The White Collar Warrior
Practical Self-Protection Advice
for Busy Professionals
By Tyrone Turner
2nd Degree Black Belt
L E G A L D I S C L A I M E R
Author: Tyrone Turner
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T A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
THE WARRIOR’S CODE
PICKING A SCHOOL OR INSTRUCTOR
AWARENESS AND COMMON SENSE
FIVE FOCUS AREAS
LESS-THAN-LETHAL, LEGAL-TO-CARRY WEAPONRY
A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T S
The following gentlemen have helped make me the martial artist that I
am today and the one that I hope to become:
Soke Chaka Zulu, Zujitsu Martial Arts
Soke Bob Martin, Unified Force Martial Arts
Hachidan Roman Lutak, USA National Delegate, United Nations of Jiu
Renshi David S. Bunch (“Sensei Buddha”), BuddhaStrike Combatives
Master Michael Griffin, Griffin Martial Training, Inventor of the
Grandmaster Moran, American Pressure Point Self-Defense System and
inventor of the Sharpshooter Keychain™
I do not speak to these gentlemen on a regular basis and some I have
not spoken to for years. Nonetheless, I would be remiss if I didn’t
pay homage to those who have put me on the warrior path.
D E D I C A T I O N
This book is entitled to all of the hard-working, over 40 years of
age, martial artist who have demanding jobs and family
responsibilities. I know that it is not easy, but keep on training and
be all that you can be.
S P E C I A L T H A N K S
Thank you to my best friend, who is more of a big brother, my main
martial arts instructor, David S. Bunch. We all know him
affectionately as Sensei Buddha. You are a great teacher and a
T H E W A R R I O R ’ S C O D E
The picture to the right is called “The Chase at Rattlesnake
Springs,” by Don Stivers.
This poem is a series of 18 haiku poems that are strung together in a
series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain
poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese
verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5
syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons,
often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem
written in this form.
This poem is dedicated to the warriors who have influenced me as a
martial artist. Special thanks to Soke Chaka Zulu, Hachidan Roman
Lutak, Renshi David Bunch (aka, “Sensei Buddha”), and Master Michael
“The Warrior’s Code”
By Tyrone Turner
All rights reserved
Be a peacekeeper.
Do not provoke anyone
to war against you.
As the Swiss nation
understands, prepare for war
and peace will be yours.
Weaponry. Stealth. Surveillance.
Calm under all stress.
not technique-centered. In fights,
there are no givens.
Prepare for it all
because you know not what may
come your way one day.
Striking defeats joint
locks and grabs. Clinching beats strikes.
Joint locks beat clinching.
Falling is an art
form. To know how to fall helps
avoid breaks and scrapes.
Sticks, saps, chains and whips.
Pocket sticks, pocket knives and
Griffin Grips™. Good deals.
Spears and tomahawks.
Cross bows, boomerangs, throwing
stars and sling shots. Guns.
Europe, the Americas,
and Pacific isles.
All gave birth to some
form of combat method of
gave rise to great masters. Like
He is my martial
great-grandfather. He is the
My grandfather is
Soke Chaka Zulu whom
laid a solid base.
helped forge fighting spirit in
me. School of hard knocks.
Renshi Buddha is
who has opened my eyes to
I will continue
to train to become the best
that I can become.
Be gentle in life.
Be ferocious in combat.
The warrior’s code.
I N T R O D U C T I O N
This white paper is actually my thesis for being promoted to 2nd
black belt in Jujutsu under the instruction of Renshi David S. Bunch
(“Sensei Buddha”) He required me to document a unit plan on the core
techniques and teaching methodology of my training. He gave me
permission to share this with the public as it is hoped that it can be
a great primer for starting and/or continuing one’s martial arts
training. Particularly for those who are busy working people with
families that are over 40 years of age. When you are juggling the
responsibilities of work and family life, and on top of that you’re
not as young as you used to be, martial arts training doesn’t seem to
be something that you can fit into your schedule. However, I’d dare
say that if you really love yourself and your family, you should take
measures to make sure that you can protect yourself and your loved
ones. When you carve off all of the unnecessary things, you indeed
make time to get your training in.
