"In regards to your newsletter #32, I have had the greatest success with attacking by feinting with an eye gouge, then followed immediately by some form of low kick, or kicks, especially to the shins. Of course this is just for closing the gap and inflicting some pain on your attacker. After the kicks take their effect you move in with whatever hand-elbow strikes you want to the head.

I've never had a problem nailing guys with these techniques, and there is an endless variety. I believe it's a simple strategy (but just one), and very effective. I also believe in order to achieve the right fighting state of mind you have to be committed to attacking, and keep attacking relentlessly like a buzzsaw from every angle. I like to visualize myself being like a rabid pitbull, unstoppable unless you kill me. At least that's what I think you need as far as mindset, if you expect to hold your own against another maniac. With K.C.D you add the element of elusiveness, like a mongoose."

"Hello first, let's say that I just read your last e-mail and I wish your friends in tel aviv and england well in their recovery. But I do have to say that even if nothing prepares you for every situation your system at least doesn't restrict a person in anyway, neither physically nor mentally. Anyway I read an interveiw with Evander Hollyfield by Muscle Fitness magazine a few years ago right after he recaptured the title from Riddick Bowe. In the interview he mentioned training with Lee Haney using weights as an aid to prepare for his fight with Bo. He said he had trained with other weight trainers before but didn't get any benefit in punching power but that he did get improvement under Haney. I was wondering you know how they could be used to effect your power. I know you don't need big muscles to use your system but I'm always looking for new ways to improve my skills. thank you."

"The winners had training in proper mind set for serious
engagements. Even the men who fell had proper mind set training but
what went wrong?

Scenario based training was one of the main ingredients of Ari's
training. What did he face that was so different?

Well both weren't "in combat".  One was at a bar and relaxed, not
in the ring.  The other was home from war on leave.  A time to
relax and unwind from the stress of war, not on the battlefield.

These situations are very similar to "I am in a safe neighborhood",
"I'm home safe and sound", "Bad things only happen to bad people"
and "Relax, nothing bad is going to happen".  What I mean is,
people think nothing will happen because of 'blank'.  I don't know
the answer.  At what point does hyper-vigilance becomes paranoia?

I am guilty of the same sins as the guys mentioned.  Why?  Because
it is very tiring preparing for an attack at any time from anyone.
Especially when not a single attack materializes.  So I slack off.
I'd love to know the middleground is at which point being carefree
is balanced with paranoia.  I wouldn't be perfectly safe, but at
least I wouldn't be giving myself a heart attack thinking every
shadow is an attacker.

Just so you know where I am at at the moment.  Every change of
scenery, except at home in the house, I scan the area (a quick look)
If a door opens, I look to see who it is.  I try not to daydream
or thinking internally while walking.  When passing people on the
street I; scratch my nose, fiddle with my hair, adjust my glasses,
stretch both my arms behind my head while yawning, etc.  Pay
attention to anything that gets my attention instead of just
ignoring it."

"I'm not exactly sure what went wrong for Ari the Israeli soldier but I can take a guess.  It sounds as though he wasn't mentally prepared to view children as a potential threat. Perhaps his mind was ready for combat but he simply wasn't suspecting the unsuspected.
This newsletter reminded me of what happened to Muay Thai kickboxing great Alex Gong.  As I recall from reading the story, Alex was in his San Francisco gym (Fairtex Gym) working out and training.  He witnessed a dark green Jeep Cherokee hit his car outside and drive off.  Alex immediately gave chase into the street, barefoot and still wearing his boxing gloves.  Alex caught up to the car jacker at a red light and proceeding to approach the man in his car believing he would beat this poor jerk senseless.  Unfortunately, the car jacker was better prepared with a gun and tore Alex from his misconception as well as his life.  He was shot in the chest and killed.  People with superior skills sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that being faster, more agile and better trained than the enemy will get them out of whatever comes their way.  Occassionally it will, but no one is fast enough to dodge a bullet or agile enough to snake away from a knife embedded into their jugular.  The point is, the only way to avoid such situations is to be aware and ready for whatever so as to not let such things occurr.  Always expect the unexpected and underestimate no one.  Obviously the carjacker didn't underestimate whom he might face that evening- otherwise he wouldn't have been packing a piece.
--Adam, KCD Student

"Lee Murray, the cage rage fighter, was basically assassinated. At least 3 people lay in wait at the exit from the Funky Budda before attacking him.  Various people came to aid and at least 2 of them have life threatening injuries. It sounds vaguely similiar to your Israeli soldier friend.
I used to be a volunteer EMT. I responded to the Clarkstown PD station to take care of a female cop.  She had responded to a fight at the Palisades Center where she had to break up two people rolling around on the ground. One of the guys grapped on to her hand dragged her to the ground, slamming her head on the top of a half wall.  She got a nice concussion from it yet still drove back to the station where I picked her up."

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