Thursday, May 14, 2009

Grounded and Pounded on the Beach

This video demonstrates how a stronger more aggressive attacker used basic grappling and striking techniques to overwhelm and beat his smaller victim.

There is not doubt that these basic techniques are effective for the stronger attacker. But in reality, even with no prior knowledge of basic fighting techniques, most likely, the attacker would have assumed the same mount position and executed punches to his victim's head.

The victim is the one in need of self-defense techniques and training. Self-defense is used when you are the one at the disadvantage relative to your attacker.

Victim's Disadvantages:

#1. Physically: He is smaller and weaker
#2. Emotionally: His emotional state is "protective". He is trying to not get hurt. He is not attacking the attacker.
#3. Tactically: He has been pushed into the soft sand. Therefore, he has lost the ability to use his lower body to bridge, buck, roll, etc.

The situation shown is similar to what could happen to a person without use of his lower body who has been attacked and knocked out of his wheelchair. He will end up on his back, unable to bridge, buck, and roll, with the attacker mounted on his chest.

Given this situation, the defender's primary goal should not be to submit his attacker, but to cause his attacker to disengage his attack. The intervention of others will also cause the attacker to disengage his attack.

The attacker will disengage his attack when he receives sufficent negative feedback from his actions.

In the video, the victim's actions are providing "positive feedback" to the attacker, therefore the attacker continues his actions.

WHAT - Pushing back against the attacker's upper body.
WHY - Pushing does not cause pain and encourages the attacker to try harder to get to you.
WHAT - Defensively hiding behind your arms to shield your face.
WHY - A sign that the victim is fearful of being hit. Thus indictating to the attacker that his strikes are effective.
WHAT - Trying to "pull away" or "wrestle" against arm grabs either standing or while on the ground.
WHY - Wrestling a weaker person is "enjoyable" for the stronger person. The resistance from the weaker person simply confirms the stronger persons strength.

WHAT: Striking the attacker in a vulnerable area such as the nose, eyes, ears, neck, throat, groin, etc.
WHY: Because such actions cause pain and potential injury.
WHAT: Clawing and ripping vulnerable areas such as the ears, nose, eyes, throat, hair, arm pit, exposed skin, groin, etc.
WHY: Because such actions cause pain and potential injury.
WHAT: Trapping and biting anything that comes close to your face.
WHY: Because a bite will cause immediate pain and possibly panic in the attacker. Your attacker will instinctively pullaway. The goal is to change his mindset from offensive to defensive.
WHAT: Pull the attacker in closer to you.
WHY: The attacker will be unable to launch effective strikes if he is too close. He is also vulnerable to being bitten and choked when very close.
WHAT: Yell and scream for the attacker to stop
WHY: Yelling and screaming may bring people to your aid. It brings attention to your attacker's actions. The attacker "knows" what he is doing is wrong. Therefore, he may not want an audience. It also makes it very clear that he is the aggressor for future legal ramifications.

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