Tyrone Turner

"Action is the foundational key to all success." ~Pablo Picasso

Keep It Simple, Stupid (K.I.S.S.)

Posted by Tyrone Turner on September 5, 2015

Some martial artists pride themselves on knowing a ton of techniques. For instances, I have heard some Aikijujutsu practitioners brag about how their system has more than 3,000 (three thousand) techniques. In my humble opinion, that just isn’t necessary for personal protection.

Let’s take a look at boxers. Boxers have five punches in their arsenal: jab; cross/straight; hook; uppercut; and overhand. Even though they are “limited” to five techniques, they can create an infinite number of combinations to disable an opponent.

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If your interest and focus is primary personal protection, I highly recommend that you focus on mastering five techniques in five areas. Below are the areas and examples of recommended techniques:

HAND STRIKES

  • Palm Jab
  • Palm Cross/Straight
  • Palm Hook
  • Palm Uppercut
  • Palm Overhand

KICKS

  • Front Kick
  • Side Kick
  • Roundhouse Kick
  • Back Kick
  • Hook Kick

CLOSE QUARTERS

  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Shoulder Bumps
  • Hip Bumps
  • Head Butts

THROWS

  • Hip Throw
  • Hip Displacement Throw/Sweep
  • Body Drop
  • Arm Bar Take-Down
  • Four Directions Throw

PORTABLE, CONCEALABLE, LEGAL TO CARRY WEAPONRY

  • Pocket Stick
  • Sharpshooter Keychain
  • Griffin Grip
  • Pepper Spray
  • Tot-A-Sak

If you focus on the above-mentioned techniques, and create drills so you can practice, experiment on applications, and explore counters to these very techniques, you will be on your way. This teaching and training method is called TDAC (Techniques, Drills, Applications and Counters) as taught to me by my primary teacher, Renshi David Bunch (“Sensei Buddha“).

As big band jazz great, Count Bassie, would say, “Less is more.”

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