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Defenses Against Attacks With a Stone G4 -Training Syllabus

Defending against an attack with a stone. The problem, a strike with a stone that may come from the front, from the side …

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Defending against an attack with a stone. The problem, a strike with a stone that may come from the front, from the side, horizontally, vertically, as usual, is a type of attacks.

First of all, one should prevent the opponent from being able to strike with a stone. Here is just an example of such a prevention, using preemptive attacks, striking the aggressor before he’s ready and before he equipped himself with a weapon. Naturally, the whole event is during some sort of confrontation. The person is not lifting a stone to use it as a paperweight. His intentions are clear. His ability is there and now he’s equipping himself with a weapon. Don’t let him.

Defending an overhead stone attack. The attacker is close enough and is in the midst of a strike. It is rather easy to identify such an object in the opponent’s hand. Hand defense, body defense, and early counterattack are the basic initial moves. The hand defense is a stabbing defense, sending the forearm to meet the attack in a very acute angle. The attack will slide on the forearm.

Body defense is moving forward as soon as possible. This is practically a technique which is identical to the defense against a stick attack overhead. One very important issue here. You should do the defense on the area of the wrist, the thumb, maybe even the weapon of the attacker. If you’re doing the defense, around the elbow crook or around the area of the forearm, closer to his elbow, there are very high chances that the stone will hit you. Practically the sort of hole in the attack and your stabbing defense is sinking into this hole and is not able to deflect the attack.

The hand defense should not create much impact with the forearm. If there will be much impact, the stone will fly off the opponent’s hand, and may hit you, with much energy and momentum. That’s why we are not doing a basic 360 outside blow. This dynamic body motion is practically advancing as soon as possible, closer to the opponent, like against the stick.

Striking the opponent towards the throat, towards the chin, should be done as early as possible, and afterward, grabbing the opponent’s shoulder, and continuing with more counterattacks. The finishing mode can be just moving away rapidly from the danger zone or disarming the opponent. In order to disarm the opponent, slide your hand alongside his arm and grab his wrist, move away, insert the arm between you two, grab his back of the hand and the stone itself, then his wrist, penetrate with your fingers into his palm and scrape the weapon away. This is rather identical to what was done in the disarming of a knife.

Defending against a horizontal stone attack, coming from your side. Practically, the natural response was activated with defending with one hand. With an earlier response, one can do stabbing defense sideways. As usual, hand defense, body defense, and counterattack are initial actions. Your stabbing defense should meet the opponent’s wrist or thumb area or even the weapon. Stabbing defense should be early, while your forearm is almost horizontal. The dynamic defense, moving the body inward, so the weapon, the stone will pass behind you.

Counterattack as soon as possible with the chin or the throat of the opponent and the continue. Continue can be with more counterattacks. Example, with knees after grabbing his shoulder, or other options, and then the remainder of the finishing mode will be moving away from danger zone or disarm the opponent.

In this technique, your shoulder is relatively high and your chin and head are tucked down, so the shoulder will protect the head as much as possible.

Defending with two hands against horizontal stone attack. Here, the natural response that was activated was turning toward the attack and sending both hands to meet it. You improve this natural response by keeping your elbows low and defending with your palm. Defending the area of the weapon, the palm of the opponent, and the forearm with the hand close to him. The body defense is moving diagonally forward and to the outside. This is reducing the impact as you move with the action of the attack.

Your palms and forearm are acting as shock absorbers, kind of a soft break for the attack. With your head, move as deep as possible so in the case that the stone might leave the opponent’s hand due to the impact with your hands, your head will be protected. Continue with more counterattacks while controlling the opponent’s arm. This control should be done as early as possible, grabbing the wrist of the opponent.

After the multiple counterattacks, one can either leave the area or disarm the opponent. The disarming process shown here is practically identical to the one we did before.

Defending a straight strike with a stone or practically the attacker is trying to shove the stone into your face. We’re using here an inside defense that is riding on the attack and deflecting it. Hand defense, body defense, and early counterattack. These are the basic ingredients.

With the hand defense, go and meet lightly, the progressing attack. The moment your palm is meeting the attack, it is deflecting it, but also riding on it, keeping in contact with it, sticking to it. Your body defense is moving sideways and diagonally forward, part of the body defense should be stepping diagonally forward, first with the left and then with the right. As soon as possible, lower the attacking hand and of course, the stone, and counterattack as soon as you can.

