P2 Training Program

Circular Strikes Hooks & Uppercuts: P2 -Training Syllabus

The round house punches, the hooks, small circle of motion, strike horizontally, recoil fast. The elbow is behind the punch. The forearm is in the direction of the movement of the attack. The upper body moves in the direction of the target …

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The round house punches, the hooks, small circle of motion, strike horizontally, recoil fast. The elbow is behind the punch. The forearm is in the direction of the movement of the attack. The upper body moves in the direction of the target, in the direction of the attack. The heel is turned outward, the legs, the hip, the torso is turning, shifting the energy and the momentum of the movement into the punch into the strike. You can strike with the heel of the hand or with a fist, while the thumb is up. You can strike at different levels, at different heights. Example, to the chin or to the lower ribs.

From the general outlet stance, punch with the forward hand. In a very short punch you are turning the front foot, enabling a stronger punch. The heel of the front foot is turned. You shift your weight in the direction of the strike. Do not lean away in this technique.

Round house punch with the front hand, shifting your weight forward. The circular action is practically identical. While punching you shift your weight forward, while turning the body, the leg, the hip, the torso. Stilling the elbow, the angle is more or less 90 degrees. You’re punching with the open hand, fingers forward or with the vertical fist. The other hand is protecting.

Round house punch with the rear hand. The back hand, this time the right, is making the regular circular. As you start from the general outlet stance, there is a turning and shifting of the weight. The heel has been turned towards the outside. Leaning the chest and the torso in the direction of the strike, 90 degrees at the elbow. You can strike with the fist or with the heel of the hand, while the fingers are pointing forward. The other hand comes near the face.
The uppercut strike. Starting from the semi-passive stance. Turn [inaudible 00:02:42] limb, so the sternum will come over the knee. While starting to rise take the hand down a bit and punch upwards, vertically, and a bit forward, hitting with a fist, there too big knuckles. The elbow is under the fist. The punch is directed a bit diagonally forward. The foot of the punching hand is turned, so it is directed towards the target.

Uppercuts with the general outlet stance. Punch with the right or with the left. Punch with the front hand or the back hand. Punch with the front hand, turn the body and lean a bit downwards so the sternum will over the knee, and then get up and then rise and punch. Punching with the back hand, two shoulders should go down towards the feet and then turning a bit, rising and punching. The strike is with the two large knuckles, the wrist is aligned and the punch is directed upwards and a bit forward.

Uppercut strikes from the passive stance. Strike while rising up. Rise a bit on the both of the feet. The punch is particularly the same, however there is no telegraphing, there’s no preparation mode. Punching from the general outlet stance, first we lean and then we strike upwards. Here there’s no need to lean down or to take the hand down. The hand is already down, start from there.

P2 Lecture/Theory I

A. Circular Strikes Hooks (Roundhouses) & Uppercuts

  1. Hook punch
  2. Uppercut from semi-passive stance and from ready stance
    (regular outlet stance)

Notes: Start drilling both strikes first from a semi-passive stance, then from a ready stance; for the hooks, while in ready stance the front-hand strike has two variations.

B. Elbow Strikes

  1. Vertical elbow strikes:
    a) upward; b) downward; c) straight backward; d) back and upward +combinations

Various Striking Methods

  1. Straight strike with the fingers
  2. Palm strike to groin, Together with body defenses - downwards
  3. Back of hand (and fingers) whip strike to groin, Together with body defenses, downwards
  4. Straight strikes while advancing (simultaneous attack and step) - right (rear) and left (front)
  5. Straight left punch in retreat + series of attacks + moving to all directions
    Notes: First punch from a semi-passive stance; later from a ready stance and other starting positions.

D. Kicks

  1. Knee strike – roundhouse
  2. Defensive front kick; striking surfaces: heel, ball of the foot, whole foot (in testing, demonstrate one of the above)
  3. Defensive backward kick
  4. Sidekick (with the heel)
  5. Roundhouse kick - two methods: horizontal or diagonal (demonstrate one method in testing); possible striking surfaces: ball of the foot, instep or shin

E. Series of Attacks – to the front, side and rear; with different targets, heights and angles

  1. From long to short distances
  2. From short to the long distances

F. Inside Defenses with Palm or Forearm Against Straight Punches

  1. Inside defense with the palm:
    1. Simultaneous counterattack (with the other hand)
    2. 1.5 rhythm - defend, counterattack forcing the opponent's hand down (as in P-1)
    3. While leaning backward; kick (with the front leg)
  2. Forearm defense against attacks to different targets and heights; and counterattack
  3. Left against left – palm (or forearm) sweeping defense with a horizontal counter
    Notes: Remember to incorporate head and body defense into these techniques. Defend with the left hand against right hand attacks and vice-versa, unless otherwise stated.

