Knife Defence and Self Defence…
The impetus of the training so far has been to develop power and introduce you to the MARA essentials.
We’ve also been focusing on making sure we get flow, natural movement and understanding of the Dim Mak inherent in the art.
You will be taught a set sequences, initially to deal with knife attacks, however the most important aspects are to do with the principals involved when dealing with a knife.
Controlling, evading and damaging the knifing arm are all essential.
But the primary impetus must be to take out the attackers central processing unit. The knife is not on its own a dangerous object, it is the intent and mind of the attacker that animates it.
This is where Dim Mak comes into its own. One would have to reasonably deem a knife attack to be a lethal threat.
Dim Mak teaches dangerous and explosive multiple attacking methods to vital and vulnerable points on the neck, head and eyes. This advanced aspect of MARA is what will enable you to get some chance of survival when dealing with a knife.
You would not be expected to use Dim Mak against a single attacker who was unarmed, and I would not expect you to use boxing against a knife wielding attacker intent on killing you.
Therefore, in MARA we aim to become adept at these two aspects of the art, so that we may react appropriately in any given situation.
It goes without saying that your aura, intuition, calmness and tolerance are always going to be your first line of self-defence. We all need the ability to effectively communicate with people and to work towards being able to instantly diffuse a situation with a few calm words.
This to me is an essential and invaluable skill