- What are the effects of the art
of Self-defense ? -
Let's start by talking about why the striking techniques employed
in karate and the like, when used alone, are not a useful
form of self defense for ordinary people in today's society.
To begin with, let's consider the case of an ordinary person
who encounters a thug on their way home. Suppose you are confident
in your karate skills and that you beat the thug up using
punches and kicks. You believe that he started it and so it
was legitimate self-defense. However while you are still feeling
triumphant the police have been notified and arrive on the
Your opponent, who before now had been the bad guy, has suddenly
become the victim. He claims that it was a one-sided fight.
In this case, whatever you tell the police about how the incident
started and how the other guy is the bad guy, the result will
be that both parties are considered to blame. The fact you
are left with is that your opponent is injured. If the injury
is serious at best you will pay medical costs and compensation
in an out-of-court settlement. If it works out badly the case
will be sent to a prosecutor to be examined by the Public
Prosecutors office. Later you may have a story to brag about
but if this kind of thing continues to happen you are going
to end up in jail. In a real fight, knocking your opponent
down without inflicting external wounds requires proper training
and skill. In short, it is impossible unless your are at a
Another alternative is to defeat your opponent and then run
away. However this is running away after committing a crime
and you become, so to speak, a fugitive. This is not really
a good feeling. If the incident occurs at a place you are
known, or a person you were with is caught, you will inevitably
be caught too. For these reasons I think you can understand
why striking a potential attacker is not a good form of self
defense for the average person.
Conversely, let's continue by comparing a case where only
standing submission techniques (also known as joint manipulation
techniques) are used. In order to gain control of your opponent
using standing submission techniques, an attack severe enough
to inflict damage on or to break or dislocate your opponent's
joints is required. The reason for this is that with regular
standing submission techniques your opponent will quickly
recover and be able to counter attack. I have heard of many
incidents where a woman molested in the street at night has
been able to use submission to throw their attacker down.
This much is good, however the attacker who has quickly recovered
and probably become angered has then struck them repeatedly
in the face, causing serious injury.
Once you have gotten your opponent into a position where they
can't move by using joint submission techniques, unless you
strike them using proper striking technique acquired in karate
dojo training or elsewhere you will be unable to inflict any
damage on them. Similarly, if you are practicing Zenkutsudachi
Ido-keiko you will be unable to throw your opponent down in
a real fight situation.
When you look at the points above you can see why thorough
and severe submission techniques are needed. However, here
again, there is a problem in terms of the level of skill in
standing submission required. That is to inflict damage on
a powerful man's joints requires a high level of skill and
power. At our dojo to disable a person in training of 180cm
height and 90kg weight required a lot of speed, skill and
power. A half-hearted attempt, or skills that haven't been
thoroughly learned or practiced will have no effect on a person
of that size. Learning standing submission that is effective
on this kind of opponent is again difficult if you are not
at the master level. As I said earlier striking techniques
employed alone are not an effective form of self-defense,
and you can see that there are also many problems with using
standing submission alone.
However, there is a form of self defense that is a powerful
weaponĄ is easy for ordinary people to learn and that can
be used effectively in an actual fight.
It is F.S.A. (Full-contact Submission Arts)
F.S.A is a combination of standing submission and full contact
karate striking techniques. In a real fight it is an excellent
form of self-defense. Ordinary members of society who may
have family or career to consider don't want to go around
getting angry and picking fights in public like an outlaw.
This is only natural. Therefore if some kind of trouble occurs
with another person, you don't want to fight except as the
very last option. When for example you go to leave a situation
and your opponent unreasonably grabs you from behind and insults
At this point if you throw your opponent down using standing
joint manipulation techniques and then while they have been
disabled quickly apply a powerful punch or kick to their ribs
they should lose their will to fight. If however they still
get up kick them once in the groin and you have won. If it
becomes a police matter your knee unexpectedly hit your opponents
ribs while you were struggling to throw him down so it was
unintentional, and joints and the groin quickly recover. Your
opponent has no external wounds and so neither party is afforded
any blame. However this time the only fact that you are left
with is that you beat up the bad guy. So what do you think?
There is a way to clearly and safely settle affairs in a fight
situation wouldn't you say?
At F.S.A. Kenshinkan, we currently have over 200 techniques
in standing submission alone that even beginners can learn
safely. F.S.A Kenshinkan once participated in a martial arts
demonstration called "Camp Zama" that was held at
an American army base and included TaeQwanDo, Karate, Aikido,
Iai and various other forms of martial arts. The commanding
officer told us in a thank you letter that he thought our
demonstration was excellent. We also received good coverage
in their newspaper where the American army Karate teacher
highly praised F.S.A Kenshinkan as a form of martial arts that
is extremely effective in actual fighting. The reason for
this, we were told, is that in a country like America where
there is a lot of crime, there are few cases where there is
only one attacker, so after tackling one person another person
attacks, while you are rolling around grappling with this
person you are stabbed with a knife. The ideal technique for
dealing with a case like this is to use standing submission
and to strike your opponent while they are still standing.
Increasingly, with this kind of feedback, the effectiveness
of F.S.A in actual fighting is being validated.
Having read this, I hope you have an understanding of F.S.A.
Kenshinkan. I want to share this amazing technique with as
many people as possible.