Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Banglore ATM robbery attempt - Lessons

Bengaluru ATM robbery attempt - Video
Quite a few friends asked me what were the options for the victim, Jyoti Uday  Well, the first option is 'personal safety".. Period.

Even though, as a KravMaga instructor I teach defence against knife threats and knife attacks, we first tell the student " Its not worthwhile to fight against a knife to save your money"


Money can be earned again but not life. See what happened to the poor victim Jyoti. She is in the hospital with grievious head injuries. Even though doctors say her life is not in danger, she may probably have serious physical and mental trauma for the rest of her life

So, to save a few thousands Jyoti paid a much higher price.
Please be clear about the priorities. Self-defence is NOT about fighting. It is all about survival.

There are 2 kinds of crimes.
1) Crime for gain
2) Crime of Passion

This ATM assault and robbery attempt is obviously a crime for gain. A criminal is not keen to increase his crime magnitude. So why resist and force him to assault!

Self-defence is called for only in scenarios of 'crime of passion' where the victim does not have a choice; other than fighting to save from imminent death. 

A committed knife assault is almost impossible to stop, even for a trained martial-artist. At the most he can reduce the number of stabs..that's all.

Who is accountable for this crime?
If at all, anybody is accountable for this Bengaluru ATM assault it is the bank which owns the ATM. It had no guard.
The worst part was, the victim was bleeding for a few hours before being noticed. So obviously the CCTVs are only recording devices and are not monitored.
The Corporation bank has to owe responsibility for the absence of physical security and organized response mechanism.

Net take - If somebody tries to rob you pointing a knife, just hand over the money.As a KravMaga instructor, I dont want to make my trainees to risk their life to save a few thousands. 

Once again I reiterate – Civilian self-defence is NOT about fighting. It is all about survival with minimum effort. 

To highlight this priority on survival, just see this intelligent lady's reaction when she is caught in an ugly situation, along with her small son.

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS vs FINE MOTOR SKILLS in Martial arts training

Which is effective in a fight - Gross motor skills or Fine Motor skills
This is an argument going on for ages, amongst martial arts instructors. Much has been said on both sides. Now I am adding my own thoughts to this argument, with the benefit of having practiced Karate and KravMaga and the hind-sight acquired after having taught KravMaga to civilians and police.

Actually experts say there are 3 levels of motor skills - Fine, Complex and Gross.
Here is my simple description which explains the 3 motor skills in the context of fighting
(click for readable view)
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.To make it even simpler –
1. Practice = swimming on dry land 
2. Sparring = swimming in a shallow swimming pool
3. Actual fight = trying to survive in rough waves, blindfolded!

See how complex skills fail in an actual crisis, even for trained police men!


"So, I need NOT learn fine movements?!"
Let me clarify that I am NOT against teaching Fine motor skills. The more time spent in exercising fine and complex motor skills will definitely benefit one in a real ugly fight. But the instructor has to impress upon the trainees that actual fighting is without grammar and predictability.

Net take for the martial arts student
There is a process from being a novice to becoming an expert. One can't jump into the rough waves without first learning to swim. But DON'T become complacent and think you can swim the rough sea just because you are able to paddle 2 laps in the pleasant pool.

Net take for the martial arts instructor
The instructor has to take the trainee through different levels gradually.
      1. Train for Aggression.
      2. Train for physical exhaustion.
      3. Train for Mental shock. 
      4. Train for diverse directions and various angles of attack
      5. Train for multiple attackers scenario
      6. Train for fighting even when grievously injured.

Street-fight-reality
Feeble attempt to fend off a deadly attack
And after all these, tell the student emphatically that
" Reality cannot still be recreated inside the dojo."

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SreeRam is a KravMaga self-defence instructor at Chennai, South India. He teaches Civilians, Police and Security.
SreeRam has started W.A.H.R (Women against harassment & Rape)an NGO devoted to increase personal safety awareness amongst women and equip them to handle sexual harassment at public and work places.
SreeRam conducts KravMaga personal safety and self-defense workshops at corporates, especially IT/BPO companies where many women work late. He has also conducted workshops, for rural women.
On 8th March 2012 ( International Women's Day) KravMaga SreeRam released a small handy booklet for women titled " 10A-s of Personal Safety for Women" 
...............................................................
Mobile - 0-934 000 66 00 , Email - kravmaga.chennai@gmail.com
Chennai Site - https://sites.google.com/site/kravmagachennai/
KRAVMAGA BLOG -  http://kravmaga-chennai.blogspot.com/
LINKED IN -  http://in.linkedin.com/in/ksr960
FACEBOOK - http://bit.ly/KravMagaChennai
YOUTUBE - http://www.youtube.com/user/KravMagaSreeRam
GOOGLE PROFILE - http://www.google.com/profiles/ksr960
TWEET - @kravMagaSreeRam
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