that to willingly walk away from that enlightenment is not ignorance but willing remaining blind when all we need to is open our eyes. This is even more degrading to us, because we know we have already opened our eyes before. Therefore, we train to survive & to tame the monster within ourselves. Our training philosophy is simple enough; to stop a monster you must become a monster. A monster is force of nature, unrelenting, predatory & instinctively cunning. Yet, a monster is a slave to its instincts and in order to be directed properly the monster must be controlled by men & women of go continence. Thus, we train ourselves to be monsters & in so find the heart of man (women) within. 1. Self-Improvement: Self Improvement is the first step to building and controlling the “monster.” through self-education you are not limited to what other may teach you, thus you can add skills to your “mental arsenal” by reading books on martial arts, philosophy, psychology, survivalism & so on. Also taking classes which again add new or expand old skill sets will allow you to build a foundation of exhaustive self-improvement, seeking to always be better will you find new way to maintain old skills & always continue to grow in your understanding. 2. Self-Reliance: Self Reliance comes in trusting your intuition & seeking to expand on anything you are taught. As much as you should level the school with a fresh prospective, so should enter it the next day with continued self reliance not only in old abilities but in your ability to learn new skills. 3. Self-Sacrifice: Self Sacrifice isn't surrendering nor giving up; it is letting go of all else to find that which you desire most and fighting to keep it. In this prospective self-sacrifice is stripping away the excess until you have the core of your vision and claiming said vision with all the power & focus. Self-sacrifice is losing distractions to gain substance. 4. Self-Understanding: Once you've built upon yourself & come to accept and rely on your ability you can begin to strip away excess and find the core of yourself. In so doing you can explore the real self & come to understand who you are, by doing so you come to understand others. There are three people inside us all, the person we are, the person we wish to be & the person we pretend to be. Only by stripping away to pretense of who we pretend to be are we able to see who we truly are & direct that person to be who
we want to be. Many times we find that who we are is we truly want to be & the person we desire to be is just another illusion to person we pretend to be. 5. Self-Control: If we can understand who we truly are then we can understand what truly must do. We can follow a path of logical decisions & educated predictions. We can separate the choices by knowing what we sometimes wish to do can not be done or by knowing what we must sacrifice so that we can do those things that no one believes can be down. 6. Self-Empowerment: The ultimate express of self-reliance is found in selfempowerment. Self-empowerment is combination of self-education, selfunderstanding & self-control. Self-empowerment comes when you understand how powerful your ability to choose is & in so doing find self-motivation within your will to succeed by doing, free of external motivations. Five Animal Philosophy: The five-animal philosophy is based more off of Native American Totems then Chinese Alchemy & Kung-fu. The five animals depicted in this text are unique in that they serve various key roles in life that one can see and understand. ● Cat: The Cat is quiet and in most cases will run when threatened. As an animal & as a totem a Cat will avoid a fight. Many cats are cowards, and like all cowards fear is their defense, in a corner a tabby cat can become a tiger coming out through the only movable obstacle, namely you. Not all cats are cowards, but all cats will be backed into a corner & come out fighting tooth & claw. ● Dog & Wolves: Dogs are the pathetic wonna-bes of the Streets, they bark allot and bite very little. Dogs get their kicks from chasing cats, because a little noise and the cat runs from the confrontation. Wolves are just dogs who need their friends to back up their mouths, they are tough when others are watching them & cowards when alone. ● Bears: If its a big ass dog it's a bear. Bears are like dogs and wolves but they use their size to intimidate you. They live by the belief I'm bigger, their for I'm badder. ● Wolverines: Wolverines are the guys who don't back down, who don't stop & who refuse to give up. They are the guys who will beat you down before they talk trash to you. Wolverines are allot smarter and tougher then you'd think & they don't talk trash, because they know what you don't and thats “The Game.” Emotional Override Conditioning (EOC): Emotional Override Conditioning is a 3 to 5 second drive into the psychological “wall” that is Fear & Survival Instinct. The concept of EOC is to use the body's built in survival system; the famous “fight or flight” response of the adrenaline dump. Your body is “hardwired” to survive the worst case scenario. The proof of such is in the human ability to accept and adapt to any environmental condition imaginable. The
way in which the higher brain functions are excluded from the central nervous system (Spinal Cord & Brain Stem) during reflexive actions. Lastly, the way in which injuries; even permanently disabling injuries, are “ignored” by body by shutting of nerve signals from these injured extremities as the body goes into partial shock. This factor has allowed knife wielding and unarmed attackers to be shot multiple times and still severally injure police, security and military personnel without the aid of mind altering drugs. While the pseudo-religious nature of conventional martial arts, forbids all-out guts fighting, the effectiveness of survival relies on this type of animal-ism of instinctive violence. Therefore, it must be understood that violence is not only the last resort by philosophical or religious understanding violence is last resort of the practicality of effectiveness. Especially, knowing that violence must be fully and completely focused on the absolute destruction of your attacker. Or to put it another way, one can not be a bully and effective at street focused combative arts because the threat of violence to control another is wholly the wrong intention of survival at all costs. One must reserve the psychological shock of all-out fighting with intent to kill for when it is most needed. As such one appears as prey, but attacks with the voraciousness of a predator. Phase One: Awareness: The first key to survival, in any situation, is awareness; to always be aware of your environment. Awareness has multiple components, some can be addressed simultaneously some can not. First, is the noticing a potential threat, then comes assessing the threat. This includes, but should not be limited to; avoiding the threat, or hiding from the threat. On very few occasions this assessment will involve striking the first blow. ● Phase Two: The Psych-up: The psych-up is an emotional build up addressing the natural fear & adrenaline dumb responses. This natural response to fear causes the body to slowly leak adrenaline into the body as the dumb is about to occur. This is the point where one should visualize being attacking and the worst case scenarios of that attack. All this is a build up to programming the fight or flight response. As your mind dwells on the pain & fear you will encounter your body will react. Slowly leaking adrenaline as your body preps to dumb it into your blood stream. If this is a “close call” you can slowly “dial down” with slow relaxing deep breaths. If nothing else you can move on to the final phase... ● Phase Three: Explosion: When the threat is there & fighting unavoidable, you release the emotions you have been holding back, to “explode” into your attacker or attackers. Again Focus on destroying their defenses and them, instead of your defense. In this way they must question their own actions against you & become “Psyched Out” at the sudden ruthlessness you exhibit.
There is the invaluable flaw in this logic that would seem to be obvious, and that is that against multiple attackers your efforts would be ineffective. As the rule of thumb goes, it takes a wolf pack to bring down a wolverine, and cowards will keep attacking if they think they can win with numbers. As such you must attempt to disable, dismember or destroy an attacker within a few seconds of engaging them, and be ready to break contact and run away at the first chance one has. The key is being able to run away... Physical Conditioning: Physical conditioning is hardly a factor if you can drop an attacker in one strike. But this isn't always possible and the ability to “take a hit” requires you to have enough muscle & mass to both move with the blow and take the hit when it lands. The following exercises are broken down into two forms of conditioning exercises, Basic & Advanced. Basic exercises are exercises where training beginning with the body testing & building strength in the extremities. Advanced exercises are sets of combination striking drills which build & strength the limbs as well as help to condition timing & build endurance. ● Basic Exercises: Push-ups: Push-ups are an excellent way to build & develop upper body strength in the triceps & chest. Pull-ups: Pull-ups, like push-ups are also very good for developing upper body strength. The Hands-Out (from the body) Grip builds the shoulders and triceps. The Hands-In Grip builds the chest & biceps. Sit-ups/Crunches: Sit-ups and crunches are excellent for building strength & toning the abdominal muscles. Squats: Squats are excellent for building muscles in the legs when one can not get out to run or jog. Running/Jogging: Running or Jogging is an excellent method for both strengthening the legs and gaining cardiovascular exercise. ● Advanced Exercises: Weighted Striking Drills: By use of wrist & ankle weights one can combine strength training & cardiovascular kick boxing exercises to strengthen & tone the muscles needed for combat. Weighted Sparring Drills: By sparring light contact with another opponent; especially while wearing a weight vest of some kind, one may build speed and agility in combat at a far faster rate then with regular sparring drills alone. Water Drills: By practicing attack & defense drills in chest to neck high water, one can better develop one's strength, speed & balance.
