P4 Training Program

Against Stick Attacks Defending Overhead and Side Swings P4

Defending an overhead stick attack. Bursting forward to the Live side, the attacker is attacking with one hand. The active defense,

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Defending an overhead stick attack. Bursting forward to the Live side, the attacker is attacking with one hand. The active defense, the hand defense is stabbing defend. Meeting the stick or the attacker’s hand with an acute angle. Body defense bursting forward, bringing the head as close as possible to the attacker. Counterattacking as early as possible.

We demonstrate here with or without disarming the stick. The stabbing defense with the hand should be directed above the attacker’s head. The elbow should be low. The impact angle with the attack is a very sharp, very acute one. After the first counter attack, grab the attacker and strike more as soon as possible. Either you disarm by moving backwards using a hinge, turning the stick in the attacker’s hand and disarming him, or moving away from the danger zone quickly.

The blocking defense with the arm against the stick may cause you much damage, even cause a broken hand. The pressure with the stick will be deflected, the stick will slide the moment the arm becomes straight. The dry drill, the stabbing hand defense. The dynamic defense, the body defense, is composed of two components. One, tilting forward. The other is stepping forward. The whole process is usually hand, body and step. Hand defense, body defense and counterattack, the body in the defense becomes straight completely. A straight line can be drawn from the fingers of the defending hand until the back heel.

Defending against overhead stick attack, going to the outside, usually against an attacker who is attacking either wolf angle, or holding the stick with two hands. The stabbing hand defense, going to the outside of the forearm of the attacker’s hand as soon as possible. The moment the attacker is raising his hand, burst forward. The body motion that brings the defender to about 45 degrees from the side, clearing completely, the channel of the defending stick. The hand defense, moving the body diagonally forward, the other hand grabs one of the attacking arms. Control the opponent and counter attack as soon as possible.

As soon as possible, move the back leg from the line and the channel of the descending stick. After the initial counterattacks, grab the stick with the other hand, and disarm the person, with or without a thigh kick to the opponent’s grip. After disarming the stick, you may use it as necessary. Naturally, it’s possible after the counterattacks, just to push the attacker away and move away from the danger zone.

Bursting forward against the horizontal stick swing from the side. One hand high, one hand low. The main technique here is the body defense. You shoot your body forward, your shoulder towards the opponent’s shoulder, the one that the stick is coming from. Initially, you start with building some sort of a wall. Meaning, one hand is down, fleshy part of the forearm is out. The back of the hand is out. The opposite hand, with the palm, is protecting the head. Your shoulder should be brought high to cover part of the head, part of the face. Stay high in this technique.

The moment you turn the body, sending the shoulder forward, you gain a back leg. This will enable you to burst forward to close the gap to the opponent. If you manage to close the distance well, the hands of the opponent will reach you, will hit you lightly. If not, the stick will. In this case, it will hit a very large surface with the area close to the hand, meaning a non dangerous area.

After the collision, simultaneously, you give an elbow strike inward to the opponent’s head and wrap the low hand to control the attacking hands or weapon. If you didn’t close the gap enough, so from elbow strike, you’ll have to give a straight punch. Continue with the knee kick, then look. See if the stick is still in the opponent’s hand. If it is there, take it.

Disarming is done by grabbing the stick with the striking hand, turning it strongly to the other side, over or through the opponent’s head. The wrapping hand with the hook, is controlling the forearm or the wrist of the opponent, enabling an easy disarming.

Defending against the horizontal stick swing from the side with two forearms held high. Your initial stance is probably with one leg forward and two hands high, as if you are talking or trying to relax a person, or just a reflex or response when you saw the stick coming. Burst forward, sending two forearms to meet the area of the stick. This is a natural response. On this natural response of sending the palms and hands towards the weapon, we are building our technique. The fleshy part of the forearms or the palms, is meeting the attack.

Your forearms are diagonal. There is a cushioning and shock-absorbing of the attack. Meeting the attack should be done below and above the note, meaning, the hold of the stick. One forearm or palm will meet the stick at the area close to the grab, close to the palms of the opponent. The other one will meet the forearms near the wrists. Attacker may be attacking with one or two hands holding the stick, bursting forward should be done with the chest towards the attack. This will enable a symmetrical defense with the forearms. Each forearm will absorb half of the strike. As soon as possible, trap the weapon or the hand holding it, and strike the opponent.

The first counterattack can be a knee kick, or a hammer punch. Continue to counterattack, and then move away to disarm the person. Disarming the stick should be done by grabbing the wrist and the stick, and making a breaking action, an axis that will disarm the opponent. Finish by moving away from the danger zone, naturally, counterattacking as needed. The previous technique should be done when your hands are low and it’s very clear that the attacker is doing a horizontal swing. This technique is done when your reflexes fundamental response is bringing the hands up. If you have the opposite stance, meaning the stick is going to your Live side, then bursting forward should be diagonally forward to reduce the impact with the stick. Still the same technique.

