Some more on selecting a self-defense instructor.
Here is what Mac Mierzejewski—author of Power High Kicks with No Warm-Up!—has to say on this:
“Take a good look at the instructor. If the instructor tells you that he was in Special Forces and `his whole life fought full-contact’ but has a big belly and no scars on the face, then something is wrong.
“What I want to say is that may years of hard physical exercise will be evident even in old age. [Athletes tend to stay athletes even as they age.]
“I believe that instructors who exercise together with students are preferable to those who refrain from physical effort and merely command.
“I advise against joining secretive styles, that require advance payment for several months of instruction. If the instructor and school are good, then the school is usually open and visitors can see several well-trained people exercising there, not just lots of trophies and diplomas.
“If the students are fit then the school is worth trying. If the students, other than the beginners, are obese or unskilled, then their training methods are ineffective.”
For your defense moves to work under stress they must be based on your natural, instinctive reactions, require little strength and limited range of motion, and be proven in fighting experience.
To learn how your natural reactions can instantly defeat any unarmed attack, see the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense.
Defend Against Weapons
To defend against weapons you have to know how they are used. Also—every stick has two ends … the weapon of attack may become a weapon of defense in your hand …
To learn how the typical street weapons (club, knife, razor) are used by an experienced streetfighter and how to practice with them, see the video Self-Defense: Tools of attack—Club, Hatchet, Blackjack, Knife, Straight Razor.
Staying cool under pressure is more important for self-defense than being physically fit and technically skilled. If you can’t control your mind what can you control?
To learn mental techniques that let you calmly face any threat and act rationally in the heat of a fight, click here.
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