I don’t fault people for not pursuing martial arts training. Over the
years, I have grown very dismayed and disappointed with what some
martial arts teachers pass off to their students. I have seen some
things being taught that will get people killed in the real world. The
attacks and scenarios are unrealistic and there is zero danger –
punches are thrown so far from the intended target that they would
miss by a mile if they finished their trajectory. You got to get a
little “love tap” here and there to keep you honest. Also, I believe
that you have to teach people things that are simple to do and are
easily understood. It has to be that way because under stress,
adrenaline robs you of your fine motor skills.
The goal of this paper is to give people practical advice on self-
protection. I do not consider myself an expert, but I can certainly
take care of myself and my loved ones. I am always open to learning
new things and welcome critique so that I can become a better martial
artist and a better person overall.
This paper is by no means intended to be a comprehensive text on the
martial arts. I just want to provoke thought and give you some things
to think about. Remember what the late, great Bruce Lee said:
“Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add to it what is your
Now, let’s hit the training floor. Enjoy!
P I C K I N G A S C H O O L O R I N S T R U C T O R
Picking the right school or instructor is simple when you focus on
what you really want. What makes things difficult is that most people
don’t know what they want. Work to develop a very clear picture of
what you want and why you are training in the martial arts in the
first place. Being that you’re reading this paper, I will presume that
you are a busy professional with a family that is interested in self-
defense. Here are a few things to consider when picking a self-defense
school or an instructor:
Do you train in street clothes are do you dress up in traditional
Asian uniforms? There is nothing wrong with wearing a gi and going
barefoot is that is your thing. However, when training for real-world
self-defense, you probably want to train in what you’ll most likely be
wearing outside of the training hall – shoes included. Personally, I
like training while wearing cargo pants or jeans and a tee-shirt and
sneakers. Sometimes I train wearing an old suit or while in business-
casual clothing while wearing dress shoes.
Are you training with less-than-lethal, legal-to-carry weaponry?
Weapons are a great equalizer and should most certainly be part of
your training. I nice whack with a pocket stick makes the youngest,
most virile man a wuss very quickly. I implore you to train with
something that you can actually carry around in the streets. There is
nothing wrong with training with let’s say, kobudo weaponry (e.g.,
tonfa, sai, nunchaku, and kama), but they are illegal in many places.
The aforementioned weapons are most certainly here in my native New
York. I am a huge fan of the Griffin Grip™, pocket sticks, and the
Can the bulk of your training be done at home? That is to say, can you
train at home alone doing solo drills and such? Heck, there are even
some partner drills that can be done alone if you use your
imagination. Michael Janich of Martial Blade Concepts™ gives some
great ideas on how to accomplish this in his videos. Hey, if you
absolutely have to be in the school on a regular basis because your
training is dependent on interacting with others on a regular basis
(e.g., a grappling gym), you should reevaluate why you’re training.
Also, Miyama-Ryu Senior Instructor, D’Arcy Rahming, has a great solo
training dummy that you can make at home. He calls it “Mr. Coat.”
CLICK HERE to download his great white paper on this training tool.
Can you go to intensive yet focused seminars, or get small group, or
private instruction that has a beginning and an ending? What I mean is
can you get exactly what you want to get in a short period of time
without committing to long-term contracts or going through a
traditional curriculum that you may not necessarily be interested in.
A good example of getting to the point is Sensei Buddha’s Stick
Modules. He gets right to the point and gets the average person up to
speed with using kali sticks in in about less than 20 training hours –
I have also had the good fortune to train a few times (more to come in
the future) with Martial Blade Concepts™ Certified Instructor Paul
Harris. The training is targeted and the focus is on safety first,
effectiveness, and efficiency. You get what you need, you practice on
your own, and you keep it moving.
A W A R E N E S S A N D C O M M O N S E N S E
When I was in Army Basic Training back in 1992, one of the mantras we
would often recite was “Stay alert! Stay alive!” You have to be aware
of your surrounding at all times. That doesn’t mean that you have to
look around constantly or anything like that, but you should be
careful about being to totally engrossed in a phone call, texting, or
listening to your MP3 player while walking down the street – and you
certainly should not be texting while driving or on your mobile
without a hands-free solutions (ear phone or speaker).
