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There’s No Such Thing As a Fair Fight:
Several Dirty Tactics
by Keith Pascal
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“You wouldn’t really kick someone in the groin,
I am occasionally asked that question by some of
my novice students. I think that they feel it would
be dishonorable to use “unfair” tactics and techniques
in a fight.
First, let me emphasize, there is a difference between
sparring and an actual self-defense situation. In a
classroom session, you may have to set up guidelines
or rules, in order to keep everyone safe. On the street,
you are defending yourself, to stay alive.
Don’t treat the two situations as though they were
the same “animal.”
Many of the best martial artists are honorable
people. Some even have a gentle nature about them, as
a result of gaining confidence, while disciplining
This gentle nature develops with years of constant
training. The “best” of these gentle folk would still
do what it takes to survive in a real encounter.
So, what kinds of techniques would be considered unfair?
Before we get down to specifics, let me give you
some general advice:
* Any move that is illegal in competition, should be
considered fair game on the street. Maybe the reason
it was made illegal is just what you need to really
* Anything that could be labeled as a “cheap shot.”
Taking advantage of your opponent’s weakness, injury,
or disability is considered a cheap shot. So is
catching your opponent off guard. And “faking”
or feinting is definitely cheap. USE THEM ALL!
* Taking advantage of your environment is both cheap
and ‘unfair.’ That’s why ‘I’ wouldn’t hesitate to use
anything available to stay safe. Dirt or gravel
in the face sounds effective. Sticks, canes, and even
umbrellas can be used as bludgeons to pound on
an attacker. Get the idea?
Recently, I examined some of the tactics and
techniques I use that might be considered unfair.
There were too many to name.
I realized that a fair bit of my system is based on
taking advantage of the immediate situation any way I
“Any way I can” translates to a lot of unfair tactics.
A few of the tactics that I consider basic, yet
super essential are:
*Obviously, go for the groin. Just think how
awesome you’d be if your goal were to plaster the
crotch, no matter what else happened in the fight.
You might get tagged, but you would reach your goal–
and probably defend yourself in the long run.
*I would head for the eyes with an almost equal intensity
as I would to the groin. Eye jabs are great. You extend
your distance a bit. They are fast. If you actually
succeeded with an eye jab against a serious assailant,
would you have anything more to worry about (except
being sued by the criminal or put in jail for
*I step on feet. If I have my foot firmly planted on
the lead foot of my opponent, I know that at
least the front foot won’t be kicking at me.
You do realize that whenever you go into “unfair mode,”
you are probably increasing the potential legal damage.
In today’s society, throwing “any sort” of kick or
punch will probably attract some sort of legal repercussion,
let alone an “unfair” technique.
Just keep in mind that a lot of times you can’t plead
minimal force in the eyes of the court … if you do
something that seems unjust. I am not the first to
notice that justice in the courts can easily
be skewed by perception.
Bonus Unfair Tactic:
*Use a control maneuver in between two series
of damaging blows. Huh?
Here’s what I mean: Usually, a wrist lock
or an arm bar would be thought of as a
controlling move to bring a sequence to a
Instead, I continue wailing on my opponent
“after” I gain control.
I have my initial strikes — after all, I
wouldn’t try to respond to my opponent’s
attack with a lock before I countered with
strikes of my own.
After doing some initial damage to my attacker,
I am ready to try some sort of joint lock. OK,
I lock my attacker. Am I done? Not a chance.
Now that I have some more control, I can
really start to defend myself. I don’t even
pause between the lock and when I start to
Yep, this is an unfair move. And you might be
in real trouble with the law.
You went beyond minimum force, and not only that, but
the attack might have been considered over, if you
stopped after you got control, and then started
a “new attack,” (in the eyes of the law).
Figure out your own limits. Know how far you could
be pushed, before you’d “do whatever it takes to survive.”
Avoid conflict at “almost” all costs. Take responsibility
for your actions. Be ethical. Be moral. Yet survive.
And have a nice day
.Mad with your Father ? You’re not alone. Even prophets in the Bible were mad at Him!When believers admit to themselves that they are angry at God,the condition is not nearly as dangerous or as imprudent as living in denial.
When angry at God, the rage feels validated . God can do anything so He should . . . If God is cold , selfish or abuses His power, He deserves our contempt. He’s no better than we are. Let’s think and ask ourselves: What if we’re still watching the beginning of the movie and have yet to watch all the the unmasking of villains and secret plots? Have we been duped into jumping to conclusions before the end ?
Is it over-simplistic to say God can do anything? it remains illogical – absurd, in fact – to suppose that infinite power could create a circle with straight sides, for example. The moment omnipotence forces straight sides on to a circle, it is no longer a circle. Likewise, not even could someone be moral and honest while at the same time cheating, lying and stealing.