Psychological Conditioning: Basic Combative Drills: By practicing basic strikes in combination with various common unarmed attacks without the pressure of sparring the student it given a chance to see & apply the “perfect” example of each technique. Which is never perfect in applications. Semi & Full Contact Sparring: By use of light (semi) contact and eventually full contact sparring the student is able to get a better grasp on what the “perfect” technique becomes when applied to imperfect reality. Advanced Combative Drills: By practicing the following advanced combative drills, the student is allowed to experiment with potentially dangerous situations. The absolute strictest doctrine of fatal injury should be applied to unarmed student so that a sense of caution against the weapon and not a false sense a security is fostered. ● Sparring Multiple Opponents: By use sparring multiple opponents, first two against one and then three against one the student gets the idea of how to use an attackers body as a shield in application with the again imperfect realities of live combat. ● Sparring Unarmed Against Clubs: By sparring unarmed against opponents wielding whiffle-ball bats, with the heads cut off to prevent serious injuries. The students are again allowed to experience the reality of combat, against a weapon wielding opponent & see how effective or ineffective various techniques are in such situations. Each time a killing or crippling blow is dealt, it stop the sparring match & the student allowed to assess their own mistakes & begin again, immediately. ● Sparring Unarmed Against Knives: By using a “chalk-knife” or magic-marker the “Knife-Wielding” opponent attacks the unarmed student in a sparring contest. Each time a killing or crippling blow is dealt, it stop the sparring match & the student allowed to assess their own mistakes & begin again, immediately. ● Sparring Blindfolded: By Sparring against another opponent while wearing a blindfold the student is allowed to explore and develop a “sixth sense” for attack & defense. This intuitive sense of fighting will help to prevent letting the lost of sight from mace, hair spay, eye gouges or some other injury from crippling the student. ● The Circle of Lights: The final drill reserved for expert level students & & instructors. This drill begins with ten people in a circle, each standing behind a strobe light. All other lights are cut off and loud music; preferably heavy metal, be played. If the student is of an exceptionally high caliber minor intoxication should be permitted, so long as the student is of legal drinking age & can make it home safely. A last student is placed in the center of the circle. At random a student is sent against the student in the center of the circle. The students have two minutes to tap out, or knock out the other student. If the students have not “neutralized” their opponents in said time limit then a new student is entered into the fray for
another two minutes. Special Note on Behavior: While good order and discipline should be the rule of the class, it should not be the absolute ruling of said class. The student who smokes cigarettes should be allowed to smoke cigarettes, as long as a certain level of cleanliness is maintained, as well as students who consistently drink alcohol be allowed to drink alcohol during breaks within the class. This smoking and drinking serves two purposes. First, and largely obvious is that on the “street” said students would be intoxicated or smoking as is their habits. Said habits will be broken over time, by self-motivation & self-discipline & thus are not the choice of instructor to make for the student(s). The second reason is that you must train the way you will fight in order to fight the way you train. If a student is commonly drinking beer, or intoxicated for large amounts of time, then said individual should learn to control and handle himself in such a fashion. Over time this will in fact reduce the amount of violent incidents by virtue of disciplining oneself while intoxicated. An abstract, fact in all of this is that heavy physical activity while smoking and drinking will often serve as a deterrent for such behavior in the future. This is what the “Old timers” who taught me about real “street fighting” called “tough love.” So then, while many will not understand the reasoning for such lax formal discipline. All that can be said is that no amount of discipline can be forced on another, and self-discipline begins with the choice for self-improvement. Street-Focus-Jujitsu Target Points: Every martial art, whether it be karate, kung-fu, judo or jujitsu etc. teaches pressure points. In jujitsu pressure points can be used in two ways. The first, is constant pressure against individual points causing great pain. The second, is a powerful blow to an individual point, often repeatedly, to stun/cripple an opponent.
1) Crown of the Skull: A powerful blunt force can cause sever shock to the central nervous system. 2) Mastoidal Opening: This point lies just behind the ear. A powerful strike here can be crippling and possibly fatal. 3) Base of the Skull: A powerful blow here can fracture the vertebrae at the base of the skull, causing death or paralysis. It is, however, far more likely to stun your opponent. 4) Vertebrae of the neck: Any powerful blow to the vertebrae of the neck can cause the same effects as striking point “3” 5) Coronal Suture: A powerful blow to this point can cause hemorrhage, paralysis, blindness or death. 6) Optic Nerve: A powerful blow to this point can cause pain, unconsciousness, or blindness. 7) Sinus Cavity: A powerful blow to this point can cause great pain, unconsciousness or death. 8) Bridge of Nose: A powerful blow here can cause great pain or unconsciousness. 9) Eyes: A powerful blow here can stun, blind or through damage to the optic nerve to the brain, cause death. 10)Anterior Nasal Spine: A powerful blow here can stun or “knockout” an opponent. 11)Chin: A sharp powerful blow here can disorient or cause unconsciousness 12)Side of Neck: A powerful blow here can cause a stunning effect, internal bleeding and/or unconsciousness 13)Windpipe: A powerful blow here can cause breathing problems, pain or death.
14)Trapezius Muscle: A powerful blow here can cause great pain and numbness in the arm, this also applies for constant pressure. 15)Collar Bone: A powerful blow here cab cause great pain and if broken, internal bleeding and numbing of the arm. This bone can also be dislocated to achieve the same effect as a fracture. 16)Brachial Artery: A powerful blow here can cause great pain and numbness in the arm and shoulder. 17)Suprasternal Notch: A powerful blow here can cause pain and/or dislocate both collar bones. 18)Gladiolus of the Sternum: The depression of the sternum, a powerful blow here can break the sternum; cause severe skeletal damage and immobility from pain. This is also the point used to execute a heart punch. 19)Lungs: A powerful blow here can disrupt breathing and in extreme cases, internal bleeding of the lungs. 20)Solar Plexus: A powerful, or even a not so powerful, blow here can disrupt breathing and cause great pain. Above the solar plexus is the Xyphoid Process; an extension of the sternum, a powerful blow here breaking the Xyphoid Process from the Sternum can cause great pain and massive damage to internal organs. 21)Floating Ribs: A powerful strike here can cause much pain and possible immobility by breaking the rib, and possible internal injury if the rib is driven into internal organs. 22)Liver: An extremely powerful strike to this point can cause great pain and possible liver damage. If the damage is great enough, death from liver failure might occur weeks or months later. 23)Kidney: Although the kidneys are located on the back side of the body, there is a small “channel” within the body that can cause great pain with an extremely powerful blow. And possibly shock the kidney. 24)Stomach: A powerful strike here can cause great pain and in extreme cases, when the blow is delivered from a master, a severe peptic ulcer and a very slow painful death. 25)Hip: A powerful strike to this point can cause pain and numbness, with some extreme cases the hip can be dislocated or broken. 26)Groin: It is no large surprise that attacking this point cause allot of pain, however, many people do not know a powerful blow here can cause immobilizing pain, unconsciousness, or slow and extremely painful death, through a core body infection. 27)Spinal Region: Any powerful attack anywhere along the spine, especially between the “shoulder blades” or lower back, can cause great pain and possibly paralysis. 28)Kidneys: A powerful strike here can cause great pain, however, an extremely powerful blow to this point can rupture the kidneys causing the blood to become
filled with toxins. Generally one will die from such a blow within a few weeks to as soon as twenty minutes. 29)Final Vertebrae of the Spine: A powerful strike, usually a stomp, to this point can possibly separate the spine from the hip bone, causing permanent loss of the use of the legs. 30)Tail Bone: An extremely powerful strike to this point can cause severe damage to the central nervous system, and limited mobility through skeletal damage. The effect of the damage can range from pain, unconsciousness, temporary or permanent paralysis.
