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#234680 - 03/21/06 01:06 PM Re: Going RAD [Re: MattJ]
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Their focus is to have you use their techniques. After all, it is self-serving and these techniques were not introduced. They also don't cover stepping offline, or moving to the outside...only a basic inner block/parry to deflect haymaker punches.

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#234681 - 03/21/06 01:09 PM Re: Going RAD [Re: MattJ]
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Matt,
The headgear on the redman suites are not thick enough for elbows. Harlan would drop the redman like a bad habit.

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#234682 - 03/21/06 01:16 PM Re: Going RAD [Re: oldman]
harlan Offline
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For some reason, that thought pleases me to no end.

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Harlan would drop the redman like a bad habit.



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#234683 - 03/21/06 04:31 PM Re: Going RAD [Re: harlan]
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Thats cool that you are taking the course and getting something out of it.

couple questions:
* when you wrote that youve found your punch, what did you mean exactly?

* the techniques that you wanted to use, do you feel would have worked well? (parry/strike, elbow, etc).

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#234684 - 03/21/06 04:38 PM Re: Going RAD [Re: Ed_Morris]
harlan Offline
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Not 'the zone' that folks talk about. Up till now I've had no punch. It was like...my arm was a stranger. The last class was felt different...quick but with flow and power. Not something to compare with you muscle boys...but I feel it could be very effective.

Now I have to get some mitts and a bag.

Quote:

couple questions:
* when you wrote that youve found your punch, what did you mean exactly?

* the techniques that you wanted to use, do you feel would have worked well? (parry/strike, elbow, etc).



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#234685 - 03/24/06 09:37 AM Final RAD [Re: harlan]
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Well, the last part of the course was last night. Remember...this is a course targeted for women with no self-defense experience (and I would include no MA or sparring).

Basic review of the techniques, followed by 2 simulations with the entire group shouting support, followed by each individual going in alone. Basically, the idea is to get away through a designated exit. I was first for each round.

Each of the ladies had a different personality and under pressure reacted differently...but nobody 'lost it'. In the end, there were 6 pretty grim women quietly thinking about what they had experienced.

Personally, I can't recall a thing...a total blank...so it is good that they videotaped it. The RAD videos that Neko/Leo pointed out were very similar. It does look like a 'punch up'...the suited guys are forcing the participants to try to recall the techniques and if you don't...you can't get out until you do. I won't go into the 3 different scenarios...but I will say that it was scary and stressful. The simulations involved intimidation, rear grabs without warning, and if you went to ground...getting out of that as well. I could deal with it, and with watching the older women who came after me...but I found it very difficult to watch the daughter (of a mother/daughter team) being grabbed by two big goons. The only non-RAD techniques that I managed to get in (and it was just 'there'..not premeditated) was a backfist, a drop (out of the bear hug) followed by an uppercut, and turned an armgrab into an opportunity to twist/leverage and get away.

It was a learning experience, one I will keep seperate from my MA. I will definitely be going for the advanced course which involves simultaneous attackers, and weapons disarms. As much as I love Goju, I will definitely be looking to add grappling or ground defense in the future.

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#234686 - 03/24/06 09:42 AM Re: Final RAD [Re: harlan]
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Thank you for sharing this experience with us. I'm glad that it was a learning experience for you.
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#234687 - 03/24/06 03:24 PM Re: Final RAD [Re: JoelM]
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Two thumbs up for your Harlan. Stepping our of your comfort zone to do this is certainly an inspiration and says a lot about your character.
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#234688 - 03/24/06 04:08 PM Re: Final RAD [Re: Dereck]
MattJ Offline
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Two thumbs up for your Harlan. Stepping our of your comfort zone to do this is certainly an inspiration and says a lot about your character.




Totally agree with Dereck. I applaud your decision to look into some groundfighting training as well.
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#234689 - 03/25/06 10:06 AM Re: Final RAD [Re: MattJ]
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A really good thread, thanks harlan!

May you never have to use what you learned
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