Self Defense Demonstrated

A practitioner of Gun Fu should be able to defend him or herself in any situation. To develop this skill in a safe practice environment, we have categorized the most common self defense problems which you might expect to encounter in real world situations. By developing confidence in responding to these attacks, you learn to defend yourself against the unknown attacker.

For testing purposes, students are required to produce a minimum of three immediate responses to each category of attack. In actual testing, the self defense criteria would be met only when the sequence is run to completion, and the attacker is unable to continue.

Over the years, we filmed a number of video clips demonstrating the unique nature of Ironcrane Gun Fu responses to attacks. Think of what you see in these images as preliminary responses, setting up a coherent sequence.  Almost always, these were done in the moment, when opportunity arose.  There was no pre-planning, no rehersals, and no attempt to cover flaws or imperfections.   What you see is what we did as we did it, with no re-takes.  It turned out to be a big job, but we’re happy we did it.  We have left a trail for others to follow.  Think of how rare that is.

The videos are grouped into general categories (see the list below).  Simply click the category and you will be delivered to the appropriate page for viewing.

These clips are for informational purposes only. Actual self defense should be practiced in a controlled environment emphasizing safety, and only under the direct supervision of a Black Belt instructor, and only after you have been cleared by your personal physician.  Clicking the topical heading below will take you to the respective viewing page.

The Very Basics

Defending Attacks from the Front (Part One)

Defending Attacks from the Front (Part Two)

Defending Body Attacks from the Front (Part Three)

Defending Attacks from the Rear (Part One)

Defending Attacks from the Rear (Part Two)

Open Attack Defenses

Defending Weapons Attacks

Odds and Ends

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