Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What to do When You See Stars!


Jiu-Jitsu Sensei Lori O’Connell’s strategy on “What to Do When Your Bell Gets Rung.”

As Chris and I sparred and increased the intensity, we each managed to take a couple of solid hits. The solid hit I took to the head in the form of a left hook that really hit home and rang my bell. I actually saw stars briefly. My response, as I've trained myself to do, was to let loose my own strikes, and to keep at it until I had regained my composure.

She explains her reasoning for that response “is to keep from being overwhelmed.” A great idea in that almost no one is effective blocking, and even less are effective defending strikes when impaired by the loss of balance and coordination that comes from taking a hard shot to the head.

This strategy can be applicable in almost any self defense situation where you are being overwhelmed, or you are smaller or weaker that your attacker – go on the attack!

Great post, Sensei!

For more information:

TDA Why Do We Get Hit?
TDA The Three Cs of Sparring: Offense and Defense
TDA How to Win a Fight: Self-Defense Strategies for the Untrained Fighter
TDA An Ex-Cop Teaches 4 Self-Defense Techniques That Really Work!


Lori O'Connell said...

Glad you liked the article! :)

Nathan Teodoro said...

I just woke up from that shot I took in the picture. I did it to make this post as realistic as possible. I like to "get into character" like a good actor. Knowhattamean?