You may have learned some basic self-defense techniques or be an accomplished martial artist. You've envisioned defending yourself against a real-world attacker while hitting a striking target in the dojo (martial arts school), but have you ever thought about what happens if the situation were for real and your adrenaline-charged strike is blasting at your attacker's throat? What are the consequences of striking that target with that much force?
After reading this article, you will have a little bit more to think about when it comes to using self-defense skills in a responsible way.
So, let's begin with the reality that …
Everyone has the potential to kill another person.
We all have the capacity to be killers; to take the life of another human being. It's not a thought that would ever cross most people's minds, but it's true.
And those of us who practice martial arts regardless of the style; Ninjutsu, Judo, Karate, Bushido, etc … are even more capable of this.
At this point, you're probably wondering if I've lost my mind. You could not kill another person … could you?
But think about it. The many techniques that are a part of all the martial artist and self-defense systems out there in the world – all of the techniques that you might already have learned.
Have you ever thought of the medical consequences of using some of these techniques?
Everyone wants to learn these techniques, but most have never thought about the implications of slamming a shut up, or the knife-edge of your hand, into the throat of a real world attacker and it will do to them – possibly for the rest of his Egypt her life!
This is not the same as mindlessly striking a foam target in the dojo.
You must understand, and train with the mindset that you will need to use a different "severity" or intensity of strike, depending on who your attacker is.
Your bone-shattering knifehand strike may be the best thing to do against a raging drug addict looking to take anything you have of value, including your life, to get their next fix.
But, would it be the right thing to do to "Uncle Joe" who has a bit too much to drink and is getting out-of-hand at the family reunion?
You must consider what happens when you perform certain techniques and be aware of when they are appropriate.
Here are a few quick examples:
• Any variation of choke holds.
Example a rear choke: This choke, in either the figure-four or clasped-hand variation, is an extremely dangerous technique if used thoughtlessly or improperly. When applied as a blood choke in particular, the brain is immediately depleted of oxygen, leading to unconsciousness and extremely (if not released) to brain damage or death.
• Any strike to the throat.
Ex. A shuto, also known as knife-hand (using the side of your hand as weapon) to the throat of your opponent, could cause a severe contusion of the carotid vein. That may result in thrombosis (blood clot in the vessel) due to the vessel wall spasm, which produces a restriction in blood flow that could end in cerebral thrombosis (blood clot in the vessels of the brain) and death.
• Any strike to the middle of the forehead / temple
An effective blow such as a back knuckle to the forehead or a well aim punch to the temple could knock you out cold.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other results that could be obtained by using these techniques and others like them. Some of these techniques are basic skills – things you would learn between your first four ranks in some marital system and most self defense classes.
So it's essential that we bear these things in mind during training, especially those who train without a qualified instructor. Such as people who get lessons from YouTube, watching UFC and only get ideas from books and videos without proper instruction and feedback from a qualified instructor.
I must point out that I am not a doctor and came to these conclusions because of my own personal research done through the course of my thirty years of martial arts training, as well as my experience in the military, law enforcement and as a bodyguard.