If there is a God of love, consider this: you cannot fervently love someone without aching for that person to love you – especially if you know that person desperately needs you in his/her life. To deeply love someone means you could have everything else in the universe, and yet without that person’s love you would still be heartbroken.
So do you want an omnipotent God to abuse his power or act in love?
To be mad at God is as mad as angrily smashing your fist into a wall. It hurts you deeply.
Being mad at God is as mad as a child so furious at his parents for not letting him drink poison. having no conception of the dangers he is exposing himself to. We understand our God ( our real Father ) no more than a little child can understand its parent’s decisions.
To be mad at God is as mad as a drowning man fighting off his rescuer.
Arrogantly assuming we know the end of the story when we’re still on the first page, we b jump to conclusions when we only know a fraction of the facts and get things so wrong that we end up blaming the one person who is utterly innocent, treating as a sadistic torturer the only person who cares enough to tend our wounds, despising the person who has given us both his kidneys, and instigating a hate campaign against the sweetest person in the universe.
Claiming we know more than the only Person who has all the facts, and thinking ourselves more righteous than the Source of all morality might not be the smartest thing we have ever done. Anyone supposing he knows more than the one WHO knows everything, and that he is smarter than the One with infinite IQ, has set himself on a collision course with reality.
If we really think the One we can never hide from and who has the power to torment us for all eternity is cruel or heartless, why would we risk the fury of the Omnipotent One by raging against him? We want God to execute instant justice without stopping to realize that instant justice would have sent us to hell. Ironically, what infuriates us about God is the very thing we should be most grateful for. No, we should not be grateful for all the evil in this world – it grieves, hurts and infuriates God even more than it does us – but God’s decision to give time to repent rather than instantly executing justice is the very thing that has given us time to come to our senses before it is too late.
Are you ready to learn to gain useful information about
your attacker, even before he is in striking range?
Obtaining a little advanced information could be the
difference between success and failure –
life and death towards the end of this issue. You’ll learn some
important awareness tips for focusing on your opponent.
Tips for ‘Cold Reading’ Your Opponent
You are still at a fairly safe distance from your
attacker, at least for a second or so. What do you look
for while you are scanning?
In the art of magic, a lot of the fake mind readers
engage in a practice known as Cold Reading. They feel
that they can amaze their audience by telling the
individuals personal details that they could only know
by mind reading.Actually, they are looking for some instant clues. They
want to make impromptu guesses.
Can you use this principle in your own defense?
* Look to see if a pocket of a coat is heavier
than the other, as if it were carrying a
* Scan the fingers of the hands. Especially
look at the thumb — is it relaxed or tense?
Could they be concealing a knife or other weapon?
* See if they pull up a pant leg on their lead
leg. This is one of the biggest telegraphs that
someone is about to kick. What a bad habit!
* Do they take a specific martial arts stance?
Does this reveal their background, or lack
thereof? I have found that wannabe martial artists
seem to posture the same idiotic TV Kung Fu stance.
And my best piece of Cold-Reading advice — don’t get
faked out by any of these clues.
In other words — don’t just focus on the heavier coat
pocket. Don’t assume that a tense hand is holding a weapon;
it could be a fake.
Don’t let someone pull up a pant leg and then get you
with a punch. And don’t assume that just because they
take a stance from one style, that your opponents are
limited to just that style.
IYou have to learn some
damaging techniques. You’ll be in close — real close.
Make sure your moves are quick and efficient.
Just about every technique must be effective! And you will overcome him
Awakening and the Great Fall Something beautiful and profound happened to me this year. In the early months of 2011, a challenge in my personal life caused a shift in my inner state of being. Complete self-acceptance and realizing the truthabout this situation pushed me over the edge into sheer bliss. Iawakened. A life that we live predominantlyin our heads—completely lost in thought. Most of us are unawareof this, but our minds are compulsively active. Thinking aboutthings that make us feel a sense of disharmony, dissatisfaction, and generalizedunhappiness.
After the Fall, one must simply continue . The voice that complains,
tells you how worthless and unhappy you are, etc. This is the voice of
the ego and nothing more. At present, there are very few people on the
planet who do not suffer from this terrible affliction in one form or another
you have to startwith yourself and take responsibility for being at any
given moment. That means now. Ask yourself, ‘Is there negativity in me
at this moment?’ Then, become alert, attentive to your thoughts as well
as your emotions.
Taking responsibility for your being is your
primary purpose in life. This can be an incredibly liberating realization
and at the same time a daunting one because it means that you can no
longer blame anyone else for your unhappiness. Your happiness, as it
turns out, is entirely up to you.