Disturbing the Vision - Active and Passive Disturbances

Technique Review 

Hi guys. This week’s technique review is really not a review. It’s something new. Something from the expert level mainly, although we have elements in the P2 that we are dealing with this. In disturbing the vision of the enemy, of the aggressor, of the attacker. . .

Video transcript

Hi guys. This week’s technique review is really not a review. It’s something new. Something from the expert level mainly, although we have elements in the P2 that we are dealing with this. In disturbing the vision of the enemy, of the aggressor, of the attacker.

So what’s the idea? We have here two ways of disturbing the vision of the opponent. So imagine data is being received by the enemy. This aggressor, using this data to attack us. Or really I should say data. So what’s really happening? You would like to minimize the ability of the aggressor to see. So one thing that we have for example in the P2 is disturbing the vision, destructing the vision, something like this.

What happened here was I used something from my pocket, I threw something that was practically in my hand, and disturbed the vision. So what happened to the opponent? He did something like this, and then he was vulnerable. Simple as that. So this is active destruction, but using an object to do it.

There are other things that … active disturbance to the eyes. For example, if you talk to somebody … what happened was I sent my hand. It doesn’t look like a strike, so it’s less disturbing and less triggering the fight flight response. So something like this disturbs the vision, now he’s vulnerable. So what happens you’re working more or less in the shattered rhythm. Please investigate shattered rhythm. And here, when I’m touching his face and eyes, disturbing him, I’m already on the way to attack. But this is not perceived as attack, it’s perceived as stay away from me type of … and then the strike is hitting. To the throat, to the chin, even to the stomach, and then move away.

So this is the one type of active disturbance of vision, using your own hands to cover the eyes, disturb the eyes. Another type of active disturbance is really … striking the eyes. Something which is like … sort of a smear, sort of a wipe of the eyes, and this you do with fingers this or this way. Not in a straight line, it’s a higher … it’s a bit like a harpoon, in a way, and you are moving across the eyes in a very narrow line, channel. Don’t start too much from the side, we start more or less to the eye of one side and cross to the other side. And then you can continue, or then you can move away, just create disturbance and move away.

I remember one time, a martial artist was very experienced in fighting, but without so much in hitting to the head, and he came to the unit I was working with and he wanted to spar with us. He was working in the same complex in the [inaudible 00:03:39] airport. And the undercover anti-terror guys that I was working with were at a reasonable level, but they were not martial artists. They hadn’t trained for 20 years, they were not fighting in the ring for 10 years, many fights. So one of the guys got a bit scared, and this very good fighter, he did something like this and moved back, like stay away from me more or less, and hit his eye. Not deliberately really, just a natural response. The guy went down, and for about 30 minutes was practically neutralized. Luckily there was no real damage to the eye. Just to show you what can happen.

So this is disturbing the eyes in different ways: covering, or hitting. And also another thing was the active throwing something, which is in a P2. We have another thing about disturbing the vision, and that is a passive way of disturbing the vision: by blocking the line of sight to the attacking limb. I’ll explain myself better. Imagine that, when I’m talking to you, you cannot see the weapon. It can be, my fist can be a weapon. Maybe some sharp object in my hand. Imagine I’m talking like this and a sharp object in my hand. You cannot see it, and then suddenly it’s in your face.

So first of all, as defenders we should know about it, because somebody can do it to us. So if somebody’s hiding something, now you don’t see what’s in my right hand, because what’s in my right hand is behind my leg, or it’s maybe in my pocket. It’s suspicious behavior, but not all the time. Somebody’s talking to you like this and it means please move away from me, or he is talking to you like that one, even a bit of aggressive manner, and growling or barking whatever he’s doing, but you can only see one hand of his. Or if somebody’s talking to you like this way. It’s casual, and then if there’s a weapon in his hand you cannot see it. So these are all passive disturbance.

Imagine that in the way I stand it’s difficult to see what my back leg is doing. Or it’s difficult to see that I start to move with the back leg, so here I start to move with the back leg. It’s not so easy to see. When I do something like this it’s much easier. So I open the pelvis, I open the front leg, it was a preparation. This one is very difficult to identify.

Now, what happens is that the aggressor, the attacker, if somebody else will use it, it can save him a little bit of time, that’s what it can save you. If you do this one, if you start … look what I’m doing. I am going to kick the target, but I’m going to kick the target without first moving, obviously, I don’t want to show any intention, but not only, I stand a bit sideways. So this person cannot see the back leg. When I kick I start doing this one … and then I hit. So what happened was I start moving the leg and practically from here I kick, he didn’t see the beginning. So when you don’t see the beginning you lost a portion of the time.

What happens in this case, if you lost a portion of the time? Maybe you’ll not be able to make the defense, and sometimes we need to save a few hundredths of a second and it will be good enough to hit the target. And after that, imagine you do save the time and you do hit, and then you continue. And you’re in a much better situation, you overcame the problem. Or you have better potential to overcome the problem. Why? Again: you saved time. How did you save time? By standing in a way that it’s difficult to identify what the back leg is doing, the weapon.

Or you stand in a way that, in your hand there is something that the attacker cannot see. Or you stand in a way, look, in a certain moment you cannot see my fist. If I’m standing like this you cannot see my fist, and now, last moment, the fist is popping up behind a barrier. That’s the idea. So imagine, he cannot see my hand. And I say please, please stay away from me. And now he doesn’t see the beginning, and if I decide to attack then I start the movement of the hand, and now I open.

So again, how much can you save? You will not save a second, you will not save even half a second. You may save three, four, five, six hundredths of a second, but this is enough sometimes, because you will bypass the response. So in this case this is about fighting, it’s about fighting tactics, and we have this mainly in the expert level, especially this passive disturbance, passive change of the vision. That’s the idea.

So take care, train well, and I’ll see you next time. All the best. Ciao.

Technique Review

Sticky Hands

Technique Review

Whipping Back Fist

Technique Review

Sliding Kicks Forward

Technique Review

Breakfalls and Pushups

Technique Review

General Ready Stance

Technique Review

Sliding Defenses

Technique Review

Frontal Choke Release

Technique Review

Hook Strikes

Technique Review

Straight Strikes

Technique Review

360 Outside Defenses