Self Defense Is Not Fun
“You are liable to find yourself
fighting hard to avoid serious injury and so must expect to be hurt.”
I love this quote. Bruce shatters the illusions of anyone who is training
self-defence like it is a pyjama party. Yes, he is so right, you will be
fighting hard and only if you are lucky will you avoid severe injury.
If you look around the web, you will see countless self-defence videos
that look as if they are in some kind of video game.
Self-defence is tough, It is great that Bruce recognised this, but so few
still seem to be able to grasp this now.
2. Pay Absolutely No
Attention To His Size, His Arrogance, Fierce Facial Contortions, Nor His
We see it all the time, men and women, who are keen on intimidating via
looks. They stare, they dress in a certain way and of course, they are
aiming to scare everyone.
It is almost as if they gain strength via intimidation. The key is simple,
as tough as this is to do; their appearance has absolutely nothing to do
with their ability to fight
3. Size Is Never A
True Indication Of Muscular Power And Efficiency
I think we know this one. Big guy with muscles and people get scared.
However just because a person has a great physique to does not mean that
they can use those muscles to inflict force. A great example of this is a
recent video that went viral showing one of the world’s strongest men
sparring against a lightweight boxer.
Yes, size does matter but never judge a book by its cover.
4. Once You Hesitate
Or Stop, The Stronger Person Has The Chance To Bring His Strength To Bear
Footwork is the aspect of training that most people neglect. However, it
should always be part of every training session!
The legs play an essential part in any self-defence situation.
The tip from Bruce Lee is clear: Keep Moving and never stop against a
bigger opponent. Check out his fight scene in Game of Death to see his
advice at work
5. It Is Also
Advisable To make As Much Noise As Possible As This Naturally Tends To
Frighten Off Lawbreakers
This is great advice from Bruce. After all how many people teach verbal
skills in martial arts classes these days?
The ability to shout, scream or just use your voice in an explosive
fashion should be part of your self-defence training.
6. The Chance of
Attack Can Be Greatly Reduced If You Are Walking, Especially At Night, Or
In Lonely Places If You Are Always Alert
This is common sense… however it is still one of the things people fail to
The goal is simple, be alert when you need to.
If you are alone, then you should be more alert about your safety and the
chances of being attacked will be reduced because attackers are looking
for easy targets!
7. When Being
Attacked By A Thug, The Fact Is That He Has But A One Track Mind Which Is
Bent On Your Destruction, Rarely Considering What You Can Do
The world is a dangerous place. However, most of the attackers out there
are not used to having a ‘bit back’. In my experience, a punch on the nose
often really shocks an aggressive person.
There is an argument that people shouldn’t fight back and in certain
circumstances they are right. If someone robs you, just give them your
wallet or phone. But if someone wants more you might want to reconsider.
The point is this; the attacker has no thought about what you can do. The
result is simple…… when you do hit them their ego will shrink and they
will start to think about self-preservation rather than winning.
In Enter The Dragon we see the classic fight between Bruce Lee and O Hara
which showcases arrogance on display “remember boards don’t hit back.”
Bruce Lee was way ahead of his
time, but even now when we look back at his self-defence advice it is far
ahead of a lot of the advice we see today.