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New Podcast Episode: Fighting Giants: The Kick-Ass Dad's Guide to David vs. Goliath Self-Defense - Episode 1

Have you ever found yourself facing someone much bigger than you? Whether it's a bully on the playground, a street altercation, or even a heated disagreement, feeling physically outmatched can be unnerving. But what if you had the tools and knowledge to overcome your size disadvantage?

Podcast Summary for The Kick-Ass Dad: Talk's Tactics Podcast - Episode 1 (02/01/2024)

In a groundbreaking debut, The Kick-Ass Dad: Talk's Tactics Podcast explores the art of self-defense in its inaugural episode titled "David versus Goliath: How to Fight a Larger Opponent." Host Sifu Jeramiah, a seasoned martial artist and self-defense expert, shares personal experiences, insights, and battle-tested tactics for individuals facing formidable foes. This episode serves as a tantalizing glimpse into the podcast's future, promising weekly topics ranging from martial arts discussions to interviews and news coverage.

Beyond Brawn: The Power of Strategy where Distance Management is Key

This episode transcends mere physicality, highlighting the importance of distance management, maintaining awareness, and avoiding toe-to-toe brawls. Sifu Jeramiah draws from personal fights with larger opponents during his elementary school years, emphasizing the crucial role of distance management. Real-life examples from street fights and MMA matches showcase how speed, agility, and smart tactics can triumph over sheer size.

Tactics for Handling Larger Opponents:

Jeramiah shares tactical insights for various scenarios, underscoring the significance of distance management, utilizing longer weapons for closer targets, and maintaining head-out awareness. Discouraging toe-to-toe engagement, he advocates for damage management and swift resolution. Jeramiah also delves into handling potentially dangerous situations, emphasizing avoidance, de-escalation, and the need for caution when dealing with authorities. He explores the evolution of martial arts, highlighting the benefits of mixed martial arts and the importance of pressure testing skills.

More Than Just Self-Defense:

The Kick-Ass Dad isn't confined to physical confrontations. Giehl extends the conversation to navigating potentially dangerous situations, emphasizing conflict resolution, de-escalation, and personal liability considerations. Valuable lessons from his own experiences shed light on using martial arts for assertive but non-violent conflict resolution.

Overcoming Bullies - From Playground Bullies to High School Brawls: Sifu Jeramiah's Story:

Jeramiah shares personal encounters with bullies in elementary school, crediting his father's advice to confront and stand up for himself as instrumental in his success. His insights offer practical advice on asserting oneself and using one's voice. He navigates the social dynamics of inner-city life, emphasizing the importance of self-control and finding alternative solutions to conflict.

Inner City Fights and Self-Control:

Growing up in the inner city, Jeramiah shares experiences with obligatory fights during kindergarten. He explores the balance between avoiding conflicts and using martial arts to assert oneself nonviolently. These experiences teach the value of self-control and conflict resolution.

Sifu Jeramiah's Encounter With Bullying and Self-Defense Practices:

Jeramiah recounts a fourth-grade incident where he stood up to a sixth-grade bully, highlighting the effectiveness of self-defense practices taught by his father.

Ninja Boy's High School Confrontations - From "Ninja Boy" to Self-Defense Savvy:

In high school, Jeramiah reflects on evading physical confrontations, sharing strategies like guiding an opponent's face into a wall and positioning himself defensively. His wrestling training becomes a valuable asset, earning him the humorous nickname "Ninja Boy." The episode offers a glimpse into Giehl's high school years, emphasizing the importance of asymmetric tactics, targeting specific areas, and maintaining distance when faced with aggression.

Self-Defense Tactics Over Violent Encounters:

Jeramiah discusses tactics for potentially violent situations, emphasizing maintaining distance, striking specific body areas, and utilizing asymmetric tactics. He stresses the disinterest in fighting, advocating for self-defense tactics to prevent conflicts. Jeramiah draws a distinction between tactics used in security and law enforcement, underlining the importance of control and restraint. The episode goes beyond specific moves, stressing the importance of openness, adaptability, and pressure testing learned skills.

Martial Arts Training and the Importance of Openness:

Jeramiah emphasizes the importance of openness in martial arts training, urging students to "empty their cup" and remain receptive. He addresses the rise of "Karenism" and the need to balance skill-building drills with sparring for functional techniques under pressure.

Join the Conversation:

The Kick-Ass Dad: Talk's Tactics Podcast is more than just an informative listen; it's a community for anyone seeking practical guidance on navigating challenging situations, both physical and social. Like, subscribe, and follow the show to join the conversation and empower yourself to face any obstacle with confidence, regardless of your size.

Remember, the size of your opponent doesn't define your potential. Tune in to The Kick-Ass Dad and discover the power of strategy, self-awareness, and resilience.

The podcast concludes with Jeramiah encouraging listeners to like, subscribe, and follow the show on various platforms, promising a journey of empowerment and tactical insights in the episodes to come. 

Full Transcript (Generated by AI):

Welcome to the kick, ass, Dad talks, tactics, podcast join the kick, ass, dad, myself.

Jeramiah Giehl: as I delve into the world of martial arts, tactics, discussing everything for martial arts, and may even get into navigating life as a father insights on single parenting. But in general. It's gonna be a martial arts. Podcast I'm gonna start out with the talks.

Jeramiah Giehl: talks, tactics podcast where I just take a weekly topic on martial arts and discuss it. And then I kind of plan to expand into doing interviews may start covering other news and stuff as well eventually. But yeah, I was gonna start off with the talks, tactics. So just a weekly topic on various things within martial arts. So make sure that you subscribe to the podcast here.

Jeramiah Giehl: here, on Youtube and everywhere else that you listen to podcast because it will be available on Amazon, Google, apple.

Jeramiah Giehl: spotify and a host of other places where a podcast are available. So make sure that you like them, subscribe, share it with your friends. And yeah, let's grow this and die tune in. For you know this dynamic blend of wisdom hu humor with a fresh perspective on being a kick. Ass, Dad, in today's world, and how we can apply martial arts.

Jeramiah Giehl: You can also follow the blog at the kick. Ass, dad, dot space and let me go ahead and share my screen here.

