Self-defence for white men

Self-Defence for White Men

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I’m not proud of every punch I’ve thrown. I remember going through hand-to-hand combat training and feeling weak and pathetic. To an extent; I was. I remember sparring and watching the punches I landed causing very little effect on my opponent. I never grew up boxing, and most of the scraps I was in as a kid were more wrestling than anything else. Over time, I picked up some skills and even won a tournament in the Army near the end of my military carrier. Despite that, I would still consider myself an amateur in the art of fisticuffs. I never really pursued MMA outside of the Military. I’d take the odd clinic or seminar here and there to learn or practice some Brazilian Jui Jitsu or Muay Thai. But I didn’t train it regularly. So even though I’ve endeavoured to write a guide on self-defence for white men, take everything I share here with a grain of salt. 

There are some things I’ve learned and some fights I’ve been in where I picked up a framework that has worked well for me. I hope that it will help you too. We live in violent times and it is likely to get worse. There is a fair amount that you can do to prepare yourself for inevitable escalation in a diverse society.

The first thing I would recommend is for you to get over your fear. This isn’t as complicated as you might think. When I was 70kg recruit, I remember stepping into the hall to spar with an extremely elevated heart rate. I had tunnel vision as I stared wide eyed at the man across from me. My opponent weighed more than I did and I knew I was not as skilled as he was. There was a tradition in the training school for instructors to enter the barracks and command two recruits to fist fight. We were given MMA gloves and told that we couldn’t stop until someone submitted or was knocked out. 

This day I was chosen to fight and prove myself. It was a terrible test but a necessary one. I was gassed after less than 30 seconds. Conditioning for a fight is completely different than conditioning for the purpose of running a better 5km. My opponent got the best of me early on; I was knocked to the floor and he quickly mounted me while continuing to strike my head. Trying to get away from his punches, I skidded my body along the floor until I hit the wall. I drove my hips as high and hard as I could. My opponent’s head struck the wall hard which stunned him. I immediately got on top of him and swung wildly at his head which knocked him out. I was pulled off of him by the others. 

I share this story because it shows three key elements I’ve seen in self-defence situations. The first being conditioning. There are three main metabolic pathways in the human body; ATP-PC system, Lactic Acid system and the Aerobic system. The one to be trained most for fighting is the Lactic Acid system. This is trained by max effort intervals. It is the one that burns like hell and is everyone’s least favourite style of training. It usually lasts for 10 seconds and up to 7 minutes of high output movement. Most fights shouldn’t last longer than that. The best way to train this kind of conditioning is with a tool like an Assault Bike. This kind of bike has you moving your arms as well as your legs; which is ideal in simulating a fight situation. Building up your capacity to maintain high power outputs and multiple efforts will be a huge asset in a fight. This can also be accomplished with things like burpees performed quickly or double unders with a skipping rope. You should go has hard as you can and have a 1:3 work to rest ratio in the beginning. This would mean going as hard as you can for 30 seconds and then a slow recovery pace for 90 seconds. Repeat that for 5 to 6 rounds and you will improve your fight conditioning. 

The other aspect is power output. If you want your strikes to hurt your opponent then you need to be strong and quick. You cannot fire a canon from a canoe. So how do you add mass to that ass? This is the first metabolic pathway I mentioned; the ATP-PC system. This is where you are explosive for 10 seconds; think of weightlifting. No I did not mean simply lifting weights; I mean the classical lifts like the snatch, clean or jerk. I spent years getting to a 100kg snatch and a 120kg clean and jerk. These are not great numbers by any means; but what that pursuit taught me was how to develop speed strength. The strength developed with these exercises makes you very fast with heavy weight, which easily converts into throwing a much harder punch or kick. I also got a much thicker and bigger body as a result and that alone is a deterrent for conflict. I recommend this kind of weight training as it is most useful for all athletic endeavours. I also trained the bench press and practiced throwing the shot put. This also improves punching power drastically and teaching how to utilise the hips rotationally to generate more force. 

