Training Warriors for the 21st Century

Training Warriors for the 21st Century
Joong Do Kwan Traditional Taekwondo cross training with Kidokwan Perth

28 Aug 2017

USE OF FORCE TO F*** YOU UP [NSFW]

JDK Instructors during cool downs led by Sifu Vincent Cordeiro at IAOMAS Masters Feb 2017

No video snippets on YouTube is presented with full context. So any video is open to criticism.

Saying that, when I forwarded a clip from a RBSD self defence seminar, and where the instructor extolled the need to use techniques on his opponent that would 'fuck him up,' my black belts pointed out this was inappropriate verbal scripting - especially featuring on a public YouTube video.

Some self defence instructors while pressure testing participants need to rile you up. To press emotional buttons. They do that so you can perform under the pressure of real combat. The word 'fuck' is deployed often, as are techniques that allow self defence practitioner to indeed 'fuck a person up'. I understand where they are coming from and have no issue with that.

Our black belts however, were questioning the sharing of this training tactic, especially when broadcasted to the general public via YouTube. In our training, we talk about use of force and reasonably force. We escalate our techniques as the situation dictates, and simply use the minimum of force required to escape or stop the threat. It's not that we do not use aggressive force or cannot mount hard core physical self defence - it is that we need to promote the using of reasonable force to stop the threat that's coming their way.

From a private conversation, one of our black belts said "I appreciate a certain level of aggression is required in a self defence scenario, but I don't know about enjoying or celebrating aggression at that point." What he's saying is that aggression is needed up to a point, and when it goes beyond that, it becomes a level of violence that is unnecessary, inappropriate, it is against our tenets, something which we should not promote, and which our teaching method should actively avoid.

I'm really proud of how far we've come and our ability to juggle the conflicting pressure to do the right thing, and the positive and nurturing messages we're sharing about martial arts. If you are able, come chat with any one of JDK's instructors about the issues of martial arts and self defence.

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