2 Ways to Take an Enemy Down and Keep Them Down

I will not give you the advice you want, and many of you will see this as sidestepping what you really wanted to hear, but I want to share with you what I believe are the two most effective and least appreciated techniques for self-defense. Both apply to a myriad of situations–whether we are talking about ignoring intimidation or moving softly and subtly with an aggressive opponent, whether we are talking about showing empathy towards those who despise us or breaking an opponent’s desire to attack further. Enjoy!

Show Love and Compassion

“Heaven arms with compassion those whom it
would not see destroyed.”
-Taoist Scripture

“In the face of the great superiority of
another person there is no means of safety
but love.”

“To ‘love our enemy’ is impossible, because
the moment we love him, he is no longer our
-Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you begin to see that your enemy is
suffering, that is the beginning of
-Thich Nhat Hanh

Refuse to Take Part

“[Your opponent] needs someone to fight to
carry on fighting…”
-Martin Wheeler, brackets added for

“That’s what happens when you are angry at
people, you make them part of your life.”
-Garrison Keillor

“Remove yourself not just from the line of
attack, but from line of opponent’s
-Vladimir Vasiliev

Martin Wheeler Really Knows How to Multi-Task

As you probably know, Systema highly values relaxation and offers a variety of drills that challenge the mind and body to calm down and work through tension.

Perhaps no one impresses quite like Martin Wheeler who has demonstrated multiple amusing feats of relaxation, such as removing a pretty form fitting t-shirt with just teeth, movement, and the floor in Vladimir VAsiliev’s “Clothing as a Weapon.” In this video, Martin Wheeler controls a knife attacker as he moves with hands gripped behind his back–as if that wasn’t enough, he also attempts to get his locked hands to the front of his body. See the video here.

That kind of relaxation doesn’t come cheap!

You can find more details about Martin Wheeler at wheelersystema.com
Martin Wheeler will join us at Reliance Martial Arts October 24th and 25th for a two-day seminar on groundfighting and knifework.