I'm going to break down an old viral video-
If you haven't seen this one before, here's the story behind it:
Gulf War veteran Jason Smith, 35, had no idea why some punk came on his property and started becoming foul mouth with him. Jason, it turns out, is a master in karate and jiu-jitsu and was being filmed felling the foul-mouthed punk outside his home as a crowd gathered. His wife Rebecca cowered with their 22-month daughter was later quoted as saying, "I was proud."If you watch closely, he didn't knock down the punk with a left cross, it was actually a knifehand chop to the carotid artery, the infamous "Judo Chop" parodied by many movies, but more on that in a second. Today's post is going to be about some basic self-defense tips one can glean from that video:
- Arms-ready position > Arms down and wide. The latter may make you look more aggressive and thuggish, sure, but not very good for defense. The arms ready position also leaves you ready to fence out your opponent and able to push him back at a moment's notice.
- With enough speed, strength, and practice, almost any move can be effective, emphasis on practice. Older vets may recognize the brachial stun, aka the judo/knifehand chop, something almost completely disregarded in modern martial arts classes as useless, but there is Mr. Smith above, using it right in the appropriate context. Notice he throws it nearly straight down the pipe, like a good cross.
- The most important lesson here is: Don't be a dick to strangers. You never know who you're going to mess with. The dumbass chav in the video above learned this lesson the hard way.