Self Defense And Psychological Preparedness
Being psychologically prepared is critical for self defense
during an assault in the street. It is very important to be
ready to repel the assailant (assailants) using all the means
you have. Note that even being in not very good physical shape
these means could be quite sufficient to disable your enemy
For example, if you wear hard sharp-toe shoes, then kicking
your enemy in groin or shank with the toe of such shoe (even
if there are no years of practice behind this kick) immediately
makes him writhe with pain for several moments. And this gives
you enough time to either disable the enemy or simply run
Scratching facer using fingernails also causes pain shock
to your enemy and makes him unable to resist for some time.
Remembering how dangerous a furious cat can be for people
is enough to understand this.
In several cases, a furious cat is known to make its owners
hide in one of the rooms and wait for the police to come and
help them. Police officers in this situation often have to
use guns to protect themselves and rescue the owners of the
Now let's take a look at a cat, its weight is about 30 times
less than that of a man. And this tiny thing can resist police
officers armed with firearms. That's one thing. The other
thing is that a common schoolboy, who tortures a cat giving
it a hard time, can cope with it, the cat doing nothing to
Now you can see the difference between a man employing everything
he has at hand to give furious resistance to an assault, and
a man who does not resist at all or makes poor attempts to
resist. So we see, at one hand, the enraged and furiously
attacking cat that a couple of armed policemen cannot restrain,
and, on the other hand, a meek unresisting cat that a little
boy can easily handle. The difference is very substantial.
This example clearly shows that the more furious and fast
your resistance, the more chances you have to win the fight.
I remember a story told me by my disciple about one weak man
small in stature, who succeeded in protecting himself against
a husky trained fellow with the black belt in taekwondo, who
This small man was so furious and fearless giving his much
stronger offender a hail of blows (weak and unskilled as they
were) as to shock the guy and made him only try to cover himself
from the blows.
One would think what chances had this tiny, middle-aged man,
who has never gone in for any sport in a fight against a young
and well-trained in taekwondo school guy with the black belt.
Any one would say he had no chance. However, it all turned
out badly for no one, but the young insolent beggar.
Why, after all, the winner was that small man, who had no
chance to win. It is very simple. The moment the fight began,
he had his consciousness fully blocked; he acted automatically
guided by his subconsciousness.
At the moment, he had nothing in his mind, but the enemy and
the thought of disabling that enemy by any means possibly.
At that moment, his consciousness was, as it were, at one
with the Universe. He feared nothing since the sense of fear
was gone from him.
He had neither diffidence nor other impeding factors, that's
why all his actions became TRUE ones. Even though he had not
much power and skill, but all he had he putted in each blow.
So that's why, seemingly, with no chance to succeed he won
the unequal fight.
Quite contrarily, his enemy was stiffened with fear and uncertainty
as a result of this sudden and furious repel. Who could ever
dare to attack him, as he was so strong and practiced fighter,
he thought. Certainly not this small man, who, as it seemed,
was supposed to be trembling with fear.
But it turned out so that it was that strong and trained beef,
who had a weak spirit. At the critical moment, his will, composure
and fighting skills failed him. He simply got scared and confused,
and, as a result, was defeated by a weaker and less skilled
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