31)Bicep: A powerful blow here will cause numbness in the arm. 32)Triceps: Like the bicep a strike here can cause numbness and pain in the arm. 33)Ulnar Nerve: Constant pressure to this point causes great pain and numbness. A powerful strike to this point can cause great pain and possibly dislocate the elbow. 34)Outside of the Elbow: Pressure to this point causes pain and numbness, however, a forceful blow to this point can break the elbow. 35)Inside of the Elbow: Attacking this point can and will create the same effect as striking the outside of the elbow. 36)Ulnar Nerve: A powerful blow to this point can cause a painful numbing effect in the hands and arms. 37)Ulnar Nerve: A powerful blow to this point can cause a painful numbing effect in the hands and arms. 38)Nerve between the last Two Knuckles: Constant pressure to this point can cause pain and numbness in the hand. 39)Armpit: A powerful blow to this point can stop the heart or at least cause numbness in the arm. 40)Hollow of the Elbow: A powerful strike to this point can rupture blood vessels and cause great pain and numbness. 41)Radial Nerve: Grabbing or striking this point can create pain and numbness. 42)Nerve between Thumb & Hand: Constant pressure to this point can cause great pain and numbness in the hands.
43)Ulnar Nerve: A powerful kick or strike to this point can cause and numbness. 44)Radial Nerve: A powerful blow to this point can cause a painful numbing effect. 45)Calf/Thigh Ligament: A tearing grab to this point can cause severe pain and impaired movement. 46)Thigh: A blow to this point can cause severe pain and numbness. 47)Side of Knee: A powerful strike to this point can easily dislocate/”break” the knee. 48)Front of the Knee: A powerful blow here can cause minor pain, if the knee is straight, possible “breakage.” 49)Calf: A powerful blow here can cause minor pain and discomfort. 50)Ankle (Inside): A powerful blow here can cause a painful numbing effect. 51)Achilles Tendon: A powerful blow here can cause severe pain and numbness. 52)Shine: A powerful strike to the shine will cause a sharp pain. 53)Ankle (Outside): A powerful blow here produces the same effect as striking the inside of the ankle. 54)Instep: A powerful stomp to this point causes breakage of the bones of the foot. 55)Ligament of the Hip & Thigh: A hard strike to this point can cause pain and numbness in the entire inner thigh and hip. Now that you have been given insight toward the anatomical weaknesses of the human body, it is encouraged that you reread this portion at least three (3) more times before continuing through the rest of this text. This is that above all else, while studying the methods for striking techniques, each technique brings to mind a target. It is never enough to know how to strike, if one does not know where to strike...
-~Street Focus Jujitsu~-~Fighting Techniques~The striking techniques taught in “Street” Jujitsu are the same essential techniques taught in Traditional Japanese Jujitsu. More importantly “Street” Jujitsu is not a sport. Sport martial arts are based on one's individual skill & good sportsmanship. So techniques such as eye gouging & “fish hooking” are never taught. Secondly for reasons of safety, techniques that are dangerous such as organ attacks or neck locks/breaks are not taught as well. “Street” Jujitsu is a combative art where dangerous techniques are taught & encouraged to be used against attackers in combat. It is the combative nature of Street Focus Jujitsu to use any technique, tactic, weapon or “dirty trick” to gain the victory of survival. Street Focus Jujitsu is not about pretty techniques, or sportsmanship, it is about survival & protection of one's own life & the lives of one's loved ones... Basic Stances: The four basic fighting stances are drawn from Karate, American Jujitsu & traditional Omoto-Ryu Taijutsu. Each stance has specific advantages & disadvantages. It is best to remember that all stances are applications of principles and not written in stone. High-Open GuardThe high open guard is a variation of a traditional jujitsu & karate combative stance. The exposed ribs & abdominal region serve to “draw-in” the attack. The lead hand is extended so that the closest natural weapon (the fist of the lead hand), has a shorter distance to travel to strike the opponent. This stance also allows one to block strikes from a greater distance using the lead hand to block and trap, while seeking a hard strike with the reverse hand. Stand with the feet in an “L” position, about shoulder's width apart. Keep the knees relaxed & held away from the body, & the rear arm should be held in a high chambered position, to defend both the head & the body. High-Closed GuardThe high-closed guard; also called a forward or “boxer's” guard, is a tight defensive guard & a variation of the high open guard. From this position one can use short strikes and small movement blocking techniques. This guard protects the head & and upper body, but also makes protecting from the body by dropping the elbows or raising the knees far easier.
Begin by tucking the chin into the lead shoulder as you raise both arms. Keep the feet just within shoulder's width apart, knees slightly flexed & feet in an “L” position as before. This stance uses shorter movements but applies the same as the above. Cross-GuardThe cross guard, or juji-kamae as it is know in taijutsu is so named do to it's forward appearance. This guard is a defensive stance, used to cross-block or, double-high block as know in Street Focus Jujitsu an armed attacker. Begin on slightly flexed knees for stability with the feet in an “L” pattern. Tuck the chin, raise the rear arm slightly above the lead arm & position both arms forward to create an “X” type pattern. Close Quarters Combative GuardThe close quarter guard, also called a tai-hoi kamae in taijitsu, is a common fighting position in many military H2H (Hand-to-Hand Combatives) systems. More so, this position of the hands is used by Muay Thai fighters as they are easily modified into a clinch. It should also be noted, that this stance is also used against multiple opponents. Begin by raising both arms above the solar plexus to protect the head, elbows tucked in but loose. The feet should be shoulder's width apart in an “L” pattern, on slightly flexed knees. Basic Break Falls: The techniques of falling and rolling are considered basic skills in traditional jujitsu, judo, aikido, karate, & many other combative & sport martial arts. This study of falling without injury is under gone solely to protect against throwing techniques, takedowns, & possibly even being knocked down by a push. Although one may go throughout his/her life without being thrown or knocked down, there is not only a combative measure but also one of basic safety with wet floors, stairways & so on... Back FallFrom a natural standing position lean forward while squatting & tuck the chin. Allow your body to fall backward & slap the ground with the arms flatly along the inside of the forearms at a 45 degree angle from the shoulders. Slight modification of rolling from left hip to
right shoulder to turn the simple break fall into back roll. Side FallFrom a natural standing position, lean toward the side & allow your body to fall to the side. As your body hits the ground absorb the shock; through squarely landing on the side of the legs & body (calf, thigh & shoulder) & slapping the ground at a fortyfive degree angle from the shoulder with the inside of the arms as before. Front FallThe front fall is somewhat the easiest to preform, yet the hardest to practice and the most challenging mentally. Begin in a natural standing position, drop to both knees while raising the arms & finally fall forward. The shock of impact should be absorbed through the thighs & forearms. Note: Through rolling is unmentioned, in detail, one may be able to combine falling techniques with the principle of yielding to create one's own rolling techniques. Basic Footwork & Body Shifting: Every technique in the martial arts is based on the concepts of body movement & footwork. This section will cover both body movement & footwork. This of this as literally building your foundation, without strong balance & good footwork you are “building a castle on a hill of sand.” Gliding StepThe gliding step is common to many Japanese, Chinese, & even Western Boxing. There are two variations of this technique. ● Method I – From a natural standing position, slide one foot forward; to move forward, or one foot back; to move back. ● Method II – From a combative stance, slide the lead foot forward a half- step followed by the rear leg.; to move forward. To move back from any combative posture slide the rear leg back a half-step followed by the lead foot; to move back. It has long been said that the legs & hips are the foundation of all postures, & the
balance of the body. So it is of no great wonder that the body movement techniques of jujitsu, karate & even most European combat systems use most offensive & defensive techniques based on movements of the hips & legs, via foot work. Knee Movement:
Knee movement is the basis for most fighting techniques. Knee movement is also the heart of advancing & retreating techniques as well. It is by knee movement that one places the hips & in turn the body as whole behind each strike, knee movement is also used to effect a hip throw, and many variations there of, as the hip is the fulcrum. Below are basic drills for knee movement exercises, these drill should be practiced for several hours a day when the student begins his/her training. Forward MovementBegin by standing “Toes out” in an “L” pattern, from here one moves forward by pulling the body forward with the lead leg, by bending the lead knee. This allows for better stability & control. Backward MovementBegin in the same basic “L” position of the feet, as with the forward movement drill, from here pull he body back with the bending of the rear knee. Downward MovementA duck or downward movement of the body occurs when both knees move apart, this allows the hips ti sink, thus a downward body movement caused by knee movement is possible.
