Thursday, March 02, 2006

How One Barroom Encounter Changed One Cop's Views On Fighting

How one cop's encounter with a gargantuan bar patron changed his perspective on technique and tactics. A good read. Keep in mind what I always say, "All techniques will work at the right time, just as they will all fail at the wrong time."
I had spent eight years learning to go through my opponents and now had discovered that this didn't work in every scenario. Unhappily, I had discovered that bigger men, perhaps even those of equal skill and stamina could hold me off or even worse beat me. So like some guy in a bad Hong Kong movie I went in search of a martial art that would give me the "edge". That wasn't easy because Louisiana just isn't a Mecca for martial artists. For many years I was forced to confine myself to judo and jujitsu. Later I would work with Bruce Siddell's PPCT, aikido, t'ai chi chuan, savate, jeet kune do and ninpo. Each of these systems would give me yet another piece of the puzzle and ultimately bring me back to the beginning, jujutsu.

About The Author:
Robin Martin is a former Police Officer with 18 years of service. Currently he maintains a Deputy SheriffĂ­s Commission and is the Executive Director of E-911 for Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. During his law enforcement career Martin taught hundreds of law enforcement and private security personnel self-defense and survival skills. As the former owner of Defense Technologies he trained in excess of 2,000 men, women and children in self-defense and rape prevention.

A student of the martial arts since 1969 Martin holds a 5th degree black belt in both shotokan karate and Hoshin Roshi Ryu Jutaijutsu (Jujustsu). He is also a certified instructor in Hoshin Tao Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan as well as a coach of Savate. After a decade of research Shihan Martin has founded his own Aikjujutsu system, "Goshin-Do" that combines elements of Shotokan Karate, Danzan Ryu Jujutsu and Chi Kung.

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