Senshido Evolution

Since its inception in 1994, Senshido has undergone continual evolution. From its basement beginnings, it has gained notoriety internationally for its eclectic, conceptual approach to self-defense and combatives. It’s simple yet brutal effectiveness attracted hardcore warrior athletes from the world over. As Senshido’s methods began to spread internationally, its focus began to shift from purely fighting to a more holistic methodology, promoting not only an understanding of body mechanics as it relates to violence, but also psychology and human behavior for the same. While not diluting its methods, Senshido broadened its focus to be more inclusive, targeting its approach for the general population – not just fighters and martial artists – becoming “everyone’s self-defense”. As time went on, Senshido evolved further when it started to take on an even bigger picture approach, as it ultimately became a vehicle for the message of peace, empowerment and self-betterment.

Similarly, Senshido’s branding has undergone several evolutions in attempting to capture and represent the pervading philosophy at the corresponding stage of development of the system. From the dark and combat-focused depiction of two fighters going at it, to the dove representing its focus on peace, to the phoenix representing Senshido being born again. At the current stage of Senshido’s development, none of these proved to be a suitable reflection of the philosophy that currently drives Senshido. The one constant throughout Senshido’s history has been its holistic nature. And with that in mind, we went back to the drawing board (literally) to capture this visually, and came up with a modified triquetra, with each point representing the trinity of mind, body and (warrior) spirit, and how they interconnect, emphasizing the holistic nature of the system. The overlapping effect created by the points of the triquetra and the circle also gives the appearance of a globe (global outreach) in the centre. The Senshido text in the logo contains two distinctive elements in the E and the N, with the former also speaking to the trinity depicted in the triquetra and the backwards N to the unorthodox nature of Senshido.

We feel that this latest logo is one that captures the essence of Senshido, right from its beginnings, and will carry it through going forward into the future.

Identify your attacker, the A to J method

‘The A to J Method’

Scrolling through the week’s newspapers today, I came across an article written about a recent spate of attacks in the South Dublin area. The article broadly states the following:
The Irish police force – an Garda Síochana – have issued a warning to people in the area to be vigilant due to the increase in such attacks over the past few weeks. Both men, and women, have been targeted. In one case a knife was held to the throat of one of the victims while he was relieved of his possessions.
As we Senshido instructors continuously reaffirm to our students: it is ‘you the individual’ who is responsible for your own personal safety. The police can only be relied upon to arrive at a crime scene after a crime has been committed – then collect evidence in the standard format to help them catch the bad guy.
Ok – to the point: I am not here to preach about how vital it may now be that you take up self- defence classes. Nor am I here to cast aspersions on peoples’ life choices relating to self-defence – or lack of. How people choose to live is what makes a free society the envy of those who enjoy no such thing. What I am here to give is a valuable life-lesson if you are ever unfortunate enough to endure a violent attack, but fortunate enough to remain able to something about it afterwards. The latter could be from a variety of reasons – previous training, natural ability, or an external interruption to the attack.
The first thing that a law enforcement officer will ask for following a reported attack is a description of the attacker. Most people struggle with this – an understandable result considering the overwhelming sense of shock – but hey – let’s not beat ourselves up… I have often stood in front of groups of new students and spoke to them for 10 to 15 minutes, then called one of them out in front of me and asked him/her to turn his back to me and provide the class with a description of me. Its lucky for me that I have a good sense of humour, as the answers are often hilarious – at my expense – but they are rarely accurate.
So, if a person in a calm and attentive state of mind cannot provide an accurate description, then what chance does a traumatised victim have? An accurate description might mean the immediate apprehension of the attacker, or the subsequent arrest further down the road. It may also increase significantly the victim’s psychological recovery time.
Part of Senshido’s Fundamentals of Personal Protection Curriculum is to teach our students how to provide two types of descriptions of the bad guy. The first is what we refer to as a ‘Flash Description.’ This is a quick-fire way to bring attention towards an individual. For example: ‘A guy over there wearing black on blue, 5’10” – 6’ tall with dark hair is causing trouble.’ Ok, so now everyone is looking is looking for precisely that – a tall guy wearing a black top and blue trousers/jeans with dark hair. Again, I repeat, this type of description is used to draw attention to a person in the moment. It does not have a lot of information in it, but more than enough to dismiss anyone who does not match it. That’s what giving a description is all about – zeroing in on the bad guy.
However, a more detailed description is what we call the ‘A-J method.’ This is a system where every single piece of information we can recall about the attacker is given to the police. I will explain each part:
A) Age: Always try and bracket the age. ‘’He was approx. 30-35.’ ‘He was approx. 35-40.’ etc. Now, anyone not matching the age description is eliminated from the search and the net is closing in on that age group.

