imagine if there was a martial art that took perfect advantage of your natural instincts hardwired through millennia of evolution in your brain and body wouldn’t that martial art be the most effective one to use in self-defense well there is one such martial art it’s called karate and today I want to teach you two specific ways that karate takes advantage of your natural primal instincts for self-defense check it out alright so the first natural instinct that karate takes advantage of is something known as the flinch response and this is something you would experience when you’re defending yourself unexpectedly so let’s say I’m just out here walking and my brother Oliver comes here tries to just smack me in the face did you see what I just did my natural instinct is to try to lean away or move my body sideways to cover my centerline right and then bridge the gap using my arms and this is what any human being on the planet earth would do when something comes shooting towards their face that’s why it’s an instinct if you look at these famous photos of baseball games sometimes the bat flies into the crowd of people and everyone goes whoa like this because it’s a natural response that’s the flinch response and it’s a startle reflex from your brain stem which basically tells your body to get away from danger but just standing like this is not really productive right there needs to be something happening after that if I really want to get to safety and the old masters of karate knew this so they designed specific ways to transition from the reactive state of the flinch response to an active state of a trained attack this is why almost every basic karate technique uses both arms together whether it’s a block strike or pond not just one hand at a time because when I’m being attacked both of my arms are already up so why would I want to bring one down to evade the attack and then counter-attack right instead I would just ride this momentum and then go in and do my technique right this is the old way of doing karate and the Okinawan masters call it meal tour day which means husband-and-wife hands a good couple husband and wife should always stay together right unless you’re getting divorced can you untrain the flinch response yes you can if you are a trained fighter you can respond with a spinning flip through you kick whenever you’re being attacked but in a self-defense situation you don’t have that luxury because you don’t expect to be attacked when somebody comes and just smacks your face in this is what you’ll do and you have no other choice but to ride the momentum of this move or this situation right here to keep going with your techniques which is what karate is based on right using your natural flinch response and then extending that into a technical attack or defense whatever you want to call it alright so that was a defensive part the flinch response now let’s talk about the offensive part and this is something known as the pain withdrawal response which you want to take advantage of in your karate techniques so let’s say that I want to stimulate the pain receptors of Oliver here and I’ll just apply a simple armbar what happens as I applied the armbar and he feels pain he wants to stand on his tippy-toes and his shoulder will go up to try to alleviate the pain because I’m triggering a sensory reaction in his body and his brain tells the muscle neurons in his body to kind of recalibrate his center of gravity and realign his joints to alleviate the pain look let’s say I take all of his fingers here and I bend this way what happens he becomes Elvis Presley again and stands on his toes but if I do it the other way he becomes a Catholic right so why not take advantage of this this is exactly what karate does that’s why when you look at the forms the kata of karate you’ll usually see different types of combinations of blocks kicks and strikes and punches because every technique sets up the next for example let’s say Oliver grabs my jacket here and wants to punch me with the other hand a simple way for me to elicit this pain withdrawal response and use it to my advantage would be to strike down right here on this bundle of nerves his natural reaction would be to bend his arm and shoot his chin forward to alleviate the pain bad bad and that’s my response of course to use the opening created by the previous technique this is the exact reason why techniques in kata have a certain pattern or order and that’s why the old masters always said that you should never change kata they are in that order for a very specific reason let’s take another example what happens when you get attacked in the groin cup like this well either he gives me his phone number or his hands shoot down to try to avoid the pain right grab twist and pull so now I know that his hands are down there and my next move is simple again this is why the techniques in the Carter have a very specific order because they build upon each other and this is how karate was designed and that was just two basic examples of how karate extends your natural primal instincts for survival and self-defense so that you can both protect yourself using the flinch response appropriately and attack your opponent by using his pain withdrawal reflex to your advantage now you tell me it’s in face the smartest way to build a self-defense system well that’s what the old remasters thought that’s why karate is designed the way it is designed because instead of trying to override your natural instincts or untrain them you extend them you use them you build upon them to do something that comes from the authentic spirit of your humanity self-defense self-preservation and survival and with those words I want to finish this quick presentation on why I believe that karate could be one of the most effective martial arts for practical self-defense trained her good luck and have fun

100 Replies to “THE BEST MARTIAL ART (FOR SELF-DEFENSE) — Jesse Enkamp

  1. I'm always learning something new with you, Jesse sensei. Thanks a lot…. btw those jokes😂😂💞💞💞👊👊

  2. Hi Jesse.. I like your videos. I have one question though. Currently my classes have stopped and I self train myself. What suggestions will you give?

  3. My father studied combat martial arts for some years, his conlcusion to how to win a fight was simple. Three things will determine the outcome – sense of distance, speed, and first reaction.
    This flinch responce reminds me instantly of the third factor I named before: First reaction.

    What school of Karate are you practicing or have been pracgicing for that matter.

  4. But Jesse, karate could never work in the street because of the deep stances and unrealistic distance. Also, kata is obviously just a war dance, it has no real-world aplications. Trust me, I went to 2 MMA training sessions in the local gym.

  5. You can also use your own pain response to set up an attack. In Kenpo we have a technique for where our hand is put in a wrist lock with the guy standing square on front of us exactly like when you converted Oliver to Catholocism at 4:28. We basically bend our arm into a forward elbow and collapse our weight behind it into the opponents solar plexus thus alleviating our pain and possibly winding the attacker. Its called bow of compulsion. Anyway great video, oss.

