Apologies to Alan Thomas.
My “old timers” memory has surfaced again as I forgot to post about our last S.K.A gathering training day on July 17th.
The day was centred on a session given by Allan Thomas (Allan served many years as a policeman) on your legal rights and responsibilities in a self-defence situation.
For example I had always thought that if verbally threatened and genuinly felt in danger I had the right of a pre-emptive strike; this is not the case – there has to be physical action against me first.
Alan related that from his experience most real street fights rarely lasted more than 5 seconds or so and were often very nasty. He strongly suggested forgetting high kicks or fancy techniques, in real situations avoid going to ground if possible as your attackers mates would then kick the living daylights out of you, and “K.I.S” – keep it simple and therefore often faster and more effective. He also discussed the value of strong hands to grab, apply pressure etc. – all in all in my opinion a very important session. – Thanks Alan.