Defending a Low Straight Stab with a Stick

Technique Review 

Dealing with attack with sticks, bars, spears, et cetera. One of the attacks that are possible, accompany certain areas and certain types of situation it a straight stab.

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Dealing with attack with sticks, bars, spears, et cetera. One of the attacks that are possible, accompany certain areas and certain types of situation it a straight stab. Originally these techniques come from the military, defending a violent attack. Now the militaries of today bars are not so common. But, still we do have the problem of somebody who is stabbing us with a long weapon whether this long weapon is held by two hands or by one. This is the problem that we are talking about.

The straight stab can be low or high. The straight stab with a body motion and a hand motion, that’s what they call common low stab. Also, it’s possible that this stab will be turned inward with a pitchfork attack. And in this case it will be a small swing afterwards with the backhand is very similar to our circular knife stab, or the Oriental stab or the upwards stab, the underhand stab, this one. Even, these stab attacks may be sometimes common.

This moment, let’s talk about the basics and about the variations to complete some mistakes. Now we have a situation and again the understanding is that it is with start off with very basic position. Very basic technique. We are in this position as a stabbing and the distance is as such that the attacker go a little backwards, we need to reach you with a step and a stab. That’s to be the problem. If we look at natural responses with the hands out like this, that’s a natural response so this is more or less a natural response. When you see this type of beginning of response to build on it, the basic technique. Very characteristic technique of Imi by the way it improve and change during the years, his early years he changed it, now that’s what he did, that’s what we do, haven’t been really changes in this technique.

Okay, when he is attacking, the first common mistake we see is, hand on the attack, we need to open the hand. The open palm, I will be able to have a bit of a larger defense. Now, if I am catching him at the last moment “slowly”, last moment can be here. “Not so good”. Last moment even with the forearm also possible. We want to connect you very early in the beginning of the motion. So we are doing that with the hand, they are stretching, they are reaching forward. At the same time, remember, it’s not only forward it’s also turning the body away. So if this is the target, I will move this area, the center of the belly area. I will move that section. I will not move the head yet, because the head, if I move part of the head the stomach will stay in place. If the attack will be high and something like this, probably I will deflect high like this and I will move the head first. But, now it is not the low one. The hand defense and the body defense, then lean forward.

The other hand is very important here, a few reasons for this and here we see some common mistakes. This is one mistake, what’s the problem? One, that the hand can get hurt, that’s not the only problem. Let’s say I go very much like this, the hand will not get hurt. But, when I catch, I catch from here. The idea is, we catch from the body away. If you look, I was grabbing with the boney part in the direction of the weapon. I was not attaching from above and not from the other side, I was attaching from my direction towards the weapon, towards his hand or towards where he is recoiling to. That’s what the situation is.

In this case, that’s right here, I will lower the shoulder, I will send the boney part towards the weapon. The reason, again, if I will catch here. And imagine he is recoiling, recoil on me, what happens is I’m in front of the weapon, my hand serves like a rope more or less and it is what he is pulling, it is being straightened towards the weapon. Even if he was pulling backwards the more he pulls this a little bit more, it will be towards the weapon. The other attack, I will be the one that is directing the weapon to me. Only because he pulled. Even if he pulled to this side to go to this type of rope here, it will be towards the target, meaning my stomach, meaning my chest area. That’s why we are doing this. Now when he’s recoiling, it’s pushed away. And don’t pull to me, so pushing away is the idea, and it is one of the most common mistakes.

If I’m landing, I should be landing with my foot to the outside, because it’s already in the process of that kick. Look again, from here, advance, the pelvis is in one direction, inward, for the band defense. But when you let him and catch, the foot is there directed outwards. And this enables me to give a kick first. Why do we insist on a kick in the beginning? Here we explain that it’s a long weapon. If it’s a long weapon, I cannot reach him. I can reach him, however, with a leg.

Now, the next common mistake is after they kick people, feeling yes, I want to give a good punch, whamp, would that happen, they would come back to the channel. Your punch may not be the strongest, but you will land outside the channel. We will continue to move a bit more behind the person. When you recoil the leg, recoiling outside the partners leg.

“Slowly again, slowly”.

And then, as early as possible, because I landed towards him, I turn towards him, and I hit him. And with that leg turned I am better out of the channel and better behind the person.

