I took the train from Shanghai to Hangzhou with my good friend the amazing Matt Grant to train with our friend Marco Alvarado at the Hangzhou branch of Checkmat BJJ. While there, we decided to see what happens when an MMA coach and a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black belt test out a simple women’s self defense technique video. This time, we test out the infamous Hollywood ninja neck breaking technique often seen in the movies. But will this popular fight choreography sequence translate to practical self defense when push comes to shove?
Moral of the story: before attempting to teach hand to hand combat techniques intended to be used as self defense, at the very least, make sure to test them out against mild resistance. If it only works on a cooperating training partner, it doesn’t actually work.