Jeramiah Giehl: see if this works share. Boom.

Jeramiah Giehl: So yeah, the kick ass, Dad space.

Jeramiah Giehl: And that is where the blog you can access the blog where I will be pulling the topics that I am sharing from. And basically, I'll be this discussing one of the blog posts and and maybe other some relevant information. So that is that. And so today's topic is going to be David versus Goliath, how to fight a larger opponent. And before we get into it I want to go ahead and look at some videos of some smaller people fighting bigger people and coming out on top.

Jeramiah Giehl: Now, there are some martial arts that are geared towards small people having an advantage over big people. For example, Gracie jujitsu, they say Elio Gracie intentionally developed Gracie jujitsu. So a small person can have advantage over a larger opponent.

Jeramiah Giehl: Wing chun was developed by a woman. So it's another martial art that was geared towards a smaller person combating a larger person. I also find judo to be very helpful in grabbing a larger person and throwing them and hitting them hard with the earth, and I even find elements of sea lot helpful in

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, moving people around positioning them and dropping them on the floor. Pretty hard.

Jeramiah Giehl: Now, of course, a solid foundation in any boxing, kickboxing, or grappling art is pretty much necessary to survive a street fight. And and of course, asymmetric tactics, attacking vulnerable targets like eyes, throats growing shin. And one I found a lot of use in dealing with larger components is hitting them in the solar plexus nice and hard.

Jeramiah Giehl: that that you'll find that will work a lot, you know. Of course, throat growing eyes. When you're shooting your fingers into eyes. You gotta be kinda careful if they have a longer reach, and you might get the eye. But that clever laying that big arm might still come around and clock you in the head, and you might have got their eye, but they might have knocked you out. So that's where distance management becomes important. And then when you're managing the distance, then use your longest weapon to the nearest target. So, sidekick the knee, maintain that range.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know those some of the tactics that we're gonna talk about here. But I wanna go ahead and take a look at a couple of videos. One's gonna be a street fight where a little guy gets advantage on a bigger guy and another is an mma fight. So I just wanna show that there are illustrations out there of smaller guys

Jeramiah Giehl: dealing with larger opponents and coming out on top. And I've had more than my share of experience with this, so I can say that there are definitely some tactics that we'll talk about that are useful. But yeah, I'm going to go ahead and start first. Is this street fight where a smaller guy ends up knocking out the larger guy. Let's go ahead and take a look at that.

Jeramiah Giehl: alright share screen. Boop, bap! Here we go. Whoa, hey? What happened to? Okay? How do I get this thing to go away?

Jeramiah Giehl: See if I can go back. Okay, hold on, give me a second here. What is this?

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Jeramiah Giehl: alright technical difficulty. Let's get to it. Alright.

Jeramiah Giehl: So the first video we're gonna watch here. Simply how little guy chaos a bigger guy.

Jeramiah Giehl: and let's go full screen and let's go ahead and watch this.

Jeramiah Giehl: See the bigger guy and watch how he manages distance. He don't be near those hands, and he hits that chin and boom. He's down

Jeramiah Giehl: distance management moving your head out the way, and it hits him right on the chin.

Jeramiah Giehl: It's kind of frozen here

Jeramiah Giehl: are we going to get to see that chin shot? Let's go back here we go boom

Jeramiah Giehl: and whap right on the chin. Now, that might have been a lucky shot, you know. I don't know if this is a legit fight, but I know that if you're avoiding those big hands, see, that's one of the things that you have is that a bigger person they have reach, and they have strength, but a smaller person tends to have speed.

Jeramiah Giehl: They tend to be faster, so you might get to the hit quicker, but they might hit you hard afterwards. So you got to be careful. Manage the distance, manage the damage right? So let's go ahead and look at the next fight here. The next one is with in an mma fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: And it's a much larger guy fighting a smaller guy definitely a difference in size. But let's go ahead and take a look at this

Jeramiah Giehl: boom while it loads.

Jeramiah Giehl: Here we go. So see, there's a considerable size difference between these 2 guys.

Jeramiah Giehl: Kind of slow here.

Jeramiah Giehl: Alright, here we go.

Jeramiah Giehl: This guy is just clobbering him. Look at this huge guy. He's using his mass, his weight. And he is just pounding on this guy. Alright,

Jeramiah Giehl: okay. I had already pre loaded this thing even shows it's loaded. Why is it still doing this little cycling thing

Jeramiah Giehl: all right. So this guy is just man handling him, mauling him, grabbing him, shoving over the side. I mean, he really is taking this guy to task

Jeramiah Giehl: some point. He shoves the ref. He's goin back into it. They're gone. They're going. They're going eventually, though. and I don't know if we're gonna see it with the way this is going.

Jeramiah Giehl: I may have to just skip this one, but

Jeramiah Giehl: anyways.

Jeramiah Giehl: He knocks the dude out. So

Jeramiah Giehl: that was anti-climat, anti-climatic, anti-climatic climax. Anti-climatic

Jeramiah Giehl: yeah.

Jeramiah Giehl: Some of the bitch dude, this fucking thing. Are you kidding me

Jeramiah Giehl: alright? Well, I can't make it in. But alright.

Jeramiah Giehl: see if I can do this again.

Jeramiah Giehl: Let's try this.

Jeramiah Giehl: Here we go. Okay, I think it's gonna go. Okay, here we go.

Jeramiah Giehl: Yeah, yeah, this is looking good. Right here, too. Okay, let's pause. This

Jeramiah Giehl: let's go back. Where's this before it start? Here's where the fight starts. Alright. Here we go. All right. Let's get into it

Jeramiah Giehl: alright. So here's the next fight that we're gonna look at. This is a smaller guy, much bigger guy.

Jeramiah Giehl: And let's go ahead and just take a look at this fight real quick. right, they square off. And this guy is huge man. He is jest man handling him.

Jeramiah Giehl: I mean, he's did the guys using his size, his weight? I mean he is mauling this guy, I mean.

Jeramiah Giehl: it's brutal. They got a nice little lake sweep. He throws them out, shoves the ref.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know he's not happy cause this little guy is, you know, taking him to task. He ends up winning with a knockout.

