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Self Defense Moves: Always a Weapon & Upwards Arm Block

Self Defense Moves: Always a Weapon and Upwards Arm Block

Originally this post contained a video from Master Kens "Enter the Dojo". Unfortunately, that video no longer exists but I didn't want to let go of the post, as the point I make about self-defence moves: always a weapon and upwards arm block remain very valid. Master Ken was much funnier but never-the-less.

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I had to learn the hard way that an arm block done the wrong way is not fun. When I was first learning how to do it I was taught the wrong way by an instructor.

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Incorrect Arm Block
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Correct Arm Block

A while later, I was sparing with a Karate Student and I blocked his downward strike. Not only was the pain in my arm, something to really make you feel alive but I got hit in the head. I was not a happy chap.

But also I am always telling my students that even with all your self-defence moves, there is always a weapon.

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That is, not only in Judo contest but in real life self-defence don't assume that because you think you have defeated one move that there isn't another. The moment you think that you have taken care of all the surprises there will be another one coming. If you don't have a follow-up move of your own on its way you're going to get clobbered.

I have unfortunately had occasion to see the effects of someone not heeding this lesson first hand, with a person getting very badly hurt because they relaxed the moment they apprehended a thief. At that moment the thief produces a bottle.

As it is with life so it is with Judo. Always follow up a move with another then another and don't stop until you the referee says it's over.







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