8-Dec-2009 - Judo as an Optimal form of Self Defence
"I am concerned about the promotion of striking based martial arts to children and believe that all parents need to think carefully about what they encourage their children to get into. The reality is that, if in a physical conflict situation, children will tend to use the techniques that they have practiced repeatedly. It is not necessary to kick or punch someone to defend yourself - judo provides a much safer and, I believe, more ethical option."
"Whilst martial arts that involve striking techniques are commendable in many ways, it concerns me that they are often portrayed as an effective form of self defense for girls or women when this may not be the case and may result in a false sense of security. Kicking and punching become useless once you are wrestled to the ground and unless you regularly practice grappling skills, you are simply not going to be able to fight off an attacker"
"The same principle applies to adults, but with a more serious side. Striking someone carries a risk of serious injury and may result in liability for damages, particularly if the force used is considered excessive. Judo utilizes the principle of 'minimal necessary force' and the techniques are specifically designed to defeat an opponent without causing injury."
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