G1 Training Program

Dealing with Falls: G1 -Training Syllabus

Hard break fall forward. Whether somebody had thrown you, or you stumbled, fell, and you are going towards the ground in relatively high speed.

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Hard break fall forward. Whether somebody had thrown you, or you stumbled, fell, and you are going towards the ground in relatively high speed. The need to break fall is obvious. If the time is short, you cannot do a soft break fall, and a hard break fall is needed. You are striking the ground with the palms and forearms. Your elbows should not hit the ground. The natural way of striking the ground brought the palms closer, then the elbows are close into each other, sort of a triangle. In this break fall, the elbows are below the height of the shoulders. Raise your head, your body should be straight, and the strike through the ground is stopping you from falling further. The head is raised so it will not hit the ground. Straighten your body to prevent it from hitting the surface. The learning process to this break fall is to execute it from low height, meaning from your knees and from low squat.

Rolling sideways. The assumption is that you are falling sideways, and you cannot turn to either direction to execute a roll forward or roll backwards. The momentum enables the roll, your chest is facing forward while the movement is sideways. Execute the roll that will start with the palm, from that towards the upper forearm, the upper arm, the shoulder blade, the other shoulder blade, the side of the body, and then the figure four to get up. Executing the roll should stay with your chest forward as long as you can. Only one hand is touching the ground in the first phase of the roll. While getting up you can use the other hand to assist. Rest your leading palm in the line of the body. This is the line of rolling sideways. The fingers however are pointing forward. Press the ground with your hand to create the resistance that enable you to roll, and not to crash into the ground. Roll at the upper part of your back and shoulder blades area. From there to the side of the body, and to the figure four, getting up into the regular ready stance, or to side stance.

A. Dealing with Falls

  1. Hard break-fall forward (when needed, trainee will be tested falling from the knees).
  2. Sideways roll

B. Attacks

  1. Headbutt – forward, backward & sideways
  2. Elbow strike against a group of attackers

C. Kicks

  1. Sliding kicks – using a sliding advance for: regular front, defensive front, side, round-house and defensive back kicks. From any chosen stance, kick with front or back leg.

D. Takedowns and Throws

  1. Big sweep - from the outside
  2. Machine gun takedown - from the side (head to back of the opponent)

E. Defenses Against Medium and High Side Kicks
Note: stop kicks are also effective against sidekicks.

  1. Retreat backwards, lift your front leg with low outside defense (using the front hand).
  2. Sweeping (low) outside defense (forearm) against sidekicks of medium height.
    1. Using the front hand while advancing diagonally,
      with the back leg.
    2. Using the back hand to sweep the side kick.
  3. Sweeping inside defense with the front forearm against
    a high side kick.
  4. Defense against a high side kick from the side - outside
    defense upward while lowering and leaning
    the upper body away, countering with a low side kick.

F. Releases From Wrist Grabs While on the Ground
(attacker has mounted the defender)

  1. Slide /circle one hand, throw with hip, roll and counterattack.
  2. Grab one hand overhead, bridge and roll to the grabbed side.

G. Escaping from Headlocks and Chokes While on the Ground

  1. Escape from choke (or head slam) while attacker is sitting on defender (face-down)
    1. Use a pluck and turn.
    2. Use the upper arm and turn.
  2. Escaping a headlock from behind - (starting from a sitting position) - free a leg and turn.
  3. Escaping a headlock from behind while attacker is sitting on defender (face-down).

H. Defending Against a Standing Opponent When Defender is on the Ground

  1. Attacker delivers a regular kick to the head / upper body – outside forearm defense
  2. Attacker delivers a stomping kick to the upper body – inside forearm defense
  3. Attacker jumps high on the defender and stomps with one or two legs - clam-like
  4. "Free work" - against combinations of attacks – includes relevant tactical moves.

I. Defenses Against Overhand (Regular) Stab

  1. Kick defenses, as in previous levels.
  2. 360° defense - hook and catch the attacking arm to prevent further stabs. Option also to end with disarming assailant.
  3. When attacked from the side (left/right)
    1. Defend (block) and counterattack, control (grab) as early as possible or move away
    2. Defend lean away and kick

J. Defenses Against Underhand (Oriental) Stab

  1. For medium range attacks - defend with diagonal forearm, end with disarm
  2. For close range attacks - use 360° defense with multiple counterattacks. Deal with: strong upwards attack; repeated attacks; retreating attacker and groggy (wrap attacker's forearm)
  3. Against attacks from the side (in-front of the arm) – defend with the closest forearm while moving to the live side; switch hands and counterattack - against attack with same hand.
  4. Against attacks from the side (behind the arm) – defend with the closest forearm and switch hands, while moving to the blind (dead) side - against attack with same hand.

K. Defense Against a Handgun Threat from the Front

  1. Defense against a pistol threat from the front.
  2. Variations - gun held at various heights, angles and distances, in either or both hands.

L. Defenses Against Previously Unknown Attacks from a Variety of Angles

  1. Defend against an attack previously unknown to the defender. The trainee is encouraged to use a technique as close as possible to what has been practiced.

M. Dealing with a Continuing Attacker – Whilst releasing from previously learnt Chokes and/or Headlocks

  1. Attacker launches a second attack (as a grab, strike or kick) during the counteraction that the defender is doing against the first one.

Defending Horizontal (Swing) Stick Attack to the Legs

  1. Burst forward
  2. Defend with the shin
  3. Defend with a stop kick to the stick/hands

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