Tom, may I ask again for you to relate some of your real-life fight
experiences giving us the situation, the techniques and tactics you used
and how you felt before, during and after the altercations?
Allright, if you like I will share some details ...
But it will not be nice to reed.
That I want to say first, ok?
There were some typical situations.
When I went home from a training session, there were some places better to avoid.
But ... if you were living in such a place you had no chance to avoid, right?
Ok ... I was a very young "adult" (18, 19), and I had some years of training in judo.
Outside the children groups, if you understand.
I did some competitons as usual but I never was interested in winning medals.
I had sometimes brawled against the typical jackals and I won.
Now the hard boiled boys had become attentive to me.
And so there were a lot of fights.
No, they did not want money or my jacket or such things.
They only want to make me cry, wanted to give me tons of pains and wanted to hear me begging.
Nobody was interested what kind of injuries I would get.
There were no such thing like "fairplay".
The one evening the first guy stomped on me without a warning and i smashed his face with my elbow. Then I kicked him with knees and then I used my elbows and fists again and again.
That was it.
For this evening.
Next evening they waited. And came on me with two attackers.
Was hard and I had to swallow a lot.
But it was the same like in training was. I could move like on the mat, they could not pin me. Yes, I get fists and all this but i was able to deflect and to kick back. The one guy gave me some space after I hit him as hard as I could with flat hands and elbow.
Then I throw the other with O-Soto-Gari.
Then it was over.
By the way, no police came ...
If I would not have practised all these things again and again from age of 12 up (before this age we did not practise such things, we did "playing judo" as children) they would have finished me.
And they tried it again and again.
And every day I looked like a bloody meat lump.
No chance to avoid.
It needed more than a year to get accepted as a "really hard boiled guy".
And then other idiots came to test me.
And I had to prove.
And I did.
Years later I used the streetcar (tram?) as often I did.
And from nowhere a guy jumped on me with a knife in his hand, and he said I would have laughed over him.
Jesus, he really wanted to kill me! I can show you the scars ...
Was hard to get his hand. All was wet from my blood.
Did you ever tried to avoid a blade when all is red and wet and when you don't know how hard and deep this blade has stitched you?
Ok, I hit him with elbow, hit his throat but even then he tried to continue. I could hold his hand with the knife but it was impossible to disarm him. He was not a beginner with the knife.
At least I grabbed his throat with my other hand and gave him a good pressure.
That was enough.
Police came late as usual and told me later that he was wellknown for attacking people.
Think that should be enough for this time.
There are things everybody learns from such situations.
NEVER think your "usual" sport judo training would give you any benefit in such situations.
If you want to survive practise in training same things you will practise in case of emerency.
Learn to hit as hard as you can and practise that everyday.
Learn to kick same way.
Learn to throw as it was made for in the old ways! You have no chance to "get your grip" like you do in sport judo competiton.
Learn to throw him "old fashioned". That is: learn to throw without a "sport grip", learn to throw flat an hard (you do not have the time to use "good looking" sport throws), learn to smash him without any hesitation.
Smash him! As long he can come up again you can't really throw!
Never think you will have a chance if the attacker has a knife and you are unarmed.
So use what you can get!
Best you will have a blade too.
I have it seen so often ... the guy takes a knife ... and I take a blade too.
Oooops ... game over. Very often this idiot won't attack either.
And learn this: reality is not to find on the sport judo mat!
In reality there is no such thing like "fair play"!
In reality is fighting was it is.
You will win or you will be a victim.
Learn this: isolated "techniques" won't help you.
You have to learn and to understand principles!
And you have to be able to go from using of one principle to the next if necessary.
Deflecting in judo has a basic principle.
Punching and kicking has a basic principle in judo.
Throwing in earnest has a basic principle in judo.
And you must learn and understand.
And you must (!) practise it with partners are not afraid when pain is coming. And it will come.
Practising without real pain is worthless. You lie to yourself.
And yes. you CAN use atemi in hard randori without killing your partner.
Hey - boxers can do that, Kyokushinka karateka can do that, Sanda fighters can do that, Sambo guys can do that, Muay Thai guys can do that ...
Why should judoka don't?
And learn this: If you hesitate in case of emergency you are dead.
In the sense of the word.
As the old Romans said: Periculum in mora.
Now I only can hope I have not brought here too much restlessness in the forum.
So far from me