Sensei Mark Jordan Teaches Advanced Weapons Defense Tactics Seminar at Budoshin Summer Camp
Budoshin Ju-Jitsu Yudanshakai (BJJY) has added an Advanced Weapons Defense Tactics Seminar to its Master Instructor Program. The BJJY, the educational and curriculum development division of Budoshin Jujitsu, began a new program designed to further the training of high ranking black belts within the organization. The idea is that you should never stop learning if you are really serious about your martial arts training. This year's Camp, hosted by Prof. George Kirby (seen at far right in photo), included an Advanced Weapons Defense Tactics Seminar taught by Sensei Mark Jordan, Godan (5th degree black belt).
To see an example of an advanced weapons defense technique taught by Sensei Jordan at the annual BJJY Summer Camp,
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Teaching Other Teachers
Sensei Jordan is the Chairman of the BJJY Education Committee. His job is to teach other teachers the advanced skills they will need in order to advance through the Budoshin Black Belt ranks. The most important concept advanced "students" of Jujitsu must learn is that the old ways are not necessarily the best ways. Never assume that a technique is good, or will work, just because it is taught as a traditional technique.
You must always ask yourself: What is the best way to handle a particular situation? It may not be what you have been taught. This will make you think about other possibilities you may not have considered before, and often present new ways of looking at an old problem.
According to Sensei Jordan, the area of the "traditional" martial arts that needs the most careful consideration, is in dealing with modern weapons defenses. The traditional techniques simply don't work! We have all seen the demonstrations where the sensei quickly disarms a would-be attacker. Most of the techniques shown for weapons disarms make for great entertainment, and work great in the dojo, but would never actually work in the real world.
The "mantra" of weapons defense seems to be "control the weapon." Most people have come to believe that means you must always go straight for the weapon and always take it away from the attacker. But, that doesn't always make sense in every situation. Often, going for the weapon will force you into a struggle with the attacker, and that will always lead to bad results.
The truth is, no attacker will give up his weapon as easily as many would have you believe.
Grabbing any type of weapon is a bad idea. Just as common sense tells you not to grab the blade of a knife, it should be just as obvious that you should never grab the barrel of a gun. But, many traditional techniques teach exactly that. Real-world tests show that it is an extremely dangerous, and even foolish practice. This almost always forces the attacker to pull the trigger, and the gun fires, even if the attacker never had any intention of shooting. And anyone who has seen what happens to a hand holding the barrel of a gun when it goes off knows it is... ugly!
New Ways of Looking at an Old Problem
Most people never consider the fact that it is possible to "control the weapon" without ever touching it. You must never lose sight of the fact that the name of the game is Self-defense. Your only objective in any attack is to get away unharmed. This is especially true when it comes to weapons defenses. It is not your job to arrest this person; leave that to the police. Stopping to disarm an armed attacker will only slow down your escape, especially if it turns into a struggle.
You do not need to take the weapon away from an attacker, so long as he is unable to use it!
All you need to do is damage him to the point that he is unable to use the weapon against you. Then, it really doesn't matter whether you take it away from him, or not. This is a totally new way of approaching the issue of weapons defense, from the traditional standpoint, but, one that makes perfect sense when analyzed. It isn't hard to do if you simply practice basic jujitsu principles.
The concept requires an understanding of body mechanics, and how to keep the weapon away from you by manipulating the attacker, not the weapon. Advanced students of jujitsu should already understand that proper use of a strike here, or a joint-lock there, will force the attacker to move in a pre-determined direction. Using the correct technique to force him to turn away from you (thus, moving the weapon away from you as well), is the basis for these new concepts.
[Side Note: Engaging an attacker who has a weapon is an extremely risky move, and used only as a tactic of last resort. There are many factors to consider before making such a decision, and any method of weapon defense should only be attempted if you have no other way out.]
"It's Too Radical for Me!"
Some people just can't seem to "wrap their head around" such techniques. They simply can't break the old habits created through years of training in the old methods of weapons defense. Others just don't feel comfortable without getting their hands on the weapon.
"That's OK," says Sensei Jordan, "old habits die hard." No one is expecting you to immediately drop everything you have learned and practiced for many years. All he asks is that you try it out, and begin to see the advantages to having options to the single-minded techniques of the past. You may soon see that opening up to new possibilities allows you to make advances in other areas of your martial arts training, as well.
"If we do not evolve, we will die."