Heres my perspective as someone with over 20 years of martial arts experience.
1. Everyone here is on your ass about the lack of situational awareness when you had your earphones on. They are correct. Those kids wouldn't have
messed with you if they knew they couldn't startle you because you were paying attention.
Because you weren't paying attention in real life if that was a mugging or a jacking you wouldn't have had the luxury or the kid stomping on the
ground to get your attention and startle you. He would have just ran up to you from behind and cold clocked you. At that point you are pretty much
incapacitated, not much martial arts training, experience or weapons will do a whole lot at that point to save you. You certainly wouldn't have time
to get a weapon deployed.
2. People are saying to get a weapon. Get one it helps. but in your situation yesterday if the kid had intended to attack you, you wouldn't have had
time to get that weapon out. it wouldn't have helped in that situation. The only thing that would have was situational awareness and body language.
Walk like you have a purpose. They'll wait for a softer target to go after and leave you alone.
3. Don't go to a martial art school that teaches fancy complicated stuff. Go to a school that is much more self defense orientated. If you see the
students just doing forms and not drilling techniques on each other then keep searching. That right there is what is known as a McDojo you won't find
what you are looking for there.
Look into local schools or instructors that teach Combatives. They will have small classes and everything is one on one with a partner. However
compative classes have few students except for people serious about learning how to fight or defend themselves. Compative classes will also leave you
with bruises after each lesson but you get good fast and they teach you to actually fight.
4. When attacking don't feel bad for theguy you are hitting. Keep it simple and aim for the head or neck. Remember when you are up close and there
are punches flying a simple knee popped into the guys theigh will do wonders. My basic rule is get behind the guy as fast as possible. Grab head
with both hands and yank to the ground. Use your body weight like an elevator going down as opposed to some reaping type of throw.
A earlier poster put up You tube vids or a guy named Luke holloway from Raw Combat. He's an interesting controversial character in the MA world. he
knows some great Silat and Kali. BOth are pure combat arts and are tried and true. Problem is half the strikes are designed to kill another guy in
combat. So watch his videos for an overview of that style of in close fighting. Just stay away from his weapon videos. He's not an expert in weapon
tactics and for some reason he'd diving into that arena which is where the controversy comes in. But yeah, for basic Silat and Kali check out
RawSilat's youtube page.
If you want to get into the basics of martial arts for combat or survival, street fight situations then I recommend studying the footwork methods of
Boxing and Silat. They are both almost the same triangular footwork. You should make your footwork the foundation of all your martial arts training.
Everybody can throw a punch but not many can actually land a good punch. It comes down to angles and footwork. THese angles will teach you how to
remain safe while in an altercation with an individual. Or at least as safe as realistic for the situation. Don't focus too much on what type of
striking techniques you are using or how much power is behind them. It doesn't take much to incapacitate someone if you hit them with decent
technique so don't worry about strength too much. And don't worry about the striking techniques any part of the body making contact will work as long
as you understand the footwork and body weight momentum ideas that stem from understanding footwork and proper body structure.
But remember non of the above advice will help you without SITUATIONAL AWARENESS.
edit on 31-8-2012 by BASSPLYR because: crappy spelling