The transcript below is from the video “Did Judo Skills STOP THREAT?.. When is ENOUGH for Self Defence” by Fight SCIENCE

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

Did this Judo guy wait to long to defend himself? This week we learn how to read PATTERNS of BEHAVIOUR in Self Defence situations. Part of our series on understanding body language in street fights we look at READING and UNDERSTANDING what TRIGGERS attacks in street fights. Psychology in action, applied to self defence. We teach some simple self defence techniques learnt from this case study. Especially in a confined space.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

Sometimes you just need to decide when enough is enough. So this week we’re going to explain escalation markers. What to look out for when someone wants to provoke a fight. But before that did you think this guy waited too long to defend himself? Let me know in the comments below. As always we look into the science of attacks, the triggers and the drivers for violent action. So there’s a pattern of behavior here. These are things you need to know if you seriously want to learn how to defend yourself. So keep watching.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

Violent encounters are often stories and if you watch them from the start to the finish, you can understand this more and even learn something from it.The guy in the black shirt wants to fight. He’s got the classic posture of aggression chin up arms down trying to occupy as much space and getting in the other guy’s face. In contrast the victim isn’t giving him the response he needs he’s given much more of a defying body language is facing away, hands on his hips. He’s almost non-confrontational with his approach. And this gives the impression of being disinterested. This antagonizes the attacker further, who then tries to a response by head-butting.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

Angry people need angry people to fight. This is why he steps back in anticipation of the fight. If blue shirt steps in at that point he would have walked straight into a punch from the attacker, instead blue shirt waits despite being emotionally drawn. But what he does is he takes a sideways posture to create space and potentially a frame. He puts something in place between him and the attacker trying to remain defiant which leads to the next level of contact. I often said it puts your Armour will often lead to an attacker trying to push your arm away or initiate a response such as a punch. In this case he slaps his victim, further provokes a fight, then backs away again expressing to fight back. So there’s a pattern of behavior from the guy in black.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

He provokes, then he steps back to see if the guy in blue steps in and follows up with it. Now the attackers pattern of behavior is predictable. He steps back into personal space only to walk into the turning firm and pinned to the ground. Now I’m sure most people watching this would say that the guy in the blue shirt took too long to defend himself. Too long perhaps, but actually I think you got it right. I have what I call three times is a pattern [?] This has simply explained us if someone does an action three times then there’s a pattern to it. The first time could be chance, the second time could be coincidence but the third time is a pattern.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

So if someone does something in threes, then that gives you an opportunity to act. This is a classic example of a pattern of behavior that is easy to exploit. Three times is a pattern. So the lesson to be learned – sometimes people provoking you, if they get into your space and step out of your space be wary, because as I said sometimes people often need to be triggered to fight, and nothing triggers you more than another person who wants to fight. Another angry person. So what’s the takeaway from this? Judo is ideal for taking advantage of forward momentum.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

It’s the perfect skill when people are moving in and out. From a technical perspective I always think that if you’re going to throw it is far better to throw and remain standing. The last thing you want to do is throw the guy and land on the ground with them. If you land on the ground with him, you have to think about the next stage of the fight. Whether you’re going to stay there and wait for help. And this of course could be dangerous especially if the guy has friends or is armed. So one of the advantages of throwing and remaining standing is that you can keep the guide pinned to the ground if the bad guy is on his side; he can’t use his other arm.

Fight SCIENCE (ELEVATING YOUR FIGHT IQ: Videos blending Martial Arts, Crime Science, and Psychology):

We will find it very difficult to draw a weapon. So remaining standing is ideal for throwing especially in self-defense, because you can look around and you can see what’s happening around you in the environment and most importantly if you have to you can run. Remember a good throw is the finish. So when the body hits the concrete, it hits hard and that is the concussive blow that you want. So it’s always worth adding some clinch and throwing skills into your fight game. Thanks for watching.




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