B) Build: Try and use your own build to judge the bad guys, I am an average build so if he/she is more lightly built than me he/she would be of a slim build. If bigger the converse would apply.

C) Clothing: What was the attacker wearing – black jacket on blue jeans – dark baseball cap – with dark shoes? Remember, however, that it is easy for an attacker to quickly change his appearance by, for example, removing his jacket, or placing a hat on his head. The fundamental point is that the more information you can provide the better.

D) Distinguishing marks: Anything that makes this individual stand out: ear rings, nose rings, tattoos, scars, print on clothing – anything!

E) -Elevation – height: As with build; always try to compare your own height to the attacker’s in order to help determine height.

F) – Face: Everything you can remember about his face. This will align with distinguishing marks. Consider the face’s shape, nose, eyes, facial hair, scars, ear/nose/lip rings – again – anything!

G) -Gait How did he or she walk – hunched over, with a limp, swagger etc?

H) – Hair: What was the colour – bald – tight hair – long hair – short curly hair etc.

I) – IC Code: Identity Codes are standard throughout  the UK but are not used in Ireland. However they are employed by military units worldwide. I will provide a break-down of the IC codes, but for now, don’t be too concerned with them, unless of course you feel the need to remember them. All you should need to know when it comes to an IC Code is what nationality the attacker was, when he/she spoke did he/she have a foreign, Irish, English, Eastern European accent etc. Remember it is all closing the net on the bad guy – giving the police something more specific to work off:

IC1 White – North European

IC2 Mediterranean – South European

IC3 Afro-Caribbean

IC4 Asian (in Ireland and the UK Asian refers to people from the Indian subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal)

IC5 Chinese, Japanese or other (South) East Asian

IC6 Arabic or North African

IC9 Unknown

J) – Just like: When using a ‘just like,’ it must be somebody well-known. If you think he looked just like your auntie Mary – well unless you have a photo of Mary to reference with its not going to be much use, unless of course the police officer knows your auntie Mary. On the other hand; if the comparison is with a well-known celebrity the chances are the officer might very well know him/her. It is important to employ the ‘just like’ formula only if the assailant looks like someone well-known.

As I said, this is part of our Fundamentals of Personal Protection Curriculum, which covers many topics: from understanding what an attacker wants/does not want, victim selection, most common types of attacks, to proactive offence. Please feel free to share this information with your loved ones, family, and friends. Hopefully they will never need to use it.

Senshido, So much more than just self-defence.

Verbal Diffusion-A students perspective

De-escalation – its importance – and why it’s a bastard to get to grips with.

