Saturday, June 26, 2010

Escape and distance creation

The first concept for components for a new martial art. This relates directly with goal-based martial arts.

I very unscientifically estimate that around 99% of personal assault should be met with the goal of escape. Distance creation is directly related to escape. What can it give you?

  • The ability to completely avoid a fight
  • Time to survive, yell or people to see you
  • Space
  • Time to think
  • Time to find a weapon

Escape and distance creation doesn't necessarily mean getting out of a hold. It doesn't mean pushing away even. It can be as simple as stepping backwards or giving a verbal warning.

Typically, modern martial arts teach us to restrain, attack, defend and escape all at equal levels of importance.

Rare are the cases for the average person in which you would need to do something other than escape or create distance. Generally, if nothing else is at risk other thank your own life and safety, you should not consider doing anything but escaping.


Some will argue that modern martial arts teach escape "too". The real question is not whether or not they teach it, but why, since it is the 95-99% case, it is not trained 95-99% of the time.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would agree in general that the concept of distance creation and/or escaping is not directly trained enough, however, I disagree that it should be trained 95% of the time as you suggest. This is because, typically, it is significantly less difficult to escape when given the chance than it is to fight (when, presumably, escape isn't an option). As such, it makes sense that the vast majority of the time, training is focused on self-defense and/or fighting, since self-defence and/or fighting are vastly more difficult to be proficient in than simply making a getaway.

Thomas said...

Great post. Fighting is not really the solution for everything especially when your enemy is much bigger that you, although size doesn't matter. If we are talking or survival, escape indeed is the sure way. I like how you explained the escape and distance creation thing.

Thomas said...

Great post. Fighting is not really the solution for everything especially when your enemy is much bigger that you, although size doesn't matter. If we are talking or survival, escape indeed is the sure way. I like how you explained the escape and distance creation thing.

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