80/20 Principle of Self Defence

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The 80/20 Principle

This principle states that 80% of the consequences stem from 20% of the causes. Now of course this isn’t a hard and fast rule — it’s more like a rule of thumb – but it can have powerful consequences.

Let me see if I can clarify this for you with an example.

The Japanese used the 80/20 principle to concentrate 80% of their efforts on just 20% of the industrial cycle – that cycle being production costs and quality control. By focusing on a small but important sector – and doing a better job than any of their competitors – the Japanese lowered their cost of production while at the same time raising the quality of their product. The result? Well nothing too big… just one of the world’s most powerful economies.

Okay, so what does this production and economic talk all have to do with fighting? Well just this. This 80/20 rule transcends into more than just industry – it permeates everything in life. So when developing your own personal fighting system, you’ll want to look to those techniques that have the absolute highest probability for success and lowest required maintenance time. This is what will drive your success.

Once again, you’ll be concentrating the vast majority of your efforts — 80% — on the 20% of tactics and techniques that will do you the most good – the ol’ 80/20 rule working for you!

Four Methods Of Obtaining Your Objective:

Too many guys think that learning how to win a fight means that your objective must be fighting. Wrong. Your objective is to “end the threat.” There are four ways to end the threat. Here they are:

  • Avert or avoid – This is all about not putting yourself in a dangerous environment to begin with. It’s about being aware of your surroundings. My research has shown that people who frequent violent areas of town often become (for some mysterious reason) victims of violent crimes. So a crime victim might say “I was in a dark back alley near Skid Row at 2 in the morning and I was viciously and unexpectedly attacked by thugs”. Now I ask you… seriously… how much of a victim is he really? The world is not your own personal playground. You must take responsibility for the sticky situations you put yourself in.Of course people can and DO get into confrontations where they’d least expect it… at ball games… outside work… at the gym… any number innocent places. But it’s a game of calculated chance. Because the odds of running into serious trouble on a street corner ripe with drugs and prostitution is greater than on the steps of a Mormon church on Sunday morning.

    Another more subtle form of avoiding a confrontation is how you carry yourself. Proper body language and an air of self-esteem can go a long way in broadcasting to criminals that you’re not an easy mark. Knowing some simple ways to “take care of business” instantly adds a level of self-confidence that people recognize. This also leaks into other areas of your life and the confidence will be noticed.

  • De-escalate – I’ve already covered this in excruciating detail – so I won’t bother to go through de-escalation techniques again except to point out that this is one option to obtain your objection (which is to “end the threat”… remember?)Let’s review again the three types of opponents you’ll face and when and where you can possibly de-escalate the fight.
    • Bully – There’s little chance at successfully “de-escalating” a confrontation with a bully. He’s interested in dominating you, and at the point of confrontation he may view anything less that dishing out a good beating as “backing down”. And bullies don’t typically back down.
    • Predator – You have even less of a chance to successfully de-escalating a confrontation with a predator as once he’s chosen you to be a victim he will not be talked out of it. A predator must simply be convinced as quickly as possible that he’s made a mistake by choosing you as a victim.
    • Badger – An emotionally volatile individual that DOES respond well to specific de-escalation techniques. Of course the trick is to be sure which type of opponent you’re dealing with. If it’s a Badger, try to de-escalate if it’s safe.
  • Escape – This is a highly under-rated consideration. If you’re not trying to protect yourself, your loved ones, your dignity, freedom or future… then why bother fighting? Avoid the fight completely, or run and get the hell out of there. This should be the FIRST thing you consider.For example… a Muay Thai kickboxing champion had his car stolen in San Francisco (a true story that made front page news). It was ripped off right under his nose as he watched from the front window of his own dojo. He was humiliated and quickly took chase on foot – and amazingly caught up with the car thief at a red light (traffic in San Francisco is very slow indeed). Angry… adrenalin pumping… and in the best fighting shape of his life he yanked open the car door and confronted the car thief…

    And was immediately shot dead where he stood.

    Now, when you analyze the situation, there was NO good reason this kickboxer needed to do anything but call the cops and get some paper work filled out. He had insurance, the danger was already passed (the thief was driving away for Pete’s sake), there wasn’t a girlfriend, grandmother, or baby in the car. It was his foolish eagerness to fight and confront a dangerous criminal that ended his one and only life.

    Learn a lesson from this. Do not be too eager to fight.

  • Disable the Adversary – This is where all the target acquisition and fighting techniques come into play. I won’t go over all the specific techniques, but I will repeat this: the secret is to quickly pick open targets and then using specific fight techniques to attack those targets – never the other way around.Now notice that I use the word “adversary” and not “attacker.” Here’s why… as we talked about earlier, YOU may be the attacker. Standing around whistling in the wind until a threatening person has the opportunity to define himself as an “attacker” is not a good idea. If you wait until HE is the attacker, it means you’re the defender, which lessens your chance at winning.

    You’ll want keep certain “High Probability Tactics” in mind. These are tips designed to give you a great chance of success in a street fight or personal combat situation.

    • Eye Contact – Good eye contact demonstrates that you are confident – which can be especially important to convincing an adversary that you will fight back — not the easy target they were hoping for. You’ll want to break eye contact when the fight is imminent. Instead, look to his hands for weapons then to his chest to determine his movement. The direction of his chest determines from which side he’ll be throwing a haymaker (if he turns to his right, he’ll be throwing a right handed shot). You don’t want to allow eye contact to suck you into his emotional state as it often begins the destructive “internal dialogue”. Instead check for weapons, look for movement, the quickly begin your target acquisition.
    • Distraction – Throwing change on the ground, flipping a cigarette into his face, or a quick jab to the eye can allow you to set up for a devastating first strike or a quick escape. You won’t get any more than a 1-2 seconds head start before your adversary snaps back, so use that time to your advantage – either strike or flee.
    • Deception – The purpose is to provide you with an element of surprise. You can’t go wrong with the submissive-looking hands up and ready “forward trigger” position combined with a verbal “hey man… I don’t want to fight”. Good stuff that lulls him into a false sense of security. When you suddenly “lay on the hate” he’ll be thrown back on his heels… panicking and wondering why he ever messed with you.

Come and learn simple, reality based self defence at Tring Krav Maga.  We keep the training simple, there’s no over complex techniques, just devastating simple gross motor movements which you can apply again and again.  See our website www.tringkravmaga.co.uk or call our team on 0845 094 8805 now for your free trial.

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