Reality-based defense is a fast growing industry because it is effective and efficient. Principles and accompanying techniques must be simple to learn, gross motor, and reflexive.
Principles: Grasp the difference between rude, antisocial (not life-threatening) behavior vs. the dedication of the predator. De-escalate the threat vs. injure the attacker — now. De-mystify attacker’s weapons. Master point-on targeting. Persist until the attacker is incapacitated.
DESD — teaches strikes, joint breaks, and throws.
DESD — teaches functional bodyweight strength conditioning, cardio drills and combat-dedicated buddy drills — to hard wire muscle groups delivering your attack.
Edge One: Self Defense
DESD is not about sparring, competition, or belt promotions.
Edge Two: Fitness! It feels good to feel good!
- De-escalation is paramount. Recognize obnoxious, bullying behavior for what it is — the need for dominance. Leave that game to the monkeys. DESD practices sucking it up — walking away from insults.
- DESD teaches the thirty-plus attacks disallowed in competitive sports and martial arts, including the MMA systems. Pretty simple approach. You start with the high value targets (eyes, neck, groin, to mention a few), then plow your weight-driven intent into those targets. “ONE INCH OF YOU ON ONE INCH OF THE BAD GUY.” (TFT)
- Inflict debilitating injury immediately, like now. As soon as possible, you want to be the one doing the injury.
- De-mystifying attacker’s weapons: guns, knives, and blunt objects. DESD assumes the attacker is armed, dedicated, and feels no pain. Very scary. Very possible. This assumption is the most realistic way to train.
- Principles trump technique – meaning DESD does not teach a myriad of techniques or weapon disarms (i.e., a counter move matching each possible attack).
- Diffusing the adrenalin dump. Violence is all about chaos, short for disorientation, fear, and panic. DESD thoroughly examines the 3 Fs — fight/flight/freeze.
- Do you have to be super fit to deliver injury to a predator? Basically, no. Can you be more effective and powerful? Probably. The main point is —
- Fitness is more about health and overall personal presentation: feeling good begets looking good begets heads-up empowerment. So you’re less likely to be I.D. by the predator as a sheep.
- Going after fitness (sorry, it’s always a brass-ring-out-of-reach thing) means you’re getting off the couch and joining the sheepdog community — now and forever.