Predatory Violence, you ready!

by (2009-05-03)
As I sit here, smoking a wonderful Ashton VSG stogie, I'm trying to respond to a person from the great State of New York. "Mr. LaBounty, Mr. LaBounty, why are your posts often... well.. dark?" Hmm.. well, I guess that is how I see the world of self defense, self-protection, whatever you choose. Now mind you I LOVE Kenpo! It truly is a lifes passion, comfort and even... saving grace for me. I actually love all martial arts, they give me something for my 'tool box' and something to comment on. I'm not really one of those who compares martial arts to my Kenpo, or your Kenpo, or any other system. I DO compare your and of course my take on them. See, as I've said in other posts, you are the delivery system of a thought, not of the "ultimate system" which is any system when put into motion, works as designed. Such as a handgun, which is a precision tool, that has a purpose when the sight picture is acquired, and the trigger is pressed rearward. The tool performs as designed. I've been a Police Firearms Instructor for many years, teaching both at the Academy Level, the Advanced and active shooter level, and the Special Teams level. In this, to use a parallel viewpoint to martial arts, this teaching is done without a true predatory attack. Even when one fails to stop the attack, he/she has an ass chewing, some remedial suggestions, and then another chance. That is called continuing education programming. The predatory mindset of an attack, assault, etc, is very powerful. Most of the time it is very cold blooded, explosive, at times inhuman, and utterly controlled when applied. As Rory Miller has said: " it reduces the target of the assault from human to resource" Well said, IMHO. There are no referee's, no instructor, no never minds, there is just the objective. There are only odds, tactics for the attacker, and the target recipient. The predators mindset is choice, sometimes its just blind rage. The victim of this predatory attack is now dealing with shock and awe, to borrow a phrase. a true predator brings 'cheating' into the mix, no rules or codes of conduct and not in little ways either, but in all out fury, with hate most times. We martial artists will, for the most part, bring our experience from the dojo, school, studio, kwoon, dojang, into this rapid fire and frightening mixture of violence. As a child you probably were taught to fight fair. As a martial adult, you might have been taught to respect your partner, your school, even in the most protracted and horrendous of all situations. We are to remember that usually our 'fights' are usually between two fairly matched persons, not this slobbering, drug induced, hate carrying person who is barrage punching or kicking or both, all within seconds of this lifetime. Most of us are not prepared for this type of assault. Though we're well past the movie version of the martial arts, we still are dealing with the pain, fear, blood (possibly ours). This committed attacker is unlike the majority of our training isn't it? Remember it is only a "sudden" for us, not the attacker. So, what to do?? I have my ideas, you have yours. Train for all conditions? That's good. Develop a series of 3 or 4 techniques that work 90% of time? Mmm... maybe. You tell me... I have my ideas, develop yours... And now, the sun goes down, the glass of Irish Whiskey calls... I love Kenpo, I love the martial arts.... Just find a way to Be Ready....