Jeramiah Giehl: Tko, I guess you know. But here we go, you know. So I mean, that's the thing I just wanted to illustrate that there are

Jeramiah Giehl: instances of stop this screen share. How do I stop this?

Jeramiah Giehl: Am I still sharing? Let me look.

Jeramiah Giehl: Am I sharing my screen? I hope not. Okay.

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Jeramiah Giehl: alright, hopefully. Everything's good. We are back to the main screen. Here. let me clear this thing out for a second. Alright.

Jeramiah Giehl: So

Jeramiah Giehl: let us begin.

Jeramiah Giehl: papa.

Jeramiah Giehl: Alright. So from the 2 videos, we see one, the guys using distance management. Moving in and out.

Jeramiah Giehl: And He lands that that lucky shot to the chin.

Jeramiah Giehl: Which was a good one, and the second one. The guy is getting mauled, you know. He gets a sweep in here and there. He's taking it to task. You tell the big guys getting mad because he's having a hard time with the little guy.

Jeramiah Giehl: So I mean, you could see they're just illustrating. There's a couple of points. There's a whole bunch of other ones that you can find on there. Just look up, little guy, knocking out big guy or small Mma fighter taking on a large mma fighter, and you'll you'll find tons of them. So let's let's talk about some of the tactics that you use to deal with the larger opponent. You know, as I kinda mentioned before, distance management is important. Don't let them get close to you with those long arms that reach

Jeramiah Giehl: if you can, sector, move to the outside, get a hard throw, hit them with the earth, you know. Wake them up with a little, you know. A a cement smack. Just hit them hard with the cement again. Use your longest weapon to the nearest target. So you're gonna use your, you know, G tech or your sidekick to the knee.

Jeramiah Giehl: finger, jab to the eye, maintain the distance. Be careful if you're shooting your hands at eye. If they got longer reach you're gonna wanna make sure you slip in, Bob in and weave and keep your head out the way. So you're not getting hit. You might get the eyes while that big. All hand is coming, so make sure that you're managing again the distance managed damage. So

Jeramiah Giehl: when I've dealt with larger guys I want more for the sidekick to the knees sector to the outside, and then try to slip in and get it. Throw and hit them with the earth.

Jeramiah Giehl: when you have a bigger person. You don't want to go toe to toe

Jeramiah Giehl: right. You might be quicker. You might be able to slip Bob and weave and move and hit him a bunch, but all they need is one good hard hit to your head, and you're unconscious, you know, so I would never go toe to toe with a bigger person.

Jeramiah Giehl: Growing up in the the inner city. You know, I had to deal with gang violence, working as security as a bouncer. At times having to deal with, you know. Large drunk guys, you know, I'm like 5 11 myself, and so I'm not the shortest guy on the block. But

Jeramiah Giehl: you know occasionally you'll deal with somebody is like 6, 3, 6, 6. They're drunk. They're belligerent, you know. They think because they're big. They can boss people around do what they wanna do. And you know, then you've gotta take care of it, especially if your job is to calm them down, interacting unruly. And you know, like a clever space like that. So

Jeramiah Giehl: so some other tactics that you can use, of course, with the distance management interceptions, maintaining your distance and range. You know your elbow destructions off their hits, knee destructions off their kicks, you know. Make them hurt forward pressure, and then terminate the fight with head, butt, knees, and elbows. Right?

Jeramiah Giehl: You've gotta deal with the immediate danger violently. Counter attack and then evacuate the danger zone. Right? I mean, the best way to avoid a fight is no be there, so I don't wanna be there. I don't want, you know. If you can avoid the fight. Talk your way out, use your verbal de escalation skills, you know. If you're working security law enforcement as a bouncer, you know your your goal. Your job is to keep the party flowing, and you'll take care of people that you know. If they need to go, they need to go.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know your job isn't there to, you know. Pick fights and and and that kind of thing. It's to de escalate, you know, and keep the party moving, not not ruin people's nights, or end up having to deal with personal liability when they want to come back and sue you. You gotta be careful with that nowadays. So

Jeramiah Giehl: hopefully, the the place you're working is gonna cover you for any liabilities like that. But at the end of the day, still, you know personal liability lawsuits is is something that you have to think about. So

Jeramiah Giehl: and then, after the altercation, if something happens, always do a field check for injuries report to proper authorities. If you need to, and deal with stress with rest, you know. Take care of yourself right

Jeramiah Giehl: and after an an incident. Make sure that you, you know, plead the fit. Don't don't tell the cops anything until you get a lawyer. Just be careful to avoid self incrimination, and don't use martial art terminology when

Jeramiah Giehl: if if you have an altercation where you defend yourself.

Jeramiah Giehl: And I know I just kinda got into tactics a little bit. But let me kind of back up

Jeramiah Giehl: and talk about my experience with dealing with larger opponents. So I just gave you some tactics and stuff and let me talk about why I come to like this is how you're gonna have to use. You know your skills and tactics to. You know one de escalate tool. If it escalates outside of your control, then what are the tools that you have? Right?

Jeramiah Giehl: So I kind of Pre loaded it gave you some stuff. Now let me talk to you about why, I you know, kind of do things that way and so so we're going to go through some of my experiences here.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, as Bruce Lee's credited with saying, someone who's had a year of boxing and grappling skills will do far, much better than a traditional martial artist.

Jeramiah Giehl: At least, you know, coming from the the 60 seventies at the time nowadays with mma, you got boxing and grappling, kickboxing and grappling. So you know, there's a higher level of general competency from one I mean people who train mma and 2 from people watching it, trying to emulate it. So you know the fight game is evolved. So as such

Jeramiah Giehl: you evolve or die. You gotta evolve right. You gotta stay constant fluid flowing like a river. Right?

Jeramiah Giehl: You know, any combat sports gonna give you workable skills that are pressure tested. You know, it's important to pressure test your skills so that whatever you do is functional.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know, we have self preservation which is fighting to save your life and self perfection. So then there's skills you do to develop and become a better fighter.