The final aspect from the story that I want to cover is fear. Fear is reduced through exposure. If you put your self in simulated situations regularly, you will react better in the real thing. Sparring often will help you reduce your anxiety and help you practice thinking when you are stressed. This is something to be practiced and if you don’t use it; you will lose it. Regular exposure to the discomfort of facing someone who is trying to knock your block off will make you more resilient in most aspects in life. 

So these are the training aspects to prepare you, but now I want to mention some skill related things. Most martial arts are gay in my opinion. Sure some are much better tools than others but if you look at the prison population; most of those guys use opportunity and sheer brutality to make their attacks successful. I still hold the opinion that it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six. Martial arts often turns into a sport and codifies behaviours. Real fights are random and chaotic. They are not sporting events between trained individuals with similar backgrounds. You must accept the chaos and ride that tiger if you want to win. The savage needs to come out in a true self defence situation. Punching in the throat is acceptable, along with kicking the groin. Headbutts are more than reasonable to have an assailant fold like a cheap lawn chair. I’ve seen it first hand in a night club and it is the fastest way to end a fight before it begins. Unfortunately, this bar room brawl was between an army colleague along with myself against three oil riggers. With one down, we were able to beat the other two. 

This brings me to my other key point; stay on your fucking feet. BJJ is a great tool but it is a very specific tool that should only be used one on one. Most of the diversity that are likely to be assailants rarely want a fair fight unless they are cracked out on some drugs. The usually try to play a number game as they are cowards. So, going to the ground to choke a man out will put you in a world of hurt. 

I remember an argument I had over a taxi price in Thailand escalated to blows from the taxi driver. I wrapped him up in my arms to subdue him only for two more taxi drivers to attack me with their little legs of fury. I took to many blows to my left eye, eventually landing a lucky low kick that had one hit his head on a low brick wall on the way down. I then threw the Thai I had in a choke hold into the third little ninja. They fell to the ground giving me time to run without having to pay their stupid extra fee. Would I do things differently today? Yes of course, but at the time I was full of piss and vinegar. 

It is good to have skills if you end up on the floor, but don’t rely on that as your main strategy in a self defence situation. You never know how many enemies you’ll be facing. The primary focus should be on striking and sometimes throws. 

When I left the army I was mean and lean but I don’t think I looked as imposing I do today. Now when I spar or get into a fight, I can see the fear in my opponents eyes. This look gives me more confidence and I am in much better control over my emotions. When I left the army I was 85kg on a good day. Now I walk around at 95kg and I still hang out around 12-14 percent body fat. Everyone knows that size matters in a fight. So it would behove every man who knows conflict is coming in their lifetime to dedicate time to growth and muscle size. The weightlifting body is ideal in my experience. Having good conditioning for the Lactic threshold is necessary to keep yourself from gassing. Finally; know how to throw a punch, a kick, and elbow, a knee and a well placed headbutt to the nose. 

I’ve had a lot of exposure to fights and that has given me the ability to think clearly when things are happening. I never rush into to a conflict until I can see what is clearly happening. I recently had to stop an afghan from knifing someone. When I came upon the scene I gave myself the time (2-3 seconds) to assess the situation before intervening. This set me up for success and I was able to smash the afghan into a wall and knock the knife from his hand.

The irony of that recent situation isn’t lost on me; I fought them in their lands as a soldier and now I fight them here in mine. What a shit deal that is. 

I encourage you all to be as strong as you can, be as fit as you can, be as skilled as you can, but most of all; be ruthless. There are no rules, the only goal is survival. We all may want peace but we are not afforded that luxury. It is time for the blonde beasts to return to the martial tradition. 

Get dangerous and stay dangerous. 

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This brings me to my other key point; stay on your fucking feet. BJJ is a great tool but it is a very specific tool that should only be used one on one. Most of the diversity that are likely to be assailants rarely want a fair fight unless they are cracked out on some drugs. The usually try to play a number game as they are cowards. So, going to the ground to choke a man out will put you in a world of hurt.

I really agree here!

This is why I don’t recommend people learn BJJ as their first martial art — they should learn it later, after learning how to box. I think BJJ is more useful for people in law enforcement that have backup; but for the rest of us, in a hand to hand situation, you’re assailant will likely have a friend nearby and you won’t.

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