P5 Training Program

Escaping Chokes on the Ground P5 -Training Syllabus

Attacker is sitting on you, his body’s very low and he’s choking you. Release with one hand, grab and turn the opponent’s head …

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Attacker is sitting on you, his body’s very low and he’s choking you. Release with one hand, grab and turn the opponent’s head with the other. Bridge, turn on the opponent, counterattack, and then move away from the danger zone. With one hand, the one that is closer to your head, away from the opponent’s head, is the one that is making the release. Release with five fingers, sort of a hooking, plucking, striking motion, to remove at least one hand from your neck. Grab the other hand and the arm around the opponent’s head at the level of the temple. Press his head to your shoulder. If he has hair, pull it. Pull and turn the opponent’s head, bridge at the same time towards your shoulder, and then on the opponent’s head. The bridge enables a much better choke release and turning of the head of the opponent. Turn and come to a position that the attacker is under you. Strike to the eyes, bite or punch the opponent as soon as you can. Raise up, punch more, and then get out from the danger zone. Getting out can be pushing the knees, retreating, kicking to the groin, and moving away from danger zone. Another way, if you have a high knee, grab behind the attacker’s Achilles tendon, throw it over your head. Get up from behind the opponent. Strike as needed, and finish the situation.

Release from a choke on the ground while the attacker is high with straight elbows. In order to apply a lot of pressure, as well as to avoid the attempts of the defender who scratches face, the attacker is choking with straight elbows and high head. In fluent and combined motions, strike at the opponents elbows and bridge with your pelvis upwards and to the side. Like this, you are throwing the opponent off you, sending him diagonally upwards, and enabling yourself to climb over and to counterattack as soon as possible. Striking at the elbows of the opponent should be with palms up. The strike is naturally vertical, hitting the elbows and sending them over your head. Keep contact with the elbows and try to cross the opponents hands as soon as possible. Prevent the attacker from having a base. He should fall on his side or on his back. Climb on the attacker, and as soon as possible, counterattack. Strike vulnerable areas, and then get away from the danger zone.

A. Rolls and Break-Falls

  1. Combination of rolls (forward/backward) and break-falls (all types)

Notes: For adults, this subject may be considered to be tested in full at higher level (G1).

B. Defenses Against Regular (Front) Kicks

  1. Stabbing defense with back forearm
  2. Low inside forearm defenses, with high elbow / low palm

C. Defenses Against a High Roundhouse Kick

  1. Outside forearm defense (outside fleshy part), and simultaneous counterattack with kick
  2. Outside forearm defense, advancing diagonally forward, kicking with the opposite leg
  3. Using both forearms (inside fleshy part) - body turn, advance diagonally forward
    1. Using both hands, outside with forearm, inside
      with palm - body moves similar to number 3

Notes: Techniques to be taught from a general ready (outlet) stance. Later practice from any passive or ready stances; attacker can kick with either leg- Variations on the above

D. Escaping Bear Hugs

  1. Low bear hug from the front, arms are free - get good base and counterattack (elbow strikes, hooks, and / or kick to the groin)
  2. Lifted in a bear hug from the rear, arms free / trapped - wrap one leg and counter
  3. Lifted in a bear hug from the front, arms free / trapped - wrap one leg and counter

E. Releases from Hair Grabs or Pulls

  1. Prevention – according to the regular timeline
  2. One-handed hair grab from the front - bend forward, apply leverage on wrist
  3. Pulled forward and down - burst forward, block knee or punch; first counter to the groin
  4. Pulled from the side - burst forward in the direction of the pull, defend and counterattack
  5. Pulled from behind – spin back in the direction of the pull, defend and counterattack

F. Escaping Chokes on the Ground

  1. Attacker sitting on the defender - applying a very close, low choke
  2. Attacker sitting on the defender - choking with straight elbows

Notes: Practice various and multiple counterattacks; end the scenario in a standing position.

G. Ground - Opponent Standing or Sitting on Top and Punching

  1. Attacker punching from a mount position - defend, counterattack, trap, bridge.
  2. A standing opponent tries to strike – hand and body defense, counter with kicks (punch at close range).

H. Defending Against Impending Knife Threat

  1. From the front at mid-range – with a grip on opponents wrist
  2. Same with variations on position of the knife and attitude of attacker.

I. Defending Against Unexpected/Unfamiliar Attacks

  1. Escaping all types of grabs, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, etc., from all angles and in multiple variations
  2. Same as no. 1 above - with the elements of surprise and stress
  3. Defending against varieties of punches and kicks, coming from different angles and aimed at various targets; starting from several different stances.

J. Returning Attacker

  1. Following defender's technique, the attacker returns and attacks, with or without a weapon

K. Protecting a Third Party

  1. Principles and techniques of:
    1. Screening
    2. Warning verbally
    3. Removing 3rd party from area, front approach and turning: with pull and push with two hands;
      with grab of upper arm.
  2. Attack the attacker - rescuer may approach the attacker from any direction
  3. Take down with a Knee-stomp from behind – to separate attacker from victim

L. Fighting Games, 4 Against 1

  1. Two hand strikes every two seconds
  2. Two punching or kicking attacks every two seconds

M. Fighting Skills

  1. Slow fighting
  2. Light fighting with protective gear (groin protection, boxing gloves, shin pads, mouthpiece; headgear is recommended)

N. Simulation and Tactics – P5 - Two Attackers Against an Accompanied Defender

  1. Description: Two strolling people are approached by two attackers. First, the attackers approach from the front, at the next stage, they may take a divided approach.

1. Breathing and Focusing

  1. The 3 levels of breathing, separately and in full breathing
  2. Standing with mind control
  3. Very slow motion technique. Use a basic technique, recommended with defense and counter, moving the center of gravity (shifting of body weight)

2. Escaping Two-Person Wrist Grabs

  1. When possible, use leverage by circling and lowering elbows
  2. Kick one attacker then the other - with one or both legs
  3. When a third, dangerous attacker approaches - kick this attacker first

3. Escaping Full Nelsons

  1. Prevention – grab opposite hand and counterattack
  2. Scraping and creating leverage on fingers.

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