G4 Training Program

Defense Circular or Straight Knife Attacks - Seated Position G4

In a seated position, they lead with knife attacker, the attacker can come from the front, from the side, can come from different distances …

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In a seated position, they lead with knife attacker, the attacker can come from the front, from the side, can come from different distances and different directions, and can be noticed at different time. If you saw the aggressor coming from a distance, his intentions, his weapon, his abilities, one of the options, of course, is running away. Another one will be using the chair for defending, for counterattacking. Here in this example, the attacker is attacking overhead. You are blocking and kicking below the chair. After that, use the chair for more counterattacks, remove yourself from the danger zone, and so on. The way of getting up from a chair and using the chair was covered in previous level. The idea is that you go up while sending one leg a bit sideways, and the other leg will go between the base leg and the chair, and move around the chair. So, the chair will be closer to the opponent than you. You are lifting the chair and using it.

If you respond when the attacker is about two, two and a half distance away from you, it is possible to get up and kick. So, getting up, upwards, one leg is being sent a bit forward, one a bit backwards, carrying your weight, shooting your weight upwards and continuing with the kick, with the back leg usually. After the first counterattack, they should be directed to aerial solar plexus, or the chin. Continue with addition counterattacks and go to the finishing mode. Example here is moving away from the danger zone.

Attacker’s at a medium close distance. He needs to do a step in order to hit you. In this example, we show the attacker, which is stabbing with a straight stab. Due to the angle of the attacker, the position you are, you may need to do the defense with the right or with the left hand here. The example is with the right hand. So, we do an inside sweeping defense where the attacker is a right-handed. As in the standing technique, we have hand defense, which is a forearm sweeping defense. The contact is with the area of the palm, or the wrist of the opponent. Prior to that, we have a body defense, and getting up as soon as possible, so still within the chair you pivot your body and start moving diagonally forward.

After reaching the end of the sweeping hand defense, you bring the forearm with the defending hand to the horizontal level, so you are able to counterattack with a hammer strike. As soon as possible, the back hand is going to either grab or just protect against further attacks, further knife stabs. Continue to move diagonally forward with more counter attacks, with the same hand, where the back hand is still protecting, and kicking preferably of course with the back leg.

Please refer to the technique against the strike knife stab that was brought to you in the G2 level. Remember that during the sweeping hand defense, the dynamic defense, the body motion is rather large. Turning the body, sending the close shoulder really towards the opponent. So your chest really disappeared from the area, the line, the channel of the attack and the consecutive attacks.

According to the level of the stab, and the timing of your getting up, the back hand may be defending with the elbow high, palm down, or the opposite, with a low elbow and high palm. In this case, it’s more easy to trap, grab, the opponent’s attacking arm. Again, the attacker has the medium distance, to show distance, and this time he’s attacking with his left hand. Here too, the natural response, because of the angle, because of the weight division, because the way you sit, is to do the defense with the right forearm. So the right hand is now intuitively going towards defense.

Here as before, meaning in the standing position, the hand defense is the inside sliding defense, which meets and slides and deflects the attacking hand, in the area of the back of the hand and the wrist. The hand defense, as before, torso is doing a torque?, pivot while moving diagonally forward, getting out from the line and the channel of the attack. Getting up from the chair should be done as soon as possible, and the quarter attack with the back hand should be done in the proper rhythm. The sliding forearm keeps contact with the attacking hand, and actually trapping it should be done as soon as possible.

A safe trapping of the hand, while still defending with the forearm, should be done with the low elbow. We consider this crucial element in the safety of the defender. After the relevant counterattacks, do the finishing mode. For example, pushing the opponent away or disarming him, disarming as usual with the wrist leverage and inserting the fingers into the palm of the attacker and scraping the knife towards the outside, so the blade will not be directed to you.

The assailant attacks from the side, relatively long range, you manage to respond with a kick. Get up and kick sideways. So more or less, you are staying in the same line of the attack, similar to the basic technique while in standing. You’re kicking a side kick while your body is under the knife attack. Try to lower your body. It will supply you with a very good body defense.