A. Rolls and Break-Falls

  1. Break-fall backward and sideways - from height.
  2. Forward roll and remain on the ground

Notes: For adults, this subject may be considered to be tested in full at higher levels (until G1).

B. Kicks

  1. Regular (vertical) kick backward - to three main distances
  2. Regular scissors kick

C. Defenses Against Low Straight Punches

  1. Inside defense - with forearm; emphasis on elbow movement
  2. Outside scooping defense

Notes: Use either the forward or rear hand and counterattack as soon as possible.

D. Inside Forearm Defenses Against Punches – Raised Elbow, Low Palm
Attacker approaches diagonally from the side

  1. Medium height - defense (from passive stance) against a straight punch to the ribs
  2. High - against a straight punch towards the head or chest, elbow circles inward

Notes: The first counterattack is an outward horizontal hammer strike with the defending hand.

E. Defenses Against Straight Punch Combination - Left/Right

  1. Two inside defenses with the palms and counterattack
  2. Hand defenses while leaning back, kicking with the front leg (regular or side kick)


F. Defenses Against Punch Combinations (Outside and Inside Defenses)

  1. Defending against any combination of two punches - one straight and one circular
    1. Two defenses with one hand
    2. Two defenses with two hands
  2. Defending against any combination of two circular

Notes: Counterattack as early as possible.

G. Releases from Chokes

  1. Choke from the front - body turn and upper arm release (wiping face)
  2. Choke from behind- body turn and upper arm release (brought to temple)
  3. Against a Hand Covering Mouth - defender's is caught from behind

Note: Techniques nos. 1 and 2 above are especially effective when assailant is pushing.

H. Releases from Bear Hugs - Arms Free

  1. Release from bear hug from the front – Push to nose or eyes.
  2. Release from bear hug from behind:
    1. Elbow strikes to head
    2. With lock on finger

I. Releases from Bear Hugs - Arms Caught

  1. Release from bear hug from the front – counterattack and take hand out.
  2. Release from bear hug from behind - counterattack and take hand out.
    1. When bear hug is high, counter & escape under arms.

Notes: Train on the use of a shout and a bite against a bear hug from the front.

J. Releases from Bear Hugs from the Side - Variations on the Above Sections H & I

  1. Release from bear hugs whether arm/s caught or free – attacker grabs from the side. Use learnt techniques and principles

K. Dealing with Attempts to Grab and with Dangerous Arm / Wrist Grabs

  1. Prevention: removing the target; defending the target
  2. Attacker grabs and pulls/drags – advance and apply relevant counter attacks
  3. Attacker grabs and attacks with strikes or other ways – relevant defenses and counterattacks

L. Releases from Various Hand / Wrist Grabs

  1. One hand grabbing one hand (low), diagonally or across - Low hold (underhand)
  2. One hand grabbing one hand (high), diagonally or across - High hold (overhand)
  3. Two hands grabbing one hand, low or high holds - two kinds of assistance:
    1. Assist by grabbing fist of caught hand
    2. Assist by removing one grabbing hand
  4. Two hands grabbing two hands, low or high hold
  5. Two hands grabbing two hands, from behind
  6. Release from a strong handshake

Note: Be familiar with the application of the principles: axis and leverage (not pulling); escaping by way of an opening or towards the thumb; circular movements; and using the other hand for assistance.

M. Against Stick Attacks - Defending Overhead and Side Swings

  1. Against one hand overhead attack - Stabbing defense to the live side
  2. Against two hands overhead attack (or attacker is off center)
  3. Horizontal (baseball) Swings –
    1. From passive stance - Front hand down and the back hand up.
    2. From ready stance – Defend with two forearms, positioned high

N. Fighting Games - 4 Against 1

  1. Against straight punches; Against a regular kick and a straight punch

P. Returning Attacker

  1. Following the defender's technique, the attacker returns with a relevant attack, with/out a weapon

Q. Fighting Skills (defend -- attack -- defend)

  1. Emphasizing on changes of distance
  2. Using the principles of:
    1. Bursting forward and circling after
    2. Circling around and bursting forward
  3. Determination drills
    1. Attacker – Disturber – Target
    2. Attacker – Target – Holder (from behind)
  4. Slow fighting
  5. Light fighting with minimal protective gear (light contact)

R. Simulation and Tactics – P4 – Two attackers approaching from different directions

  1. 2 Vs. 1 - Bear Hug (later a Headlock) from Behind and a Second Attack from the Front Description: A trap made by two attackers. One approaches from behind, the other from the front.

Responding to Opponent's Response

  • Trainee attacks with front kick to the groin and opponent retreats in various directions. Trainee continues with sliding and/or kicking.
  • As in no. 1 above, but the opponent can move diagonally or straight forward. Trainee may use short-range kicks and/or attacks with the hands.

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