Why blocking is USELESS in self-defense according to Las Vegas cop

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Just about every martial art out there has several blocking techniques that are regularly practiced and drilled in class, but on the street in a real-life self-defense situation, those blocks may not be as effective as you’d think.

In this video from self-defense YouTube channel, Funker Tactical, we find out why blocking may not be as effective as you would expect as self-defense expert and Las Vegas cop, Chad Lyman, shows why he thinks this is the case.

Lyman, who is also a BJJ black belt and the head BJJ instructor at Xtreme Couture, definitely makes some good points in this video about why playing the defense game in self-defense could get you in trouble, but does that really mean blocking is altogether useless like the video speculates?

Why blocking is USELESS in self-defense according to Las Vegas cop
Why blocking is USELESS in self-defense according to Las Vegas cop

Some MMA fighters, especially those with lengthy backgrounds in boxing and Muay Thai,  definitely may rely too heavily on blocking and when they transition to MMA and don’t have those big gloves there to protect them, punches can slip through. This can perhaps be the case on the street in a self-defense situation too I’d reckon.

However, with all of that being said, working your defensive skills and blocking ability is probably still beneficial for self-defense applications, as long as that’s not the only strategy you have in mind.

So is blocking actually USELESS in self-defense? Watch the video below and decide for yourself.

Chad Lyman has combined his years of operational law enforcement and Mixed Martial Arts experience to emerge as one of the nation’s leading defensive tactics trainers. He is the consummate professional, trainer, and street cop whose dedication to students and the advancement of officer safety through modern tactics is unparalleled. His intensive study and experience led to the development of the comprehensive intermediate use-of-force training system; Code 4 Combat. Chad has trained in Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for over ten years. He currently serves as a coach for the Gracie Humita Las Vegas Competition Team-Team Mica and has taught Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas since 2006. Chad is a frequent grappling competitor and currently holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Because of his exceptional skills, Chad is a personal ground fighting coach for several professional MMA competitors. [Source: pfctraining.com]

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