This is a discussion on Tang Soo Do within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ctsketch as evidenced in this thread http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...ink-about.html knowing how to use your firearm isn't always enough You are right as I am ...
4 years TKD - chang moo quwan style
1.5 years wing sung kung fu
It is amazing what I still know and what happens when I have been approached without knowing someone was there.
I was getting / sitting in my car just after work and my friend comes and shouts "HEY" right in my ear, I did a left handed back fist and as my head was turning to see the target (his nose) I stopped about an inch away.
His face instantly turned white and said he felt the wind on my fist. He then said he is never going to sneak up on me again. That was a few years ago and I have been out of class for at least 15+ years.
I took some judo as I child, and Tae Kwan Do in my 20's. Unfortunately, I kept getting injured, so I said to hell with it before advancing very far. Now, in my late 50's, with severe arthritis and spinal stenosis, if I were to try to use any technique such as a round kick, you would time me using a calendar, not a stopwatch. I could win a fight, but only if the BG got bored while waiting for me to complete a move! So, now I only practice Glock fu, with a little XD Jitsu and Beretta su do thrown in.
"We are the people our parents warned us about!" J. Buffett
It is all good to say guns are superior, but you can't carry everywhere, or your gun may fail or innocents may be too close, etc. So you have to have some sort of hand to hand training to fall back on, or you are no better off in that situation than those who refuse to carry guns. Adrenaline and aggressiveness are good in a HTH situation, but if you don't connect and inflict pain & damage, you are going to be in trouble. If you can't throw punches and kicks, then you need to learn joint locks, etc.
That's not to say all martial arts and MA schools are good for practical self defense. I was a Tae Kwon Do school recently and some of the things they were practicing were worse than useless - no punching to the head in sparring and a handgun disarmament technique that would almost always lead to the gun going while pointed at you.
I'm a black belt in Kenpo Karate. I've been training since 1987. I became an instructor in 1990. Now I teach defensive tactics to the officers in my dept. I also teach firearms. I don't preach one over the other, they compliment each other nicely.
Police Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Carbine Rifle and Taser Instructor
NRA Life Member
It is better to have your gun and not need it, than to need it and not have it!
You cannot choose the conditions for a gunfight, so train in all conditions!
I've got my green belt in TKD Moo Duk Qwon(Blue belt test in Sept. ) we use Kempo for some of our self-defense and my instructor works for DOC at the Oregon State Pen. At 6'2' and 250 lbs it help balance out my power lifting, which my sparring partners wish I would quit... I don't throw hard, just heavy. :D
Second degree black belt in Aikido.
In the heat of the moment, what matters is what your body knows -- not what your mind knows.
Some people disagree on this, and that's perfectly OK, but my thinking is that one should start with a hard style to learn striking. As you get older, begin to transition to soft style. Internal arts take longer, but they are no less effective once gained. Correct practice will not cause injury and, in fact, offer health benefits and ensure physical well-being into old age.I took some judo as I child, and Tae Kwan Do in my 20's. Unfortunately, I kept getting injured, so I said to hell with it before advancing very far. Now, in my late 50's, with severe arthritis and spinal stenosis, if I were to try to use any technique such as a round kick, you would time me using a calendar, not a stopwatch.
The real danger you face isn't from some random psycho attacking you, it's the deterioration of your own body. You want to avoid heart attack, stroke, diabetes. Staying fit and flexible and active will protect your joints and muscles. You can stay well-protected against slips and falls. And regular training will help you survive accidents that would kill or maim the sedentary. Add an art like Chi Na to your repertoire to equalize force.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
6th degree Black Belt in TKD.
"Good decisions come from experience;
experience comes from bad decisions"
I studied TKD, Shotokan, Judo, Jujisti, and I boxed. Sensei got me into full contact Karate, which wasn't a big leap from boxing. Intend on getting into Krav Maga - everything I've seen of it, it's a good extension of full contact Karate. I do 240 reps, heavy weights, squats, shoulder/bench presses, squats, and deal lifts weekly, and 28 miles/260 minutes weekly running. I find my ability to compete in action pistol is enhanced by having better muscle function, and a lot more wind than opponents my age, and younger ones too. Hopefully, that transfers into better physical ability to defend my family and myself. I'll tell you though, at 52, I don't have what I had 15 years ago. Hopefully ruthlessness will supplant my shortcomings.
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