Borrowing another thing from my Army training, we had to give
S.A.L.U.T.E. reports when we came across something suspicious or when
doing recon. S.A.L.U.T.E. stands for Size, Activity, Location, Unit,
Time, and Equipment. When you are aware of your surroundings, you will
be able to answer all six of these questions to yourself. For
instance, I am walking down the street and I see a commotion in the
distance. I see 7 (size) White males cursing and jumping about angrily
(activity). They are on the corner of Main Street and Elm Street
(location). They have red leather biker vests that read “Hudson
Hellfire Riders” on the back (unit). The time is currently 6:07pm/1807
hours (time). They have motorcycles, chains, and baseball bats
(equipment). I would then call this information into 911.
Me being aware of my surroundings and not being distracted by mobile
phone chatter, texting, or an MP3 player has helped me stay on my p’s
and q’s and avoid danger. Years ago when I was a green belt, I
remember walking down the street on my way to class jamming to some
tunes on my CD player (yeah, that was a looooong time ago). Soke
Zulu’s wife, Hachidan Zosia Gorbaty, walked up on me and kicked me in
my back. I didn’t see her coming. She gave me quite a tongue-lashing
about walking down the street with my head up my – well, you know.
That was a lesson well learned and to this day you will not find me
spacing out with ear phones plugged into my ears. That could be
hazardous to one’s health.
There are a lot of articles floating around the Internet about being
caught in a dark alley, or in a biker bar. Let’s use some common
sense. Why the heck would you walk down a dark alley or be in a biker
bar if you’re looking to stay out of trouble. We have a brain for a
reason so we should use it. The best defense is avoiding confrontation
C O N D I T I O N I N G
Look, you don’t have to become an Olympic-level athlete, but most of
us certainly have to be in decent shape to pull our “tricks” off. If
you’re truly a busy person, you don’t have time to really get to the
gym. I highly recommend calisthenics, dumbbells, and resistance bands.
Of course, you throw in some calisthenics (preferably in-home walking)
and some light yoga stretches and you’re on your way. You will be
surprised how much you can get done in 15 to 30 minutes per day, three
to five times per week. You’ll have awesome results!
For instance, Coach Istvan Javorek developed some really effective
dumbbell routines. One set of his Dumbbell Complex #1 can be done in
less than 2 minutes. Yes, you read that right. 2 minutes. You get 30
full-body lifts in that time period. When you do three to five sets,
you’ll only have spent 10 to 15 minutes but you will get a high volume
of work done. Phooey to spending 2 hour at the gym. That kicks rocks!
As Sweet Brown of YouTube fame says, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Here is a YouTube video giving a demo of Javorek’s Dumbbell Complex
Conditioning work should be done AFTER skills training. It always
kills me how some schools run their students through a boot camp
before they do skill work. How in the heck are you supposed to have
proper form when your muscles are already shot? Also, don’t you come
to a martial arts school for martial arts training? There really is no
need to spend so much time doing calisthenics and such. That should be
done on the student’s own time. Skills work must take precedence.
P H Y S I C A L P R I N C I P L E S
The way I was taught martial arts is to focus more on principles
rather than on techniques. The best explanation I have seen on these
physical principles appear in Bob Orlando’s book entitled Indonesian
Fighting Fundamentals: The Brutal Arts of the Archipelago. To borrow
directly from his book, here are the principles with brief
Adhesion – Sticking to your opponent so you can feel what they are
going to attempt they cannot necessarily feel what you’re going to do.
Also, keeping your guard tight so as to not get grabbed, stabbed, or
pounded. Soke Chaka Zulu introduced me to this concept and related
drills and he calls it “Cleaning the Ants.” Sensei Buddha calls it the
“Rub-A-Dub” the latter term made it easier for students to grasp the
Whiplash – This is caused when an opponent’s force is used against
him. It is when you fight fire with water. For instance, when you
cause someone to run into a clothesline strike, you will most
certainly cause them some degree of whiplash – plus other injuries.
