Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

The Economics of Self Defense


The following is a recent email I received; I thought I should respond to the list rather than to the individual because this situation is common:

"I'm a 52 year old guy who has been pretty active lifting weights for about 20 years but about a year ago I found myself in a situation where a guy suckered me and I friggin was so intimidated that I walked away with my tail between my legs. Thankfully the only damage was to my ego cause I totally wimped out in front of my buddies who were there... but more importantly I realized that I was totally unprepared to defend either myself or my family should the occasion arise.

Hey...even guys my age can realize they missed out on being prepared. So anyway I appreciate your newsletters and your videos. I'm learning a lot from them... just wish your place was closer so I could spar... the biggest thing holding me back is the fear is that I could permanently damage or kill somebody with a blow because I'm pretty strong... this fear holds me back a lot.... it's hard for me to say "him or me"... if you know what I mean. Also training on a heavy bag has shown me how poorly conditioned I am cause I get tired really fast... just in a couple of months though I've seen an increase in stamina from the training."

Carl has boiled down the reason you decide to fight to the simple Cost-Benefit model. Call it risk-reward, profit and loss - it's all the same. Nations, armies, corporations and even you operate on this fundamental truth. If you risk X (physical or financial assets) will Y (an out come in our favor) be worth more than X. Will the net result of X - Y be positive? No matter who you are, before you decide on fight or flight, you do your own risk analysis assessment. You ask yourself one question- is it worth it. Will I get my butt-kicked or will I kick his ass? Is it worth fighting over a parking space or not? Every one has their breaking point, the proverbial line in the sand. If you are a person with a lot at risk like, friends, family, ego, reputation and even career and material things; you will be more reluctant to fight if the stakes are low. Especially as you get older, you naturally acquire more attachments and responsibility as well as feeling your own mortality. As a result you will be reluctant to put those things at risk.

Furthermore, if your enemy looks like a tough customer, you may just not want to suffer a beating over something petty.

It stands to reason that someone with less to lose will be more apt to engage because he has less to risk. The less thought given to the repercussions of your action, the more likely you are to act. When you were a kid, you didn't do something because of the punishment. When you stopped fearing the punishment, you did what you wanted with out regret.

Let's take a typical bar room scenario. Two guys bump elbows, they start to have words. Man A is in 45 years old, job, wife and child. Man B is 22, a few part time jobs and a girl friend. Both men are equally matched for size and strength. All other things being equal, it would be safe to assume that man A would be more reluctant to fight over some spilt beer. Is man A any less competent or "less of a man" than man B? Before you answer, let's change the scenario.

Man A is sitting at home with his wife and child in bed, he hears a noise and finds man B breaking into his house, now what- it's my guess that man A is going to be one hell of a tough customer. Now man A is fighting for what he lives for and man B is just trying to make a score. Since man A's core values are at stake, the cost is too high and he will be more inclined to put some foot to butt.

So what about the guy with nothing to loose, the career criminal that could give a damn about you and is just takes what he wants. Or the person who has lost everything he cares about. This person is very quick to go to work and because he doesn't second guess or hesitate, he has a distinct advantage and is an extremely dangerous person.

So where does this put the average, law abiding citizen. The advantage you have is sustainability; especially with a predator. The career skel doesn't want a prolonged encounter. Just by his nature, he's doesn't want a prolonged conflict. The longer he is exposed; the greater the chance of getting caught or injured. The longer or more difficult it becomes, the more resistance he encounters the less likely he will be able to finish the job. The longer you survive, the greater your chances. Even the most skilled predators will cut their losses after an extended period of time. Note hear, that its been our experience that even the most hardened criminals will avoid a confrontation if they think they are going to be disfigured or damaged.

So what does the average citizen have over the criminal element?

Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire, an historical fiction about the Spartan's stand at Thermopylae, if you haven't read it, do it as soon as possible. Pressfield asks the question, "What is the opposite of fear?" The initial response is bravery. But that just describe the result or action- what motivates bravery? The answer is "Love". Love of family, love of country, even love of one's self is the opposite of fear. The point is, the things that tie you or obligate you are the very things that will motivate you.

First you have to determine two things, what matters most and where is your line in the sand. This is a personal issue and can only be answered by you. Once you get a handle on this you can develop this and use this in your training. Think of your assailant keeping you from going home and seeing you loved ones again. Imagine your enemy keeping you from doing the things in your life that to you matter the most- put that into your training. Work with it and develop it. As you get in tuned to what makes you tick, you will have the confidence to do what you have to do when the time comes. The exception to this is someone who is not thinking rationally. Emotionally disturbed people who don't posses the capacity to reason fall in to this category.

