Self Defence and Avoiding Injury


Self Defence when you alone are threatened with a confrontation.

  • Avoid dangerous situations in the same way you avoid rush hour traffic. If you don’t really need to be in high risk neighbourhoods or dark alleys, then there is less risk of a fight. If you can avoid unstable individuals, all the better.
  • Keeping your distance from an intoxicated or emotionally unstable person can help. Standing too close will violate their personal space, and that personal space might be several metres if they are emotionally unbalanced. This refers to a threatened person; a mugger will not allow you to move away.
  • Occasionally an upset person can be reasoned with. If you can convince them they have done nothing wrong, and convince then you are no threat, you might avoid a physical fight. But it is often better to avoid any unstable or unpredictable situation.
  • Ignore insults. You opponent doesn’t believe what they say any more than you do. Sometimes words are just ugly sounds that mean nothing.
  • If you can walk away, do so. But do not turn your back on them. You cannot risk them hitting you from behind.
  • Adrenaline will affect behaviour. This applies to both the attacker and the threatened individual. Some individuals automatically back off. Others unfamiliar with threatening situations find it difficult to withdraw once the adrenaline affects them. Those use to stress and adrenaline will understand themselves a little better and make a better decision.
  • If there is a way to have an advantage in a fight it is keeping a clear head. This is no easy task; we never know how we are going to react till we experience the reality of the situation. Some training is of benefit here. The skills learn in martial arts are useful, but learning to react well in crisis is more important. If you have learn defence moves so that they come automatically, and you find you respond automatically when threatened, then the training is doing a lot of good.

Warn others of any danger whenever necessary.


Improving Karate

Private Karate Training

One on one training has always been useful in any discipline. Just getting feedback and correction is enough reason to justify a private lesson or two. The lessons are costly, but you will improve much faster. The cost is at least partly offset by the fact you will benefit more from your regular lessons.


Seminars and Camps

Perhaps the opposite approach to private lessons, but this is very different to regular classes. You learn from a different teacher, you interact with different people; you won’t get stuck in a routine. And you tend to get quite a lot from one weekend away.


Teaching Karate

Ok, this presumes you have some level of competence. It is terrible when the beginners learn mistakes from the instructor. But teaching puts things in perspective. There is a tradition of professors often teaching the introductory class. This is partly to prevent the beginners acquiring misconceptions, but it also lets the teacher keep some perspective; they remember what it was like to acquire these skill the first time; the remember that the subject does not exist in a vacuum. Teaching reinforces the foundations of knowledge.



The only issue with books is finding the good ones. Recommendations help; read Amazon reviews. The cost of a book is often less than a lesson or two. And even if you only get a few solid ideas out of a book it was worth the price.


On line Training.

If you already have the internet, and most of us do, it doesn’t cost anything to look up some instructional advice. Again, there is good advice and mediocre, so finding the worthwhile karate videos is a hassle. But this is far better than 99% of the time we spend surfing the net. If you find a good site, tell us about it.

Mixed Martial Arts, Perth

Different styles of martial art developed over the centuries; as the various martial arts existed in various geographical locations so each area developed its own style. The contrast between styles is so striking that they could be seen as different sports rather than variations on each other.

Kung Fu: This is actually a broad term used for several martial arts, the word itself meaning ‘achieved work’ or ‘merit’. The origin of these skills dates back 4000 years to the Xia dynasty in China where it had military connections. This period in history is hard to separate from mythology, so the details are sketchy at best. By the 5th century BC the techniques had been documented and training manuals produced, with distinctions being made between sport and weaponless fighting.

There is some controversy over the ideology of techniques in Kung Fu. Some believe an emphasis on aesthetically pleasing style for public displays has detracted from an emphasis on a realistic approach to combat preparedness. Aesthetics was always part of the art, but they were mean to serve the primary goal of developing practical fighting skills.

Tai Chi: This is best known these days for its health benefits, being treated like yoga; but it is still practiced in accord with it defensive background where it effectively deal with force in a soft manner.

Tae Kwon Do: The Korean martial art stretches back many centuries, but its modern form developed in the 1940 and 1950s. It puts more emphasis on kicking than other martial arts, and while all martial arts have some ancient military origins, Tae Kwon Do has strong modern military connections, being developed during Korea’s military struggle. It is one of only two martial arts recognized at the Olympics.

Judo: A Japanese martial art focussed on throwing an opponent and immobilizing him. This is one of the most popular competitive martial arts and (along with Tae Kwon Do) is actually an Olympic event.

Muay Thai: A Thailand martial art that uses eight contact points (as opposed to the four contact points of hands and feet) for striking and clinching.

Mixed Martial Arts: This is a full contact sport where a variety of fighting styles may be used, even if they are not strictly martial arts. Over time some traditional styles proved inappropriate for this sport. Competitors now tend to train in a combination of disciplines that form a balanced style.

Talk to Taekwondo World for Mixed martial arts, Sydney.