Victors not Victims
First of all, for context, self defence is not everything we do. It is part of what we do. We have weapon training and sports martial arts. It's neither. It's combative training. I sell it as self defence because that is what we understand. However, I do not teach self defence.
Self defence is a victim mindset. It suggests to raise the moat, pull up the drawbridge, "Oh no, we're besieged." We are not like that. We do not train like that. We train self defence in the eyes of the law so that we may defend our self in case someone intends to do us harm. But the mindset is what I'm talking about.
Our mindset is not one of self defence. If someone intends to do us harm, we are not the one defending our self. In the eyes of the law we are, but I'm talking about mindset here. I want to make that clear. We are talking about mindset. I am the attacker. They are the instigator. They are instigating the situation but I am the attacker and suddenly I am no longer on the back foot.
If I'm defending myself, I am on the back foot. I've been shot, struck or stabbed. "Oh no! What's going to happen to me?" My imagination is going to beat me up before they do anything more.
If I'm the attacker, I'm in control of the situation. It doesn't matter that I've been shot, struck of stabbed. It's just something that's happened. Because I'm the attacker, I'm going to problem solve. I'm going to make my way into/out of this.
This training is for asocial violence. You have been shot, struck stabbed. It is not for social violence.
Most of us have experienced social violence at some stage and survived it. You're still alive to read this. It might be: you're at a night spot and some guy walks up posturing because he reckons you've been checking out his girl or guy. That's where we would simply say, "I'm so sorry. I didn't realise" and walk away in the safest possible way. Because we know that life is a non renewable source. Social violence is most often territorial.
On the other hand, asocial violence is where you have been shot, struck or stabbed. A situation of social violence can quickly move into asocial. It is where you need to switch them off to save your life.
Remember, this is in the context of combative training. There is no pain compliance. We do not try and cause the other person pain. We are not going to apply something that's going to make them have an owwie big enough to stop them. We are going to switch off the human machine.
Once they've done us harm, they are no longer a civilised human being. Civilised human beings do not go out to harm each other. I go to work, secure in the knowledge that my boss is not going to try and break my spine or stab me in the kidney. Civilised human being don't do that to each other.
As soon as someone comes at us, we know they're not a civilised human being. They're a human machine and we need to switch them off. It can be likened to an appliance that is going to do us harm or a computer that we're going to switch off. It's as simple as that. We're going to switch the appliance off.
This content scares a lot of people because they don't want to address it. They don't want to think that asocial violence could happen to them or a loved one. It's very in your face. You've been shot, struck or stabbed and you're going to have to turn around and apply the tool of violence, not be violent, but apply the tool of violence to save yourself or a loved one.
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