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Old 11-02-2011, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is 6 months of training enough to defend oneself?

Hello, I was just wondering if 6 months of training is enough for one to be adequately trained to defend oneself against the common punk.

Of course, I don't expect to be submitting trained fighters, but will I realistically be able to defend myself 99% of the time against the common punk?

I will be going for lessons twice a week at least. Sometimes, I will go for four lessons a week.
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Old 11-02-2011, 04:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Ideally you should never stop learning self defense because you can learn something everyday. Even blackbelts learn something new every class.

I understand why you would want to do this though, there is some assholes out there.

6 months could definitely help but I doubt it would help you 99% of the time.
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I have learned this lesson the hard way, but the reality is no. The reason why is your average person who wants to hurt you is not going to make their intentions known or will act when they know you are not expecting it. I have found that for the most part training helps you in damage reduction, it has probably saved my life once or twice since drunk people tend to not know when to stop. Have I put them into positions where 'I won' the fight? Sure. Did I feel like it? Nope, the bruises, cuts, etc still make you feel like you got your ass kicked.

I'm not saying it isn't worth it, it totally is, I am saying that it is better to understand what your training will really help you with in the real world. It helps me stop friends because I know how to properly hold them back/down, it helps me understand what is going on under duress, and it helps me keep in shape and challenge me. It does not stop a kid with a baseball bat attacking you from no where.

Reread that and it sounds a little depressing, but it is honest.
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I have learned this lesson the hard way, but the reality is no. The reason why is your average person who wants to hurt you is not going to make their intentions known or will act when they know you are not expecting it. I have found that for the most part training helps you in damage reduction, it has probably saved my life once or twice since drunk people tend to not know when to stop. Have I put them into positions where 'I won' the fight? Sure. Did I feel like it? Nope, the bruises, cuts, etc still make you feel like you got your ass kicked.

I'm not saying it isn't worth it, it totally is, I am saying that it is better to understand what your training will really help you with in the real world. It helps me stop friends because I know how to properly hold them back/down, it helps me understand what is going on under duress, and it helps me keep in shape and challenge me. It does not stop a kid with a baseball bat attacking you from no where.

Reread that and it sounds a little depressing, but it is honest.
Honesty is the best way, and what you said is completely true! That's why I like BJJ the best, it is the most practical for real life, it basically acts on AFTER you have been attacked. Say you get knocked down and now you need to defend from further damage, BJJ is perfect. Plus, the chances of choking someone out is WAY more likely then knocking someone out.
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I agree Inter. BJJ will stop someone in their tracks cold. Plus it is so great to see the look and a persons face when you slap an arm bar on them right after they were just talking about beating you into a coma.
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I agree Inter. BJJ will stop someone in their tracks cold. Plus it is so great to see the look and a persons face when you slap an arm bar on them right after they were just talking about beating you into a coma.
Or the priceless struggle to get out of a RNC or triangle after they talked so big haha
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Training will probably build your confidence a good amount, and that'll keep you from having to defend yourself.


I was excited when I started training 5-6 years ago, at 135lbs~ or so. I was like "I'm gonna totally choke those dicks at the bar/gym/anywhere when they talk shit!" Fast forward to today and at ~175lbs and plenty of experience in kickboxing and jitz I haven't needed to actually use any of it in years.



Probably if you want to be the guy who "wins" the fight, take a lot of free-style wrestling. If you double leg a guy and then pitter-patter him from the top, people will pull you off after a few seconds and you'll look like you smashed that guy. If you almost have a triangle locked in from the bottom, and people pull you two apart, you'll just look like a weirdo who got beat up.
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It takes you 6 minutes to be able to know how to defend yourself, the common punk doesn't know how to throw a punch with their hips or block good, let alone the thai clinches and kickboxing and grappling aspects.
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If you train UFC then you would easily be able to defend your self. Or download some instructional video's of Rob Emerson kicking someones ass.
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