Jeramiah Giehl: It's just like when you know, like the Dallas cowboys or the Forty-niners, that you know the when they're doing their preseason prep. You know they may do things other than you know. Football they may have.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, the the football players do other specialized skills that teach them balance mobility and give them tactics they can use in a fight. You know, I know stories of like when Dan Anderson was working with the I think Dan Ansono, Tim Tackett, the I think Larry Hartzell might have worked with them as well.

Jeramiah Giehl: But you know, working with the cowboys and the 49 ers, and they're they're doing, you know, Cinawali, and who Bud and Lopsau. And you know they're they're learning, sensitivity drills and the the coordination. And and

Jeramiah Giehl: I just I remember stories of coaches saying that those things really expedited the skills and and made them better as football

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, in in the football game. So just the same in the martial arts, there's different specialized skills you can learn from different martial arts. That's gonna make you better. So you know, it's not the martial art. It's the practitioner.

Jeramiah Giehl: Any practitioner can make any martial art work. I mean, there's arts that are geared towards fighting, and they're gonna give you more skills. But you know, a skilled street fighter can make Karate work. I remember one of the first times I'm a tae kwon do work in a street fight

Jeramiah Giehl: kid was picking on my sister. I went to shut it down, and me and him getting altercation, and I was doing taekwondo, and II felt the inclination to do a round kick to his head, but I covered it with a jab cross from boxing, and then I round kicked him in the head and boom! He went down.

Jeramiah Giehl: Now I you know, in Tac window. They teach me to do the boxing. Jab cross round kick but I you know I had picked up some boxing skills, so I use my hands to cover my foot. I didn't just stick my foot in his head, but I went bang! Bang! And that foot was up. Boom! And I hit his head and boom! He was, sure enough it hit him hard.

Jeramiah Giehl: So there are ways. Because I was before, you know, I had trained, you know, really heavily in Gkando and Moitai. And you know, other more combat focused arts. But I made type 10 work before really getting into that stuff later on, right? So you can make any martial art work. It's not the art. It's the practitioner, right?

Jeramiah Giehl: So you know all that to say. Let me kind of go back and talk about my experiences dealing with larger opponents. Right? So I would say. Twice in elementary school.

Jeramiah Giehl: I got an altercations with bullies that were taller, larger than me.

Jeramiah Giehl: And I sent him packing sent him away crying and bleeding. I was the smaller guy right

Jeramiah Giehl: I'm talking about kids who are bigger and stronger, you know, by a good amount, you know. It wasn't even

Jeramiah Giehl: definitely. You know. The the first instance that I remember was

Jeramiah Giehl: I don't know. I mean I was.

Jeramiah Giehl: I think, first, second grade. Maybe I don't know. But there was this bully on my block.

Jeramiah Giehl: and he was picking on me and my friend Peter and he he lived on, you know the house kind of in the corner. We're down in oceanside.

Jeramiah Giehl: kind of kind of down by Buccaneer Park in oceanside somewhere over in that area. Kind of anyways.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, he's shoving us, harassing us, taking our stuff

Jeramiah Giehl: so anyways, like I have this idea like my uncle's in town, and and he's like he'll he gives you these hugs a bear hugging and crush you. I go inside. I'm like, Hey, Dad, can you have an uncle go out and crush this dude? And he's like No, I mean, like like that was the thing to do. A ask an adult to crush a kid. But I was a kid at the time. II wasn't, you know. I wasn't aware of.

Jeramiah Giehl: That's that's not gonna happen. But it was kind of funny. So anyways, I'm inside. And I'm like. man, well, what am I to do so. He's like go back and face him. If he pushes you, push him back. If he pushes you again, hit him in the nose

Jeramiah Giehl: and he shut. He! He! Basically kinda pushes me out. The door is like, alright go like he's not. He's not hanging the house. No, no, go face your your demon go fight it.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Go deal with it. So I go back outside me and my friend Peter playing, and it's dude, sure enough. He shows me I shove him back. He shows me

Jeramiah Giehl: bat. I hit him right in the nose, his nose, his blood just starts coming out, and it was the funniest thing cause. You see this big dude, and he's pondering what to do. He's he's walking away. He's holding his face, his blood going down, and

Jeramiah Giehl: Anyways, he kept doing a saying where he'd walk away. He turns around, looks at me like he just wants to come back and do some. But he just kept. He kept, you know. It was like this whole back and forth thing, and eventually he just walked off. Went home. He never messed with me again

Jeramiah Giehl: right like he never bullied me. Messed up mean nothing.

Jeramiah Giehl: and so I learned a lesson. Hit hard. Hit first. Make em bleed, make em cry.

Jeramiah Giehl: no matter if they're taller, I mean, I had to swing up when I SW. When II had to swing up it. What he was not in my! I was swinging up when I swung. I mean he was. He was at least 3 grades ahead of me, I'd say, you know, he he

Jeramiah Giehl: he was close to a like adult or teenage size. He was a pretty good size person, so he wasn't, you know, like a small little, you know, pushover. But anyway, so you know, my dad, when I get back he's like, don't ever start a fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: but if somebody else starts a fight you finish a fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: You won't get in trouble with me if you finish the fight, but if you start the fight you'll get in trouble. And so that kind of was like, All right, I I gotta be smart. If I'm on fight I gotta fight to win. But I also gotta try to avoid fights.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know, school was kind of another issue, like kindergarten growing up in the inner city.

Jeramiah Giehl: It feels like, you know, fights are obligatory. Is, did this happen. You don't have a choice much. It's just kinda

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Somebody's angry. You're in somebody's territory. I mean going in the wrong neighborhood that

Jeramiah Giehl: that that happened a few times, but I remember you know 2 kids in kindergarten pick fights with me. One of them I tried to run away and climb a fence just to get away from the fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: and I was up for like student of the month. But because I ran away and climbed the fence to get away from a kid trying to fight me.

Jeramiah Giehl: I lost that the only time in elementary school that almost got like I mean, like literally teacher, had done all everything it was like, Oh, yeah, stood, I'm not. And then bang! I climbed the fence. Get away from a fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: So I started to learn like, you know, what's the point? And like running from a fight if you're gonna get in trouble, so might as well just stick around and fight, you know But yeah, like I said, fighting kind of became an and

Jeramiah Giehl: inevitable.

