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Self-Defence

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Ben
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Re: Self-Defence

Postby Ben » Wed Jul 13, 2011 8:27 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby Monkey » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:00 pm

#1 Running away - I fight that didn't happen is a fight that you've won for sure

in case your attacker is faster, or it can't be avoided:

#2 I'd say Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - it's a martial art where you don't even have to throw a punch/kick to defend yourself (it's rather about controlling 'the enemy' by using arm locks and chokes - this is all about technique and not about strength)

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:12 pm

My first martial arts teacher had some good instruction:

Build up the muscle and power in your legs, with weights, stairclimbing, rowing, stretching and other exercises. The legs have much more power and strength than the arms. The mere size of the legs over the arms demonstrates the vast superior power in the legs over the arms and fists.

So build up your leg power as much as possible. By having power in your legs you can defend yourself. And if that doesn't work, you can always run.
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Re: Self-Defence

Postby Alex123 » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:10 pm

"Life is a struggle. Life will throw curveballs at you, it will humble you, it will attempt to break you down. And just when you think things are starting to look up, life will smack you back down with ruthless indifference..."

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby ajay » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:10 am

One of the core concepts of buddhism is nonviolence.meththa is the key word.even to your enemies you have to practice meththa.you have realise that you have no self to defend.our aim is to annihilate this feeling of self.l;me,mine are a delusion.evev for laymen if you can pracrice the world will very much peaceful.
An automatic response to avoid a blow is differrent.but to strike back i dont think is compatible with non violence.
Theruwan saranai.

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby mpcahn » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:21 am

The best method of self defense is to live in a way that the possibility of violence is minimized. This site: discusses it well. While BJJ would be the best fighting style if you get into a fight, the best way to defend yourself is not to get into a fight.
is the mind us? Is it ours? Slash on down! Whatever is going to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. We feel no regrets. We want only the truth. (Ajahn Maha Boowa)

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby alan » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:22 am

I have not found anything in the suttas addressing self defense. It seems the idea was not discussed.
We all know the simile of the sword; as far I as I can tell he really meant it.
For non-monks in a difficult environment, running like hell seems the best idea. Avoiding surroundings where violence is likely to occur in the first place also makes sense.

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Re: Self-Defence

Postby Bodhisurfer » Sun Jul 31, 2011 9:35 pm

I've been learning and practising various martial arts for many yearsnow -I currently train in BJJ which is a very effective martial art. It does have limitations for example It doesnt deal particularly well with multiple opponents.

However I've always thought this to be particularly true:
""Monks, for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken, eleven benefits can be expected. Which eleven?

"One sleeps easily, wakes easily, dreams no evil dreams. One is dear to human beings, dear to non-human beings. The devas protect one. Neither fire, poison, nor weapons can touch one. One's mind gains concentration quickly. One's complexion is bright. One dies unconfused and — if penetrating no higher — is headed for the Brahma worlds.

"These are the eleven benefits that can be expected for one whose awareness-release through good will is cultivated, developed, pursued, handed the reins and taken as a basis, given a grounding, steadied, consolidated, and well-undertaken." AN 11.16

so it would seem that the Triple Gem is our best protection :smile:
Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya


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