kamikazes are terrifying but they never won a war

be wary of the desperate kamikaze, they are, after all, completely with disregard and reckless abandon. With the real life kamikazes, their opponents were at first completely taken aback at even the thought of a completely suicidal, 100% all-in attack. They were therefore unpredictable, came in at odd angles and never had a predictable fallback or rally point, because there was none.

Japan never wanted to use the kamikazes, they knew they would be tactically inefficient, losing so many volunteer officers and their machines, with just one attack. Very few hit their target, and those that did, creating mostly minimal damage. The hope was to create so much fear in their targets, and more strategically, in their entire opposing forces and civilians supporting them. AND, although low percentage, perhaps even make a solid effective strike.

The horror in allied soldiers diminished greatly, and defences exponentially improved, however, once they knew simply that they WERE kamikazes! This totally removed other possible alternatives for attack as the defenders learned that they had only 1 objective. It was much easier to defend something that was so certain than it was to defend everything!

Grapplers have the same dilemma.

How to recognize a kamikaze? He’s usually the guy, getting positionally dominated, drastically down on points, desperate to turn the tide. Also, the new guy that simply thinks he has no other options. Under kamikaze attack, your best defense is to stay alert, and weather the storm.
Should i kamikaze myself? Kamikaze attacks are absolutely exciting, and SHOULD be employed in your training, you WILL need them. But remember, kamikazes are tactics of the desperate. It’s much more effective in the big picture to develop the rest of your game, to make your OPPONENT rely on desperate, much more easily defended kamikaze attacks. The magic of the game is manipulating it to put your opponent into a situation where, at best, he has enough time, space, and awareness to employ his last ditch, easily defended, desperate kamikaze attacks himself.

Published by: JonFriedland

Jon Friedland here, finally putting some of my thoughts to type. I've been training well over 23 years, receiving my black belt in 2007. I’m a 16-year dojo owner and head instructor of Brazilian Jiujitsu. Started training Jiujitsu casually in early 1995, formally in 1997. Teaching BJJ since 2000, i received my black belt in 2007, opened my academy, Neutral Ground, in 2005, am the head instructor, and am currently a 3rd degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer. i can be reached at jon@wisconsinbjj.com

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4 thoughts on “kamikazes are terrifying but they never won a war”

  1. Thanks Jon, I think I get it.

    The Kamikaze approach is inefficient and wasteful. Better to wait for (or create) openings and opportunities. Is that right?

    How does this apply in a self defense situation?

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    1. That’s right Andrew! In a self defense situation, use only your high percentage, well rehearsed, “go-to” tactics, that have been drilled on the mats, and mentally rehearsed. Self defense is no time to experiment with the flashy, low percentage kamikaze sweet new rolling/diving face smash you’ve kinda been working on or saw on youtube. Let your strong fundamentals take charge. Super basic, well-timed, movements with fight-or-flight tenacity, and you should be fine. They’ll either give up, retreat, or try some desperate attack. And their desperate attack will be near impossible when he’s fully mounted/backmounted and his lights are dimming 🙂


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