Getting up from the chair practically is upwards. The attacker now, still with a straight knife attack, but from a closer range from the side. Use a hand defense, but defense moving forward, like a bailing out technique, and responding early with the counterattack. This time, of course, a side kick. Side kick can be directed towards the lower ribs, very efficient to keep the distance, and or to the knee of the opponent. After the first counterattack, continue with the finishing mode, either more counterattacks moving away from the danger zone, or do whatever you need else.

The hand defense is a basic chopping action outside defense, the pinky side, the bony side, is directed towards the attacking palm or wrist. This strong chopping action, like a 360 or like if this is number three from the outside defense against straight punches, is a strong strike which deflects the attack. Simultaneously with this, the body’s moving forward. Body moved forward, and the legs moved to take the weight on it. It is easy to get up when moving forward. Usually, like in the techniques of getting up from the chair, the moment the center of gravity will be a bit more forward, it will be easy to push with the legs and move strongly forward.

Whether the attacker is attacking with the right or with the left hand, doesn’t change the fact that you need to do a body defense, moving forward, and a chopping hand defense to deflect the attack sideways. You will reach a diagonal angle towards the attacker, and from there you’re practically kicking. And the two main targets are the solar plexus level, lower ribs, and the knee of the opponent. After the first counterattack, continue with more counterattacks. Can be with side kicks, can be with regular kicks, then move away, scan the area, and clear the danger zone.

The attacker at medium close range stabbing from above. The regular strike, the regular stab. As before, the idea is to execute a hand defense and the body defense. This time, the hand defense is directed diagonally upwards to meet the area of the wrist of the opponent and block the knife attack. Prior to this, you are doing a bailing out action, meaning bending forward while getting up, and moving forward. This takes you away from the line, and then the channel of the attack, and of course the consecutive attacks.

As soon as you are out from the line, the kicking leg, as in the previous technique, is already in the air towards its target. After the first counterattacks, continue with appropriate additional counterattacks, usually side kicks and regular kicks. Here too, it doesn’t matter if the attacker is stabbing with the right hand or the left hand, as long as he’s coming from your side, your block more or less use like in the 360 techniques, is sent to meet the attacking hand, to meet the attacking wrist area, while the body defense is moving yourself from the danger zone. After the initial counterattacks, move to the finishing mode, for example, clearing the danger area.

Attacker is at close range, attacking from above. This whole chapter, we really show how the basic techniques against knife attacks, are being incorporated with the techniques of getting up from the chair, moving correctly in order to enable very efficient defenses with the hand or body, and very effective counterattacks. Here, hand defense, a basic 360 while the body is moving towards the attacker, getting up to meet the attack at appropriate distance from the body. Counterattacking as soon as possible, and of course, the hook with the defending hand, which is a continuous action to the defense, to the chopping action of the defense. This hook is wrapped around the opponent’s forearm near the wrist area, which disturbs the attacker and usually prevents him completely from recoiling, and using another knife attack.

After the initial counterattack with the punch, continue with more strikes, changing the hook into a C-Grip. Pushing the opponent’s arm away. Arm should stay high. Delivering knee kicks can be a good choice for more counterattacks, and then distancing from the attacker that will enable us to execute a good disarming technique. Sometimes there’s no need to disarm, so naturally push the opponent away. Most of the time, he was moved because of your strikes, and just remove yourself from the danger zone.

Now the attacker approaches you from your right side, stabbing with his right hand. Obvious that when you need to do the hand defense and the body defense, you cannot strike with your far left hand. So as we did in the techniques while standing, the idea is good hand defense, get up, get closer to the opponent. Your back hand should be preventing the attacker from recoiling his stab and doing additional stab. So sort of a hook and a C-Grip from where the attack is coming, trap the opponent arm, continue with counterattacks with knees, and then move around and continue with strikes while trapping, controlling, eliminating the ability of the attacker to execute more knife stabs.

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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