Self defense is always the weaker against the the stronger…no matter how strong you are.
Size, fitness, athleticism and strength will give you the advantage and allow for a greater margin of error, but when it comes to primary self defense – we should ALL train from the perspective of being the weaker person because ALL of your attackers will think they have the edge – like a weapon, friends and of course…size and strength.
This is why we teach the same BASIC SDTS techniques to EVERYONE.
They’re designed for a smaller, weaker person to escape from a much larger stronger person. Remember, this isn’t a title fight – your attacker wants something from you and he’s not planning on your fighting back. As soon as you resist, he does a quick cost-benefit analysis and if it’s not worth it, you can escape.
Here’s a video of Instructor Mario Karam in Lebanon teaching a family SDTS Combatives. Notice they’re all doing the SAME drills – he’s not teaching them to strangle, throw or submit the target.
I ll always be grateful to instructor Mario Karam for introducing me to the system and to you Damian for your professionalism and invaluable sense of humour. Training in your system is a VITAL lifesaving asset. The dropstep and strikes SHOULD BE TAUGHT AT SCHOOL along with awareness and situational control of course which are an essential part of the SDTS. I m training to become a coach and will make sure to do u and Mario proud and will strive to spread the survivor’ s spirit especially among women, children and older or disabled people.
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