G. Outside Defenses Against Punches

  1. Ready stance and starting position for outside defenses
  2. Forearm defense against a hook punch - diagonal outward and back (avoiding the elbow; clenched fist; use fleshy part of the forearm; head tucked between shoulders)
  3. Outside defense against straight punches, with simultaneous counterattack (demonstrate one of the learned defenses - nos. 1, 2 or 3)
  4. Outside defense, upward and forward (no. 4, forearm at a diagonal)
    Note: In the above outside defenses, only the close (front)
    hand defends against straight strikes.

H. Body Defense with Hand Strike to Groin

  1. Ducking under a strike (straight or circular) – from passive or ready stance; with a counter-attack (to the groin).

I. Defending Against an Opponent Attacking from Different Angles

  1. Inside or outside defenses against punches (circular or straight) coming from various directions. Defender is looking forward, attacker is moving in a half-circle in front of him.
  2. Against a strike from behind – move away diagonally forward while turning and reacting.

J. Leg Defenses Against Kicks [from passive and ready ('outlet') stances]

  1. Stop kicks vs. regular kicks: 1.1.
    1. With the heel directed to the outside; use the front leg 1.2.
    2. With the heel directed to the inside; use the back leg
  2. Inside / outside defenses
    1. Blocking defense with the shin against a low
      roundhouse kick, coming from the same side
      (possibly using the front leg against either
      kicking leg)
  3. Outside defense with the shin and forearm together
    – against a high / low roundhouse kick
  4. Inside defense with the shin and forearm together
    – against a high or low regular kick
    (the hand defense is as in Section F, no. 3, above)

Note: Technique no.1 is first applied against regular kicks and later against roundhouse and sidekicks. Techniques 3 and 4 are used against an attack delivered to an unknown height. Use the forearm as previously learned, bony or muscular parts for inside or outside defenses.

K. Choke Releases (including Distance Timeline)


  1. Vs. a choke from the side - pluck and counterattack
  2. Vs. a choke from the rear - pluck with a step diagonally backward
  3. Vs. a choke from the rear - one / two-hand pluck, turn & attack; or executing a wrist lock.

Note: When lack of force, use two hands to remove one of attacker's chocking hand.

L. Defenses Against a Knife Threat (including Distance Timeline)

  1. From the front - at long range - deflect and kick, while leaning away from the knife
  2. From the side or back - attacker is at long range - deflect and kick
  3. From the front - at close range - deflect with a C grip.

M. Dealing With Falls

  1. Backward break-fall
  2. Forward, with attacks
  3. Backward roll - left shoulder (for right-handed practitioners)

N. Choke Releases While on the Ground

  1. Attacker sitting on the defender - pluck and bridge - one hand remains holding
  2. Attacker between the legs of the defender – pluck with one hand and insert knee

O. Using Common Objects – Small Objects to Distract

  1. Throwing; using distraction to create an opening or opportunity

Note: This is used primarily in a situation before an actual attack is made, mainly during the threat stage or in the very early stages of an attack.

P. Fighting Games

  1. 4 against 1
    1. Push with 2 hands or grab to choke (1 attack every 2 seconds)
      Note: This can start with the "zombie" game.
    2. Defending 360 – against 2 attacks every 2 seconds
  2. Slow fighting – including the process and stages of learning

Q. Returning Attacker (defend -- attack -- defend)

  1. Following the defender's initial defense (a choke release; defenses against circular or straight strikes) and counter-attack, the opponent is able to proceed and launch straight strikes or other relevant attacks

R. Simulation and Tactics

  1. Timeline (Aggression) – escalation of attacks: verbal quarrel; and a push; and two strikes; and a kick

1. Releases

  1. Against different grabs, with the element of surprise

2. Ground Fighting

  1. Defending against a “shoot to the legs”
  2. Sticky hands game (1. mounted; 2. guard)
  3. Attacking from all positions
  4. Defending against a person sitting on the defender (mounted) and punching

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