Well, even rabid dogs have to get put down.Once you get a handle on what matters most to you, walking away from a useless confrontation is no big deal. But if you get backed in a corner and this guy is the difference between going home or never tucking your daughter into bed again, he better be ready for the fight of his life, because hell is coming to breakfast.

I hope it helps a bit.

Damian

2005 http://www.thetruthaboutselfdefense.com

Damian Ross is the owner of Zenshin and instructor of Tekkenryu jujutsu and Kodokan Judo. He started competing in the combative sport of wrestling in 1975 at the age of 7 and began his study of Asian martial arts with Moo Duk Kwan Tae Kwon Do at the age of 16 in 1984. In 1989, Shinan Cestari gave a seminar at Sensei Ross's dojo. Sensei Ross has trained under Shinan Cestari's direction ever since. In addition to Tekkenryu Jujutsu, Judo and Tae Kwon Do, Sensei Ross has also studied Bando. Sensei Ross continues his study of Judo under the direction of 8th degree black belt Yoshisada Yonezuka and Tekkenryu Jujutsu under it's founder, Carl Cestari.

Below are is a list of some of his title ranks

Yodan (fourth degree black belt) Tekkenryu Jujutsu under Carl Cestari

Shodan (First degree black belt) Kodokan Judo under Yoshisada Yonezuka

Varsity Wrestling Lehigh University under Thad Turner

2nd Degree Black Belt Tae Kwon Do

http://www.thetruthaboutselfdefense.com


MORE RESOURCES:

A life behind bars: Down East fighter finds redemption in mixed martial arts
Bangor Daily News
More recently he found stability in it, and now Boutin is being honored as New England Fights Mixed Martial Arts Fighter of the Year. “I'm pretty happy about the idea that people I don't know are appreciating what I do,” he said recently. Boutin, who ...



Hunterdon County YMCA martial arts program celebrates student successes
NJ.com
The Hunterdon County YMCA has Martial Arts classes for all ages from 5 years old through adults, from beginners through advanced. This year, more than 100 students completed Martial Arts classes at the Y. “Everyone worked hard this year to reach their ...



NFL pass-rushers turn to martial arts tactics
FOXSports.com
''If I didn't learn martial arts, I'd be just a basic dip-and-rip guy just trying to go around the corner,'' Ware said. Instead, Espiricueta's star pupil and eight-time Pro Bowler uses swift swipes and whirlwind motions to set up and ultimately ...



Comic Book Resources

CBR TV: Davidson, Whitley & Minns Bring Martial Arts, Comedy to 'Black Dynamite'
Comic Book Resources
When Minns described training his sons in martial arts since they were four years-old, Davidson joked that Minns will likely always think he can take his sons in a fight, even when he's eighty. Davidson then spoke about his own training in amateur ...

and more »


Los Angeles Times

Boxing, mixed martial arts could enjoy a big 2015
Los Angeles Times
This year wasn't an extraordinary one for boxing and mixed martial arts fans, but the combat sports do have some momentum going into 2015. Floyd Mayweather Jr. has called out Manny Pacquiao (albeit with a repeat of conditions) to finally meet in the ring.

and more »


Stanly News & Press

Oakboro now has the Edge for martial arts
Stanly News & Press
Danny Burris, 31, has trained for more than six years and now finds the time right for his Edge Martial Arts Academy to wake up Oakboro. Retention holds, double-leg takedowns and escaping from underneath a larger attacker is the winning recipe for jiu ...



Krebs woman wins mixed martial arts fight
Washington Times
MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) - Kaylen Duff works at the McAlester Tag Office, but in a recent conflict she used her fists to tag a Tulsa favorite in her backyard. Duff, 21, of Krebs, is an amateur mixed martial arts fighter who recently won a three-round bout ...



Kung Fu Cinema

Martial arts films coming in 2015
Kung Fu Cinema
The year 2015 looks to be moving full speed ahead with martial arts films. Some of the upcoming titles expected next year include sequels, remakes, and some original films. So what can we expect in 2015? (NOTE: This list will be updated as we get more ...



Vavel.com

Martial Arts: A Way Of Life
Vavel.com
The Martial Arts are centuries old, with masters finely tuning the arts even to this day. The Arts have many forms, from Tae-Kwon Do to Jujitsu, and from Judo to Aikido. The list can keep going, with different countries having their own versions of the ...



Easy Reader

Manhattan Beach's GI Joe Charles to take on all comers in martial arts ...
Easy Reader
In the 1990s, Charles fought throughout the world in mixed martial arts competitions, including Ultimate Fighting Championships and Absolute Fighting Championships. After retiring from competition he began training other mixed martial arts fighters in ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.