The following post describes a practice session/discussion on attack scenarios in our dojo.
Last night the dojo black belts had a discussion on attacks. Prior to class, each participant was to research possible street attack scenarios. The scenarios were from personal experience/concerns, newspaper articles, books, Internet searches and YouTube videos. Each person added a few items to the list for discussion.
1. Grab belt from behind in a workplace environment.
2. Grab neck with one hand.
3. Grab from behind in bear hug. Arms are pinned.
4. Blocking a door or entrance. (work cubicle, elevator, etc.)
5. Being followed.
6. Attacker charges and attacks with strikes.
8. Attack while at urinal or in bathroom stall.
9. Neck attack...hand hooking around back of neck.
10. Side by side contact when trying to leave an area.
11. Attacker throwing object to distract while charging.
12. Attacked when exiting or entering cars or homes.
13. Being jumped on while asleep.
14. Rear choke.
This list represents the items discussed in a dojo session. It is not a comprehensive list nor did we include weapons in this session. The group discussed each scenario and practiced defending against the attack. We only made it part way through our list and will have to revisit the session.
1. Often we practice linear attacks/grabs in the dojo. We need more practice in circular conflicts.
2. Blocked Entrance. I found this difficult. One participant described an actual situation which happened at work. A man stood at the cubicle entrance and would not let the person through the door.
3. Following. I had an immediate reaction when someone was following me.
4. Attacks not likely to be "karate" attacks. (technically correct punches with chambered fists)
5. We have more work to do.