Gyroscopic Rotation – When something is traveling along a given plane
then that path of travel is redirected – even slightly, you can really
throw the equilibrium of the opponent off. For instance if you are
holding someone’s head, and you are turning it to an east to west
axis, then rotate slightly to have it go on a north to south direction
of travel, you really break their balance and have control of their
body. We take special care when practicing these techniques because
you can cause headaches, neck trauma or in extreme situations you can
cause death. This principle also plays a role in wrist locks a wrist
Shearing – when you have to objects that parallel but are on different
planes, traveling in opposing directions (like a scissors), you get
the shearing effect. For instance, an elbow smash to the face is a
favorite of Muay Thai Kickboxers and Krav Maga practitioners. That
elbow is made more effective when you pull the opponent toward you
while hitting them with the elbow. The impact is much more severe.
Seating – When you keep your center of gravity low, you are in a
better position (literally) to control the action. It is so much
easier to keep your balance when you get your body low.
The Bumble Bee – This is borrowed directly from Soke Chaka Zulu. What
this allows you to do is keep your hands moving in erratic circles so
that you can break free from grabs and set up counterstrikes. It is an
ingenious principle. The way Soke Zulu had us hardwire this into our
system is through a simple training tool we simply called “The Rope.”
When Sensei Buddha actually teaches this principle to students, he
calls the drills based on this principle “The Crazy Conductor.” The
drills based on this principle certainly help ramp-up your ability to
H A P P Y L A N D I N G S
Before you start learning how to throw people, you must first learn
how to have “happy landings” – how to break your falls properly. The
ground can be a very dangerous weapon. Slip and falls break bones and
may cause severe lacerations. We teach break-falling progressively by
literally starting from the ground up – from sitting on the
ground/floor working up to the standing position. In the future when
time permits, I will load videos onto YouTube demonstrating various
Here are the break-falls we tend to focus on:
Side Falls (Left and Right)
Side falls protect you from being injured by hip throws, shoulder
throws, trips, and sweeps.
The back fall helps you avoid injury to your tail bone, spine and
This break-fall helps you keep your face pretty. It is the go to fall
when pushed forward.
Five Point Slap-Out
This break-fall helps you from hurting your tail bone and your spine.
This is the go-to fall if you are scoop slammed or on the receiving
end of any catapult type of throw.
Forward Side Rolls (Left and Right)
These break-falls help you protect your head, shoulders, elbow and
lower body. The momentum puts you in a position to stand up so that
you can flee or fight.
Back Side Rolls (Left and Right)
Like the back fall, this break-fall helps you avoid injury to your
tail bone, spine and back of your head. The momentum puts you in a
position to stand up so that you can flee or fight.
Log Rolling (called “Pencil Rolls” by Soke Zulu)
This can help you “roll off” the impact when you take a side, back, or
front fall. It is also a great evasive maneuver than can help you get
back to the standing position so you can flee or fight.
F I V E F O C U S A R E A S
The way I was trained is to work toward mastery of five techniques in
five categories. There is no need to learn dozens of techniques
because in a combat situation, you will be under stress and the
adrenal dump will compromise your peripheral vision and your fine
motor skills. In fight speak; you go from being a scalpel to becoming
an ax. Gross motor skills are what have to be trained and your
training must be against a resisting opponent. If you only work with a
compliant partner (in Japanese, an uke), you will develop a false
sense of security and proficiency. That is why free-fighting and
random attacks are so very important. In the future when time permits,
I will load videos onto YouTube demonstrating various open hand
Open Hand Strikes
To get back on task, let’s talk about open hand strikes. I like open
hand strikes because you can hit things a lot harder without getting
injured with your palm than using a clenched fist. Also, some women
may have long finger nails that may make a clenched fist infeasible.
You are your own person so choose what you want to use. Below are five
open hand techniques that I train in regularly:
I like to use boxer-type punches but instead of a clenched fist, I use
my palm. The jab, cross, hook, uppercut, and overhand can all be done
as a palm strike.
I’m talking about using a relaxed hand and really spinning someone’s
head around. We go with a roundhouse a reverse backhands in our
A chop uses the meaty portion on the blade side (pinky side) of your
hand. It is very effective against soft targets like the neck.
