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  • Model Mugging / Impact

    Model Mugging sometimes known as Impact

    A self defence based system of teaching, primarily aimed at women, this system was developed after a high profile rape and beating in 1971 of a female, black belt martial artist in Palo Alto.
    The underlying philosophy of the art is the aim to emancipate women from the myth of fragility. It is a hybrid system that is constantly developing; absorbing techniques from a range of martial arts. The focus on this art is placed upon what is known as ‘the switch’, a mental mechanism of turning from one state of mind to another and in the case of martial arts and self defence, meaning to switch from everyday life mode to aggressive attacker, sometimes known as making the switch from prey to predator.


    The techniques taught are simple to learn and effective to use, often focussing on devastating and highly aggressive strikes to the throat and groin. This art form has growing popularity in America and Europe. It is taught by differing organisations on a profit and non-profit basis.

    Role play and scenarios are used to highlight sociological, psychological and physiological aspects of the art and examination of police records and case studies are encouraged to highlight the reality of situations in which women may find themselves. Role play also plays a part in helping students to emotionally charge their fighting techniques, creating an adrenalized state of mind and body similar to that in which real combat takes place.

    Instructors use a wide range of body padding to allow students to quickly use techniques with force engendering confidence and practical experience of generating effective force to neutralise larger opponents. Interestingly the art known as a ‘Mind, Body and Voice’ method of self defence also teaches students the ability to defend themselves verbally against assault.

    Although often overlooked in martial arts systems, learning to defend oneself verbally can create a psychological advantage should the situation deteriorate into a physical fight as it emboldens the verbal victor, psychologically increasing the chances of success. These tactics are also commonly used by boxers wishing to gain the psychological edge by intimidating their opponents.

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    Author of this article Chris Crudelli is a Graduate of London University’s SOAS & Beijing Shi Fan University. He is also a Kung Fu & Taiji Master, Author & TV Host best known for his self-penned BBC TV series 'Mind Body Kick Ass Moves' broadcast in over 180 countries worldwide.
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