Are muscle heads (power lifters & body builders) scary? Are they the last people in the World you’d want to have to defend yourselves against? Well, what can they do with all that muscle? I’m not putting those guys down, heck, as ‘Mater from Disney’s CARS said “I’d give my two left lug nuts to look like that”…..but here are some things to think about!

At our gyms we have trained several competitive body builders, power lifters and even an NFL lineman, several weighing 300 pounds or more. As a group, when they started with us, as far as self defense went, they were terrible! They had strength but not a one of them could get through a class. They couldn’t go hard for more than 30 seconds at a time. To a man their cardio was horrible. We had a whole group of body guards quit after a couple of weeks because they looked impressive standing but couldn’t take the work in a basic level 1 class!

The other thing we noticed is that none of these guys could turn their hips to save their lives and their punching was with arms only. Now, their arm only punches were mighty hard but it always impressed them when my long time students who weighed 150 pounds less could punch harder! I would tell them that they can punch hard now but when they learn to turn their hips and use their bodies they will knock people’s heads clean off.

We have had three of these big ol muscle heads stay with us and become long time students. They are very good at Krav now but all three have lost a lot of weight…one of them has lost over 80 pounds. It’s funny that the general public thinks that the bigger and more muscle a man has makes him tougher when all three of these guys discovered that they are better fighters and better at self defense when they lost some of that muscle. When I see muscle heads strutting around I want to ask them “what do you do if a gun is put in your face?” All the muscle in the world won’t save them but I have 95 pound female students who would take that gun from the Scum Bag and beat his butt with it!! I actually had a class that I was showing handgun defenses to just a few months ago that hammered home this point. We were using an airsoft gun and firing plastic pellets. I had seven or eight students (mostly skinny teens) do the technique and not get hit. The one big dude, a sculpted 6′ 2″ and 240 pounds, was the only one who got hit…twice. His reaction time was a bit slower and that muscular width worked against him.

Take Mariusz Pudzianowski, the World’s strongest man. He started training to be an MMA fighter and lost his first two fights. His opponents knew that if they could avoid a big shot that his cardio would be gone by the second round and that’s exactly how they beat him. He got tired and they got him! If he wants to continue in MMA he needs to lose a lot of that muscle!

If I am ever attacked by someone who has a lot of muscle (and I can’t run) I plan on doing the same. I won’t fight his fight, dance and drag it out. He’ll be huffing and puffing soon enough and then it’s my time. If you do find yourself in this situation remember not to look at how big or scary your attacker is, look at targets. All you should see are knees, throat, zyphoids and groin! No matter how big he is he can’t build up those places! BE SAFE!


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