In the video below I demonstrate how to apply forward pressure in combination with indexing. I’ll not go into the details here. Just watch the video, as I explain it all there.
One of the criticisms that’s been levelled at this method of forward pressure is that I am leaving myself open as I am moving forward into my opponent, either for a choke, shot to the ribs or a knife if the other guy has one.
This may be true to an extent. I am open in that way. The point though, is that no matter what technique you happen to do, you will always be open in some way. As I said on the Facebook page:
“No self defence technique is full proof. No matter what you do you will always be open to something- counter-attack, knife, third party or whatever else. No technique or tactic will make you impervious to attack. You shouldn’t lull yourself into a false sense of security by thinking you will not take damage or that your techniques are so good that you can’t fail. We’re talking fighting here! You will get hit! You will likely fail to a greater or lesser extent. Given the amount of variables involved, nothing can be said to be full proof, even if it comes across that way in training. I don’t consider getting hit in a fight a failure. As long as you get the better of your attacker and are able to walk away, that’s all that matters. Leave the full proof solutions for those who don’t know any better.”
It is more important to do what works for you, to do what you know works for you, not what you think you know or what some expert has told you works, but what you know to work from experience.
The method I demonstrated in the video I know to work for me because I’ve used it. That isn’t to say it will work for me all the time and in every situation. I may use it again and fail miserably. Or a situation will call for a different approach or response.
The point is that this is just one way of doing things. Nothing I teach is set in stone and nor should it be. Flexibility and adaptation are keys to success when it comes to fighting. Relying on the same techniques and tactics because you are comfortable with them or because you have convinced yourself that they are the “right” techniques and tactics is folly.
Sure, some things work better than others, but the situation you are in should dictate what your response is, not the other way around.
You will also notice in the video that my assistant isn’t offering much in the way of resistance, and that’s because he had no need too. I made the video to demonstrate the technique, not to have a scrap on camera. Obviously things may be different when the other guy is fighting back, but then you as the viewer would be concentrating on the fight instead of the technique. It is up to you to try this out for yourself, to test it against a resisting opponent.
On that note though, from experience I can tell you it is quite difficult to regain your composure and strike back properly when you are being pushed back and struck repeatedly on the head. You’re on the back foot for a start and reacting to what is happening to you, which means you are essentially always one step behind the other guy.
Of course you can counter the attack in different ways, but what I’m saying is, it’s difficult to do so when your opponent is moving into you so forcefully.
There is also a psychological element to the technique. Part of the concept is to psychologically overwhelm your opponent and panic them into backtracking and cowering from the attack. Have someone do this on you and you will see what I mean. If it’s done explosively and with full violent intent it can be quite overwhelming.
When I show something in a video that doesn’t mean what I’m showing is set in stone, or that nothing else can be used in the same situation, or even that the technique I’m showing can’t be changed or expanded upon. I’m showing you just one way of doing things, that’s all. This is why Mick Coup refuses to make DVD’s, because when people watch them they think “that’s it” and there must be no scope for change, when in fact there is always scope for change and improvement. It’s too easy to take what is shown in these videos at face value as what is shown is usually taken out of the overall context of self defence. What is being shown is just a tiny part of a much bigger system and there is always more to it than meets the eye. I hope this article underlines that fact somewhat.
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