Striking Surfaces of the Human Body: In taijitsu; a niche form of jujutsu, one is taught that the body is a toll of the mind & that the mind is the weapon. From this, the striking principles of Street Focus Jujitsu are born. It should be noted however that much of the in-fighting & clinch methods of “Street” Jujitsu were in fact drawn from Muay Thai kick boxing. I. Hands (Various “Hand Weapons”) II. Head (Front, Back & Sides) III.Shoulder (also acts as a Pivot) IV. Elbows (Primarily for In-Fighting) V. Forearms (Striking & Chokes) VI.Hips (Striking & Pivots) VII.Knees (Primarily for In-Fighting) VIII.Shin (Striking) IX.Toes (Soft Tissue Targets) X. Heal (Stomping) XI.Blade of Foot (Striking) XII.Ball of Foot (Striking) The concept that the human body has twelve different weapons, not counting the various eight “hand weapon” striking techniques that come from the hands alone. It it important to remember so much of the human body can be used to injure another person. This means that not only can one never be “disarmed” but neither can one defeated by simply breaking a wrist or an elbow. The focus on striking surfaces in this form of “jujitsu” is that; (1) striking a easier skill to learn & in shorter amounts of time then grappling, the (2) that striking can be used to disable an opponent on their feet & minimize the chance of them using a weapon & (3) that striking skills can be applied faster & with less preparation, which means less contact time & a faster withdraw time then grappling techniques. This does not remove grappling as a needed skill set!
Hand WeaponsFore Fist- Roll the fingers into the palm of the hand, then wrap the thumb outside the tightened fingers. Use the First two knuckles as the points of impact... Hammer Fist- Roll the fist into a tight ball, as with the clinched fist, however use the bottom of the fist as the impact surface...
Palm-Heel- Tense the muscles of the hand & use the area just below the palm as the striking surface... Double-Extended Knuckle Fist- Make a fist extending the pointer and middle fingers to strike with the second knuckles of the fingers... Single-Extended Knuckle Fist- Make a fist extending the second knuckle of the middle finger as the striking surface...
Claw-Hand- A striking Claw hand is performed by gouging the finger tips & palm-heel in a target. A grabbing claw hand is preformed by first striking with a claw hand then rolling/hooking the fingers into the palm of the hand while raking the target...
Knife Hand- Unlike more traditional martial arts this knife-hand strike folds the fingers inward, at the second knuckles to prevent the fingers from being broken. The striking surface is the tensed muscle between the wrist & little finger... Vertical Fist- The vertical fist is simply a clinched fist at which the fist is canted “sideways...”
Striking Methods: Striking is a common fighting method & is a deadly skill if mastered, against vital target areas. In many traditional arts considered a preliminary offensive method of combat. This section will discuss the proper methods of delivering the various “hand weapons” previously discussed. Lead PunchThe lead punch embodies the principle of hitting the closest natural target with the closest natural weapon. A vertical fist is commonly used for this strike. Also one should consider that 52% of all knockouts which occur during a street brawl, are from a punch, the other 48% is a foreign object. Many skilled fighter effect their knock punches with a “hard” lead punch. This is due to the commonly taught position that the lead hand is for jabs and deflecting attacks. So that a powerful thrust through an opponent at a close range, driving the body & not the fist threw an attacker with both surprise them & throw them off guard. Step forward a half step, while dropping the body's weight slightly. Thrust the lead hand forward just above the shoulder, while dropping the lead knee slightly. This allows the body's weight & momentum to build quicker over a shorter distance. This adds kinetic energy from the body's muscular system combined & focused through the alignment of those muscles in the legs, back & shoulders. Reverse PunchThe reverse punch embodies the principle of using a winding force around a solid axis & channeled upon a focus point, much like the turbine of a generator. The classic use of a reverse punch, or cross in boxing, is to deliver a powerful close range strike, once one has created an opening by deflections using the lead hand. Twist the hips forward with a sudden snap of the waist, pushing the body's rotation by pivoting on the ball of the rear foot. Thrust the rear arm forward just as the body completes it's forward rotation. This allows for greater focus of the body's weight & momentum to be directed into the strike. Note: As one may notice in both illustrations there are two circles connected by a line. This line represents an opponent & point of impact. As both illustrations show the fist moving past this line of impact. That serves to embody the principle of striking through the target. In combat this often creates internal damage when striking “soft tissue” vital points...
Upper-Cut PunchThe upper-cut is considered a “sucker punch” in most circles & is an extremely damaging, strike. Snap the hips forward just before you step off the rear foot. As the foot touches the ground pivot on the rear foot while raising the fist upward along a rising arc from the lead hip. The force & weight of the body's forward momentum is extended forward by the pivoting of the rear foot. This kinetic energy is multiplied by & directed from the upward movement of the fist following the arc. This arc directs the body's energy from the hips, source of stability from the body, allowing a totally focused & channeled flow of energy into the strike. One must consider that each method demonstrated follows certain principles/guidelines that can be used with other strikes & modified to work however the practicer desires. Such as stepping forward; as in the upper-cut or behind a lead punch. Another example would be, twisting the body behind the strike using the hips; such as a reverse punch, could be modified to deliver an upper-cut with the reverse hand such as when within close quarters. Nothing is “written in stone” in street focus jujitsu. There is no such thing as “proper technique” or “proper form” in a street fight. There is however proper application of principles; the applied science of combat & combat psychology. All martial arts have evolved from copying the personal styles of individuals & in some cases animals. This deludes the original “One thing.” Thus my intention is to teach only survival skills & not set “styles,” forms or actions. Back-Fist StrikeThis striking method can be used both offensively & defensively. This method is found in almost all Asian martial arts, & even Western Boxing. The exception to a common Back-Fist & that found in Jujitsu & Boxing systems is that the “Karate” back fist is a straight snapping motion & a “Jujitsu” back fist moves the fist in a circular motion from the elbow, this movement can be used to either attack a target or to block/strike a target on an attacking limb. To preform this technique, draw the lead arm back then snap it forward in either a linear or circular motion, with the elbow. As you strike forward move the fist in a circular motion, striking with the knuckles. In many cases one may need only complete this movement from the present position of the lead hand from which ever stance one has assumed. This method of attack, like any of the near infinite combinations of striking methods & “fist weapons” can be modified to use other hand weapons besides the fist, such as the knife hand or hammer fist. The basic study of fighting techniques begins with the study and arming of knowledge to deliver systems (striking techniques), these delivery methods are then expanded with target and effect of target information &
finally with alternative “weapons” to be used with the delivery methods. As such, the student of Street Focus Jujitsu will first learn to execute the delivery method, then the delivery of specific weapons to specific targets. As an example; a palm strike upper-cut and reverse claw hand strike combination. The simple upper-cut can substitute a fore fist with a more practical Palm Heel. The target is the chin, however this is only a set-up for the real target with is the exposed throat via the palm strike upper-cut. As the throat is exposed the student can easily deliver a reverse Claw Hand strike to grab & crush the trachea (windpipe) and end the confrontation. Note: It is not the practice of “Street” Jujitsu to alter or force it's students' natural fighting instincts by strict/limited means of “Combative Styling.” Reflexive conditioning is common to all martial arts because this type of training requires both study & long hours of practice. This however is not true of Street Focus Jujitsu; the primary principles of combative training & practice are upheld as the foundation of training. Thus students build their own practices & practicers design their own individual styles (similar to the practice of Jeet Kune Do). There are no katas or predesigned forms. “Street” Jujitsu is only raw combative principles waiting for practicers to combine them into a lethal style formed solely by each student & practicer. Front KickThe front kick is common place in all martial arts, to include Roman Boxing & even the precursor to Greeko-Roman wrestling. Regardless one should never kick above one's own waist, in fact one should kick at low lining targets such as the knees, shin or at the highest level the groin. Th reasoning for this is based on two simple reasons; (1) kicking above the waist is less powerful then a waist level kick, & (2) a kick above the waist is far less stable (thus much of the lack of power). The execute a front kick begin by drawing the knee to waist level, by bending the knee. Snap/thrust the foot forward, as if pushing a large object, one can use a toe (extremely rare), heel or ball of the foot as the striking surface. Side KickThe side kick is a long distance style attack, best used to target the knees, common more so to sport karate & tae kwon do systems. Begin by drawing the knee up to hip level, with the knee bent. Thrust the leg out to the side, using the heel or blade of the foot.