Jeramiah Giehl: Sometimes I didn't want to fight, so I would just let it go. I'd take a hit or 2, and I just feel like chill out

Jeramiah Giehl: most little Do was trying to pick a fight with me, which is kinda other direction. I just put my hand on his head and held him there. I was like dude chill out, you know. You can get knocked out if you don't stop. It's like I'm a kick. Yours after school is like Bro, really, it's not gonna happen. But good luck.

Jeramiah Giehl: So anyways, you know, that was kinda like growing up was was a little rough like that at some point I picked up the Tau of G. Condo

Jeramiah Giehl: and eventually, like Bruce Lee's fighting method, the 4 books, and I got myself some training equipment and gear in my backyard at like a speed bag, a heavy bag.

Jeramiah Giehl: and I. And then I picked up the Vhs of Bruce Lee's fighting method with Ted Wong and Richard Bustillo. And so I started practicing this stuff. and you know, teaching myself how to punch and kick. And you know, Bob, and weave, and all those kind of basic things. And then in high school. I got into wrestling.

Jeramiah Giehl: Wasn't too long after wrestling that I started getting into Taekwondo

Jeramiah Giehl: and scream a little bit, and then I was vice President of martial arts club on my at my school, and

Jeramiah Giehl: friend of mine was teaching me aikido and stuff, and I teach like taekwondo and whatnot.

Jeramiah Giehl: But at this point, so by high school, I and I started doing martial arts, and I started feeling confident before I felt like, if somebody talks, Mac, I had to like respond with aggression. But now that I started learning martial arts, I was like, you know, I don't have to fight.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know the art of fighting without fighting

Jeramiah Giehl: And so

Jeramiah Giehl: well, let me go back before I get into high school again. Let me go back in fourth grade. Okay? So yeah, this is my other incident in in elementary school. I was in fourth grade. There was sixth grade. He was a big dude

Jeramiah Giehl: he was picking on this other kid, one of the kids I got in the fight with in kindergarten, one of the kids that picked a fight with me, and I find out that Guy was getting bullied by his bigger brother, and so like he was just letting out his aggression and whatnot. But,

Jeramiah Giehl: You know I would. I really didn't have a beef with the guy, but if you wanted to start something I'd finish it. That's what my dad taught me right. So, anyways

Jeramiah Giehl: is do Jeremy?

Jeramiah Giehl: he he was getting picked up, picked on by this guy I was, you know, shoving him, hitting him. And what's the whatnot? And so I walk up and I'm like.

Jeramiah Giehl: I don't know. This inner superhero in me just rose up, and I'm like. why am I, defending a guy who picked a fight with me before just the principle of some big dude beating up on a little dude just

Jeramiah Giehl: just riled me up. So I was. I walked up, and I was like, Hey, pick up on pick on somebody your own size.

Jeramiah Giehl: and he's bigger than me. So it's not like I had size on on my side. He was again. He was a guy I had to reach up when it came time to start swinging, but again, true to form

Jeramiah Giehl: and the same thing. My dad said, if he pushes you, push him back he pushes again. Just hit him in the nose

Jeramiah Giehl: right? So I mean, this is simple. It's it's not too complicated. But you know. So yeah, he shoves me. I shove him back. He shoves me again

Jeramiah Giehl: right, and then, right in the nose, bleeding.

Jeramiah Giehl: You can see the same thing going through this kid's mind. He wants to kick my ass, but his face is bleeding, you know, you leakin blood. It's an issue, right? And and of course this is elementary school. So this isn't like a mugger or robber or something. This is a bully. And here's the thing. I find that

Jeramiah Giehl: bigger guys aren't used to certain levels of pain. They're not shoot. Used to little guys bringing the pain.

Jeramiah Giehl: And so when when you give them pain, you make their face bleed, they're in shock. you know. There's a certain amount where you know bigger guys can take hits from smaller people. but there are certain things that they just don't know what to do with.

Jeramiah Giehl: We'll get into another one that I found that worked. But you know, in elementary school, hitting them in the nose and making the nose bleed. Worked right. That was that was what worked at that point.

Jeramiah Giehl: But yeah. So in high school, I start getting into martial arts and stuff.

Jeramiah Giehl: And I'm like, I no longer feel the need. I now know how to fight. I don't feel like if somebody's talking smack. I have to like become more aggressive, and you know II tried to talk my way out of it.

Jeramiah Giehl: I remember one fight with some kid. He we're in the hallway. and he's talking smack, and you know.

Jeramiah Giehl: gettin bunk. I forget what he was all upset about, but he went to throw a punch, and I just guided him into the wall behind me. It was like Bro. Dude, you need chill out dude. It's not gonna go well for you. And he calmed down.

Jeramiah Giehl: Now, there was another guy, because I told you I was on the wrestling team right? So

Jeramiah Giehl: it was a guy. I was like a hundred 55 at the time. His dude was like 1 85, you know, so he had a few pounds on me. He's a little bigger. He had been doing wrestling for like a year and a half. I had just started

Jeramiah Giehl: and he kinda had a grudge cause he tried to pick a fight with me when he was he, before he had put on some weight, and that one didn't go well for him.

Jeramiah Giehl: But anyways he had put on weight. He's bigger than me. He's been doing wrestling for a year and a half. But this guy, you know, really hit. He had turned into one of those bully types. So now he's big, you know. He's picking on people. He's messing with people, and anyways, he he starts talking trash to me, cause you know, apparently he wants to turn the tables, and he started to fight the first time, and I just told him to chill out, and it didn't go well, but

Jeramiah Giehl: now now he's bigger than me, and you know, II hadn't been hitting the gym every day like he was, and

Jeramiah Giehl: maybe I gave the guy focus. Maybe he was coming back. It was payback, I don't know, but anyways, so anyways, you know he's talking smack. He goes to throw a punch, and I just take him and and guide his face into the fence behind me, you know. Double, you know. Block, just throw him into the thing.

Jeramiah Giehl: and then he keeps talkin. Smack. O, you know martial arts. Blah blah blah! An I go on position myself in front of the stairs, cause he's still comin.

