G1 Training Program

Escaping from Headlocks and Chokes While on the Ground G1

While seated on the ground, release from a headlock from behind. The opponent’s legs is between your legs. As in the technique …

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While seated on the ground, release from a headlock from behind. The opponent’s legs is between your legs. As in the technique while standing, send the chin to the side and two hands to grab the opponent’s palms. Pull the opponent’s palms towards your sternum Start with a body turn. Due to the grab, your body turn is very limited, and it’s difficult to get out from this grab. Instead of a kick, bring your knee up, then send it down as a stomping action with your heel. Turn the foot to the inside, and bring your knee back again like a stomping, recoiling kick. This brings your knee between the opponent’s feet and frees one leg from the grab. This enables you to make a strong body turn.

Continue with the body turn strongly within the grab itself. Bridge your body, send your shoulder, the left one, into the opponent’s chest, thus pinning him to the ground. Due to this, the opponent cannot roll on you. Counterattack as soon as possible, even before you manage to get your head out of the grab. Continue with several counterattacks, get up and move away from the danger zone.

While you’re on the stomach, the opponent is grabbing you with a headlock from behind. Turn your hand and grab the opponent’s palms as soon as you can, exactly as we did in the technique while sitting or while standing. Turn your body and lift your pelvis. The opponent starts falling over your shoulder, this time the right shoulder. This enables you to bring your knee up, either below or above the opponent’s foot. Turn your body, roll to the side, and start counterattacking. Deliver several counterattacks as you are taking your head out from the grip. Continue by getting up, counterattack as needed, and move away from the danger zone. Remember to turn your chin towards your shoulder.

This disables much of the grab, much of the danger in the grab. Grabbing the opponent’s palms should be done with hooks, five fingers together in every hand. Pull the opponent’s hands towards your chest. This creates a rather big opening for your head to get out from.

Release from a choke from behind on the ground while you are on your stomach and the opponent is sitting on you. Put your forehead on the ground, your chin towards your chest. Send two hands behind, grab, scrap, pluck the opponent’s thumbs. Bring your elbows towards the side of your ribs. At the same time, bring one knee up. It can be under the opponent’s leg, or over the opponent’s leg. If you turn the body a bit, it will be easier to lift your knee and bring it over the opponent’s leg. As you remove the opponent’s hands from your neck, pull the opponent’s hand towards your chest and turn strongly sideways. Roll between the opponent’s legs, counterattack as soon as possible while keeping a hold of the hand of the opponent.

This will prevent the opponent from further endangering you with that hand. After the first one or two counterattacks, continue turning until you face the opponent. You do so while counterattacking all the time. After reaching this position, what is left is to move away from the danger zone. Here is the example of pushing the knees, getting up, using kicks as additional counterattacks, all as needed. Note that your first counterattack is done while still you are turning, and the far hand is the one that is striking first, meaning the other hand, not the one that was punching just now. You should throw, roll the opponent over the shoulder.

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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