A lot of people who read this will, I am sure, agree that avoidance is a lot less messy in the grand scheme of things than getting dragged into the sort of shit we ultimately have very little control over. But we’re all human, and we all see red when the right buttons get pushed.
I’m a nice guy. I mean no harm to fucking anyone and I like people, but when some big smarmy looking fuck nearly runs me and my motorbike off the road and then spits in my face, I’m as human as the next guy in wanting to sort the fucker. This happened one morning a couple of years back. My visor was down so he didn’t actually get my face but you get the picture. I wanted to teach the bastard a lesson. So I ended up following the prick down a lane way, where it very nearly kicked off, but didn’t. At the very last minute my training kicked in. I took a look around, saw that the environment was becoming increasingly conducive to hospital or prison for one or both of us, and walked away – but I felt like shit.
That was my ego. My inner caveman, what Freud called my Id, wanted me to mimic Vinny Jones smashing your man’s head with a van door. Forty-five years of conditioning was calling me a cowardly bastard for walking away – real schoolyard stuff was going on in my head.
But with hindsight, this wasn’t a schoolyard. This was a back alley where some scumbag had stepped out of his van to put it up to me. Who or what did he have in the van? Fuck knows – but you get the picture. I could have ended up in a really bad way – then there are the ripples… My wife, kids, my job, my freedom, or my life for fuck’s sake…
Over a long career in a previous life as a Motorcycle Courier this shit used to happen a lot more regularly. The lads I worked with would exchange war stories of road rage in the boozer or the office. I really used to struggle with some of the shit that went on with other drivers. I ended up in chases that lasted for several miles – followed people – got rammed deliberately by a fucking gorilla in pick-up truck – but hey! Such is life. Whatever walk of it you’re in its coming at you one way or another.
Anyway – to the point. In more recent years I’ve done a lot of de-escalation/ verbal diffusion training with Senshido. I’m not going to say it’s a panacea for the perpetual failings of the human ego, but I get it. A lot of the philosophical side to it I was getting with anyway, over time. I gradually came to the conclusion that trouble the like of which I invited by following that muppet down the laneway is best seen in the rear-view mirror of your life. Of that there is no doubt. But convincing Captain Cavemen when the shit hits the fan is altogether another thing – it takes time, patience, and practice.
But as said, I’m not some suddenly enlightened paragon of wisdom – neither are any of us. That’s why I think the de-escalation training is so pivotal. But like all training it can become second nature to some, a lot more difficult for others, but at the end of the day – it could be the difference between life and death. Just because you want to rip somebody’s head off doesn’t mean he or she is going to roll over and let you, but do you really need the grief? Your call – I’m not here to lecture.
But personally, I can’t rate de-escalation/ verbal diffusion training highly enough. I know at a cognitive level that I’ve got nothing to prove to anybody, but I’m still a young lad at heart – a potential human tinderbox, with an ego as fragile and dangerous as the best of them. I wrote a piece a couple of years back on the importance of overcoming ego (read it here). The ability to do so renders the type of upper hand if things do kick off that very few systems train their members in.
Having said all this, however, there are times in life when we get confronted by people that the fucking Dalai Lama couldn’t de-escalate. There are situations when it’s going to get messy. I fucking hate them. Anyone who has trained with us in Ireland will no doubt be aware of the concepts of ‘dice-loading’ that we drill and learn to execute under extreme pressures. I’m not going into them here as I’m sure most of you are familiar with them. If you are not then I apologise, but at the end of the day, writing like this is academic, shit happening on the street is not. I’d recommend getting to a Senshido class at some stage.
That’s about it. De-escalation / verbal diffusion is not the most glamorous of topics. It’s a bit like when the cops get stick for there being so many gangland crimes. They often respond by saying that the ones whose plans never come to fruition as a result of effective intelligence vastly outnumber the ones that make the headlines. De-escalation is a bit like that, and is very fucking worthy.

Derek.

Awareness, do you practice what you preach?

My Belgium brother Eric Lemaire, senshido and ACDS Instructor  once told me: “Self-defence, in a nutshell, boils down to three things:

Who you are,

 Where you are, 

What you are doing there.

The more I thought about this, the more sense it made to me. Let’s explore this statement for a minute:

Let us introduce our imaginary friend Joe Bloggs and use him as an example:

Joe Bloggs works as a Nightclub door supervisor. While technically the same person, on-the-job Joe is different than sitting-at-home-with-his-elderly-father Joe, and again different from chilling-by-a-pool-with-a-cocktail-in-hand Joe.