Jeramiah Giehl: and then he goes to kick me, and I just guide him down the stairs, and, you know, tumbling down the stairs and stuff. And you think that was enough. It wasn't.

Jeramiah Giehl: but it was kind of funny, right? So then it's the beginning of PE, then PE goes, and we had to climb like this rope

Jeramiah Giehl: and a and you know I'm I'm climbing this rope, and somebody's like, well, for a ninja boy. You don't climb ropes, too. Well, I'm like Ninja, boy. What you talking about, anyway? So

Jeramiah Giehl: whatever. So apparently, I got the name Ninja boy from throwing people into fences and walls.

Jeramiah Giehl: But, mind you, it wasn't enough for this dude. He wasn't done right? So anyways into PE. I'm leaning on the wall. This is a El Camino high School. Down by the the PE area. The the walls are like

Jeramiah Giehl: rough, rough, not good for your hands or your face, or anything like that. So avoid them. They they yeah, anyway. So I'm sitting there and like, there's a group of guys around me talking to me who are like, Oh, my gosh! I can't believe that you just throw them in the fence and throw them down the stairs, because I mean he'd been bullying people. And so they're like Yo, that's cool. You kicked his ass, you know, like turn the tides. What? Not.

Jeramiah Giehl: So, anyways. all I know is, I'm sitting there like there's like 3 4 guys. And I look over the shoulder and I see dude coming, and all I see right over over the guy's shoulders. I see this fist coming like this at me. I slip to the side and just let his hand crash into the wall behind me, and I see a little blood on his knuckle as he pulls out. But as he's coming over my shoulder. I'm looking over his shoulder. The PE coach is right there, and I'm just doing this. Slipping the punch.

watching the PE coaches. He busts his hand, and then the PE coach grabs him by his shirt and goes

Jeramiah Giehl: alright. Come with me, and and then num nuts as he's walking off goes

Jeramiah Giehl: man, why'd you move. I wish jist kin a hit, you man.

Jeramiah Giehl: Bro, what are you talking about? Like? I'm just, I'm just gonna take it to the face. What what are you thinking? I mean, the first 2 didn't work. 3 is gonna work for you. Now, I mean, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing expecting it. Gonna work. It did not work. Anyways, that was the funniest response. I was like, Bro, really. My face is too pretty to stay here, you can bust your hand. Don't be stupid, anyways. That was that was so dumb. I was like, really dude, please, anyways.


Jeramiah Giehl: let's see. So there were 2 other instances in high school where I dealt with really big guys, I mean, like line backers.

Jeramiah Giehl: one was a really big Samoan dude. He was big, he was built, he was huge. Anyways, he was like this. Stupid reputation was going around. Ninja boy like

I was not a fan, because

Jeramiah Giehl: people are like, Oh, you beg what you gon do. I'm gonna hurt you. You can't stop me. When I was doing PE kept talking it. And

Jeramiah Giehl: I hit him in the solar plexus, and he kept talking, and then he's trying to throw punches. I hit him in the Temple, and he's like, you know, holding his head and stuff. And

Jeramiah Giehl: I was like, yeah, not so cool. Bro, like it. Kinda suck, because people were wanted to challenge me and shit. I was not like going. Hey? Let's have a fight. It wasn't my wasn't my goal. But oh, you ninja boy, I heard you kick so and so is. But

Jeramiah Giehl: okay, yeah, anyway. So yeah, the this, this Simone dude. I forget his name right now.

Jeramiah Giehl: But

Jeramiah Giehl: He was talking smack. Oh, you can't hurt me. Oh, da da da da, and okay, I was like, alright, let's go and I was just looking straight at his solar plexus, like all I was thinking is, I'm just gonna hit you in the solar plexus as hard as I can, and so he starts to throw hands. Boom! I hit him in the solar plexus, and I hear

Jeramiah Giehl: and he's like, Stop, stop! Stop! Like he didn't know what to do. I was like, okay.

Jeramiah Giehl: You wanted to see what I could do. You pick a fight, you throw hands.

Jeramiah Giehl: and I'm in the middle of defending myself, cause he's starting to throw hands, and I hit him hard in the sales button. You want me to stop like I'm like Bro, really. So anyways we never had an altercation again. After that

Jeramiah Giehl: he always wanted to be my friend and whatnot, which was, was kind of funny. And then the other altercation that I had was on a bus.

Jeramiah Giehl: and I was joking around with a friend of mine like I was, you know, like, you know, friends, you kind of talk smack detail. I was gonna talk to smack. Well, I don't know if he knew your friends, but he he took offense to it. He started talking shit. Now this guy was a linebacker on our football team, and his nickname was refrigerator. Dude was huge, huge.

Jeramiah Giehl: I did not want him to get close to me.

Jeramiah Giehl: All I did was line up, go sideways, and for me at that point I didn't want him to like get a hold of me. Hit me it was side kicks to the knees is what I you know how I kept my distance, and and, you know, was able to walk away from that situation.

Jeramiah Giehl: So I would say. The collective wisdom I got from.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know my schooling, upbringing as a child is. Hit them hard, make them bleed, hit them in the solar plexus

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Sidekick in the knee, you know. Maintain distance right? Cause the side kicks to the knees, work, hit them in the solar plexus work hit them in the nose, make the nose bleed, worked, you know.

Jeramiah Giehl: I found that those really helped me a lot. They they kept me.

Jeramiah Giehl: I was the one who walked away without getting punched, hit and hurt, which you know I'm lucky I didn't get my face smashed in right

Jeramiah Giehl: but you know. So those are tactics that I found that work.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, I grew up and I get into martial arts more, you know, started getting more into the

Jeramiah Giehl: Jacinto, the kickboxing, the grappling and stuff. You know, I find. in addition to those things.

Jeramiah Giehl: that getting them to a position where you can throw them hard and hit them with the earth. so maintain your distance, strike the knee, strike the groin, strike the throat, strike the solar plexus fingers to the eyes. Your asymmetric tactics, your distance management are like

Jeramiah Giehl: hugely important things to do.

