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Alias, this is a great question and it actually taps into the problem with all self defense programs.

WHY ARE YOU FOCUSING ON THE HOLD? Attack the man attack the man, attack the man.

The grab or hold pre-empts the strike. Take a collar grab for instance, is the grab REALLY the attack or is it the stab, head butt or punch afterward?

When your train in most systems you;re taught to wait. Wait until your partner grabs you, wait until he attacks you. Well, as you know, when someone get’s too close to you you need to react with out any regard for your training partner.

Now I will say that in a body grab situation like a bear hug, q partner will help in developing balance and stability, but THAT IS IT. Once you get your balance, you attack with any tool that’s it. The SDTS trains you to do what ever is needed to take gain the tactical advantage.

Once you discover how to break everything down to position and distance and train so that your reaction is instinctive and convulsive, you can be put in ANY situation and react effectively.

We must avoid the specific defense mistake. If someone grabs your wrist, sleeve, collar, throat the SDTS show you how to react in one way.

When someone grabs you from the front or the rear, arms trapped, not trapped- you react in one way.

Not only are you training to be grabbed, working with the BOB at close range allows you to develop the correct reaction to anyone who gets close to you. In a perfect world you would want enough distance between you and your target to react accordingly. When you train with a partner you develop a bad habit of waiting.

When we teach at the Center, it is always on the pads and the training dummies FIRST. We supplement partner training, but we have to go half speed because people are trained to knock someone’s block off.

This brings me to the martial arts issue of “control”. When we used to train in the old Tae Kwon Do days, we were praised for controlling our technique and seeing how close we could come with out actually hitting.

It looked great for demos, but in 1988 I found my self in a situation where I hit a guy in the body and it had little affect. I looked at my training and I realized that because I was practicing to pull my punches on human partners, that’s what I did in real life.

At that point I started makiwara and heavy bag work and started “sparring” in bogu (traditional style protective equipment). This way I could hit for real without hurting my training partners.

For self defense you need to practice all out, 100%. Anything less leaves opportunity for failure.