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Advanced Defenses Against Pistol Threats G5 -Training Syllabus

When the attacker is at your side or behind, at far or at very tight range. Neutralizing an attacker far from behind or diagonally from the side.

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When the attacker is at your side or behind, at far or at very tight range. Neutralizing an attacker far from behind or diagonally from the side. You know this, based on threat, relatively far from you. The angle is either from behind or directly from behind.

The initial response is, of course, is looking and then acting, as in the basic technique of this threat from the front, one is doing a hand defense, a body defense, that would control, counter attack and then a finish mode with disarming.

Send your hand from below. Reach the pistol from the side and then deflect it sideways, as in the technique from the front, the thumb should be low. The fingers should be low.

The body defense, leaning and moving, practically dangling backwards, should take the target, the head, the body, the elbow of the defending hand, away from the line and the channel of the attack. Straighten your elbow and push the pistol away from you. Naturally, one should move towards the attacker, so the same leg as the defending hand is moving, dangling backwards, with the body turned.

As soon as possible, the advancing leg should leg with the toes towards the attacker. One should cover the distance as soon as possible. Storm fast and early, but in turn, will enable the back hand to strike at the opponent’s head.

All this time, the pistol is kept relatively high. You should not take the pistol down, because it will be directed towards your body. Keep it high and sideways, away from you. Think about straightening your elbow, even if it is not so practical to do it.

Grabbing the pistol should be rather deep, meaning the index finger should go to around the area of the hammer, the back of the gun. The grip should definitely be strong and should be pushing the gun towards the opponent to overcome any pulling reaction from the attacker’s side.

Continue to move around the opponent, reaching as soon as possible to the side of the opponent. After the first counterattack, the striking hand to should go to double control, meaning grab the opponent’s wrist, continue with multiple counter-attacks and disarm the opponent. Disarming is a pulling/pushing technique that hand holding the pistol should push it, with in turn, sending the barrel towards the opponent.

The other hand, now it is the front hand, should pull the wrist and the forearm. These two actions disarm the opponent. Remember to keep the barrel relatively high, more or less horizontal. Finishing mode, you can continue to counter-attack and move away from the danger zone. If needed, one can use the gun as a funnel.

As in other techniques against a pistol, one may need to do a double control before the first counter-attack. This is especially correct if you feel that you have lack of control or some difficulty with delivering the first counter-attack with the back hand. We see here, the hand defense, the body defense, moving diagonally backwards while turning the body towards the opponent and the back hand is grabbing, latching, controlling, the opponent’s wrist area. Continue with counterattacks and then with the pull/push technique, disarm the opponent.

In case that you could not direct your grip towards the pistol, it could be directed towards the wrist of the hand holding the pistol. This is especially common and important when you have one eye looking at the gun. If you have got one eye looking at the gun, practically you have a two-dimension vision. Your far eye, here the left eye, didn’t have a direct line and unable to see the pistol. This is because the head didn’t turn enough. It is important that the area of the back of the hand of the opponent will be grabbed and pushed away from you. If not, if you are grabbing the forearm, there are chances that the wrist will be bent while you push the gun away from you, while you push the arm away from you, like this, the pistol, will be re-directed towards you.

The problem is that the defense itself is creating and not a response by the opponent. Immediately after the grip, as usually, you either strike the opponent or go to double control. Double control here should be with the far hand, here the left hand, grabbing the lower part of the forearm, where it is relatively thin. Continue with multiple counter-attacks and then disarm the opponent. Here, the disarming will be turning a bit more, grabbing the pistol with the far hand, rotate it toward the opponent and over the upper arm and pulling it away from the opponent’s hand. While you grab the pistol your thumb should be in the area of the hammer, the back side of the gun.

At this moment, your responsive technique brought you to the live side of the opponent. Practically, your technique is the same. The hand defense reaches from below, the thumb is low, the fingers are high. Deflect and grab pistol, push it sideways and towards the opponent. The body defense, turning, leaning moving towards the opponent, the closed leg is moving out of the channel, like in the previous techniques and variations, using the exactly principle as in the technique against pistol threat from the front.

Counter attack with the back hand, the strong body turn and the pivot. In all these techniques, practically, when you stop moving, you are moving on the balls on the feet, while static, the front leg is on the foot, and the back leg is on the ball of the foot. Continue with double control meaning grabbing the opponent’s wrist area, disarm the gun in two stages, turning and then pulling it away. All this time, one can deliver strong knee kicks.

Please remember, it is much better to do it with the back leg, like this, you’re much more behind the gun and away from the channel. After disarming, finishing mode, that can be done with more counterattacks. Here, at the end of the situation, we are moving away from the opponent. Naturally, one can use the weapon as needed. However, take into consideration, you may be considered as a dangerous person by people around you and maybe law enforcement or any other relevant officers who may be in the area.

Dealing with a tight, very close pistol threat from the side. The attacker reach from the side, he puts your pistol to your ribs, behind your arms, and grabs you with the other hand. Threats like this are relatively common. The idea of the attacker is to control you, tightly, put some strong mental pressure on you and also, the threat and the situation will be hardly seen by people who may be located around you.

Hand defense, body defense, control and counter. Naturally, the finishing mode. The hand defense is really divided into two. The first one is the close hand is deflecting the gun itself, the pistol, towards the opponent. This deflection is done best with the bony part of the forearm. Strong pivot of the body on the balls of the feet will bring the far hand closer to the opponent. Drop that shoulder, it will bring your palm closer to the wrist of the opponent and also re-level your elbow and your forearm with the forearm and the wrist of the opponent.

