G1 Training Program

Defending Against a Standing Opponent - Defender on the Ground G1

Against a soccer or a football kick directed towards your upper body or head. Hand and body defense, the active and dynamic defenses …

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Against a soccer or a football kick directed towards your upper body or head. Hand and body defense, the active and dynamic defenses together with an early counter attack, kicking with the following. The hand defenses executed with the fleshy part naturally away from the body, away from the head.

If the attacker is kicking with the toes, or has a good shoe and kicking with the point of the shoe, block should be stopping the kick away from the head. But one should not absorb the kick with the forearm. Move away from the kick, sending your upper body and aligned parallel to the kick, directing both legs towards the opponent. The close leg should be lifted so the knee will be close to the elbow. The bony part of your shin should be blocking the kick. However, if you do it at the correct timing, it will not be absorbing much of the kick. The kick will be more or less sliding on it. This is due to the angle that you created.

Like in the outer defenses of the 360, where one hand is blocking, and the other one is counter attacking. Here too, one shin is blocking, and the other leg is kicking. The first kick is usually directed towards the groin of the opponent. Continue then with more counter attacks, eventually get up with more counter attacks, or move away from the danger zone.

An opponent situated close to you is trying to hit your head or upper body with a stomping kick. Inside defense with the forearm is aimed to deflect the kick at the early part of it. Meaning, when the kick is relatively high, just starting to be directed towards the target, it’s being deflected as soon as possible with a defense that has a bit of a sweeping characteristic in it. As soon as possible, convert the defense to the initial counter attack with a straight punch towards the groin area.

With a hand defense you are also doing a bit of a body defense. This is the top of the body. Moving sideways is rather difficult, so bringing the shoulder up, turning the body, is the main part of the body defense. Counter attack a couple of times with strikes to the groin. Then push away at the opponent’s knees. Crawl, move away, upwards and to the side. This will enable you to move away from the collapsing opponent and getting out from the line, or the channel, of his attacks. As soon as possible, you should lift your leg to be able to counter attack, kick the opponent. Or, on the other hand, maybe you will need it to stop the person from falling on you.

Pushing at the opponent’s knees will either prevent or delay the opponent from crashing towards you. It also enables you to move quickly from beneath the opponent. After the initial strikes and the initial kicks, continue with more counter attacks, and then get up as soon as you can. Getting up can be while attacking, kicking, and moving aggressively towards the opponent, or moving away from the danger zone. All is needed is as suitable in the situation.

Against an opponent who is jumping and trying to stomp you on the upper body or head. Usually the opponent will be running from the area of your legs, towards the area of your head and upper body. You should bring your shins and hands, as protection, over your body and head, like a clam. Then spring outward, kicking the opponent as soon as possible. In a good timing, both your legs will be kicking, hitting the opponent’s groin area and thigh. In most cases this will cause the opponent to lose his balance and fall on his head or body. In such a case, continue with multiple counter attacks, getting up and with the finishing mode, all is needed.

This action of bringing your shins and forearms to protect your body and head, this clamming type of action, should be done as early as possible. If the opponent is still away from you, springing outward, sending your legs double kicking towards the opponent’s lower part of the body, is extremely efficient. If you are late, it can be that the kick will slide on this slope that you created, the shins and the forearms. After the kick has slid then you can continue with the initial counter attacks.

In this clamming action, creating the slope, one elbow should be between the legs between the knees. The other one, outside it. The idea is to create a surface which is quite tight, that the kick will not be able to penetrate between the different links. When you kick the opponent, catching him in the air, be sure that both your legs do not allow the opponent’s leg to penetrate between them. So your feet should be rather perpendicular to the kicking leg. After the initial counter attacks, while you’re on the ground, getting up as early as possible is most important. Continue then with the appropriate finishing mode.

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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