Recently I came around a clip where a man disarmed a mugger who was asking him for his wallet at gun point. Wow!!!! Success no? Here’s the catch, he did it in a public place, surrounded by other commuters. He wasted no time grabbing the gun and torquing it out of the guy’s hand. In the process, the muzzle pointed in many directions, including himself and the other commuters. Pardon me if I don’t jump up to congratulate the hero who in the process of saving his wallet and maybe his portable, exposed himself and sadly others to an accidental discharges. Maybe in this case, remaining calm and handing over his wallet would have been the appropriate thing to do. The chump would have left, no-one hurt… which is the prime directive of self preservation. Of course, no one can guarantee that the guy would not drill him just for kicks. But in this case, video showed that it was a straight mugging. Hand the wallet and be ready… or hand the wallet in a way that “aligns” a response….

Bottom line is that most self protection programs are based on the “Beat the crap out of your attacker” concept as oppose to “find a way to make it home in one piece.”

Remember this… If you judge that disarming a guy is imperative, and you are in public, understand these few basic points:
1. Controlling the gun means controlling where the muzzle points. In a crowd, your options are seriously limited.
2. The punk you are tussling with is NOT a trained operator and usually has very little to no trigger discipline.

So maybe handing your shit over is the better option, in certain scenarios. Your job is not to teach the punk a lesson that will jeopardize everyone around you.

Self defense is not black and white, it’s various shades of gray.

The Malevolent preacher is back.

So those of you who were familiar with the old Senshido forum  no doubt will remember Marc Ste Marie, also known as The Malevolent preacher (MP). Its been a long time since MP has made an appearance on any senshido forum or website so heres the good news,  Well hes back!  So lets get the discussions started. Welcome to his first post.

Hmmmm Let’s start this thing with a statement gentle readers… If you had to fight a guy off, don’t be too quick to celebrate. The reasons you got to that point was a succession of screw ups, tactical blunders that put you in a position where you had to rely on your fighting abilities to survive. You probably chose a risky way to get home and/or you ignore various signals consciously or not, you made assumptions that proved wrong, once you realized there was trouble, you were already committed. You fail to defuse the situation and then had to fight your way out.   So in short, bad tactics led you into contact.

Bad technique does not kill, bad tactics do.  I can, with my arthritic body take out Jon Jones (UFC champ) with one blow!!!! There’s a claim for you! You wanna know how? With a proper ambush I’ll hit him in the back of the head with a baseball bat! (oops sorry, euro forum… a cricket bat).   Most intelligent people agree with that. Go to any self defense workshops, 98% of the time is spent on ass beating and 2% on tactics. Like “lets show them how to stop drop and roll instead of how not to set yourself ablaze when you handle inflammable substances and matches”. DUH.

Counter ambush, situational reading skills, evasive maneuvers will do much more for your survival probabilities than actual fighting skills.  Any program not addressing that is simply Mickey Mouse. Fighting skills are for when all else fails.