Why Badly Executed Techniques Are Dangerous

Below is a video showing an individual attempting a take-down that goes horribly wrong! Let’s explore not only why it didn’t go as the attacker had planned it to but also was it necessary to administer such an attack.

Takedown Goes Horribly Wrong
  1. Cause For Reaction – The video does not provide enough information as to why the person (Attacker 1) struck first but what we can clearly see is that he is agitated by the person in his face (Attacker 2) and due to some possible emotional impulse, reacted violently. Most reactions are due to a sudden surge of emotion of some sort whether its rage, fear, etc. It’s at this moment we tend to not make such a wise decision and all to often regret such a decision once we’ve calmed down.

  2. What Went Wrong – Why didn’t the maneuver go as planned? From the video, it’s clear Attacker 1 was just inexperienced with such a take-down. From the improper hand placement (his body should have come in at a slight angle, aiming more below the waistline) to his footwork not being positioned correctly to assist in the opponent losing his balance, the maneuver was doomed from the start. Finally, both participants were of equal size and from the looks of it, equal strength making the turn on the maneuver more difficult for Attacker 1 to execute.

  3. Was That Maneuver The Best Option – At DSD we always strive to find the most basic, simple yet effective action to get out of a physical altercation. The main issue I have with Attacker 1’s action is it left him vulnerable to other attacks. Let’s say the maneuver was executed properly. Nothing would have stopped others from side blinding him with an assault once they both hit the floor.

    While we teach jujitsu based ground defense tactics at DSD, including take-downs, it is important to not only know how to execute a maneuver correctly but also WHEN to use it! With such close proximity, an eye gouge to the face would have been more controlled, easier to execute and help create a barrier (by eye-gouging Attacker 2, Attacker 1 can bring Attacker 2’s body in closer, turning to face any possible threat or threats) for any would-be helper to Attacker 2.

    Self Defense is a very detailed and complex area of study. Dynamic Self Defense strives to not only work the physical aspects of defense but also heavily explores the mental side so when our students are faced with a situation like the one in the video, their response will have the reaction of a positive outcome! Explore our blog to learn more or contact us to watch a live class or speak with an instructor.

About Master Mulhollen

Master Mulhollen has studied martial arts for over 20 years. He was a Choi Kwang-Do instructor prior to Dynamic Self Defense. He holds a 5th degree Black Belt and is the Master Instructor at the New Albany Dynamic Self Defense School.

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