Why is Joe Bloggs different every time? Simple: his awareness levels vary greatly from situation to situation, and environment to environment.

A door supervisor (or Bouncer for our American friends) at a nightclub has a simple job: keep the bad guys out and let the good guys in, while taking into consideration certain variables such as dress code, previously consumed alcohol levels, among others factors, and depending on the club’s policies. But in essence, the job remains the same, with the door supervisor (doorman) “interviewing” every potential patron.

bigstock-Awareness-Level-Conceptual-Met-51868162After greeting the customer, the doorman has to make a decision: Is s/he dressed appropriately, is s/he slurring, does s/he appear drunk, does s/he appear to be carrying weapons of any kind? This is where intuition as well as solid observation skills plays a very important part, should the doorman get any bad feeling about the person, entry is denied. Period.

Now before anyone starts screaming “That’s wrong! You can’t do that!” please remember that the doorman is partially responsible for the safety and well-being of every customer in the night club, since he is the one who let people in. Alcohol, when taken in sufficient quantities, and combined with ego, insecurities, unhinged libido, and the presence of attractive members of the opposite sex, can turn honest-to-God teenagers into fucking werewolves, resulting in mayhem to the club and personal Injury to other customers. And sadly, the closest thing to a monster hunter is that same guy who let the little angels in, our friend Joe.

Doorman Joe now has to attempt to verbally de-escalate the situation, taking into consideration flared egos, alcohol-induced rage, venom-spewing girlfriends, a room full of edged weapons, the possibility of third party Interference, CCTV coverage, and an entire room full of witnesses. So, it is safe to assume that Joe needs to be “switched on”.

But our buddy Joe sitting at home with his elderly father doesn’t have such worries, his concerns are completely different: Is dad comfortable, is he feeling ok, does he need a helping hand to climb the stairs, is the house alarm set?

Also, Joe’s awareness requirements are totally different when he’s lying comfortably by the pool in the Bahamas, with a cocktail in his hand.

Are you starting to see the picture here?

A lot of Self-defence clubs and organisations use Colonel Jeff Cooper’s Colour Codes of Awareness to train and teach their students about Situational Awareness. They are as follows:

–          White: Totally unaware

–          Yellow: Switched on, scanning for threats

–          Orange: Potential situation, observe more closely

–          Red: Danger, threat imminent

–          Black: Engaging enemy

So, logically speaking, the instructors teaching those colour codes should at the very least have a good solid understanding of said training aid. The truth, however, is different: I personally met “Instructors” (I will use that definition very broadly here) who preach the same shit over and over, “self defence is all about awareness and avoidance, be the grey man, keep your head on a swivel, yada yada yada…”  but have about as much awareness as a three-wheeled shopping trolley.

I once spoke to another “self defence Instructor” about a very unusual  haircut he was sporting when he showed up in a foreign country for a training seminar, this drastic hairdo really stood out, but when asked he candidly replied “Oh, I get this done whenever I travel abroad!” So let me get this straight, we teach people to avoid drawing attention to themselves, to avoid standing out in a crowd, and then go do the complete opposite? Do as i say, not as I do?  C’mon, WTF?

Again I ask how many of us actually practise what we preach?

How many of us actually conduct awareness drills and incorporate them into our everyday lives?  Do any of us actually continuously scan our environment for presence of the abnormal or is it just something used as class fillers?

