Here is the original “promo reel” I did for my internationally best selling self defense APP “THE TOP TEN MOST COMMON STREET ATTACKS“. In it, I outline the 10 most common street attacks that you are statistically most likely to encounter in the real world. The idea was to make sure that people firstly understood what the very most common types of attacks were, not the unfounded opinion of some “Black Belt” or “champion” who had never been in a real fight in his life, but what objective statistical sources were telling us was actually going on in the real world and not in the martial arts or tournament fantasy land. Secondly, I then wanted to show the techniques that were the simplest and most effective and had worked for me, and others, in the real world as the smaller “out gunned” people. Many of these techniques are standard in most Brazilian Jiu-jitsu curriculum but many of them are modifications or personal developments that I specifically designed after analyzing the problems I encountered or observed, with the standard techniques, in real live self-defense scenarios. Different statistical sources might rate the attacks in different orders so what I then did was to also try to rank these attacks in a progressive conceptual way so that each new scenario or method builds on the technique before and we start seeing what the real threats of these attacks are and begin to see them as variations on a very common yet poorly understood (by most so called “self-defense experts”) theme.
Therefore, although just a promo reel, I think we did a pretty good job of demonstrating what the actual attacks would look like and the real world problems of dealing with these kinds of assaults that far to many “experts” think will be so easy. The biggest factor missing from most approaches to self-defense is factoring the movement and pressure that an aggressor will put on you. In other words, they just “pose” the hold , by standing there with the attacker doing nothing but waiting for you to do your counter. This creates an illusion that just about anything is possible, but in reality as soon as you are destabilized your options become a lot more limited.