“(In) people for whom violence ‘doesn’t happen’ or they haven’t been in a physical conflict since they were kids, there is huge denial factor…Overwhelming shock and confusion…They’re going waste time trying to find a palatable way out of having to use violence…. One, you’re going to freeze. Two, you’re going to walk right into it. Three, you’re going to get flattened while trying to find some way not to fight.”
Marc MacYoung, No-nonsense Self Defence
Something I like to dwell on here is the reality of fighting.
Its easy to get sucked into a gym/dojo/kwan bubble and play a lot of “if you do this, I would do that” games based on very speculative assumptions.
In real life, violence plays out differently than we typically imagine. The consequences are often counter-intuitive. We see too many movies and so our perspectives get skewed.
For one thing, we don’t really understand just how much damage can occur from one punch.
A 2007 article in The Situationist told the story of Brian Walsh, who now has metal plates in his face and suffers headaches resulting from one punch to the face.
Walsh got annoyed by some young guys speeding by his house while he was barbecuing in the yard. Then a lieutenant and Navy pilot at Coronado, he sprayed one of the cars with his garden hose. The driver stopped, got out, walked up to Walsh and punched him in the face, shattering his left eye socket and crushing his sinus cavity. Plus he could no longer fly, as he lost about 40 percent of vision in that eye.
This is why its so important to understand how easy it is to avoid fighting!
Marc MacYoung has a lot of material on his site about this subject, but the Cliff’s Notes are:
- In a confrontation, always understand you can usually deescalate and walk away. It’s never too late.
- Give the other person a way out without stinging their pride (face is very important with the sort of people who are often picking the fight) – don’t give in to the impulse to shoot off your mouth.
- You don’t want to get injured and you don’t want to injure others! Hospital bills and legal fees and possibly incarceration are not worth that last one-up comment.
- Awareness is king – if you keep your eyes and ears open, you can usually spot trouble coming a mile away – head in the other direction!
“We’re not going to keep on blocking someone’s punches in fighting…it’s always one idea, one punch, to hit my person. But, if my hand can’t get in to hit him, I need my assisting hand.”
Sifu John Smith, Illawarra Ving Tsun
As Sisuk Smith demonstrates, Wing Chun is really a very simple method of fighting.
People complicate it unnecessarily.
If you are clear, you step in and punch to the head. If you run into an obstruction, you clear it and back to punching!
If you develop all the underlying attributes (structure, timing, conditioned hands, chain punch, etc, etc) your fight will be over in an instant.
I am a fan of the UFC, although I think many people get confused about the differences between pro fighters and normal people and the applicability of the UFC fight style to “real” fights that go down in bars or streets or during a home invasion.
But still, it was interesting to see in these UFC stats. how many knockouts there were. I suspect that many of the decisions (the other high number) are based on wrestlers and/or BJJ specialists doing lots of takedowns and controlling the action (but not finishing), but you still have a better than even chance of getting knocked out with a head strike.
Even in the highly controlled conditions of the cage, which I think favors grapplers. You have to be really good at takedown defense or you are generally going down. In a bar or on the street, a vicious fighter has many more terminal options at their disposal. Many Wing Chun hits are on the end of the action, when the head hits something else besides the fist. Like the ground (wall, curb, table, glass, car).
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