(Don’t) Stand & Fight!

Fighting is the least effective way to deal with an attack.

Presumably, an attacker perceives that they have an advantage over you – size, speed, strength, viciousness or intimidation. If they are still on their feet, you might hit or wrestle with them, but they can do the same to you and they might do so a lot HARDER.

And what if there is more than one attacker or they have a weapon? There’s no time to stand around and fight, unless you are confident that you can take them out before it is their turn.

Do them a favour and help them to the floor – you’ll be safe and they won’t get bad karma for hurting you.

I saw this technique in an old book of Tohei Sensei’s from the 1960s titled ‘Aikido.’

It is extremely easy to do and I’d recommend it to smaller people for dealing with a stronger, heavier person seizing you by the lapel and possibly then laying into you!

Not sure how this works? Looks too good to be true? The guy is not REALLY going for her?

If you’re not sure, then that’s a great place to start your enquiries.

Oh, it’s true alright. And it doesn’t look as unbelievable as when a black belt or master does it. Just because something is highly intelligent and has centuries of development behind it doesn’t mean it’s FAKE – it means it is more effective than your knowledge and experience allows you to believe.

The attacker is not totally lunging at the young lady, because he knows he will probably faceplant, because he is supremely off balance. That said, he is giving her a committed attack and if she did not do Aikido, he would have great control over her.

Ah, but the smaller person could then strike the bigger bully! Yes, they could play that game with someone twice their weight and strength, at a huge disadvantage and hope that they get them on the first strike, because then the bully will be even more worked up.

It’s always best to avoid their strength and take their balance – the bigger and faster they are, the harder they fall.

I myself tried this move with one of my senior students an hour after teaching it to him. I decided to attack him full force once he had practised the move many times and it was natural. Instead of a shoulder grab, I turned it into a hook punch. He disappeared and I found myself hurtling down to the mat. I knew how to roll, so was unhurt, but it would have been very dangerous for me if I did not know how to save myself.



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