On September 7, 2022 (at Peppa Thyme Restaurant)-men of Meadowbrook United Church were engaged by personnel of OB Fitness, in an interactive self-defense presentation.
With a focus on topics & concepts, both relatable and applicable to the men present, the end result was a unanimous expression of appreciation, of the content shared. The picture collage, along with brief tips/explanation reveal some of the experiences of the occasion.
To be aware of your surroundings is a foundational skill and ability, applicable in survival & self-defense situations. An example of how you may apply the skill/concept of awareness:
- Make a mental note of the people, the vehicles; their positioning; and where applicable, what the people are doing, when exiting & returning to your home daily.
Concept of Height & Reach Advantage/Disadvantage
In empty hand and/or close range combat situations, the height & reach of combatants play a role in the tactical advantage or disadvantage of the conflict. Your understanding, or lack thereof, of:
- and other physical attributes
hold weight as a determining factor behind you coming out of the bout successfully or not.
Wrist Lock/Control Escape Demonstration
Control of a person’s wrist goes a far way in aiding ones course of action in applicable hands range combat situations. For the person under restraint (wrist grabbed), having knowledge of how to free your wrist(s) helps your cause of re-engaging, employing a weapon, or re-employing a weapon successfully, to neutralize the threat.
Improvised Weapons, Weapon Extraction/Weapon Retention
Everything present within your environment can be used (improvised) as a weapon. This mindset is a crucial towards your success in a self-defense/combat situation. What’s equally, or more important to acknowledge, is that knowing how to extract & retain your weapon while engaging a foe(s) require your commitment towards the developing of your capacity in the said areas while under duress.
Some areas you should work on consistently to improve your combat capacity include, but aren’t limited to:
To live in today’s environment more in tune than the general population. To improve ones chances of being successful in situations that demand your capacity to evade, and/or neutralize a potentially, or actually life-threatening situation, daily work on ones physical fitness; and awareness; combined with other self-defense features, are critical. I urge you to commit daily to this practice, art & lifestyle.
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Photo Credits: Rakeem Burrell; Instagram @keemamani
About The Author
Oshane Bryant: BSc Geology, Geography Minor; ACE CPT since 2012; Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) Accelerator Graduate-2018 cohort; Licensed KUKIBO Martial Arts & Self Defense, Senior Instructor; OB Fitness Founder & Managing Director.