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Bri Thai
02-09-2005, 03:01 AM
Geoff Thomspon – 3 Second Fighter Video

Introduction

The “3 Second Fighter” video is part of a series that documents Geoff Thomson’s approach to self-protection in the street. It is not a sport-based product, nor is it part of a “traditional” martial art. But exponents from these fields could learn valuable lessons to help them in any real conflict situation that they may encounter.

Production Issues

The video is well thought out and well planned, lasting just under one hour. Periods of Geoff explaining his concepts are interspersed with live periods of demonstrations by members of his class.

Though the picture quality is not quite up to TV broadcast standard, it is much better than most of the videos available in this genre, and certainly is easily good enough to get the message across. Occasional over zealous camera work means that the action cannot always be clearly seen, but this is only a very small problem.

Towards the end some of the theory behind the work is displayed on screen in written format. I was a little confused by this, as Geoff does an excellent job of communicating the information verbally anyway. It was a little difficult to read too. But it certainly did no harm and, of course, some people may learn more from the written word than they do from the spoken word.

There were one or two slow motion replays towards the end of the tape. This helped greatly in seeing what was going on and could have been used more widely. I suppose that the less smooth slow motion facility of ordinary video players would do though.

Content

The video starts with an introduction, as Geoff talks to the viewer. He outlines the three main fighting scenarios – Ambush, Square Go and Ritual. It is the latter that this video is mostly, though not exclusively, about.

He outlines how the Ritual fight is about controlling the moments leading up to any physical confrontation. It is about using that time to plan how you will respond, rather than merely reacting to the stimulus of someone, for example, jumping out at you from behind a bush. And, of course, it outlines how the fight should last no longer than 3 seconds.

He also stresses the need to know your enemy. Previous generations enjoyed more civilised fighting in this country, where both protagonists would agree to fight and then merely use fists to settle their differences. However, today’s potential enemies are too cowardly for this. They will use trickery and cunning in order to win. Knowing their tactics, and recognising when they are using them, helps us to survive any encounter with those people. Awareness is not just about seeing what is going on around you. It is about understanding what is going on and recognising the attack rituals being used against you.

Though Geoff goes into detail on the video in how to recognise these rituals. This is merely a review of the tape, so it is not appropriate here for me to explain it all in the detail that he offers. He supplements his explanations by showing class members acting them out in scenario-based training.

There are some excellent quotes on the video, quotes that millions of martial artists out there would do well to listen to and reflect on. My personal favourite is “Compliancy is training to lose.” He also covers “aggression therapy” and outlines the paradox that many fighting arts look down on aggression as if it is a bad thing.

Some good drills emerge from the video, including the circle drill (restricted and unrestricted) and the line drill. These are demonstrated by Geoff’s class. They go in hard on these drills, and the training is very real. The trainees are fighting, not playing. It all looks scruffy and untidy which, of course, is exactly what real fighting is all about. And, contrary to what millions of fighting arts trainees desperately tell themselves, the fights do go to ground very quickly if they get past the first few seconds.

Some work on the “Fence” is also covered though, of course, not in the same detail as it is on the GT video of the same name (which currently occupies the position of being my own personal favourite fighting arts instruction video of all).

Conclusion

I am a little confused at the “3 Second Fighter” title as it is not totally devoted to this aspect of fighting. Some of the video is clearly about reacting to ambush fighting which, of course, is not covered by the “3 Second Fighter” title. Regardless, it is all excellent knowledge, about both Ritual and Ambush fighting.

The video has something for everyone, for the seasoned RBSD veteran, the experienced sport / traditional martial artists and the complete beginner. It is in a format to either help the individual or even help a class trainer incorporate the training for the entire class.

Many will see the ”scruffy” fighting style in the drills and mistake it for poor technique. Like Geoff says “It doesn’t look pretty, but when you know what you’re looking at it’s beautiful.”

People who doubt the validity of Geoff’s theories can follow the video and try things for themselves. That way they can find out whether or not he is right. As Geoff has paraphrased, “Feeling is believing.”

Ted T.
02-09-2005, 12:13 PM
Thanks Bri,

this sounds very interesting. Could you post the url where he sells them?

Bri Thai
02-10-2005, 05:07 AM
www.geoffthompson.com

Theres a great forum there too mate. You'd be made very welcome.

Cold War Scout
02-10-2005, 10:14 AM
Another excellent review Bri. Thanks.