At 2/5/06 10:53 PM, Semi-Shinro wrote:
Good to have you with us. Looks like you’re fitting in already. I'd love to here how your style uses ordinary furniture, tools, and appliance as effective weapons in self defense situations. I never once thought of a lawn chair as a possible weapon... I'd love to hear more on this.
well then it works out for everyone, because i love to talk about it.
yeah, lawn chairs are great weapons, john, one of the instructors at my place was asking people to pick things they thought could be used as weapons one day, and so people were saying things like 10 lb. weights (ouch! i got hit with that once, it hurts) and canes and the obvious things, so then he asks us to arbitraarily pick something in the vicinity, so we all walk around trying to find unlikely things, so then he tells us all to grab a body pad and walks outside. he walks back in with an unfolded lawn chair in his hand snd starts beating people up with it. it was the funniest thing ever.
another thing we love to do at the place i go to (from now on i will call it scornavacco, as the center is called scornovacco family martial arts, and it is easier) is strobe light. it is a small step up from fighting in the dark, and you really learn alot. we often do this excercise in the strobe light that is called a reality check. it is where two people come at you fighting 3/4 speed and constantly attacking you, and you have to fend em off. this is hard enough in regular light, but next to impossible in the flickering light of the strobe.
the difficulty of this thing is only fully realized in the pitch black though, when almost no matter what, unless you know how to blind grapple, two people have a staggering advantage.
we also have, in my eyes, the best policy ever. when i first signed up for this class, i signed a death waver. and after i signed that and got to know my classmates, i was told about it. it is as follows: if you hit one of your class mates, or injure them in any way, do not apologize. if you are hit or injured in any way by any of your class mates, you apologize to them for being unable to move yourself out of the way, or defend yourself.
this may seem like it is stupid and idiotic, but it is actually a great thing. when someone accidentally hurts someone else, like for instance one time we were doing how to use peoples knees to put em on the ground, and i pushed a bit too hard on my partner's knee, so he went down really hard and wasn't expecting it, so he broke his nose on a dumbell that was lying on the side. so normally outside of this place, one would become angered and attack the offender, but here this prevents nasty feelings and people don't break out in fights. one time we had a guy come in and try out the program, but he was a really bad disciplinarian who thought he was an ultimate fighter of some sort. so he asks my instructor rance how we teach infliction of pain, so rance reaches out and grips the flesh under the guy's collarbone and dropped him to his knees screaming. so with us, we learn what we can from it, then apoligize for falling into the trap. this guy got really pissed off and threw a punch at rance. so rance proceeds to wipe the floor with the guy, and since this guy signed a waiver, we never saw him again.
when you use apologies, this doesn't happen.
at scornavacco we learn so many little things like this that i would have to be constantly mentioning them to spread them all. it is a great program, and i love it and i love talking about it.