The More Haste The Less Speed

In jujitsu demonstrations I have frequently allowed a man to attack my throat with his thumbs on my windpipe and to do his utmost to choke me and have instantly secured a lock on his arm and held him powerless, but without hurting him. Frequently some enthusiastic member of the audience will try a similar grip on the arm of a friend but will nearly break his arm, with the result that his friend will absolutely refuse to practise any more.

Now, if these young men had waited until they were shown what part of the trick to take swiftly and what part to do slowly, they would have been able to practise with a great deal of profit and pleasure. They would have been able to continue that practice until they were really efficient without any danger to their limbs. So you must analyze every trick into its two operations -- Major and Minor, and while you take the first one quickly, take the second one slowly.

Altho you divide them mentally there will be no pause between them; they will both appear to be one swift movement.

You must try each trick very gently Minor operation begins.

to find out where the Major operation ends and the


If assailant omits to imprison your forearm tightly between his hands and his Stahara and merely holds you with the strength of his hands -Swing right shoulder and elbow upwards, making the effort from the Stahara, dropping our left shoulder and if necessary striking him in pit of stomach with left fist.

This method of escape evades the pain of the grip.

If he holds you tightly against his Stahara and keeps the pressure on your fingers there is no escape.

In actual combat it might be necessary to break an enemy's finger, but this ability to "treat 'em rough" is best acquired by careful practice in which you avoid injuring one another.

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