As seen in the video we need a solution for when our hands are down. The fact of the matter is, we do not have our hands up all the time. If you do not train with your hands down in a practical way reality is missing. We do not have enough time to raise our hands and then do a defense. Instead the beautiful thing about this defense is that it redirects ON THE WAY UP in a smooth, reflexive motion. Take a look at this YouTube video discussing reaction time to a straight punch (or stab).
When your hands are down you don’t have time for a two-step process: raise them THEN react.
This is called an outside defense because it redirects the attack to the outside or away from the midline of the body. Any time the hands are down I firmly believe that you will have to compensate with extra body defense. Body defense is our term for moving the body out of the way of the attack. Simply ducking, is an example of body defense. You are certainly at a disadvantage with hands down. Because of this it is important to move your body extra.
There are two major topics that are complete studies themselves. Starting position, practitioner readiness are two things that need to be considered in every scenario and training drill.
Fighting is one thing, but if there is one thing that every officer, and prison guard will tell you is that these people aren’t interested in fighting. They are interested in exploiting weaknesses they find. They want to win, not fight. And that implies they will not give you many chances to prepare ahead of time. There is no such thing as “getting ready.” The attacks are sudden, sneaky, and obviously effective. This is why starting position is so important.
I read in one of Rory Miller’s books, I’ll paraphrase as best as I can, “When we slaughter chickens we do not put ourselves at risk. We don’t allow the chicken to have “a chance” to defend themselves. Their timing and plan of attack will minimize risk to themselves and maximize risk to you. They will not give you “a chance” to fight back.” This is why practitioner readiness is also a very important topic to consider when training.
In our classes we try to teach techniques sometimes. But other times it is important to stack as many disadvantages against you and let you problem solve from there. Because if YOU were going to attack someone you certainly wouldn’t give yourself any disadvantages. You’d give every single one to the person at the other end of your violence.