Back-KickThe back kick is one of the most powerful kicks in any martial art. By leaning forward while while kicking, one's upper body & head are removed as targets while a strong “low-line” attack is delivered. Begin by raising the leg, knee bent to waist level as executing a front kick. Lean forward while while thrusting the leg back striking with the heel of the foot. Note: Although kicks are more powerful then hand strikes it is not usually a good idea to focus excessively on one's kicking ability, as kicks are extremely dangerous in a street fight both to the practice & to the defend against. Also bear in mind that one's kicks may vary slightly considering a “one on one” or multiple attacker scenario. For this reason, as well as that explained above; Street Focus Jujitsu is a HandStrike Dominant Art... In-fighting Techniques: While one may consider Street Focus Jujitsu a hand strike or punching dominant art, it should be noted that an equal amount of striking techniques should be applied to fighting and strikes within grappling or clinch ranges. The effectiveness of knee & elbow strikes is that they use the muscles of the torso & the arms within close ranges to strike an attacker, this is very similar to hitting a person with a baseball bat in terms of effectiveness & damage. Inside Elbow StrikeThe inside elbow strike is a good guard penetrating strike. It is executed by torquing body forward at the waist and using the impact area of the forearm, just before the elbow as the striking surface.
Outside Elbow StrikeThe outside elbow strike can be used against an attacker who grabs you from behind or as an automatic response to the inside elbow strike. This strike allows more of the weight & energy from the body to be used in the strike, the tip of the elbow should be used as the striking surface.
Rising Elbow StrikeThe rising elbow strike is a close range, upper-cut type strike, except that the elbow is used as the striking surface. It is a commonly held principle of penetrating the opponent & attacker's guard, by stepping forward using the rising elbow strike in combination with a follow strike from the reverse hand. An important side issue involving the rising elbow strike is its often over-looked defensive uses. As one is attacked, one need only step into the strike; often making the intended attack useless, & executing a rising elbow strike so that the forearm deflects the elbow strike the opponent in simultaneous actions. Thus an attacker would either impel themselves on a elbow at the sternum or xyphoid process target points or would step directly into rising elbow strike to the chin. Knee StrikeThe knee is an effective close range fighting technique for targeting the thigh, groin or stomach regions of the body. Likewise, one could grab an opponent by the ears, hair or collar & smash their face into a rising knee.
Basic Grappling: Basic grappling is the execution of small, simple & non-elaborate grabbing, holding, throwing or sweeping techniques. Many of these techniques involve trapping skills as well. “Street” Jujitsu is not about winning trophies, tournaments or keeping alive any traditions. What you learn as “grappling techniques” will not make you a submission or MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)/NHB (No-Holds-Barred) fighter. It will however save your life in a real fight. Low BlockThe low block works on two levels, (1) to push away or parry an attack to the lower area of the body; such as a kick to the groin, by use of sweeping arc to the outside using the inside of the forearm as the impact surface & (2) to continue the movement in a circular motion effectively trapping an attacker's leg, in the same manner.
High BlockThe high block, like the low block, functions on two levels, (1) deflecting the attack & (2) trapping the attacking limb. Against a high range attack, such as a punch to the face, raise the arm sweeping in front of the body, at a rising angle from the center of the body. An inside block, a variation of the high block can be executed by sweeping the hand down across the face, chest or solar plexus push the attack down & possibly trap the attacker's limbs to apply joint locks & breaks. On the level of trapping from the basic high block, move the hand around and elbow in a circular motion out & down; to grab the attacking limb with the hand as the block is executed effectively. This allows one to use a simple sweeping block, which in effect is a small movement to conserve energy and trap an opponent by their wrongful intentions to attack. In any case or situation, defense can not save your life or win any battles once the fight has begun. Focus on one's offensive ability first, defensive tactics such as blocking should be considered supplementary to one's offensive intentions. In other words, rely on close combat strikes to disable or to stun an attacker so that one can break away and run for safety. Blocking should be used as a set up for further strikes and not relied on for protection, as long as the attacker can dominate the fight they life and health of the intended victim is in danger. Therefor, attack, attack & attack until the threat is neutralized. Instead of focusing on the “strict idea” of preforming rigid or “properly formed” technical styles, such as seen in “neo-traditional*” martial arts schools. These movements should neither be robotic nor should they be considered as specific methods, as their purpose is only to help condition one's responses not become them. *Note: Although the term “neo-traditional” is rarely used by mainstream martial artists & self-defense instructors it is held in spirit. The term “neo-traditional” & “neo-traditions” means “new-tradition” or “newly-traditional” this refers to martial artists & martial arts organizations who forsake practicality for publicity, or define tradition by academic knowledge without a sense of the original purpose. As such, most “neo-traditionalism” is a result of commercialization of the martial arts. Thus all techniques are simple, direct & based on effect not appearance or sportsmanship...
Entrapping Arm-LockThe entrapping arm lock is executed from a high or medium block and is extreme effective on the ground. As the block is executed the pit fighter wraps the blocking arm around the attacker’s arm and pulls up hyper extending the opponent's elbow. It is important for the practicer to follow up with another attack while trapping the attacker’s arm. To quickly break the opponent’s arm, fall back while wrenching the elbow up to break the opponent’s arm. Bypassing the Attack to Break the NeckBypassing the attack is commonly used as away to destroy aggressive and overly aggressive attackers. As they attacks or leads with a punch, drop low by bending the knees and moving to the outside the enemy’s shoulder. Bring one arm up to reverse upper cut the enemy’s chin with the palm of the hand, at the same time; the other hand should palm heel strike the base of the enemy’s skull. This wrenches the enemy’s neck, to the breaking point. Basic Wrist-LockFrom the first day of training one's intent should be to destroy the enemy. This implies that every lock “Break” the joint & every “broken” joint be used to continually force more pain upon the enemy. Grab the opponent's hand, from the block, & pull it toward you. In some cases this can be done by stepping back, in others simply apply pressure from pulling with the arms alone, & sometimes one need only make use of pushing across the knuckles. Even with the movement of pulling the hand back, one must press down across the knuckles. Outside Wrist-LockThis wrist0lock has not only the possibility of damaging the wrist but also of dislocating the shoulder. Grab the wrist turning the “little finger” to the inside of the forearm as you jerk the arm to the outside of the shoulder. This has the potential to off balance an attacker & throw them to the ground.
Hugging Wrist-LockThis lock is used to draw an opponent into an open position. This lock can be used with repeated knee strikes to cause serious injury to the face & head while breaking the elbow. This lock alone serves to break & hold an attacker's elbow & arm. Simply grab an opponent's elbow with a inside block, as you step to the inside of their punch (effectively trapping their arm between your neck & the blocking arm). Grab the elbow with both hands & pull the elbow against the body as tightly as possible. Once the arm is firmly controlled lean the chest forward with the waist & jerk the elbow against the body with one's full strength, using the stomach muscles. This will allow one to “break the elbow.” Back-Elbow-LockThis lock is often used by police & security personnel to drive an assailant to the ground. However this lock also opens the back of the head as a target for attack & leaves the exposed arm open to permanent injury by breaking the wrist, elbow & shoulder dislocation/
Shoulder-Dislocation/Elbow BreakerThis technique can either dislocate an opponent's shoulder or break the elbow (as shown), or possibly both. The outcome is based on whether or not the arm-pit or elbow is pulled against the shoulder. Grab the opponent's arm from a high block & pivot under the attacker's arm so that you are belly to back, then pull down as hard as you can. This is a good disarming technique for an attacker wielding a knife. Note: Breaking the fingers is encouraged, although not mentioned as a technique. It should be noted that a twisting-jerk to one side can easily dislocate a finger. Which makes it an excellent self-defense tactic since no one can grab you with broken fingers or punch you without a fist.
The cross arm bar is common to all arts & systems. It embraces the basic concept of hyper extending the elbow to cause pain & possible destruction of the joint. While pulling back on the wrist, press forward against the elbow. The body acts as a natural brace; this allows pressure to be directed on the elbow. Whether you use a palm strike followed by constant pressure or an elbow strike with constant pressure is up to you based on what you feel is effective. Above shows how a inside block, into a cross arm bar is achieved from an open high guard. Ankle-LockAlthough many consider the ankle-lock a submission technique, it does have its use in combative techniques. By grabbing the foot (with a low block) & twisting it to one side one can apply pressure against the ankle & possibly break the ankle. Choke & Strangle Holds: Choke and strangle holds are found in almost all martial arts. IN all the arts where choke & strangle holds are used they are considered extremely dangerous & effective as many such holds can leave an opponent rendered unconscious & no longer a threat. Sleeper-HoldThe sleeper hold is know as a hadaka-jime (Rear Naked Choke) in traditional judo & jujitsu. This method can render an opponent unconscious in five seconds if properly applied & in fifteen to thirty seconds if improperly applied.
