Self Defense Moves: Weapons, Arm Blocks & Slapstick Are Not DeadThere is a point that I want to make about self defense moves and the "Enter the Dojo" (Below) just happens to help make that point really well. But I can't help it, I do still get a kick out of the Master Ken series of videos (pun fully intended).
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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.
A while later I was sparing with a Karate Student and I blocked his downward strike. Not only was the pain in my arm some thing to really make you feel alive but I got hit in the head. I was not a happy chap. So with all the humor in the video there is a serious element.
But also Just as Master Ken takes full advantage of his ever trusting (and I must say, very talented) stunt man- side kick, I am always telling my students that even with all your self defense moves, there is always a weapon.
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 produce 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.