7 Stages of Realistic Self-Defence Training

Author: Manny OG

Almost everybody you meet today has one or two martial arts training, some train for self-defence reasons others for sports.  But how does your training prepare you for the streets where there’s no rules and nobody to scream “yameru”? A genuine complete self-defence system must encompass everything from dialogue to shooting, and so much more and Silat Sharaf 3.0 is a perfect example.
If you’re training in self-defence, taking a cue from “Meditations on Violence” by Rory Miller, self-defence training has to be as realistic as possible, hence your curriculum must cover these 7 Stages;

Stage 1: Before the Storm. Moral and ethical issues in regards to violence must be worked out. Most people can’t stand violence, much less facing it and have some sort of moral high ground on which they believe violence is never the answer. Sure it’s not, until a knife is stuck in your gut. This must be diffused and made clear by trainers, that in a situation where talking doesn’t work you must use violence. And with the use of violence comes legal consequences, so your curriculum must also cover laws on self-defense with the use of violence or force, of that state or country you are in. You might be thinking, “I’ll deal with the consequences later”, well sure you’re not wrong, however, what happens when it leads to a court case and the ruling is not in your favor? While you’re in jail who looks out for and protect your loved ones? Go read the article, Reducing Street Fight Legal and Personal Risks for more.

Stage 2: Awareness. It is said, “Prevention is better than cure”. You do not have to wait for anything bad to happen before you know how to evade and avert attacks. Know the terrain, memorize exits and entrances, cultivate awareness, understand how violence works and how criminals act and think. Cultivate the art of dialogue, just in case it might work and learn to know when it won’t work, but do not just depend on talking alone because ruthless criminals with intent to harm don’t do dialogue.

Stage 3: The Attacker. You have to be able to determine the physical and mental state of the attacker. How big or small they are, are they drunk or sober? Do they have any weapon at hand or out of sight? Are they alone or in groups? What do you in any of these situations?

Stage 4: Counter Attacks. Practice a few ranges of counter attacks to rapid attacks and develop them to reflex speed. This here is just one of a few actions that can wreck the plans of an assailant. If well trained, this counter will kick in before you freeze.

Stage 5: Coming out your frozen state after being hit unexpectedly is very important. You have to identify the freeze and act quickly, otherwise, you will be perplexed and then its goodnight.

Stage 6: The Storm. This is where all you have learned so far in your self-defense is applied. Especially stages 3 and 4, they are important to keep you going for as long as possible.

Stage 7: After the Storm. This is where you identify the outcome of the fight, injuries or death, health issues, legal issues, emotional effects. If you did something or not, right or wrong.

Do you learn these at your dojo or gym? How realistic is your training? If not, you are better off looking for a realistic training program. In Silat Sharaf, we study and master all of these, because failure at anyone of them can get you killed.

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