This is when you hit the opponent with the back of your hand or wrist.
It is very effective against torso targets and the groin.
This is pretty much the only clenched fist technique that I teach
because the striking surface is the meaty portion of your hand (like
the chop) instead of your knuckles. It also carries over well to
pocket stick training because that is one of the basic strikes with a
This is an alternative to the standard clenched fist taking into
account that the female trainee may have long fingernails. In this
version of the fist, the four fingers are laid across the meaty
portion of the palm while the storm relaxes against the index finger.
There are some fancy kicks out there. I suggest that you keep them
basic and low. Depending on what you are wearing and literally the
ground that you’re standing on, higher kicks may be impractical and
put you in a danger. In the future when time permits, I will load
videos onto YouTube demonstrating various kicks. Below are five kicks
with an explanation on how to perform them properly.
When doing the front kick, I recommend using the heel as the striking
surface. You’ll most likely be wearing stiff shoes and this will make
your kick more powerful and will protect you from ankle or toe
There are different variations of this kick, but I focus on teaching
it using the instep as the striking surface. Without a doubt, the Muay
Thai version is extremely powerful, but most people literally don’t
have the shins for it. Also, the more traditional Karate/Tae Kwon Do
versions of this kick allow you to put a little something extra if you
need it. I’m talking about Master Michael Griffin’s Kuba Kickz™
Like the front kick, focus on using the heel of your foot. The brand
of Jujutsu that I have my black belt in borrows heavily from Goju
Karate and we like that quick straight up and out version they use.
Tae Kwon Do first introduced me to this kick. It is very quick and
deceptive and you don’t need a lot of space to execute this technique.
The hook kick is very deceptive and powerful kick you can throw from
you lead leg. It appears to be traveling on a different trajectory but
is quickly whipped (i.e., hooked) back into the opposite direction.
You can use your heel or the sole of your foot as the striking
surface. Remember, you’ll most likely have on shoes so either way
you’re good money.
Joint Lock Takedowns
In Japanese joint-locking arts like Jujutsu or Aikido, the
understanding of levers and the weaknesses in the human anatomy are
paramount. Make sure to work techniques from both sides of your body.
In the future when time permits, I will load videos onto YouTube
demonstrating various joint lock techniques. Here are five joint locks
that can be used as come-along holds, takedowns, or pins:
With this technique, you grab the back of the opponent’s with your
mirror reflection hand (e.g., you grab his right hand with your left
hand) at about between the middle and ring finger. You use your other
hand to gyroscopically rotate the opponent’s wrist outward – in the
direction their thumb is pointing.
This is where you place the thumb of your mirror reflection hand
(e.g., you grab his right hand with your left hand) between the thumb
and index finger of the opponent’s hand and turn the pinky side of the
opponent’s hand gyroscopically toward his body. Make sure to use your
opposite hand to push down the opponent’s elbow so that he cannot
escape. To me, this is the most painful of the joint locks, so be very
careful when practicing on others.
You use your mirror reflection hand (e.g., you grab his right hand
with your left hand) to grab the entire side of the thumb side of the
opponent’s hand. Assuming you have their right hand, you will move
clockwise (to your left) while holding you hand steady so that you’re
standing next to them. This will put their hand in a palms up position
and create a potent come-along wrist lock
A good example of a compression lock is after “rub-a-dubbing” a
hooking punch with your opponent’s right hand, you snake your right
hand over to the outside of the opponent’s arm just above the elbow,
clasp your hands, then squeeze. This creates pain. An Achilles lock is
an example of using compression against the leg.
Rapid 4 Corners Throw
I am borrowing Michael Janich’s (founder of Martial Blade Concepts™)
method for doing this popular Aikido throw. For illustration purposes,
you use right hand on right hand to take down your opponent. You grab
his wrist and stir your hand clockwise toward his head. This will
cause his elbow to be trapped between the “V” of your bicep and hand.
