Someone has asked me about the video Self-Defense: Tools of Attack. He said that he already has the video Basic Instincts of Self-Defense and likes the moves it shows and the way these moves are taught. He liked that all moves build one upon each other and that similar moves are used against many different unarmed attacks—unlike most other videos that show very different moves against each attack and even claim with pride that they show a great number of widely different techniques. He wanted to know if Self-Defense: Tools of Attack shows the same concept of using similar core moves with only minor adjustments and how it differs from other videos on self-defense and hand-to-hand combat.
Well, first of all, the video Self-Defense: Tools of Attack does not show much defensive moves—they are there but they are not the priority—after all its subject is the USE OF TOOLS OF ATTACK, namely club, hatchet, blackjack, knife, and razor. It shows how these blunt and edged weapons are used and practiced with—whether for attack or for defense.
There is much similarity in the way some weapons are used but the idea is not to present a uniform system of using weapons of completely different natures. That would be stupid. No, the Self-Defense: Tools of Attack shows how to use each weapon to the best of its potential and so the fighter with a knife moves differently than with a straight razor (even though both seem similar in that they are edge weapons), moves with the club and the hatchet have many similarities, empty hand and knife moves have much in common but not all, and so on.
And how is this video different from other videos on hand-to-hand combat? Self-Defense: Tools of Attack was shot privately, not planning for a commercial release. The demonstrator is not some expert who gets paid to show techniques to soldiers, or policemen, or whoever. He shows what he does and how he practices what he does for his friends—and that makes a huge difference . . .
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.
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