Going back to what Cooper refers to as Code White (Unaware and unprepared). You are at home, chilling. There is a documented rise in a worrisome new threat, home invasions in various incarnations. Let us examine some of its many subtypes:

–          Invade-Subdue-Burglarise: Robbers would break in the houses of their victims, usually at night, overpower its inhabitants, restrains them, interrogate them, then go hunting for valuables before leaving (Rape and murder optional)

–          Invade-Kidnap-Exploit: The Express Kidnapping Modus Operandi is used, but what differs is that one home invader takes a spouse to withdraw as much money as possible from ATMs or banks, while other criminals stay home with hostages until the task is accomplished (Rape and murder optional)

–          Invade-Murder-Leave: Kansas in the 70s to 90s witnessed a particularly brutal serial killer, Denis “Bind Torture Kill” Rader, who murdered his victims in their homes after stalking them. He often told victims that he “just wanted to rape” and used family members against each other by having one tie up the others through threats of hurting a hostage. As you can imagine, it never ended well for the victims, and they were all killed gruesomely at BTK’s leisure. Rader was caught in 2004 (almost THIRTY YEARS after the fact) because of a mistake that led investigators to him. (Burglary optional)

–          Tiger Kidnappings: In 1972, the Irish Republican Army invaded the homes of their targets, and used the threat of murder to force a member of the household to go out and perform a specific task for the organisation, ranging from theft to dropping bombs to murder. An innovative and pioneering way to escape detection by security services as profiling didn’t work in those cases. This tactic is still used to this very day by organised criminal gangs

Now, let us go back to our friend Joe Blog. Unlike many, Joe is smart, knows Violence intimately, and realises that the World has many lurking dangers. He has a good guard dog, as well as a state-of-the-art security and alarm system. He is home with his family, and they’re all sitting around the dining table, eating and messing around with their ASDs (Short for Awareness Sucking Devices meaning Smartphones, tablets, laptops, portable videogames consoles). As I have said before in a previous post (http://www.senshido.info/the-most-common-modern-day-attack/), the most common type of attack is now cybercrime. Thousands of new malware being Introduced every day and since we are connected to the digital world most of the time, we are at constant risk of being scammed or victimised. So, how does Cooper’s Color Codes circa 1950s fare nowadays as an awareness template? Not too good, huh? Personal security is crucial and so is physical as well as home security but they’re not enough to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Crime is constantly evolving, and so must we evolve with it or be left behind. I have seen so many “self defence experts” post across social media safety tips like, Do not have stickers on your car bumper with children on board, it gives away too much Information to would be attackers, only to update their status an hour later with shit like, Out for dinner in (whatever restaurant) with the whole family, I’m having blah blah blah for starters and the wife is having… come on, WFT! Are you for real?????

I can, in all honesty, put hand to heart and say with pride that, when it comes to Situational Awareness: “I practise what I preach.” Am I just paranoid?

 

Your  thoughts on this?

Mick O’Brien

EDC’s (Non-Firearm)… and all the crap floating around this

We love our toys, I’m the first… how we love to show our friends the new

“emerson” we carry. Looks great clipped on ready to go. Some of you might
have other toys. Why not? It’s easy to sell
instructionals/manuals/workshops and more… Man does it look good when the
guy draws in one fluid motion and starts to thrust slash backcut the
“invisible” foe in front of him….

One thing you have to grasp. The limitations of carrying an EDC/s : Here’s
a few facts to consider:

1. Most people have a limited amount of time available to training. That
includes unarmed, firearm, fitness, EDCs…. Your main challenge is to
deploy under stress. Experts who spent hours practicing can’t, for the
most part, deploy a tucked in folder in a realistic no consent scenario.
retentionLEOs have a hard time accessing Pepper spray, carried in open holsters BTW,
15 ft of distance between them and their attackers. You will have to clear
clothing, create distance to do so obviously, not eat significant shots in
the process… and finally cut or pierce something significant…..
retentionRiiiiiggghht. So pre-deployment is key. Have it in your hand before the
shit hits the fan. “Yeah but my instructor can…..” Your instructor trains
30 fucking hours a week and I bet that he can barely draw under pressure
100% of the time. As the late Jeff Cooper once said:’ If you wind up in the
middle on a gun fight, and your carry piece is NOT in your hand already…
you are dead.’

