Self-Defense Training

The principles of attack and defense, such as fighting theories of the Iron Mantis system, offer many aspects of self-defense.

There are many ranges to fight in, out-of-range, long, medium and short-range.  Understanding how to manipulate each range is very important in self-defense.  Whether you see a threat walking down the street, in your car, or in a night club, you need to know how to defuse the situation and walk away.  

mmawrapRemember many times threats come from people we know.  It’s not always a stranger.  Think of this when trusting people.  Emotions can run high, so remember to do your best to stay calm.  

A bad situation can be rushed or it can be like a game of chess.  

Be aware of your surrounding at all times.  

Competition, unlike the street, has a referee to stop the fight and there are rules.   Many times in the street things happen fast without warning.  In the ring, opponents have the choice to feel each other out, knowing they have several rounds.  Many times, full contact fighters have the means to study their opponent before a fight.   Understanding ways of closing the gap and bridging is a way of quickly improving the art of combat.  Offense without bridging can close the gap with fakes and feints, footwork and range manipulation.

Once contact is made, “hooks” can be used to deflect or grab.  

Once you grab and “pluck,” then you can return an attack quickly by moving forward or simultaneously attacking.  

“Da” means to strike quickly with clear intent and with emphasis placed on attacking vital points.  Vital points include eyes, the groin, knees, liver and the chin.

Many principles can be offensive or defense.  

An example is “Gwa,” “to hang.”  Gwa can be used to block, take the center, throw, escape a grab or strike.

Mantis Boxing uses the principle of “Bung” to represent “crashing down,” something moving from high to low like an axe kick, an elbow or a back fist.  The idea of bung is like a mountain falling onto an opponent crushing them.

kungfubucketsNext we have “contact and cling.”  This principle means we want to stick and adhere to our opponent like a python on its prey.  Once we cling, we can work into positions to do multiple close range strikes with elbows and knees, throws, joint locks or chokes.  

In a self-defense situation, never stop fighting back, it has been proven this can be the deciding factor in life or death.

Most Martial Artists who step into the ring know there are certain techniques in their arsenal they have to hold back.  On the street, certain techniques are more effective than others.  Also, fighting multiple attackers changes everything, especially if the area has cement, curbs, or broken glass.  

With this being said, MMA full-contact fighting is one of the best ways for young competitors to prove themselves and their fighting system.  This leads us to the last two principles to “Tip” and “Kau” – throw with full force.  If you must hit someone, hit them hard and if you throw someone, throw with the intent that it’s going to be the finishing move. 

bjjjack“Tagging” is bridging with the intent to control; not necessarily blocking or striking.  “Bridging” is when the gap has been closed and contact has been made.  Tagging allows one to set-up a throw or takedown by getting the body close to an opponent without them realizing it – gluing body to body.  A throw is a perfect way to take the fight out of another momentarily, which gives you the choice of striking more, grappling, or walking away.  A takedown can be the finishing move.

There are many distractions along the Warriors path:  money, fame, relationships, and ego, to name a few. Traditional values are what make the difference for students.  Real martial arts training can change the world one student at a time, change yourself and change the world.  Do the right thing! 

Live is good, train more, talk less.
Sifu Hughes