As most of you know, I love all “things” martial arts. Striking, throwing, joint locks, chokes, grappling, weapons……you name it. I love training, learning, and teaching all of them. Furthermore, self-defense, in my opinion, requires skill in all of these areas (or at least a solid awareness of all).
Attackers come at us with whatever they know… We don’t get to choose the style or method, they do. They may not be as trained or skilled, but they will do what they know from experience or instinct. They will “choose” the type of fight that we engage in.
I believe the first line of defense is a solid spatial awareness and what method can be utilized per that distance. In other words, your distance decides your fighting method. All people should have a fundamental arsenal of striking and kicking; a good punch or palm, elbow, solid kicks, and knee strikes should be in our tool boxes. Next, joint locking and manipulation is a must at close range for entanglement attacks that disallow striking defense. This can progress into some sort of throwing or take down action with a “finishing technique.” We also have to be ready in case we end up going to the ground with the attacker, or the attacker somehow gets us down on his/her own power. Hence, grappling and ground skills are crucial.
My point is that although I study all arts because I love them, it is an absolute NEED to matriculate all skills into my plan. True self-defense requires a readiness in all areas and the courage to deal with the presented attack. I strongly suggest you adopt this mind set to be ready for all circumstances…Just my opinion…
PS We all have our base art and the ones we love the most; I’m not preaching to not have that…..I’m here as always if you need….