2. If you understand the relation between stopping power and lethal force,
knives can be lethal but lack stopping power. People have fought on with
horrific cuts. There is little possibility of non-lethal stopping power
with blades. I can live with that…. You are justified or not.

3. EDCs are not a substitute for poor counter ambush skills, tactical
thinking and brains. Your opponents will have his tool/s in his hand when
he makes his moves where he thinks he has a clear advantage. If he has the
drop on you, you can carry anything you want. won’t help you.

4. You’re tools work as well for your attacker, understand the importance
of retention….

5. This applies to sprays, spikes, flashlights and co….

Don’t attribute powers to tools. It’s a huge mistake.

The Malevolent Preacher

The most common modern-day attack

Upon reading the title, one might conjure a vision of a new breed of MMA-trained bad guys, terrorists using Kalashnikovs and suicide vests.

Truth is that, while those are (sadly) becoming common occurrences, monetary crimes are still king (and I am not talking about being held up at an ATM by a gun-toting criminal nor mugged in a dark alley by some junkie needing cash for his fix).

While Personal Protection is an umbrella approach to self-defence, coving all aspects of Violence, how many of us really take the time to improve online safety?

Someone once told me that Senshido, while excellent at unarmed combat, including the pre and post contact aspects of violence survival, should “Just focus on hand to hand combat”.

I beg to differ.

Because Senshido teaches a holistic and evolutionary approach to self-preservation, it has to include other facets of personal defence, such as firearms, edge weapons use, among other things.

While I personally do not teach weapon handling or weapon proficiency skills (Being from Ireland where civilians are prohibited from carrying firearms), other Senshido instructors, namely from the U.S and the Middle East, do.

All of our instructors do, however, use the Internet and so do billions of people worldwide.

But, mention the words “Online Safety” and “Senshido” in the same sentence, and cries of “That’s not self-protection; just stick to what you’re good at.”

I am sorry, but the most common attacks, those in which we pride ourselves on teaching, are not the only form of attack anymore. In the past week, I have experienced three attempted robberies, with the latest being this morning.

All of those were Internet-based phishing attacks, a very popular method used by felons every day of the week against ordinary people to separate them from their hard-earned money.

Let me deconstruct the latest, as I am pretty sure you have all come across something similar at some point, or probably will.

mailsBeing from Ireland, I have an account with Bank of Ireland, one of our main banks in the country. Said bank provides an E-banking service called “Banking 365”, to which I am subscribed. Early today, I receive this email, which at first glance looked quite legitimate, so I open it.

 

Now, the sender knows that I have opened the mail and that this email address is a live one, making it a recipient for a boatload of spam. However, as soon as I opened the email , alarm bells went off Immediately:

Here is my bank, contacting me by email, asking me to login to my account and confirm my Identity, a probable situation however unlikely.

inboxBut let’s just assume for a moment that my spider senses are still dormant. After all, the sender is only enquiring if this transaction was correct. To confirm or cancel the payment, you only need a quick log in and out using the link provided.

Decisions, decisions…

Ok so I decided to call my bank to get confirmation about the mail, but after being put on hold by customer services for 5 minutes, I got sick and tired and hang up.

Because I wanted closure, I opened my browser and typed:

http://whatismyipaddress.com/trace-email

 

This is an easy to use, online program that will now give me the location of the email sender, by using the full header of the email. Copy and paste it in, click find source and bingo!

 

Much to my surprise, the source IP address was from Romania.romania

Now why the hell would Bank of Ireland email me from Romania, asking me to login to my account and confirm my Identity?

In a series of quick steps I now have spotted a potential scam and avoided becoming a victim of hackers.

Nobody held a knife to my throat, put me in a headlock, or grappled me to the ground. But somebody did try to rob me in a sneaky yet increasingly common way.  Im no IT specialist, I know my way around a computer and have taken some courses in online safety, that doesn’t make me an expert, but it has served its purpose.

So your thoughts, Is online safety  part of your self protection package?

Mick.

