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Defending Against a Straight Stab or Thrust with a Stick G2

Defending against a stab with a stick. Attacker holds the stick low and stabs toward the stomach or chest…

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Defending against a stab with a stick.
Attacker holds the stick low and stabs toward the stomach or chest. Start with a hand defense, continue with a body defense, and step diagonally forward, and the first counterattack with the back leg.

Your palm is stretched, the thumb is up, the pinky is down, defending with the heel of the hand. To the defense, as far as you can. For this, you need to pivot your body. Send the shoulder forward. The opposite hand comes up across the chest to the other side of the face.

It’s important that this hand will be in that area, so it will not get stabbed.

The torque with the body defense follows with a step diagonally forward. Initially, the advancing foot is turned in, but when it lands it’s already turned out, pelvis has turned, so the leg is on its way to the target in a good kick at the correct range.

Your upper body has turned now, so your left shoulder is now forward. Grab the attacking hand, or the weapon, as soon as you can with the hand that was your back hand. The grab is done in a straight line from your chest area towards the attacker. So, your grabbing hand moves along this line.

Having control of the weapon, or the hand holding it, is rather essential. The regular kick aimed to the groin area recoils, and the leg lands outside the channel, meaning outside the advancing leg of the opponent.

Continue with more counterattacks, and then grab the weapon and disarm the person. Looking from behind the defender, it is easy to see the body defense and the advance diagonally forward. See how the pelvis turns in and then turns out. Turns in for the body defense. Turns out to enable a good counterattack with the leg, with a kick.
Remember, after the initial counterattacks one has to do the finishing move. One of the options is, of course, to disarm the opponent. In order to disarm the opponent, add the back hand, the one that was just attacking, and grab with it the weapon near the back hand of the opponent. Pull the weapon along the side, along the line that it is pointing to, and then rotate it so the front side, which may be a sharp side, a pointy side, a blade, will go towards the head of the opponent. The disarm is done first with a pull and then with a rotation.

In a dry drill we see the hand defense, the body defense, the torque of the body, the moving diagonally forward, sort of a switch between the positions of the hands. The defending hand, which was sent first forward is now recoiling, and the back hand is going to grab.

As soon as possible with a grab, or immediately after, the kick hits the target. Remember to land away, the outside. Don’t land in the channel or in the line of the attack.

The same technique can be utilized against a stab while you are moving towards the live side of the opponent. This time you’ll send your left hand to defend the coming stick. Defend the stick as soon as possible away from you, like in the previous technique. Move diagonally forward towards the live side, switch hands, and kick first with the back leg. Continue with landing forward. Remember to land while moving forward, but do not land in the channel of the attack.

After the counterattack, must continue. One way to continue, of course, is to disarm the person. Grab the weapon with two hands, pull it, and rotate it. While you are pulling the weapon, it should be along the line where it is pointing. When you rotate, the sharp, the front side of the weapon should be directed towards the opponent. This is done in, more or less, horizontal rotation.

After the disarm of the weapon, use it as necessary, and then move away from the danger zone.

Against a stab with a stick or spear.
Moving to the live side, there are some chances that the attacker will attack again with the butt, with the back side of the weapon, meaning stabbing and then, like with the bayonet, of a military style, hitting with the back hand, hitting with the butt side of the weapon.

If we expect this, we should defend and immediately land with two forearms on the weapon. Neutralizing the possibility of a strike with the butt towards the head or the ribs. The hand defense. Reaching forward, and then moving diagonally forward is as in the previous techniques. However, now you jump on the weapon. With two forearms slanted, fleshy part, you land on the weapon, and with a small circular action, using your hooks at the wrists, lift the weapon a bit.
Meeting with the forearms, the weapon should be as early as possible before the opponent manage to change the angle or gain some momentum with the butt attack. Jumping on the weapon should be done low, meaning you should bend your knees. Now lift the weapon a bit and kick with the back leg. Continue with the rotation of the weapon, disarming it from the opponent.

Against a high stab with a weapon.
The attacker stabs with a stick holding it from below. The stab is directed towards the head or the chest of the defender. As the attacker chambers and stabs, the defender should send his hand. The forearm should be deflecting the weapon or the hand holding it, as soon as possible. Pivot the upper body, meet the attack as early as you can, away from you. Depending on the length of the weapon, the defense may touch and deflect either the weapon itself, or the forearm, or even the upper arm holding it.

Defense is done with the fleshy part first, and then rotation of the forearm. For the bony part to continue the deflection, the deflecting area can be the heel of the hand, the palm, or the forearm of the defender. Move diagonally forward as soon as you can. This is an important issue, the body defense.

While you make the hand defense, the other hand, the back hand, is going towards the neck or the other side of the face. From there, grab and push the attacking arm. The defending hand continues to strike, usually with the heel of the hand, to the back of the hand of the opponent.

These moves were appropriate for a relatively shorter range. If the range is longer, one should use the kicks for the first counterattacks. This will be rather similar to the previous techniques dealing with the low stab towards the stomach. It’s important that the defending hand would switch its role from defense to counterattack.

So the defense should be a very strong fast strike that recoils, and from there the counterattacks are going to the back of the head of the opponent. Always face depending on the angle, naturally. The finishing mode can be either moving away or first disarming and then continuing as needed. The disarming as usual, grab the weapon with two hands, this time one after the other, and pull the weapon and then rotate it. Again, try to rotate the sharp, the front side, towards the opponent’s head.

