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KI CHUAN DO TRAINING TIPS #13:
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BAR FIGHTS by John Perkins

I have been looking over many self defense videos for many years. One recurring theme in many of these is the bar fight. I just wanted to make this statement. If you plan to go to drinking establishments, you should, at least, have in the back of your mind that some sort of trouble is more likely to happen there than in most places where sobriety and a good time occur.

There is all the expert advice given by bouncers about the sucker punch. Many of these videos show what implements of destruction you can utilize in your bar fight like the ever popular pool stick and beer bottle. Wow! is all I have to say.

Now I am not saying that you should not visit your local bars because of the danger. I am saying that if you count yourself a true warrior then wherever you are in public, keep sober and carry yourself with dignity.

Many of our most skilled fighters are bouncers and some are bar
tenders. Some are working in upscale establishments while others are working in biker bars. Their skill levels are generally high and stay high as long as they are not.

We at Attack Proof receive many reports of the good job that is done
by our students who are in charge of the public safety at these
establishments along with some reports of how situations transpired.
These events have occurred at various levels of intensity with regard to physical danger and the amount of opponents that were encountered.

One incident happened so quickly that hardly anyone realized what went down. Here one of our manager/security persons was threatened with a knife by a patron from across a bar. As the knife was produced the night club manager slammed the knife hand down onto the bar while simultaneously leaning over the bar and striking the would be knifer flat in the face with a palm heel strike to the nose. This strike was applied with dropping force without pushing the assailant away. The assailant's face absorbed the full brunt of the blow
causing an instant knock out. Now we must realize how important this was.

If the KCD practitioner only knew how to apply a palm heel strike with emphasis on the full extension of the hand he may have caused the knife wielder to fall backward from the bar with the knife still in the hand of a still conscious assailant. This is just an example of why KCD training emphasizes simple blows but develops the delivery to the maximum from as many positions as possible with the option of quickly dropping an assailant and not allowing the
assailant to fall or be pushed away while still able to come back with an armedattack.

Many close combat fighters don't like the idea of using internal type strikes and many don't actually know how to deliver them. In KCD training we all study the use of internal methodology melded to the most forceful snapping, full throtle, balanced basic strikes and kicks. We just add the ability to absorb strikes to the body with little damage to the KCD practitioner while he is in the process of administering judicious blows.

The skill of close quarters/close up evasion of blows while landing
blows is the core of KCD training. This concept we call the sponge with a spike. This training came in handy for one of our larger practitioners who is also a security manager at an establishment that serves a mixed crew of patrons often including large groups of bikers.In this incident a large fight broke out in an upper floor section of this club. Most of the antagonists arrived there on motorcycles and many were heavy-weights. Here the agility of the over 300 pound KCD practitioner proved quite helpful. As this security manager (bouncer) was obliged to wade into the crowd of wild hun-like brawlers he was able to subdue many of these with few
blows and tosses while avoiding getting his head crushed with beer mugs, pitchers and pool sticks.

At this particular establishment he is regarded as something of a hero. He will tell you himself that he was just doing his job to the best of his ability. Here he was not just a bar fighter but a warrior who now commands great respect which resulted in more customer attendance with a severe drop in customer violence.

We at Attack Proof don't claim to be tough guys. The last thing we wish to do is fight. We train in fight prevention techniques like verbal de-escalation among others. Remember, you can still enjoy a night out with your friends but keep alert to signs of imminent trouble and avoid it at all costs.

Good luck to all, JP

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