Senshido – So much more than just self defence.

Networking hahahahahaha

Nothing against building contacts. But really… I never gave a flying fuck on a rolling donut what my “peers” think about what I do. I never needed anyone’s approval besides my clients. We, in the early days, looked forward. We developed and could not care less what others did or not do or said or not say. I always felt it gave me total teaching freedom. No rent, never had to buy expensive equipement, never marketed (nothing wrong with it) and left my clients happy and empowered. That simple, all I cared about. What I teach now is different than what I taught in the past. It has evolved and will change in the future. So chase me to do what I’m doing and when you figure it out? I’ll be on something else.

I find it humorous when I see who wants to join a group and it says “member of 14 groups”. If you have enough time to keep up with 14 groups maybe you should train more. Really?

2014-10-13 20The group hug pictures are great memories, but so many of them are floating… who gives a shit anyway. Lots of people love the “I’ll take my picture with XXXX and people will think I’m a regular student or an instructor!” Good if they think you are that famous… flattering as fuck. Before you know it 80% of what they teach is your material and NO… you don’t see 80% of the money. Should we start harping like most of this trade do…. “He’s using my stuff!” At the rate the DVDS are flying, Richard should be happy. I’m not aware of what arrangements are in place, but I assume everyone gives his cut. Right? If not… well maybe you should re-check your premise. Anyhow I hate this part of the biz and Rich and Wes should not even have to ask.

The real Senshido is only taught in a class context, the only place where true experimentation can occur and concepts evolved. Certainly not over a keyboard. Speaking for some of us, we rather train than talk about it. That simple.  The Germany experiment proved that.

Senshido class = degree in medecine
Semis = First aid class with CPR…. Keyboard = I watch ER once a week…. good comparaisons.

Drive forward and don’t look back. Eagles fly alone, pigeons congregate on a statue of someone in the past and shit all over each other

Ahhh the shit we do for approval

                                                                                                   The Malevolent preacher

Why you should do classes on top of seminars

Because at seminars you barely scratch the top of senshido. You can take 75 of them, you will have made yourself a huge favor by increasing your survivability dramatically.  Periodical semis are the best for people that don’t or won’t train on a regular basis.  Semis don’t make you a senshido apprentice or certainly not an instructor (Laughable).  Doing a senshido class on a regular basis will however change a lot.  When I see a clip of “innocent victim vs evil michelin man” the people participating are doing a great job (no sarcasm)… But most of the clips end with the ever entertaining double shred, each party latching on to the other’s face and wild catting the other. This is really a fail. In a senshido classen5oct07s where we have more time, this is corrected. How? Simply, we box, grapple, kickbox, mess with judo concepts, invite specialist in those discipline to help us.

I know what you are thinking and fuck off, I’m sick of hearing people with N0 skills default to the “Yeah but we are not about sport fighting!”  Principles of physics are universal, generating power, bio mechanically speaking is the same wether you sport fight or not.  We grapple so we instinctively know where to position our hips in a clinch (“dick in pocket” thank you Jim A. or clearing them)  in order not to be lifted or thrown off our feet.  We can keep someone off balance, We box to program range and to be able to move in without eating shots to “anchor” a shredd… We know how to slip to help us get out of the power box, we kickbox to tune our reaction to low line kicks and to deliver them without sacrificing balance, we do pad work to improve timing/speed/coordination, we do bag work for mechanical improvements, we use agility ladders to improve our ability to move.

Take all those attributes, integrate them and watch what happens to your primal combat skills.

Reverse the drill and try this… make the victim wear the michelin man costume, then have a very competent striker put on mma gloves and tell him to start slugging with all he’s got. See what you go through before you anchor…. Then lose the pillsbury doughboy suit and try with a helmet only.  In the old days we were confident because of our abilities to box, kickbox and grapple. Shredding just happened, no that ridiculous double shredd ….

Join a local class and become the real deal

The Malevolent preacher