Jeramiah Giehl: But if you can, sector and get, you know, get a, you know. Get a you know side clinch and hit them with the earth, or you can get in. And you know whether it's a Soto Gari or Ogoshi, or something. You get in and you throw them hard into the earth.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know they did a study of street fights, and it was like 96% of fights where the person threw somebody to the ground

Jeramiah Giehl: led to like an advantage of the person doing the throwing. So if you can get them and throw them

Jeramiah Giehl: and then get to ground impound. You know.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, you're gonna be really successful when it comes to a street fight. You know, mma, different. You're gonna have to play more of a game. But in the street, you know, hard throws and ground in pound is in your bread and butter.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, if you're in law enforcement or security, or you're dealing with a drunk uncle in, you know, submissions, but

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, and and submissions can can play a role when you're trying to restrain somebody in the street as well.

Jeramiah Giehl: I always like to say, you know, we fight like demons to protect our angels.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, if a devil's coming at you you don't wanna leave him injured. You wanna walk him away, you know you want them walking away in pain, or.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, taking a hit them in the ent so they can take a ride in the Emt to urgent care, right ear, nose, and throat hit them in the ears, nose, and throat.

Jeramiah Giehl: Send them to the Emt.

Jeramiah Giehl: So that the ent can help them out right, anyways, that's my bad pun for the day.

Jeramiah Giehl: so I don't know how many people may have seen this, but kind of I like the mindset of Rorschek and the watchman. When you find yourself in a room surrounded by your enemies, you should tell yourself

Jeramiah Giehl: I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, when it comes to fighting people who are bigger, dealing with mass attack, dealing with weapons in a self defense street fighting situation. You need to have that mind set that I'm gonna fight so dirty, so hard, so aggressively.

Jeramiah Giehl: they they're gonna regret thinking about doing this. Now I try to talk people out of dumb decisions right?

Jeramiah Giehl: It was like Fourth of July, and I'm at Walmart, and this dude is drunk, pushing his cart around rams into my leg, I'm like, Hey, watch out, dude! He starts talking crap to me, and he's like

Jeramiah Giehl: you're gonna kick your ass. I'm gonna do this, that and the other. And I'm like, Bro, it's not gonna work out for you, man. There's better ways to go around. Get yourself hurt. You might wanna chill out with all that. And his wife is right there, too. He's drunk, you know, trying to. He's wait till you get outside. I'm gonna f you up and da da da. I'm like, Bro.

Jeramiah Giehl: there, there are things you could do with your life that

Jeramiah Giehl: a lot better than this. Why don't you just chill out Bro, just like oh, you know. Anyways, I talked him out of it. I was like, it's not worth it, dude. I'm like, honestly, you drunk. You don't got the skills. I don't wanna fight you. I mean.

Jeramiah Giehl: it's it's a waste of time. You know. I'm not trying to fight people. I don't feel like I have to fight people when they act like that anymore. So if you can.

Jeramiah Giehl: I use sarcasm. There, there might be, you know, better ways to deal with it. But if you could talk somebody out of fight, talk it out. If you can walk away, walk away. It's a lot better than being in a fight, cause then you end up with scars and stuff from.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, fights, altercations, you know, training accidents, whatever you know you there, if you get in fights, there's

Jeramiah Giehl: you increase the the potential of injuries. You, you increase, you know, issues with liability. You know. It's better to live a life where you're calm.

Jeramiah Giehl: Practice, mindfulness, practice, kindness.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know. Try to avoid fights. Don't be a child right, you know. Be a grown up so. But anyway, so that's my talk tactics for today. That's that's kind of my.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. what I say when it comes to dealing with larger guys like I said, when it comes to big guys getting in your face, you know, sidekick to the knees. Maintain your distance sector to the outside. Throw em to the ground

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Hit the vulnerable gets, hit them hard, make them bleed.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Hit targets like the eyes growings and solar plexus, I mean, I've seen so much success with hitting them in the solar plexus, like everybody has one. You hit it nice and hard. you know, like the whole.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. Jus just make em suck air hit em hard. Make em regret messin with you.

Jeramiah Giehl: I mean you're smaller. You you have a disadvantage. I mean. Now, something to keep in mind is use of force escalation, right? If somebody is just talking smack doesn't give me a right to hit him. But if they become aggressive in the signs show, if you see the the violence indicators are saying, you know he's swinging. He's, you know, going for a weapon, you know. He pulls back to Punch. Then, you know, you have all the rights right? So once

Jeramiah Giehl: it becomes a self defense situation. And if you guys agree to go out into the parking lot and square off, that's a greed fight. It's not self defense. You can't claim self defense if he's like, Hey, let's go out the parking lot, and you go out to parking Lot. You both willingly engage self defense is when you're trying to de escalate and somebody's attacking.

Jeramiah Giehl: and you respond to that attack. So make sure that you use

Jeramiah Giehl: equal and appropriate force necessary to deal with an altercation. So if somebody is throwing hands, I'm throwing hands. If somebody's throwing hands, you're not pulling out knives, you're not pulling out. You're glocking, you know, popping off rounds or something.

Jeramiah Giehl: Right now, if somebody does pull out a knife or a gun, then you have the right to lethal force.

Jeramiah Giehl: But in general, you want to avoid, you know, moving to that level. The you know. They say it's better to be, you know, judged by 12 and carried by 6 right. But at the same time

Jeramiah Giehl: avoiding going to jail.

Jeramiah Giehl: for you know.

Jeramiah Giehl: assault

Jeramiah Giehl: or involuntary manslaughter. I mean, you're gonna lose time from your job. Your kids. It's gonna affect your life. So you should not only try not to end up in a pine box, but you also don't want to have to be facing a jury box. Right? So make sure that

Jeramiah Giehl: you make good decisions. You try to avoid it at all costs.

Jeramiah Giehl: These are the tactics I'm saying. Like if you have no other choice. and some you cornered some big dudes coming at. You do what you gotta do. You work in security law enforcement. You gotta deal with the bigger guy. Now, security in law enforcement, the priorities are different.

