Defending Pistol Threat To The Head From The Front

Technique Review August 30, 2019

Hello everyone, welcome to our weekly technique review. Albert from our Global International Team (GIT) and myself will work today on the gun from the front

Video transcript

Hello everyone, welcome to our weekly technique review. Albert from our Global International Team (GIT) and myself will work today on the gun from the front, some elements, especially the understanding what is better than what is less in this type of technique. The problem is somebody’s threatening you with a pistol. That is the basic technique, right? So I’ll do slowly and from here the hand defense, the body defense, the grabbing what we call a sig grip so the moment, especially if you tie like this, the moment I touch the gun, I’m already out of the line so something like this. Now I’m straightening my elbow and pushing the gun to this direction. I want to be behind the gun and I’m afraid of somebody who will pull the trigger or if he will pull his hand and then he will pull the trigger, which is worse even for me.

In this case, that’s the basic in which I defend it, hand and body. The active defense, the dynamic defense and wherever it is, I’m moving that part first. If he’s aiming at my stomach, I move my stomach first, then my whole body later. If he’s at my head, I move my head first and my whole body later. I drop my shoulder a little bit, I strike, straight strike. As soon as possible, I’m trying to move the gun away from me and I want to be behind the gun and then I can push the gun down because in this position is more limiting him. He cannot use the gun so well. And, let’s come closer a bit to hear, and from this position, I will take the gun down, grab it with the hook, the hammer area, make it perpendicular to me and to the ground and make a step and pull it like this, I’m away. This is the basic technique.

Sometimes, my students, instructors saw a technique that the gun was to the head and the solution was something like this. Again, look what happens. That one and some people thought it didn’t come out well, maybe in some krav maga but Imi never show this, the founder of the system, has never seen it, unless some years back. But in krav maga, they’ve never seen the situation.

People ask me, “What do you think about this technique?” I say, “This technique is not so bad.” Reasonable, you’re going down, you send the gun up. You don’t want to send the gun to the right or to the left, maybe some people, yes, could be and then you are turning the gun to the person, kicking the person. Some people do. We kick some people without and then you take the gun away. But overall, it’s not in krav maga.

The question was is it good or not? I said, “It’s reasonable.” But what happens if the gun is not here? What happens if the gun is here? Do you still take the gun up? What happens if the gun is here, will you still take it up? If the gun is in two hands, do you think you are strong enough to do that one and then break the gun direction in his hand? Well, I’m not strong enough against Albert, so I will have definitely to kick first and maybe then be able to do it. What happens if in this situation, he was a bit fast but not too fast. Don’t do it fast, yes, not too fast, immediately, come on, don’t do it fast, just pull your hands to you, exactly, then it will be a problem for me because I’m inside the line. I’m inside the channel.

That’s really different types of problems here, especially even if it’s one hand and this is the distance. Would you like to send two hands and doing the sending of two hands, you are more or less in the line. There are problems like this and a couple of more problems in this situation. However, if that is the situation do that one, meaning that you have that one solution. Whether it’s a bit longer, it’s here and low, you can do that. If it’s high, you can do that. If it’s touching, you can do exactly the same and very quickly, you are outside the line and outside the channel. If it’s here, what’s the big deal? Same thing exactly and if it’s here, same thing exactly.

With one solution, we can answer, we can solve many, many problems, even more than this. If the gun is through the head from here would you turn and do two hands or would you do one hand? If the gun is a bit more far, what should you do? Or if he is holding my hand and I cannot do it with this hand, what could I do? Would they go from below and set it upwards or would they turn and send it sideways? It’s half the time and here I can continue and do basically my regular technique.

Practically, we could say, “Oh, this is a very specific technique.” It’s reasonable. I don’t think it’s the best minuses in this one as I said, but it’s still okay. However, if you put it in different types of situations, you could not use it, why to have such a specific solution if other solution is such efficient, so efficient and can solve so many problems?

Interesting enough, one quite so many years ago some instructor from Special Forces in Israel came to one of my training with an undercover unit and he asked me about this technique. When he didn’t believe what I was saying, he did accept the reason, so I pushed the gun to his head and I shouted at him, “Do the technique,” and you know what he did after 10 years of practicing this one when I showed it on him? Natural response, he did this one. You train at 10 years like this but under stress, you do a natural response so, of course, what to do? This is the natural one, this is usually the preferred one.

Thank you for listening and watching all the best, continue training well, thank you so much Albert.


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