The first appropriate counterattack can be a straight punch or a hammer strike, and then continue with more counterattacks. As needed you can even disarm the opponent. Compared to a defense against a straight punch, it isn’t very advisable to enlarge the body defense. Take your head a distance away from the line of the attacking stone. For disarming, grab the opponent’s wrist and with your back hand, grab his hand, bend his wrist, penetrate into his palm and disarm, take the weapon away from him.

Defending against a straight attack with a stone, sweeping defense while moving to the live side. Here, due to the initial angle, the natural response that was activated was an inside defense with a diagonal hand, meaning the attacker is attacking with the right hand and you’re defending also with your right hand. With the inside defense, your palm is going diagonally forward to meet the attack, and then creating a sweeping action, going with it, and re-directing it. Body defense is turning your chest towards the attack and moving diagonally forward.

Your back hand will try to get the control over the attacking hand as soon as possible, grabbing its wrist area and your defending hand is striking a horizontal attack sideways, chop or hammer strike, while the elbow is leading this action.

Continue with more counterattacks and eventually, move away from the danger zone, or disarm the opponent. This technique resembles the hand defense with diagonal hand against a straight strike, usually we did left against left. This is a P2 technique, also resembles the inside defense with the forearm, going to the live side against a straight knife attack.

A. Attacks

  1. Roundhouse punch directed diagonally and downward.
  2. Chop strikes: inward chop (palm up), downward chop, outward chop (palm down).

B. Defenses Against Elbow Strikes (using previous principles and techniques)

  1. Against an horizontal elbow strike - with forearm and palm./li>
  2. Against a vertical elbow strike – inside defense with forearm, elbow forward.

C. Defenses Against Attacks With a Stone

  1. Against an overhead or diagonally downward attack - use stabbing defense.
  2. Against an attack from the front (straight) - inside sweeping defense.

D. Escaping Various Grabs and Holds (Defender Throws Attacker)

  1. Escaping a pushing bear hug from behind, arms free.
  2. Escaping a pushing bear hug from behind, arms trapped.
  3. Escaping a pushing, low bear hug from the front, arms free - roll backward.
  4. Escaping a headlock from the side - attacker takes down – spinning inward.
  5. Escaping a headlock from the side - attacker puts leverage on the neck – backward.
  6. Escaping an arm bar with arm bent backward - bend, send opposite leg backward.

Note: In techniques 1-3, the attacker has slammed into the defender.

E. Ground Fighting – Attacking while on the Ground (end in a standing position)

Required attacks and actions are: all relevant types of striking and kicking; locking fingers; grab and press; shouting; trapping and limiting hands of opponent. Finish by getting up.

  1. Attacking from the mount (on top) position – when on or under.
  2. Attacking from the cross-mount position – when on or under.
  3. Attacking in the guard position – when in or under.

F. Defense Against a Rifle / Long Gun Threat

  1. Rifle threat from the front – inside defense, grabs and lift weapon - to live and dead side.
  2. Rifle threat from behind - trap with both hands - to the live and dead side.
  3. Rifle threat from the side, high/low – outside defenses and trap with both hands.

G. Defenses Against Circular or Straight Knife Attacks - In a Seated Position

  1. From long range, attacker starts in front of the defender or at his side – use the chair or kick (supported lifting body) - attacker can approach from all directions.
  2. Hand defenses - attacker can approach from all directions.

H. Defense Against Knife Attacks on the Ground - Lying Down (Face-Up)

Standing op

  1. Standing opponent, coming from the side, with a downward stab.
  2. Opponent sitting on defender, attempting a downward stab.

I. Rhythm and Pacing - as an Attacker, as a Defender - Including Fighting Drills

  1. Rhythm with two or more attacks/moves - no connection, natural, broken, shattered and simultaneous. Practice in place and while advancing.
  2. Practice defenses against combinations of attacks executed at different paces and rhythms.
  3. Practice fighting games and light fighting.

J. Dealing with a Continuous Attacker – Whilst Executing Previously learnt Knife Defenses
Attacker launches attack during counteraction that the defender is doing against the first one.

K. Simulations of Real-Life Situations/Scenarios

  1. After falling or being thrown or taken to the ground, dealing with a standing or a tight (controlling) attacker.
  2. Two attackers approach a Seated Defender. Dealing with Kicks and Knife Attacks.

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