I HAVE NO SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING       I ALREADY HAVE A BLACK BELT       Increasing Striking and Punching Power Using Dropping Energy and the No-inch Punch       I'M A POLICE OFFICER, MILITARY MEMBER     



John Perkins

    excerpted from the book
    The Ultimate Guide to Personal Protection

Lightning Strikes Twice

At one of my classes I was told a story by a group of female students. They related that they knew of a woman who had been beaten and raped by an unknown assailant. As part of her recovery she was advised to take up a martial art. She did just that. She attended one of the major karate "mills" and trained for four years, receiving a first and then a second degree black belt. She was good at both forms and sparring, and was in great physical shape.

One evening, she and a female coworker were the last to leave their office when suddenly out of a utility closet appeared a man holding a short stick in his hand. he was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds. He stated to the women that he did not wish to hurt them and was only interested in robbing the office. He then instructed both women to take off their clothes and go inside the utility closet until he left.

While both women were naked inside the closet, the monster jumped in, beat, and then raped them. Despite all her training, the woman with the second degree black belt could not fight back because she had never been taught how to deal with paralyzing fear.

I know that this is an extreme example of not receiving the right psychological as well as physical training. And truthfully, it may have been the first trauma that made the woman a victim twice. But when you are face-to-face with a psychotic criminal bent on a mission, you have to be charged with the survival energy and mind-set of a cornered sewer rat.

Courthouse Frenzy

With only a few classes of Close Combat under her belt, a smallish woman was in a New York courthouse, entering an elevator. Just before the doors closed, a huge 300-pound man rushed in and immediately hit the button for the basement. Ironically, he was a paroled rapist wandering the halls of the courthouse, looking for a victim.

As he turned to face the diminutive woman, she cowered (she was terrified) and put her hands up to her mouth in horror [a natural response that is actually trained in Ki Chuan Do's Close Combat]. This put the giant more at ease. Smelling her fear, he lowered his hands, brought his face closer and opened his eyes wide, practically salivating at the prospect of easy prey. The woman's hands suddenly exploded straight out, her fingers stabbed deep into his eye sockets. The man screamed in pain, and she continued to hit and kick him while she simultaneously hit every button with her elbow. The elevator stopped and the doors opened six inches too low. The man fell out, tripping on the floor, while she continued to kick and pound his head. When security arrived on the scene, they pulled her off him, thinking it was a domestic fight. The man was severley hurt, with a torn retina among his injuries.

The Battered Kickboxer

Mercy can be a liability, even for the well-trained. Mary (not her real name), a competitive kickboxer, was assaulted out of nowhere by a homeless man who spat Fritos in her face and then lunged at her. To her credit, she reacted instantly, punching and kicking him with full force. The man fell to the ground, apparently hurt badly.

Unfortunately, what she did next almost got her killed. Mary leaned over him to make sure he wasn't seriously injured. Suddenly, he leapt up, struck her face, and started pummeling her. She recovered and again fought back, only to be suddenly pulled off him by the authorities. At first, they thought he was the victim because he was covered in blood. In actuality, his first strike at her face had been with a concealed punch knife, and it had pierced her nasal cavity between the eye and the nose. The blood had poured out of her onto him. Mary was lucky to survive. After much reconstructive surgery, she eventually healed.

The moral of the story? Do what's necessary, and then run.