  6. I have been in situations where karate really helped me now knowing about the science behind it is make a karate practitioner look like a superhuman 😜

  7. I learn karate when i was 9 years old.. Then i quit practicing when i was 13 years (blue belt) and start playing football.. When i grow up and getting adult i feel something is missing from my life.. Now im 33 years old.. I restarting practicing karate since 2,5 years ago and will try to achieve my black belt (1st dan) in 5 March… I found it back.. That something been lost from my life..

  8. Great video grea words…. You've got to train hard… but i think too that Karate Do is, at least for me and my way of thinking and for my body too, the best martial art that every time I practice I'm happy and feel good! Dōmo arigatō gozaimas!!!

  9. Let the journey begin. My kids and I just finished our first class today in Fryburg Ohio. They had fun and so did I. I'll be watching for more tips and more information.

  10. Not to mention that karate also teaches two very important concepts that apply in a fight/self defense situation: distance management and timing

  11. Also Jesse, sorry for bothering you, but are you planning to make some seminars on Balkan? I would very much like to learn from you.

  12. Thanks for everyone’s kind comments! 😄 So fun to share my passion with you 🌟 Check out my website to learn more:

  13. Jesse great talent God bless you ,, a bless is the gift you develop every day Karate, to te Chinese hand … the universe is the limit of Karate

  14. I love the way you explain kata ,,, I like kusanku please make a bunkai about the reason is because shorin ryu has only 18 katas and tha one is the last and really want study

  15. 1to cooperate martial moves with natural responses, the simple the better. It is faster. Same as Kung fu. Kata or form are important, but they’re concepts. Still need to be simplified and tailored to your own body. 2. For the flinch response, you can use leaning to kick.that saves more time. Awesome video btw.

  16. Jesse-san, thanks for keeping it read and well-grounded in science, I really appreciate it. If I may say so, you are much like my sensei in your logics and explanations. I wonder what Oliver as an MMA-fighter has to say on applicability of karate.

  17. Recently found your channel, really enjoying the content! I'm a black belt myself but I still learn a lot from you! Also like your sense of humor 😉

  18. Quem esta traduzindo para português a legenda desses videos,agradeço muito pois só assim consigo entender alguma coisa,a legenda do youtube não é correta,obrigado e oss!

  19. Sensei, thank you sooooooo muuuuuuch for your videos
    And for popularization of karate
    We gonna train hard to master our skills😈😈😈😈

  20. Jesse, you articulated the impression I had in certain martial art styles in comparison to Karate perfectly. For example, trying to slip a punch in Aikido and move from the centerline is too much extra movement and more unnatural than blocking and striking. And what if you're not able to evade, intercept and re-direct the energy flow of your opponent into a technique, while highly increasing your chances of being struck? Aikido is a restricted philosophical style based on battlefield warfare with armor and weapons, and open hand karate reflects reality much more naturally and better for the martial artist. Great videos!

  21. Great video! I just discovered your channel, and oh boy will I be wasting time here instead of doing my homework. Thanks, for your work man!

    About the video…

    I notice that you karatekas have a very unique approach to combat – or at least very different one than we Jujitsu-style fighters do. At (5:10) for example, I was thinking you were gonna turn your stomach away from the opponent and do the Police-style slice push behind his elbow with your left hand. That was propably more effective though. And alot scarier. Haha!

    That being said, I'm not sure if I'd hit someone in the face just because he grapped my jacket, but considering that you Karatekas train your strikes so much, you must have a much better control of the power of your strikes than most Juho-style arts' kenshi.

    I used to think Karate is inferior martial art than most since it mainly focuses in the hard techniques, but I'm starting to warm up to the art. I'm even playing with the idea to give Shorinji-ryu or Shotokan try sometimes; they seem really fun!


  22. The examples you gave deal specifically with reacting to something you SEE and I am assuming the same goes for something you HEAR coming at you too. But what if one misreads the situation, humans do make mistakes, right? Does Karate address that?

  23. I love my spinning flip super duper kick, but I'm a black belt in "flailing limbs spinning windmill" style.

  24. Whenever we teach our students the Pinan's, we explain the first movement as a "panic movement." Someone is suddenly attacking you from the side and you are reacting, letting your instincts "panic" for a moment to get to safety.

  25. Hey Jesse San! Would it be ok if I used some of the information you give in this video for my project at school ? I am basing it on why karate is the most effective martial art ? Thanks !

  26. Just to train Kata it doesnt make you good fighter! A martial arts with is just based on kata and kihon is not a martial art for me. I can also dance ballet it has the same influence. That the reason why switch to Kyokushin and later muay thai

  27. Osu! Enkamp Sensei. You got yourself some incredible fast twitch muscles there! I'm gonna get off YouTube and go train lol. Osu!

  28. i do tie kwan do and i love it but i love kung fu and i wish i could do it but karate is the same i love 50% all martel arts 🙂

    your cool =)

  29. While u were flinching and blocking Oliver's punch, I could figure out the heian nidan double handed block easily…

  30. Wish I could comment openly on this video, but I am training a group of people who's Flinch response puts them into a freeze state, due to their past exoeriences, so it is a a very hard and painful experience for them. That's basically all I can say openly without breaching the confidentiality. It would be really interesting to discuss it with you, Sensei, but this is not the right place. 🙏

  31. Karate is more complicated than i thought , it does take a lot of time to understand the kata and its techniques but as soon as you get it , you're unstoppable . Just like mathematics

  32. Karate dors work on reflex you have to be careful if someone grabs you for a joke from behind nearly elbowed my sister when she did this stopped just in time total reflex action

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