One of my students (and instructor at our gym) had a “scary as hell” moment this week. It seems that he was driving in a not so great part of town when a little girl darted in front of his truck and he hit her. Thankfully she was only bruised and scraped but he did what we all would do, got out of his truck to help her. What he said happened next was like one of our Krav class training drills come to life. He looked up to see eight or so guys running from neighborhood porches but not to help the girl…they were running at him. To make a long story short they surrounded him and started to throw punches, etc. He backed up to a wall as he fought them off and then ran when the opportunity presented itself. Two followed him (the rest took out their vengeance on his truck) and when he was about caught up to he turned and threw on the closest guy. As he clinched the guy and kneed him he kept him moving so that he could keep an eye on the second guy who eventually just left. A woman in the neighborhood came out and bawled out the thugs then offered her home to my friend until the police arrived.

This could have been bad but he fell back on his training. He knew that if he hit the ground he would be stomped and if they got behind him he would eventually do just that…hit the ground. He kept them from getting behind him and then did the smartest thing he could do (and something we preach to do)…he ran. There is no way he could whip eight dudes. We aren’t Superman and this isn’t Hollywood and he knew this. When the opportunity presented itself he ran. When he had to reengage he did so with good tactics, tied up the one who was closest to him and kept his eyes on the second guy. I couldn’t be prouder of him.

When he asked me to critique I told him “It’s obvious that you didn’t do anything too bad because you weren’t seriously hurt and the fact that you were relatively unscathed tells me you did things right”. My only advice to him was what I mentioned just a few weeks ago in my “Flash Mob Attacks” blog. Carry a handgun where legal and a knife always. I thank God he was unharmed. Things like this make me proud to teach what we do…no BS self defense. BE SAFE!


Some of my blogs are informational…some are just me railing on something. I’m in Israel right now and only have time for one in the “railing” category! My wife hates watching movies with me. I am constantly pointing out the improbabilities, the impossibilities and the down right stupid stuff that movie makers want us to believe. They must think that we are stupid! Most people want to be blissfully ignorant and be entertained I guess but it drives me crazy. The stuff you see in movies that just don’t happen in the real world:
-In the movies guns are magic. Watch how many people in the movies who have a gun pointed at them just freeze. The gunman has the gun pointed at their head from a foot away and is looking somewhere else yet nobody ever thinks to grab the gun and beat the bad guy into the ground. Duh.
-The bad guy can hit a running target from fifty feet away. When someone asks me what my defense is if the gunman is ten or twenty feet away I tell them I’d use the Nike Defense. Friggin run! Even a trained shooter has a very hard time hitting a moving target.
-Ever see someone get shot in a movie and they go flying off their feet? It’s physics. If a projectile has the force to send someone flying it had to send the person who fired the projectile flying as well.
-Those little bitty silencers on handguns? No such thing. The silencers would have to be much larger and the gun use sub sonic rounds…usually a .22 round. There is no such thing as a silencer on a revolver. The gas (and noise) escapes around the cylinder.
-Hollywood must have magic bullets. People seem to drop every time a bullet hits them. In the real world people take full clips to their mid chest and still keep trying to slice or otherwise beat on the person with the handgun. I read of a criminal who took four .357 magnum rounds to the mid chest, another round that went arm pit to arm pit through the dude and several more in the arms and legs and was still fighting the police officers who shot him. If you have ever gone deer hunting you know that shooting that deer with a slug doesn’t drop him right there…and we’re talking about a huge slug! You have to track the darned thing for miles afterwards.
-One last observation on guns. How many movies have you seen where a car blows up because someone was shooting at it? Supposedly they hit the gas tank. This is an impossibility. Even with phosphorous tipped rounds shooting a stand alone gas tank (no other metal to penetrate) it is virtually impossible to blow that tank. Sheesh.
-Kids and small women can whoop on trained fighters. In the real world size and strength matters. A good big guy will beat a good small guy most of the time. I want to puke when a 60 pound kid kicks a 200 pound adult in a movie and the adult goes flying. This ain’t happening. As good as our female Kravists are, they know to hit vulnerable spots and to be looking to escape. All my female instructors would kick the crap out of those female movie starlets yet those starlets somehow can stand toe to toe with a large, trained fighter and kick his butt. Stupid!
-The hero takes knives away from dudes in a fight and never suffers a cut. Even when successful with knife defenses you rarely come away unscathed. This is why we train knife defenses with KY jelly slathered on our arms. A lot of the joint locks and grabs just don’t work when there is a slippery substance involved. Guess what? Blood is pretty friggin slippery!
-The hero takes on 3 and 4 attackers all movie long and wins every time. BS! I don’t care how good you are you cannot see behind yourself. If even two guys get you between them you are in trouble. You can’t block 8 appendages with 4 consistently, especially if you can’t see them because they are coming from behind.
-Those witty one liners and smart aleck comments that the hero makes during and after fighting…wow. In the real world with an adrenaline dump, stress, etc. due to someone trying to kill me I’m going to be lucky if I even remember my name!
-Unbeatable heroes. I wish. No matter how bad you are there is always someone badder. Anything can happen. I was told of a special forces soldier who had seen combat in Afghanistan who was finally home. His first week at home he was in an altercation in a bar. He was punched once by a regular looking guy, fell back, hit his head and died. This was a tough dude, a real fighter and a hero…and he died that quickly.
-The hero takes a bunch of damage and bounces back to win…and in the next scene he doesn’t even have a limp! Bodies are fragile. To be taking a whipping and then catch a second wind isn’t going to happen. Broken bones, punches in the head and kicks in the groin aren’t something that you’ll be recovered from mid-fight. Those long choreographed fight scenes only work if the fighters don’t take damage. Real violence is fast, terrifying and devastating.
-Why doesn’t the bad guy ever kick the good guy in the groin? Watch an MMA fight. Those dudes are tough as nails but they drop in a hurry when they get kicked in the groin. The ref has to stop the fight and let them recover.
OK, I’m done railing. Go enjoy your movie. BE SAFE!