Cross-Arm StrangleThis method cab be applied by either clasping one's hands together & pulling the forearm against the windpipe. Another variation of this strangle is preformed by grabbing the opponent's collar, shoulder or neck & pressing the head forward. This forces the windpipe to close against the forearm.
Leg Scissor ChokeThis method is used generally for ground fighting & has many applications in fighting outside of fight on or from the ground. When both you & an opponent are on the ground, a car hood etc. wrap both legs around an opponent's neck. Position a leg so that the Adam's apple is in the hollow of the knee & hook the foot beneath the bracing leg. Roll to the side so that the neck is painfully stretched & the carotid arteries are compressed by the bent leg. This is done by “tightening” the bend of the leg. Sweeps, Throws & Takedowns: Sweeps, throws & takedowns are all methods of dropping an opponent to the ground. Generally these techniques are used to damage an attacker's legs, arms or shoulders while driving them into the ground, knocking the wind out of them & stunning him or her momentarily. Muay Thai KickThe Muay Thai Kick is actually a low round house to the lower parts of the body such as the legs. Usually the primary target (43, 44, 45, 46, 47) are the side of the knees, calves, inside & outside of the thighs. These kicks are often very dangerous & damaging to an opponent's legs causing pain & numbness. It is key for one to point the toes down so that the “blade of the shin” is “pushed out” to do further damage. When delivering the Muay Thai Kick, it is important to keep one's guard up to protect one's face & body, and if possible feint a strike to the face to distract the attacker while you disable their legs. Spinning-Heel SweepThis sweep generally requires excellent timing & an opponent advancing from a distance. As an opponent attacks step to the lead side. So if you are leading with the right hand step to the right & visa versa. Then suddenly drop to turning on the lead foot & snapping the rear leg out on an arch at the last moment. By keeping the kicking leg drawn until the last moment one spins quicker generating more momentum & power. The primary targets are the calves, ankles, Achilles' tendon & the front of the knees. Use the heel of the foot as the striking surface, part of this techniques effectiveness is that is removes one from the attacker's field of vision & the only defense from this attack is to jump over the attacking leg.
Round House SweepThe roundhouse sweep is a variation of the roundhouse kick. Step to one's lead side & drop while step forward & executing a roundhouse kick. The weight of one's body at it drops; adds power to this attack. One should remain drawn up as with the Spinning-Heel Sweep, the primarily targets for this sweep are the ankles, side of the knees & the calves of the attacker. Outside Foot-SweepUsing a combination grab & extended knuckle strike, to grab & strike the bronchial artery. Use the rear leg to entangle the opponent's rear as one pushes the attacker to the ground. As you fall suddenly drop the knee of the supporting (lead) leg into the opponent's groin or solar plexus area. One can also use the momentum of the fall to deliver “bone crushing” head butts to the opponent's face & head. Inside Foot SweepStep forward with a knee strike to an opponent's groin & then hooking the the foot back to trap & pull an attacker's rear leg toward you. Use the same striking grab as the outside foot sweep, grabbing the arms or head to turn an opponent's body toward his tripped leg, One may also fall on top of the his/her opponent as shown in the outside foot sweep.
Scissor-Leg SweepThe scissor leg sweep may also be applied from the ground on one's back as well as from one's side. Step forward & drop to the ground with one's legs slightly spread, so that both legs fall on either side of an opponent's feet. Roll tp the side bring one's leg against the back of the opponent's knee. The opponent will then fall face forward to the ground as the tendons in the rear of the legs are “tripped” & the opponent is tripped forward over the other leg.
Shoulder ThrowThe shoulder throw is a very devastating throw which can leave an opponent's arm (elbow Broken & shoulder dislocated) destroyed. The crippled extremity can then be controlled causing much pain. Begin by applying the shoulder dislocation technique, except as the opponent's arm is pulled over your shoulder step back & fall to one knee. This causes an opponent's balance to tip forward. As one steps back this also sweeps the opponent's legs causing then to fall forward. Hip ThrowThe hip throw uses the hips of the body as a pivot to lever/throw an opponent over. This method is used to drive an attacker head long into the ground. Step forward, sliding your lead arm under an attacker's shoulder. Then seizing the opponent's other arm or wrist, while driving the hip into the opponent's groin. From here push the attacker forward, while bending your knees & pulling with the other arm. This pulls the opponent off balance & will send them falling face forward into the ground. Shoulder Wheel ThrowThe shoulder wheel throw or “Fireman's carry” in Roman-Greeko wrestling, is an extremely practical method of driving a heavier or larger opponent to the ground. This technique is achieved by simply, ducking under an attacker's attempt to gab or strike & driving the shoulder into the attacker's groin or abdominal region while pulling them with the seized limb & forcing them over the shoulders and upper back. Double Leg TakedownThe double leg takedown is common to wrestling & submission fighting. This method also has its place in real fighting. Should one land on one's head on concrete, asphalt or some other hard surface the skull may be fractured & brain
damage a possibility. There are two methods of a double leg takedown that have proven successful. First is the method of grabbing the legs just behind the knees & pulling upward as one begins to stand with the legs. Second, is more common to Asian martial arts; this is done by executing two knife-hand strikes to the back of the knees or inside of the legs. Thus “tripping” the tendons causing an opponent to fall backwards. Ankle Hook/Knee Lock TakedownThis technique is primarily for fighting from the ground but has it's use as a sweep as well. Scissor the legs so that one foot is “hooked” behind the ankle & the other foot is used to stomp against the front of the knee. This causes pain & could hyper extend the knee & leg. While this method could tear the knee cap free of its proper place. The overall best one should hope to accomplish is to destabilize an attacker. Downward Drop Takedown (DDT)The downward drop takedown; or DDT as it is called in professional wrestling maybe considered a counter against a double leg takedown. This technique is very dangerous for both combatants. It is dangerous for the combatant executing the technique because it leaves them on the ground. Considering the lack of mobility & possibility of others in the fight & the possible use of sticks, chains, knives, beer bottles, guns, knuckle dusters & so on. The danger for the combatant receiving the technique is that the neck & throat can be severely damaged from the variation of the cross-arm strangle, the coronal suture of the head can be fractured under the weight of one's own body & the unlikely but possible internal damage from kicks and other strikes to the body once on the ground. As an opponent leans forward; either from injury or in an attempt to tackle oneself, loop one arm around the attacker's neck & use the other arm to grab your own wrist. Step forward and fall back. Full Nelson TakedownAlthough the full nelson is a grappling hold, the full nelson takedown makes use of the wrenching motion of the neck to force an opponent to his or her knees. From her one can twist the neck to the side with a sudden jerking motion to separate the vertebrae & the spinal cord causing instant death. This takedown has the same potential a the
bypassing the guard to “Break the Neck” technique. In many cases this takedown causes a “whiplash” type injury; crippling & in rare cases killing an opponent. Back (Spinal)-TakedownThe back-takedown focuses on attacking the neck & spine. The largest weakness of this method is that it is largely dependent on the element of surprise. From behind an opponent reach around cupping the chin with both hands & pulling the opponent back, while driving the knee into the lower spinal region. From here step back with the attacking leg. Dropping to the attacking, with the “anchor foot” flat on the ground. & the knee bent. As you drop back pull the opponent down with you, causing the upper back to be impelled on your knee & the neck to be wrenched back. A choke hold or finishing blow may be delivered to finish the opponent. One should keep in mind that an opponent's neck muscles may not be strong enough to deal with the pressure against the chin. This may result in death, as the vertebrae of the neck are stretched back and the spinal cord torn. A more vicious back takedown maybe applied with a double “fish hook” so that as one falls back the opponent's lips & face are torn open at the corners of the mouth. Advanced Grappling/Basic Groundfighting: While almost everyone has heard of Gracie or Brazilian Jujutsu & their reputation as the leading force in grappling & groundfighting. While grappling is a valid skill, its groundfighting applications are extremely dangerous for both combatants. As this limits one's mobility & one's ability to escape. With one's distance closed to virtually nothing weapons, multiple opponents, foreign objects & any other “dirty trick” becomes a larger risk then when you are on your feet. Groundfighting Principles: 1. Never go to the Ground in a real fight... It is far too dangerous to go to the ground in most real fights. But, should you have no other choice but to go to the ground, then it is better to take down then be taken down. 2. Be Aware, Stay Aware... As much as you need to focus on your opponent, to avoid the use of “outside weapons.” You also need to know & be aware of things around you. This way you can see other possible opponents or possible weapons of opportunity to gain an advantage or prevent yourself from serious risk of fatal injury. 3. Use the Ground... The ground plays an important role; it is used to “sandwich” an opponent between
