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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Counter-Fudging

Watching a video that a friend shared (no, I won't share it here), and I was struck by something.

Every now and then, I stumble across videos where people are offering counters to attacks not taught in their particular system. Aikidoka teaching how to defeat the "Thai clinch" (or prum/plum/double neck tie/whatever the fuck you want to call it). Karateka teaching ways to stop a wrestler's takedown. And so on.

The problem, universally, is that the people demonstrating these counters have absolutely no idea how the attack actually works. Instead, they see something on TV, have a student try doing it to them, and then invent some kind of magic counter to it. So you have an attack being performed by someone who is a)not competent and b)probably has a bit of hero worship going on.

Now, don't get me wrong--I don't object to the idea of learning to deal with other styles in principle (actually, that's a lie. I do object in principle, but that's for another post), BUT

But if you want to learn how to deal with a particular style or system's method of attack, go find a competent practitioner of that style to test your ideas on. Want to know if that brilliant counter to the Thai clinch you came up with works? Go find a Nak Muay (Thai boxer) and ask for his help. (Bonus tip--for extra authenticity, tell the him that you found a way to easily defeat that attack.) Same for a wrestler, boxer, or whatever. Think you've got a way to beat one? Go find someone who is GOOD at what they do, and test your counter on them.

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