“Violence of action trumps technique.” SGT Rory Miller

I have blogged several times on the fact that techniques won’t save any of us when attacked but an aggressive, “animal” mindset will. This reminds me of something I’ve seen a few times when training others in Krav. A year and a half or so ago I went to a gym in another state to teach the staff Krav Maga. The owner was athletic enough and a former power lifter but his punching form was really bad. His hands were way too low, he didn’t turn his hips at all, his combinations were choppy and not smooth at all and…he had been in and won more fist fights in any one month stretch while in his twenties than you or I will in our entire lives!

I have a friend who owns Krav Maga gyms in another state who told me something similar. He was talking about an acquaintance of his who he is hanging around with, questioning and studying. He says this guy gets into a fist fight a week, always wins and usually knocks the other guy out. The guy has had no training in anything…ever.

The thing they have in common is that they fight at the drop of a hat, go forward and go hard. They swing to win and don’t stand there thinking about what they should do. They are aggressive and realize that they are going to get hit…and don’t care. What makes these guys scary to face isn’t any training or technique but their mindset.

These are the things we teach in every Krav Maga class we offer. The techniques for the day vary but the aggressive, go in, go hard, go now and go until the threat is over mindset is hammered into our members every class. Now, when we can do the techniques proficiently AND have this attitude we are a hard target indeed.

If you are training techniques in any system but aren’t putting them under exhaustion and stress, aren’t always going past that technique until the attacker has been finished and aren’t putting more emphasis on the philosophy and goal of destroying the attacker and getting out of there than you are on learning techniques you are training self defense techniques only, not self defense. There is a big difference! BE SAFE!

Below is one of my favorite videos. Violence of action does indeed trump technique!!


  1. Reblogged this on MMA RESULTS and commented:

  2. 1) I’m excited to see that SGT Rory Miller posts here
    2) Good point, I’ll try to adjust my classes accordingly.
    3) We self-defense teachers should try to teach people to stay out of fights.

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