As a martial artist and self-defence instructor, and now the founder of Mu-shin Self-defence, Stuart Kirby, has studied violence for over 38 years. His fear of violence drove him to train in martial arts from the tender age of 8, to avoid being a victim of it.
Over the last few years, Stuart has questioned how prepared his students would be in a real life street attack.
Research into the most effective way to deal with violence highlights the works of former US Navy Seal Tim Larkin, who became the author/creator of Target Focus Training.
Larkin’s controversial approach to self-defence teaches students to lay injury upon injury until the attacker is ‘non-functional.’ His method has received praise in some parts of the world and has even been used to train special forces, police and security services.
In stark contrast, he was refused entry to the UK in 2012 by the then Home Secretary Theresa May, as his content was seen to promote violence.
The 258-page justification for using the ‘tool of violence’ against a violent attacker could be translated as a ‘kill or be killed’ guide.
Stuart Kirby goes on to say, “there is logic and scientific reasoning within Larkin’s theory. Hysterical strength is accessible to everyone, and the ability to stop an attacker before they tap into it. Many self-defence techniques are practised briefly and are too weak to end an attack.
At Mu-shin Self-Defence, we train quality over quantity, with zero grading syllabus so there’s no danger of overloading the parietal lobe (the part of the brain that stores our motor memories). The advantage is that the techniques are more likely to effectively embed into muscle memory and become instinctive. A higher degree of perfection will be achieved since there aren’t as many techniques to master.
In the UK, carrying any kind of weapon is illegal, even in the name of self-defence. Instead, many flock to martial arts training and self-defence courses. How well does this prepare them against the varied levels of aggressive confrontation, particularly physical violent attacks?
This kind of attack requires a different kind of defence. Credit to Larkin who clearly distinguishes between the standard’ playground spat, bar fight, and road rage incident for which he terms ‘anti-social’. He distinguishes the severe violent attack as ‘asocial’ and usually instigated by a psychopath.
Larkin warns that even an antisocial confrontation can easily escalate to a violent end. The worst case being the ‘one punch killer’ scenario where a drunken slap leads to someone ‘hitting the deck’, resulting in a fatal concussion!
Larkin maintains that fighting is never a good option since it can progress to death. If avoiding a fight is at all possible, this is the route he suggests. His message is clear: control the ego and go home safely to loved ones. Did Theresa May miss this very important message? This is the message that Mu-shin Self-defence agrees with and will share far and wide.
How to Escape an Attacker
If the walk or run-away option isn’t possible, skill and power are needed to get the attacker into ‘non-functional’ status, making it safe to run.
Larkin offers examples from the US prison system, with videos showing extreme acts of violence to illustrate just how ugly and uncoordinated it is. Nothing like the perfectly executed flying kicks of Jean Claude Van Dam or the wrist throws of Steven Seagal from the 80s blockbusters.
Larkin argues that no one has used the ‘tool of violence’ more effectively than those incarcerated in the US prison system.