it & you. From the bottom one can use the ground to escape. Virtually everyone will use the ground as a weapon. Usually slamming one's head against the ground. This also applies to one's position; before going to the ground. 4. Do as much Damage as possible, Before going to the Ground... Its pretty common sense to do as much damage to an attacker before going to the ground. This way one will spend less time in a higher risk position then on your feet, where you can run away from danger. For example; it is easier to defeat an opponent on the ground if his ribs are already broken or his shoulder dislocated 5. Do as much Damage as Possible on the Ground... You never want to go to the ground especially in a street fight where weapons & multiple opponents are highly likely. Thus you want end the fight as quickly as possible & guarantee that he can not get back up to further assault you. 6. Get Up as Soon as Possible... Once on the the ground you should to the damage needed to allow you to take a dominant position & get up and away from the area of conflict as quickly as possible. It may seem strange that the first principle of groundfighting is not to groundfight. I say this not because I feel groundfighting is without usefulness. Groundfighting is an extremely high risk position to be in. Any submission fighter will say “most fights go to the ground.” or “that ground fighting will always be effective.” The truth is; nothing is effective in the street. A punch isn't effective it its intercepted with a baseball bat. A throw isn't effective, if as soon as your opponent is laying face down his friends blindside you. More importantly, you don't want to be caught on the ground fighting one attacker while being attacked by others. To not know how to groundfight is to enter a very dangerous situation unprepared. That means learning to fight from the ground & fight on the ground. A few sweeps & takedowns have been given that work equally well on the ground & on one's feet. Roll-Over TakedownThe roll-over takedown is different from a “standard” at it comes from the ground & not while standing. IN many cases when one is knocked to the ground one will try to return to one's feet by getting onto one's hands & knees. This often results in one being kicked repeatedly, often in one's ribs or side. To counter this & gain or regain, the “upper-hand” one must reach back during the moment of impact from a kick and trap the attacker's leg. Roll sideways into the attacker, causing him to fall over as your body rolls over his legs. From here deliver a powerful elbow strike to the groin, stomach or solar plexus. One may also pull the
trapped leg against one's back to hyper-extend the knee. Knee Press TakedownThis takedown is used to bring down an opponent who is kicking down on your back or stomach. As your attacker stomps on your chest or stomach seize his leg with both hands. Pull the opponent's leg against your chest & hold it firmly, as you drive the heel of your foot into your opponent's groin area & wrap both legs around the attacker's seized leg. Using the whole body, straighten the leg by straightening the torso. The effect is that of hyper-extending the knee & forces an opponent backward. A sudden jerk can easily destroy the knee, one may also repeatedly drive the heel of the foot into the attacker's groin or stomach areas or apply an ankle lock to cause further damage. Groundfighting Positions: Top-Mount PositionThis is generally considered an aggressive or dominant position, do to one's body weight resting on an opponent's body. This position offers one the advantage of pinning an attacker between you & the ground. Another advantage is that while one holds the “higher ground” one can drive his body weight into any strikes. The opponent must strike upward & diminish the power of their strikes in the process of not being able to use their body behind the strikes. Variations● Applying pressure to an opponent's groin with the knee while attacking from the top mount position. ● Having an opponent positioned on his/her side while maintaining the top mount position. ● Using the top mount position on an opponent laying face down. ● Maintaining knee pressure against the bronchial arteries, while in the top mount position. Bottom Mount (Guard) PositionThe bottom mount or the guard position is used to keep an opponent on the ground by wrapping one's legs around an opponent's waist. By doing this one ensures that an opponent can not take the “higher-ground.” One may also roll over & assume the top-mount position. One can trap an opponent's guard (position of the hands & arms in combative stances &
postures) by encircling them with one's own arm to form an entrapping arm-lock. Which can be used to pull an opponent closer as one strikes at him. Variations● Bringing an opponent down while one assumes a bottom-mount against an opponent's back. ● Assuming a bottom-mount against an opponent's side from a throw or takedown. Note: Each variation is but one of many very wide reaching combinations of ways a mounted position may be applied on the ground. Ground Positioning & Movement: Knowing how to move on the ground is very important to be effective in groundfighting. It is key to positioning oneself, against an attacker. The basic underlining concept is the ability to maneuver around & about an opponent, & an opponent's attacks & defenses. Rotating Movement & PositionsIt is not common for a grappler to move around from the “standard” top-mount position. The general route is to move around an opponent while keeping the head centered above an opponent's body. When moving either hook the leg or groin, or press it down with one's own body. One may also press the forearm or a knifehand into the throat to keep the upper body down & the attacker distracted. Sliding Movement & PositionsOften a grappler will move around so that he is on one side of an opponent's body. From here one can move along the body using one's arm's to block or jam any punches or kicks an opponent may attempt. This also effects the effective range & power of an opponent's strikes. Defensive Ground PositionThis is found in judo, jujutsu, & ninjutsu (taijitsu) ne-waza (ground fighting methods). This position is used to defend against kicks, strikes & grappling from attackers while on the ground. Most “streetfighters” will kick a downed opponent; from this position one can apply the underlining concepts of either the roll
over takedown or the knee press takedown. Those fighters who believe No-HoldsBarred (NHB) fighting tournaments contribute to what most likely will happen in the street are most likely to try to go to the ground. This position helps to prevent the opponent from assuming the top mount position. This also allows one to move into a bottom mount position. Ground Fighting Techniques: The following text will explain the various grappling applications for fighting on the groun. Each of the following locks & controls are to be combined with pressure points, strikes & breaking techniques as mentioned eariler. Cross-Arm Bar/BreakThis first technique will cover & reveal how the positioning & movement skills learned earlier functions to execute the various grappling techniques. From the a bottom mounted position, usually achieved from the Defensive Ground Posture, by wrapping one's legs around an attacker's waist as they try to reach over one's legs. From this bottom position controlling an opponent's arms is key, after seizing an attacker right arm; usually the dominant arm of the attacker, cross the right leg over the seized arm & push out with the body & legs. This is turn hyper extends the elbow. The legs that straighten out press the opponent down while the hips press against the back of elbow as they rise up to apply the pressure to the elbow. The use of the arms pulling the opponent's arm to the body helps to hyper extend the arm & break the elbow by acting as a brace. From the top mounted position, use a driving blow against the opponent's head & face to cover the following movement, of circling to the outside of the head while pressing down on one of the opponent's arms to the head or neck. From here one need on “hop up” into squatting position and jerk the arm out while throw th legs around it and using the same form to hyper extend the elbow as before. Note: In real combat these methods go beyond simple joint locks to their original warrior methods. So that a kick to the temple, base of the skull or neck can produce possibly lethal results, as well as repeated kicks to the ribs (to drive the broken ribs into the lungs) and xyphoid process. Kicks to the jaw hinge while not lethal can stun an opponent or cause a broken jaw which is a serious distraction in it's own right... Pressing Arm-Lock (from the bottom)This method of a variance of the hugging arm-lock and the entrapping arm-lock modified for ground fighting. Either practiced as a method of escape from the top-mount position or as an attack from the bottom mount.