While training these techniques, be very careful not to hit your partner while you disarm the weapon.

Against a horizontal attack forward with a stick.
Stick is being held by two hands. The attacker is aiming a push or even a very strong strike towards the chest, or the neck, or the face. Definitely can be a devastating damage. When you identify the problem at the medium range, send quickly both your forearms to meet the coming attack.

Move forward to minimize the movement, the momentum, the speed of the attack. Catch the attacking weapon as close as possible to the body of the attacker. Two forearms are slanted in an angle meeting with the fleshy part, the area which is less rigid, in the tool in the attack, meaning try to land with your forearms on the fists, the palms, of the opponent. If you manage this, it’s naturally a benefit. You do not encounter a metal object or a very hard object, like a hard wood.

In one fluid circular motion, your forearms are lowering and lifting a bit the attack. All these elements, the circular action, the fleshy part, the angle with the forearms, all these are reducing the impact with the tool, with the weapon. Circling your arm brings the weapon maximum at your chest level. Be careful not to lift it too much, as it may still be continuing towards your head and hit you.

As you lift the weapon, kick the opponent to the groin from below with a regular kick or any kick. Continue with more kicks or hold the weapon with one hand and strike him with the backhand. The strike should be above the weapon. Finishing mode can be moving away from danger zone or even disarming the opponent. If you wish to disarm the opponent, the striking hand grabs again, the weapon, and circle it towards the face and the other hand of the opponent.

The disarming is being done as follows. Hold the weapon with one hand, close to your ribs, and with the other hand, rotate diagonally forward, so the edge of the stick will be rotating near the body of the opponent. After disarming, use the weapon if you need to, then move away from the danger zone. While you move away from the danger zone, it is recommended, usually, to hide the weapon, so the people around you will not treat you as a dangerous one, those who are not enemies.

A. Spinning Attacks, Strikes and Kicks

  1. Spinning back elbow (horizontal)
  2. Spinning back hammer strike (horizontal)
  3. Spinning defensive back kick. Including series and combinations.
  4. Spinning regular back kick.

B. Takedowns and Throws

  1. Front sweep kick (low roundhouse kick)
  2. Shoulder-push takedown (pull opponent’s knees) - From the rear
  3. Double leg takedown – from the front

C. Sliding Defense Against a Straight Punch

  1. Inside sliding defense while delivering a straight punch with same hand.
  2. Outside sliding defense while delivering a straight punch with same hand.

Notes: Both defenses are done with the front hand against the opposite hand (i.e. - left vs. right).

D. Double Hand Defense Against Kicks of an Unknown Height

  1. Back hand executing a low outside defense; front hand is, executing a high inside defense with the palm or forearm.
  2. Back hand executing a high inside defense; front hand is, executing a low outside defense with
    the palm or forearm.

E. Defense Against One-Handed Shirt Grabs

  1. Prevention
  2. Strong attacks with hands and/or legs – if required in a dangerous situation.
  3. Retreat and rotate using the upper arm.
  4. Retreat and rotate using the upper arm (as in no. 3) followed by leverage on the attacker's elbow. Done when no. 3 has failed.
  5. Defense against a one-handed shirt grab or pull from the rear - defender steps and turns, lifting his arm to his ear.

F. Escaping From Two-Handed Shirt Grabs

  1. Prevention
  2. Step back, insert opposite elbow – if dangerous situation follow with counterattacks
  3. With leverage on the attacker's wrist and/or elbow (step back and return with leverage).

G. Escaping Full Nelson

  1. Prevention – grab opposite hand and counterattack
  2. Scraping and creating leverage on finger(s).

H. Defending Against Knife Attacks - Straight Stabs

  1. General solutions using the three types of kicks.
  2. Inside (diagonal) forearm defense - from the outside.
  3. Inside (sweeping) defense - to the inside.
  4. Instinctive / reflexive defenses – at close range
    1. Against a low stab - scooping outside defense, counterattack with leg and/or hand
    2. Against stabs at varying heights - inside palm defense, counterattack as possible.

Note: Practice techniques 1 and 4 from a passive stance. Start practicing techniques 2 and 3 from an appropriate ready stance. In the later stages, practice from a minimized ready stance. All without returning to the initial channel of attack

I. Defense Against Slashing Knife Attacks

  1. Inside defense against a low stab - to either side, grab and counterattack
  2. Inside defense, moving to the live side, send both forearms toward the weapon.
  3. Defense against stabbing motion with a stick held in a high hold – high inside defense.
  4. Defense against a horizontal straight thrust – stick held horizontally with both hands.

J. Defending Against a Straight Stab or Thrust with a Stick

  1. Inside defense against a low stab - to either side, grab and counterattack
  2. Inside defense, moving to the live side, send both forearms toward the weapon.
  3. Defense against stabbing motion with a stick held in a high hold – high inside defense.
  4. Defense against a horizontal straight thrust – stick held horizontally with both hands.

K. Dealing with a Continuing Attacker – Whilst Defending Against Different Kicks

  1. Attacker launches a second attack during the counteraction that the defender is doing against the first one.

L. Fighting Drills

    1. Controlled aggression, perseverance and determination drills.
    2. Slow and light fighting.
    3. Four-against-one fighting drills
    4. Simulated “real” fighting with protective gear.


Note: see G-1 for more information about protective and safety gear.

1. Escaping a One-Handed Shirt Grab

  • Use of leverage on the thumb – on the first and second joint.

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