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Why Blocking is Useless! (not really, but read on)

There are a couple of blogs I like to read. Brian VanCise & Hock Hochheim are 2 of my favorites. Looking through Brian's blog today, I saw a great video he posted from Funker Tactical. Let me tell you, from someone who has kickboxed and been in actual fights, I can tell you this video is SPOT ON! I know I'm striking a nerve with the many instructors that teach blocking systems and I have studied them for years also. BUT.... in a real fight, you need to close the gap and get on the offensive immediately! NEVER stand back and block.... you will get knocked out. Get in close and go for the targets not shown in this video also. They are playing nice since they are creating Police scenarios. If you are studying Martial Arts for Self Defense (vs exercise) and, at some point, your instructor is not creating actual fight scenarios to try what you're studying... get out of there! My 2 cents... every MA needs to have a toolbox which includes punching, slapping, chokes (and defense from a choke), and strikes/ kicks I won't mentioned here. Grappling skills are important too BUT remember this.... the goal is to END THE ALTERCATION quickly.... not fight. When you are out in public with the wife and kids, you have to eliminate your threats quickly to protect them. So know what your most devastating strikes are and keep them at the top of your toolbox.


1 Response

andre glenn
andre glenn

October 09, 2019

I understand your meaning for the video but do you need blocks in the street and comment you made about people that fight for money don’t do blocks and I’ll make the analogy that people that rob you for money is bringing other things to the table like weapons and other opponents – and that they lay the trap for you to walk into . the techniques you were showing very singular focus on one person not multiples, Plus you were never watching your back and since you’re carrying a firearm that is one of the most important aspects that you need to address . A lot of sport base defensive tactics concepts really forget about this but then they go in the streets trying to grapple like they are in a dojo. you’re not taking consideration that weapons will be brought to the table. I am in no means trying to bash what you’re doing, sir as instructors people take our words as if they are law -so when giving training to police and security personnel what we teach them must cover all the bases because their life is on the line, not a sport with referees and rules . Peace to all.

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