Like this, you can deflect the pistol and the hand holding it sideways and not downwards, which is definitely very dangerous. Grab the wrist, continue to move to the side of the opponent, and even a bit behind him. As soon as possible you can also deliver a light headbutt to the opponent’s head. The strong pivot on the balls of the feet brought you and bending a bit the closed leg, sends your body diagonally forward, and very rapidly. The closed hand, the one that was deflecting with the forearm will be sliding upwards, until there’s a grip.

This grip is with the thumb up. Continue as soon as possible with grabbing the pistol itself and kneeing the opponent, then pull the pistol in the hand holding it, and turn the pistol so its slide will go under the opponent’s forearm. This is disarming technique.

Continue with additional counterattacks as needed and move away from the danger zone. You can see the process of the hand defense, the body defense, the moving diagonally forward, the control and disarm from these couple of angles.

Dealing with a tight pistol threat from behind. The moment you noticed the problem is already rather late and the attacker is very close to you. The attacker may also grab your area of shoulder or trapeze muscle. Rotating and grabbing the opponent’s forearm may be impossible, as his forearm is very tight to his body, so there is a difficulty with the hand defense.

Pivoting the body, turning and moving diagonally backwards, as in the regular defense against a threat from behind, is partly possible. However, because the attacker grabs your trapeze area, there is a difficulty in doing it. The solution is grabbing and pulling the opponent’s elbow. Like this, you can insert the defending hand and wrap it around the opponent’s forearm, pulling the opponent’s elbow towards you, creates space and distance between his elbow and his forearm and his body. The ribs area.

Practically, this is a technique of double control. Rapidly, you are practically moving to the side and then behind the pistol, so you are safe. The far leg, especially after the stepping pivoting, is very quickly becoming a front leg. What was the close leg, becomes a back leg and you’re kicking to the groin, to the thigh area, to the solar plexus, all depending on the angle and the possibilities. Naturally and only with your back leg.

Continue with additional counter-attacks, can be with the back knee or with the hand that was controlling the elbow, and then with that hand, disarm the opponent. Disarming is a basic disarming technique, grabbing the pistol, turning it and pulling it away from the opponent’s hand. Finishing mode as usual, with more counterattacks as needed and moving away from the danger zone.

A. Switch Kicks

  1. Two regular kicks in a switch
  2. Switching: a regular (front) kick and a roundhouse kick
  3. Side kick and a defensive back kick with a spin and switch

B. Additional Defenses Against Kicks

  1. Bursting forward with a high knee, shin at a diagonal, landing a knee strike on attacker's thigh.
  2. Against regular Kicks:
    1. Switching heels and attack with regular kick to the groin
    2. Side step with straight punch, follow with regular kick with rear leg

C. Advanced Defenses Against Pistol Threats

  1. Pistol aimed at back or side -- assailant at a distance
  2. Pistol aimed at back or side -- assailant very close
    1. Turn and grab elbow (if pistol at back)
    2. Turn and grab wrist (if pistol at side)

D. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 1)
Person A -- attacks;
Person B -- defends, moves to dead side and counters.
Person A reacts with defenses and counters as needed;

Person A Executes → Front kick Roundhouse kick Side kick Right punch
Person B Executes → Outside defense to either side & counter Defense with forearm(s) & counter Stop kick Inside defense & counter
Person A Executes → Inside defense & counter Hand defense & counter Scooping defense & counter Defend & counter

Note: Person A should not use his first attack as a fake.

E. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 2) - Opponent reaches Dead Side:

Person A -- attacks;
Person B -- defends; moves to dead side and counterattacks.
Person A reacts as follows:

  1. Continues with hammer fist or a kick backwards - the head kept low.
  2. Spins and attacks with a hammer strike or a back kick.

Note: Kick backwards can be regular or defensive, with or without a spin. Objective is to keep the distance from Person B, who is attempting to counterattack.

F. Attack, Defend, Attack (Part 3)

  1. Semi-free practice -- initial attack (strike / kick) is known, but B's reaction is unknown to A.
  2. Free practice -- initial attack is unknown to B. B should respond most efficiently.

Note: Person A - initiates an attack (at first a known one and later an unknown one). This training simulates one segment of a fight. Free practice should be permitted only after the student has practiced and obtained proficiency in all of the preceding exercises and principles.

G. Releasing Caught Kicking Leg

  1. Leap forward pulling caught leg, grab opponent, and counter with a strike and/or a knee kick.

H. Close Range Techniques / In-Fighting

Defender's objective -- deal with an in-fight situation:

  1. Retreat diagonally backward, executing counterattacks with punches and kicks
  2. Grab or trap attacker to limit his movement and counterattack
  3. Throw attacker with previously learned techniques
  4. Practice slow fighting while emphasizing in-fight situations

I. Dealing with a Continuous Attacker -- Whilst releasing from previously learnt releases on the ground

  1. Attacker launches more attacks during counteraction done by the defender.

J. Mental Training and Visualization

  1. Focus and concentrate on a point (min of 10 minutes, distance 2.5 - 3 mtrs.)
  2. From defeat to success -- visualizing a self-defense/fighting situation. In 5-6 steps, progress from defeat to a winning outcome.

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