Now, regarding the disarming. Who knows what will happen? Yes, if I give a very good kick, and a very good punch, probably he’s not holding the weapon at all. But, if he’s still holding the weapon, I grab the weapon with the other hand, I pull it and I rotate it. Pulling brings the back side of the weapon more forward, and rotating away the side of the weapon is above his arm, forearm, his shoulder, depending on where the weapon is. So, forward and usually here above the forearm and beyond.

If you read, you can attack with the weapon, if you want to attack with the weapon, just speed up the body. If you don’t want to attack with the weapon, you have to retreat and disarm the person without hitting him this way. I would say that in a situation that you feel is dangerous, stay here. After the second strike, poof, rotate, he is going with the weapon towards his head.

This is the basic technique. If it comes from the other side, meaning if the attacker is attacking and you have a better response, you will turn to the left then. Practically, we say, identical technique.

[sounds of grappling]

They’re too slow, so hand defense, body defense, moving back and forward you catch towards where he is going to recoil. Again, catching from my body to his direction, to the direction of the weapon. The landing of the brace leg would be away. So I had a good kick. And when I land with this kick, I land away from his channel. If I caught the weapon, where I put the weapon this time? Close to him, between his hands, doesn’t matter. I will change, recoup, pull and then rotate. Practically the same, identical technique.

When we are dealing with the long weapon, and this comes from the military, the binary attack. Attack, forward and hit from the backside of the weapon. This can be an option, Imi had a very smart idea here, that’s one of the first things that he did in prevention and foreseeing what the enemy will do. Not respond too initially, so he is proper to do one too, then we need to prevent it. To prevent a person from doing the second action. In this case.

[sounds of grappling]

“That’s the idea”. When he is going from here, he has the protruding part behind the backhand. After the first attack, he is with a second attack, this one. So what idea is, you will prevent. How will you prevent it? You will jump, burst forward in an angle to minimize his option. From here, one, two, immediately I am going very, very low, with forearms in this position. That’s the first time Indy has done this action, except in the falling forward and break-falls this action it was against this type of problem. So, one. And when this comes, I need to be earlier than his attack. As soon as possible, I’m going to him. This type of control, with a double hooks. And lift it a little bit and kick below. Why lift a little bit? We don’t have the weapon, because we don’t really attack with it, we don’t have the weapon disturbing the attack. And if it’s rifles and violence and all this, this can even a magazine attack of situation. Long weapon, low object here.

From here, one and two, I’m very low. Now, it’s more comfortable for me to attack. Release myself, release the weapon, attack.

In any type of variation can be he hit with the head, stand here and hit with the hand, they are all possible, but this is the basic for us. From here we understand one, prevention and two, this type of action.

This type of action really the same type of defense, two form. This also gave us the direction to deal with this type of problem that initially he was not dealing with.

Again, when we see and talk about this sort of low stab, straight stab, the inside defense, because we start from this situation. It’s a defense and kind with the other hand with the opposite side of the head, shoulder and from there, grab. What happens if the problem is like this?

[demonstrates action]

The attacker is moving with the body forward, weapon goes backwards and then he comes at an angle. Whether it’s more stabbing or more tearing it doesn’t really matter. Natural response would be something like this, very much, done. But, you understand that in this case, it’s coming up, it may slide and I may have a problem here. So what we do, we are using what we have in P2 a Krav Maga level. Defending the kick to the groin. If that’s the natural response, let’s use this coping techniques that we use one, straight knife stab to the later stage. Also, we cover in one of the weekly reviews.

[sounds of grappling]

Go from here. What happens is this, that’s a natural response, we are changing this to [sounds of grappling] defend an attack. You can control that. Defend, this outside defense, the defending part between the pinky joint and the elbow. We try to move as soon as I can. Even with the palm is possible, no problem at all here. And the body defense, especially move first to tell this area as it is low, coming from below. And the other hand, probably I could tell the difference. Defend and control, move that in forward, first come to attack.

This one, it can happen, maybe you thought that this is coming as a.. that he is coming light.. like a straight and then a wrist and the other so this is what we want, what we call warrior level. I make a mistake, I compensate it, I troubleshoot it.

Both sides. And if he is coming on an angle, he is coming in more of an angle, “from here a bit more” and of course I’d have to return with the left hand, going the right hand would be very unreasonable. If I’m in this position, left side, left hand. If I’m in this position, right hand.

These movements that you are seeing are very similar, defense against stab with a knife, things that we have done before, you can go and look at this.

Thank you so much.

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