His wrist will be lock and if you keep moving forward or move briskly
in any direction (thus the name 4 Corners Throw), he will hit the
Throws and Trips
There is an old saying in Judo: “Thou shalt not attack a judoka
because the earth will rise up and smite thee across thy back.” In
short, gravity is a son-of-gun and the ground hurts like heck. When
doing any throw, remember these three things: (1) Break their balance;
(2) Get position; and (3) Throw. The problem a lot of people have with
throwing others is they do not do things in this order. Below are five
throws that I really like. Four of them are top-scoring Judo throws
and the other is one of the devastating throws from Aikido. Make sure
to practice the throws from both sides of your body. Don’t be “one-
sided.” In the future when time permits, I will load videos onto
YouTube demonstrating various throws.
This throw is more of a trip where you cause the opponent to stumble
over your extended leg by pulling him over it. It is a good throw for
a small person to use against a larger person.
This is my favorite throw. You bring the opponent over your hip but I
sweep my leg up against their leg and they go flying over – catapult
Front Entering Throw
This throw relies heavily on the shearing and gyroscopic rotation
principles. To the uninitiated it looks like a clothes line takedown
but it is more about hip displacement, “rub-a-dubbing” the opponent
with your other arm then pushing down forcefully.
Double Arm Shoulder
This is the top scoring throw in competition Judo. It requires good
timing and some muscle, but it is certainly a devastating throw.
Major Outer Reap
This is one of the first throws that people learn in Judo and Jujutsu.
As is the case with all throws, disrupting your opponent’s balance is
very important. A small person can throw a much larger person with
this throw when they commit to breaking their balance.
Extremely Close Quarters
When you’re in a close quarters situation, you will not be able to
throw palm strikes or kicks. For instance, if you’re grabbed into a
bear hug, your options are limited. In the future when time permits, I
will load videos onto YouTube demonstrating various extremely close
Below are five techniques along with training notes that you should
practice for extremely close combat situations:
Use your legs and full body weight when head-butting. Don’t whip your
neck. Your neck should be flexed, bite down, and use the hairline area
of your forehead against soft areas of your opponent’s face. Target
the nose in particular. This can be a devastating technique when
executed properly. Little “love taps” with the side of your head
against soft areas like the nose work well too.
Ouch! Elbows really hurt and bust someone up. They are great follow-
throughs after palm strikes or other open hand techniques. Use the
flat part of your elbow (forearm side) toward the tip for maximum
They are very stealthy and painful. You can use the same trajectory
you use for kicks for knee strikes.
Joint Pushes and Pulls
Soke Bob Martin of Unified Force Martial Arts calls this “nudging.”
What you do is pull or push on joints to disrupt balance. For
instance, if you pull against someone’s knee while they are standing,
their balance will be disrupted.
When you push your finger or thumb into areas they don’t belong, pain
happens. Eye gouges, fish hooking, and pressure point attacks (e.g.,
applying pressure just beneath the ear about where the lower jaw is or
knuckling the temple) fall under this category.
P A R T N E R D R I L L S
In the BuddhaStrike Combatives Method, we don’t spend time doing kata
(prearranged forms) as we don’t think it gets us toward our goal of
being proficient and self-protection. We may create our own weapons
kata from time to time for demonstration purposes (like this kata I
did using a South African Sjambok http://bit.ly/12I6Byj), but we
feel that partner drills and solo drills are the way to go.
Silat & Kali Hand Drills
A lot of our hand and foot drills are inspired by Indonesian and
Filipino martial arts (Silat and Kali). To get a better idea, check
out the Silat & Kali hand drills as demonstrated by Michael Janich:
Silat & Kali Foot Drills
We are supposed to be able to fight with our hands and feet but not
many people fight with their hands and feet. Bob Orlando has some cool
ideas on how to incorporate leg maneuvers to bolster your ability to
protect yourself. Check out his video by clicking on the following
You can create flow with your striking by using various Kali empty-
hand or stick drills, but you have to have a plan for doing the same
things with joint locking. We call this “Locksmithing.” For instance,
we practice moving from one lock to another on an opponent. This helps
create more sensitivity and helps you realize that there is always
another option so that you don’t spend a lot of time trying to snap on
one particular lock. For instance, we move from wrist turn-out, to
wrist turn-out, to an arm bar, to a goose neck come-along, to a 4
directions throw, to a rear naked choke, to a guillotine choke (now
moving to the opposite side of the body) to wrist turn-out, to wrist
turn-out, to an arm bar, to a goose neck come-along, to a 4 directions
throw, to a rear naked choke, to a guillotine choke. It is very
important to work toward being able to do locks on either side of your
This segment of our training is all about defense. We focus on how to
avoid being thrown, taken down, and joint lock escapes and reversals.
