Don’t Forget to K.I.S.S. it


Photo selfie with Justinn Rivers before throw down technique.

It is important to remember to “Keep it simple, stupid!” Some self defense techniques only require simple moves to receive an effective result. I recently stumbled upon a Youtube channel by Warrior Combatives Academy, an academy that teaches a combination of  ju-jitsu and street self-defense techniques. They’re instructional videos demonstrate real-life situations that could occur on the streets and how to strike back.  I viewed one video that showed how to throw down an attacker when they throw a punch and decided this was a move that appeared promising to carry out. This technique was demonstrated in real life with consent of Justinn Rivers, senior Computer Science student at Texas State and black belt in Tang-soo-do. As promised, I included an unrealistic photo of me taking a selfie before attempting this self defense technique which I would hope no one ever attempts before defending one self from any aggressor.

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If you watch how the take down is shown here from 0:59 to 1:58 seconds within the instructional video, the attacker steps forward with the same side foot that the punch came from. I came to notice that stepping forward with the same foot as the punch only helps set up the throw but was not accurate.If the assailant had flung a traditional blow stepping forward with the opposite leg that they punched with, this throw would not have been realistic as a response. So I realized that this video appeared informative at first but noticed that the more unrealistic a technique is toward a real-life situation, the less likely it can be effective. I greatly enjoyed attempting this technique and would like to welcome all those who are joining me on my journey to learn simple street fighting techniques. Always remember to K.I.S.S. it!


Who is the Girl Behind the Blog?

My name is Alexandra Garcia, often called Ally. My entire life I always carried an interest to learn self defense. This desire stemmed from numerous stories from my father of his experiences serving in the Colombian Army. Those stories made me realize that we live in a world that does have dangerous people and it’s important to know how to protect one self.

This blog will publish variousScreenshot_2014-09-21-15-56-32-1 ways to avoid being assaulted and harassed against one’s consent. Not only do I aim to be unique while educating others about this important topic, I will post a picture of me unrealistically capturing a  “selfie” before demonstrating a new technique that I have learned followed by occasional videos of my experiences. You might ask yourselves, how would that be possible and is it safe? I do not know but I will find out. Who wants to live in fear enough to warn others to “hide yo kids, hide yo wife?” Have no fear, selfie defense techniques are here. While your at it, check out the news story, “Hide yo kids, hide yo wife” by clicking here. You will not regret it.