Allow your attacker to extend his arm; usually by “tipping” the head to one side to avoid a punch. Grab the attacker's arm about the elbow & pull it across one's chest in the opposite direction of the arm. This will force an opponent's balance to one side. Wrap the closest arm (on the same side of the body as the attacker's trapped arm) around the attacker's arm to maintain control. While the other arm delivers elbow strikes to the opponent's head, face, temple. Neck & base of the skull. One may also apply a wristlock or break the fingers of the trapped arm of the opponent. Note: If on concrete or another hard surface; repeated blows which “crush” an opponent's head between the surface & your blows can have a possible fatal effect similar to slamming someone into the by their head & can possibly lead to brain damage in extreme cases. This is also a fine example of “Using the Ground...” Pressing Arm-Lock (from the top)The pressing arm-lock applied from the top mounted position is slightly different from the bottom mounted application. As your opponent strikes upward or attempts to grab you, lean the head forward and to the side while wrapping your arm around your opponent's. From here pull the elbow into the center of one's body so that it is trapped between the encircling arm & one's own neck. From this dominant position one can strike at the vital target areas of the head; such as the temples, throat, or eyes. One may also move into an Cross-Arm Bar or circle to the side of the trapped arm so that one can break contact with the opponent on the ground. Groundfighting & Streetfighting: As a martial artist groundfighting is a needed & well placed skill. As a street fighter, I think ground fighting is extremely dangerous & therefor stupid against the real world. That is not to say ground fighting is not a valuable skill in combat. Realities of the Street; Why Martial Arts Are Not Effective: In the dojo most martial artist train on mats & wear a gi or wrestling cloths. In a bar fight it is hardwood & concrete floors with tables, booths & chairs. In the street it is car hoods & hard topped roads. Their will be no loose gi or spandex wrestling tights. You will wear jeans, khakis, shorts or (for women) the addition of skirts or dresses & high heels. Your shirt will be thin and easily torn in most cases, making collar chokes all the harder to achieve. In attempting to “shoot” in & takedown an opponent you run he risk of cutting open or dislocating your knees on the side walk or street. The possibility of tearing off the knee cap is also very high. When on the ground scrapes & cuts & fractures can
happen quite easily, but are the least of your worries. Multiple opponents who will take advantage of your limited mobility and openness to their assaults. Weapons you either don't see or that come from foreign objects laying about the area that can be used against you. Nor does this exhaust the use of drugs, and alcohol which may allow a person with stand extreme amounts of pain you might inflict upon them, yet they keep fighting were they should be disabled leaving you trapped with such person and unable to run. Not to mention the destabilizing effects of alcohol or drugs on oneself if one uses these substances. All of these factors must be considered in training. If you are training for a selfdefense situation, then know the “rules” of violence & victimization. Understand both your physical & social environments and adapt your training in the martial arts & selfdefense to that world. Otherwise, you are training for a fairytale fight in a perfect world while living in an imperfect one. This never works out in the long run. While this explains some of the training philosophies mentioned earlier, it also explains the short comings of all martial arts. That being that whether your learning history, tradition, sportsmanship or combatives they can not prepare you for anything outside of the foreseen world of perceived events, and in that all martial arts systems including this one are flawed & worthless... The realities of what is effective & what is not in the real world is much debated in combatives & martial arts schools throughout the world. The truth is there are no answers. Street Focus Jujitsu, is not the answer; it is not even an answer. “Street” Jujitsu is a question and thats whats the way I want it. The combative techniques & several of its concepts come from various Martial Arts & a mix of Martial Arts I taught as a hand-to-hand combatives system to my fire team within the Army. I draw concepts from American Sport Jujitsu, Karate, Judo, Ninjitsu, Muay Thai & just plain old street smarts. Techniques meant nothing, in the formulation of this system because for every technique there are a thousand faults and counters. Above all else, the psychological factors where important. The psychology of violence was what counted the most. This what sets the professional “Bad Ass” apart from the “Wonna-bes,” and more importantly its that level of violence which is never taught in martial arts by “professional street fighters” & claimed by wonna-be “tough guys.” The fact that 4 out of five of the animal personality types encountered on the street aren't violent is because they don't understand violence, outside of people fear violence so they use violence as a threat to get what they want. They are the people who play at the roles of being violent and tough, they want you to fear them. They want respect but don't know anything about it or what true respect brings. In their minds they are strong as long as others perceive them as strong, they are important as long as others see them as important. You will find many more of these people in the world then the “wolverine types” I discussed earlier. Thats a matter of basics street smarts meets basic psychology.
I codified a system, that addresses the world no one learns in the dojo or gym; because no one I'd seen had ever done so before. I applied various martial arts in principle to formulate my own; because everyone has done that before. Everything comes down to what works & what doesn't. As I am often caught telling my students, I am survivalist above all else. May goal in life is to stay alive and for that I must be willing to do what is necessary. Necessity, is determined by more then what I want to happen, its determined by what I need to happen. To do what is necessary is similar to the Wing Chun principle of “Economy of Motion” meaning to waste the least amount of energy for the most results. In the mindset of a pure survivalist nature this means, letting go of comfortable idea for uncomfortable truths. Simply put; finding the meaning behind each method, and choosing more simplified, realistic & equally as meaningful method. In this way, the question that is my intention of Street Focus Jujitsu; is simply what is the faster, better & more meaningful way to do this & why am I not doing it..? It is true that a person with a gun or knife has an advantage, until that advantage is taken away. For example, I know a man who brags “He will shot anyone who messes with him dead & he doesn't care.” In truth he is very much afraid & this something that worries me. You see if an altercation occurred between us I would remain calm (I've had gun pointed at me before) & he would scared. Which means even though he wouldn't shot me in cold blood if a made a sudden movement or in any way startled him he'd probably shoot me out of fear. In most cases people brandish weapons to either scare you to gain control or to keep control all out of fear. The person who worries me, & I know a few, are the people who simply act. A thug bragging about how tough he is, simply ain't. They guy who wants you to fear him; is more scared them you. As common to most “hick-towns” in America the “old-timers” will tell you, “Boy, don't run from the dog who barks, stay away from the dog who bites...” Meaning quite simply, the guy with gun only has the advantage if your scared of the gun or he has the nerve to use the gun. The guy with the knife who will stab is the threat that the guy who uses the knife to scare will never be. This especially true of “martial artists” the guys who want to be respected for their ability often go out of their way to prove that ability. But, those who have intentions are what is dangerous, if a person intends to get your money he will take it be any means available & necessary to achieving his goals. The reason for asking if there is a better way, and there are many better ways then what I've outlined here today, is that you must ask if you intend to use the better way fully. The advantage as Sun Tzu but it is in knowing “both your enemy & yourself.” Ask yourself, not only what are you able to do, but what do you intend to do? And can you do it? Knowing how to fight is one thing, knowing how people react is another & knowing why people react is something else altogether. So the real question is will you stop at this book which is a scratch on the surface of the proverbial mountain or will you dig deeper to find a better way?
-~A Final Word~Who am I?
To me this is all that one need concern themselves with... While I am a violent person by nature, I do not support needless violence. I believe there is a time & place when violence is needed. Such as when protecting yourself or a loved one. Needlessly hurting others is the act of a coward, who must destroy the peace & health of others to feel “secure” in his/her own mind. My violent nature is a matter of survival. I learned to fight to survive. I learned to endure pain & fatigue to survive. Most of all, I learned to use the side of me that is “animal instinct” to survive. But, I am human & a man. I have control of my actions and my inactions, as we all do. I can choose to fight or walk away. There will always be times when the choices are much harder to make. A choice is a choice & most of all its your choice! Knowing it's your choice is part of the answer but choosing to make that choice is something altogether different. I'm not an expert, a master, a guru or sage. I am the guy who questions everything and asks for answers to the questions each answer presents for me. The questions I choose to ask get me in trouble or sometimes they get me out of it. There are two worlds the world we wish existed and the one that does. We can not change the world until we choose to understand why the world is as it is. In searching for why, I found how & in searching a better how I found what was lacking. As I outlined no martial art, including my own, can prepare you for the world as we know it. Nor can anyone develop a way in which any martial art can. In the past a master was known not by belts, certificates or awards but by the way he lived his life. A martial art was know only by what worked best to keep its practicers alive. So that the choice to be great was measured by the strength & character of the individual, & this is how the world will see us. So much so that every choice we make must be towards that end. To be great we must choose to be great... Choose Wisely, Choose Well...
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue reading from where you left off, or restart the preview.