You never know what you’re going to get behind door number 1, 2, or 3
so you have to be prepared for it. No one in the street is going to
tell you what’s coming your way, so you have to be prepared. Random
attacks helps you become more battle-ready. The United Nations of
Jujutsu has a competitive category called random attacks at their
Soke Zulu says it best, “Creeps are like grapes because they come in
bunches.” Therefore, you have to do some drills where a mob of people
attack you. That is the best and only way that you can be prepared
from getting “jumped.” You will get hit, but this training will help
you minimize the lumps you may take otherwise.
S O L O D R I L L S
Take a page from boxers and shadowbox. Rather, shadow fight. This way
you can practice developing flow with your strikes, kicks, and
defense. You’ll become accustomed to moving around and how to launch
your techniques from awkward positions.
Like I mentioned earlier, the Rub-A-Dub is great for help develop the
flinch response so you can better defend yourself. It is like bathing
yourself with a shower gel. The principle of adhesion is drilled here.
Check out this demo and brief explanation of the Rub-A-Dub by Sensei
The rope is a very simple and effective training tool to help you keep
your hands “alive” and moving together. You don’t want to have a
“dead” arm that just lays lifeless by your side. The rope also help
your hands to keep rolling so that you can be like a “Crazy Conductor”
and break free from grabs.
Sensei Buddha does a great demonstration on using the rope. Click on
the following link to watch the video http://youtu.be/NHNfpgBBRyA
While the rope is flexible, the rattan ring is not. Therefore you have
to learn how to work around resistance. I’m okay with the rattan ring,
but I want you to see the best example possible, so here is my
instructor, Sensei Buddha doing a demonstration on using the rattan
By the way, the rattan ring can also be used as a weapon.
Developing your footwork must be part of your self-protection regimen.
You don’t necessarily have to be like Ali and be able to float like a
butterfly, but things like “saw stepping,” “triangle stepping,” and
Silat leg maneuvers are very important. Even practicing stepping on
someone’s foot to trap them for a takedown is something that you have
to practice so when you really have to do it under stress you’ll be
able to pull it off.
I M P A C T T R A I N I N G
If you’re not hitting something, you are not really training. The
impact of hitting something will help you become accustomed to the
shock – feedback. For instance, if you train in Kali, you have to hit
a heavy bag from time to time or when you do hit something, you’ll
drop your stick(s). Remember, it is not always what you train in, but
how you train. Check out what Guro Dan Medina is doing here:
L E S S – T H A N – L E T H A L ,
L E G A L – T O – C A R R Y W E A P O N R Y
The below YouTube videos highlight the use of my favorite weapons:
Griffin Grip™ (by Master Michael Griffin and by Sensei Buddha)
Sharpshooter Keychain™ (by Sempai Turner)
Tactical Pens (by Master Michael Griffin)
Pocket Sticks (by Sensei Buddha) http://youtu.be/ZGkY703djCc
R E S O U R C E S
BuddhaStrike YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/buddhastrike
Martial Blade Concepts™ www.martialbladeconcepts.com
Griffin Martial Training www.griffinmartialtraining.com
Sharpshooter Keychains www.sharpshooterkeychain.com
The United Nations of Jiu Jitsu www.unjj.org
Bob Orlando’s Je Du-Too
School of Martial Arts www.orlandokuntao.com
Miyama Ryu™ Combat Jujutsu Worldwide www.miyamaryu.org/index.html
Marc “Animal” MacYoung www.nononsenseselfdefense.com
Geoff Thompson www.geoffthompson.com
Loren W. Christensen www.lorenchristensen.com
Leslie Sansone www.lesliesansonevideos.com
Scrapper’s Bodyweight Conditioning www.trainforstrength.com
Istvan Javorek www.istvanjavorek.com
Lifeline USA Resistance Bands www.lifelineusa.com