Jeramiah Giehl: I mean, you can't just go around kicking somebody's rear end. I mean kicking somebody's ass, I mean, I guess I can say that since it's the title of the podcast but you can't go around just kicking somebody's ass when somebody's talkin smack

Jeramiah Giehl: right? So you wanna make sure that like especially security law enforcement, you wanna control and restrain them

Jeramiah Giehl: right? A a versus, you know, you're there to, you know. Finish the fight. so you know, priorities change. And so the tactics change. But again, still, distance, management, asymmetric tactics, hard throws

Jeramiah Giehl: should be your bread and butter. Maintain that distance, use your stop kicks, hit hard targets.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know, and if necessary, then you can use your, you know, entry forward pressure and terminate tactics right from from the rat.

Jeramiah Giehl: but but yeah. So you know, that's that's my summary of how to fight a bigger person those are some of my experiences. I left out a few of them. I mean, there's there's a few more to go on. But I'm not gonna talk you to death on that

Jeramiah Giehl: but I got 2 more things. I kinda wanna go over 2 more topics I want to touch before moving on.

Jeramiah Giehl: one is the statement, Bruce Lee said. Empty your cup so that you may be filled, become devoid to gain totality.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know the proper training attitude when somebody comes to train should empty your cup. You know Bruce Lee's Wi wisdom encourages a mindset of openness and receptivity.

Jeramiah Giehl: You know the importance of shedding your preconceived notion. You know you. You come with the empty cup not a half full, not a full cup. You'll come to learn come to learn something hopefully in this podcast you'll take the time to learn something.

Jeramiah Giehl: Now, you know something. There's a lot of nowadays, because the social media. And just the way things have changed is rise of, you know, people call Karen Ism, or you know, people being Karen's.

Jeramiah Giehl: And it's gotta suck like you know person's name. You're Karen. I'm not a Karen, I mean, I saw on a dating profile like

II want somebody who can complain to the waiter for me, cause I don't want to do it, because my name is Karen, and I was like

Jeramiah Giehl: no, but thanks for the disclaimer that you're a Karen by the name Karen, but don't like the

Jeramiah Giehl: anyways, we'll keep moving.

Jeramiah Giehl: but you know, II find when you run into when you're teaching, you run into a Karen that wants to tell you

Jeramiah Giehl: how to teach what to teach.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know

Jeramiah Giehl: politely remind them to empty their cup.

Jeramiah Giehl: come to, you know, train to learn.

Jeramiah Giehl: not always.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know the I like to call it the dilemma of the couch, potato, martial arts, affectionato. Somebody who sits around watching a lot of Youtube. And they think they know what works best. That gun defense won't work because I saw these videos. And I'm like, Have you trained it? Have you? Pressure tested it?

Jeramiah Giehl: so you know, I feel like there's 2 things that you kinda deal with nowadays because of social media prevalence of Youtube videos is you got Karen, Ism. People who think they know how things should be taught.

Jeramiah Giehl: and they'll be quick to be like, well, I like things this way. I want things this way.

Jeramiah Giehl: I'm sorry.

Jeramiah Giehl: this isn't Burger King. You can't have things your way. I'm the instructor, and I have a method in a way that I teach. I'll be as respectful and applied as I can. But you know there's not, you know.

Jeramiah Giehl: every relationship isn't teaching stu teacher, student relationship isn't for everybody. There are certain instructors. You'll gravitate towards people have different teaching style. People have different learning style. So if your style is different. Find somebody it fits you, I mean, if my style don't work for you, I mean, you know, I'm sure you can find some place that that's

Jeramiah Giehl: gonna completely cater to you. You know, I my goal is to deal with, you know, self defense, street fighting. We do a stick knife gun, empty hand, kickboxing, grappling mass attack. We deal civilian law, enforcement, military, you know, we, we deal with all those permutations of real world combat.

Jeramiah Giehl: and we we pull from

Jeramiah Giehl: combat sports, you know, but from Jacondo colleague Kraban Jujitsu, primarily looking for tactics that are gonna work in a in a street fight, self-defense, military law, enforcement, security situation, I mean a a situation where we're, you know, you have to deal with

Jeramiah Giehl: on expected, uncontrolled violence. not an organized event in a cage with referees and emts and coaches, and, you know, points. And all this stuff like

Jeramiah Giehl: we can pull, pull very useful information from that. But the goal of what II do is self-defense, street fighting, real world violence, and and trying to mitigate it, not not actively engage in it, but

Jeramiah Giehl: art of fighting without fighting, you know de-escalate at all possible. so, you know, like I said back to like the whole dilemma of the

Jeramiah Giehl: what I call the couch, potato, martial arts, affectionato or the Internet, Internet, sleuth, martial arts, affectionato, right? And as people watch Youtube videos.

Jeramiah Giehl: they don't train, they don't pressure test.

Jeramiah Giehl: But they have a lot of ideas. They like to go online in forums and argue and debate and chat, and this works, and it won't work. And then you you post up a video and it goes viral. And then all sudden, everybody comes out of the woodwork, making all the ridiculous statements like, did you pressure? My? My question to them is, did you pressure test this? Because I pressure test a lot, if not like everything, a majority of everything is pressure tested at some point.

Jeramiah Giehl: you gotta make sure it works under pressure. I mean, there's there's certain level of skill building. You gotta do drills that build skills. But you gotta spar to functionalize them. If you don't spar to functionalize them, then you're missing out. If you just do drills, then you know, you're gonna have a hard time making everything work and be functional. Right?

Jeramiah Giehl: So you know, it's a balance between drills that build skills

Jeramiah Giehl: and the specialization training I was talking about earlier, like with the you know, you know, team sports where they do different specialized training to make them better at their main thing.

Jeramiah Giehl: you know. So you know, it's a balance.

Jeramiah Giehl: I see the ones who like spar heavy. And you know people with a ton of bad habits because they're not doing the specialized things. But you know, sparring, they they make it work.

Jeramiah Giehl: There's a balance between drills to build skills and sparring to functionalize the skills. You gotta have the 2

Jeramiah Giehl: But yeah, so thank you for tuning into this episode of the kick, ass, dad, talks, tactics. Podcast make sure that you like and subscribe. You follow us on Youtube, Facebook and anywhere that you listen to podcasts cause this is, gonna be, you know, on all the major podcast platforms and everything. But thank you for tuning in and look out for the next episode.

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