G1 Training Program

Defense Against a Handgun Threat from the Front G1 - Syllabus

Defending a pistol threat from the front. You are at arm’s reach from the pistol. The components of this technique are the hand defense.

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Defending a pistol threat from the front. You are at arm’s reach from the pistol. The components of this technique are the hand defense. This is the active defense. The body defense is the dynamic defense. The control, the counterattack, and the disarm, which belongs to the finishing mode. You should start with the hand defense, and as soon as possible also with a body defense.

With the hand defense, send your palm below the barrel. Then in a turning motion, send the thumb down and the fingers up. This stoke should create a full deflection of the pistol. You’re sending the pistol diagonally forward towards the opponent. Grab the pistol as soon as possible, to deflect and grab the pistol practically simultaneously. At the same time as you move your hand towards the pistol, you also move your body away from the line of fire. Use a body turn, meaning pelvis and torso, and shift your weight diagonally forward. At the same time as you’re executing your hand defense, the other hand is coming near the face. Shift your weight and move diagonally forward and strike the opponent as soon as possible.

Striking the opponent that holds the pistol strongly, enables you to turn the pistol, manipulate its grip with your palm and wrist. Now you can send the pistol down when it’s directed away from you. One should not send the pistol down unless the pistol has been turned so the barrel is pointing sideways. After the strike, you should recall your hand towards your body, so the hand will not cross the line of fire. The two hands meet down and create a double control on the pistol. The back hand with the palm fingers together like a hook, like a cup, grabs the backside of the pistol, the hammer side of it. Turn the pistol, rotate it in the opponent’s hand. The barrel should be pointing sideways, away from you. The pistol should be brought to a perpendicular angle, meaning vertical to you, vertical to the ground. So if you would be looking downwards to the magazine, you will see the butt of the magazine, the low part of the magazine towards you. Your whole body is outside the channel of the attack.

Step away and then pull the gun, disarming the opponent. Stepping diagonally forward, the front leg should be brought to a line approximately of the body or the front leg of the opponent. Closing with the back leg, brought your body to 45 degrees, more or less, to the opponent. Meaning, you are completely outside of the channel of the attack.

Regarding the control of the weapon. The grip with one hand, starts the control. The punch and the turning of the pistol in the opponent’s hand away from you is the second section of the control. The third section of the control is to put your weight on it. As this is a threatening type of situation, not a dynamic attack, you should be ready that your punch cause the opponent to fly backwards, to move away, stumble, or even fall towards the ground. Be ready for this.

Start with the hand defense, follow with the body defense, the control, the counterattack, the descending the hands down for the double control, the disarming, and the finishing mode. The hand defense should be 100% efficient. The body defense too, should be 100% efficient. The body tow and moving diagonally forward. Thus you have 200% defense executed simultaneously. If the opponent grabs the pistol in a strong grip, only after the counterattack you’ll be able to push the pistol down. Indeed, the pistol should be brought under your shoulder. However, in this position it must be horizontal and turning sideways. Like this, the attacker cannot manipulate and cannot redirect the weapon towards you.

After disarming, move away from the danger zone. However, if it is extremely needed and definitely possible, one can use the weapon. If you know this pistol, you can use it. Making the pistol usable, one should know how to operate it. However, if you have got the pistol in your hand, governmental forces may treat you like a criminal or a terrorist. Be aware of this.

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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