Sets of goshin jitsu (self defense techniques) like the Kodokan Goshin Jutsu are very common among martial arts. Most of these goshin jitsu sets have several features in common:
- They are basically a nod toward situational, reality-based self-defense (RBSD)
- They are designed to defend against common, realistic attacks "on the street"
- They are often fairly limited in scope, making no attempt to be encyclopedic or comprehensive.
- They are suggestive or illustrative of concepts or principles that can be effectively applied against classes of attacks
Here's an interesting thing to think about. Following is a list of the most commonly experienced violent attacks. This is derived from a UK study a few years ago, but you can find similar lists on the net - particularly if you search for something like, "most common violent attacks." These lists are organized from most common to less common...
Male vs. male:
- Push to chest followed by a punch
- Punch (usually a haymaker) thrown without preceding physical technique
- Chest/lapel grab followed by punch
- Two-handed chest/lapel grab followed by headbutt
- Two-handed chest/lapel grab followed by knee to groin
- Bottle, glass, or ashtray to head
- Lashing kick to lower legs
- Stabbing the face with broken bottle/glass
- Side head lock
- Front head lock
Male (assailant) vs. female:
- Single hand grab of victim's raised wrist, gesticulating with other hand
- Grab of one wrist and the opposite upper arm, victim's arms pointing down
- Victim raises both arms, attacker grabs one wrist in each hand
- Victim's arms are down, attacker grabs both upper arms
- Two hands grab one arm, at wrist and upper arm simultaneously
So, my questions for you, dear reader...
- How does this list jive with your experience of things that are likely to happen "on the street?"
- Do you know of any other studies besides the UK HAOV study that resulted in data like this? perhaps more recent or specific to the US?
- To what degree does your self-defence practice reference the most common attacks that you might expect to experience?
Patrick Parker is a Christian, husband, father, martial arts teacher, Program Director for a Cardiac Rehab, and a Ph.D. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 601.248.7282 木蓮