P1 Training Program

Hammer Strikes P1 -Training Syllabus

Vertical hammer forward is part of a series of attacks. In a motion similar to a wave, lift your fist towards your temple, the elbow towards the outside …

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Vertical hammer forward is part of a series of attacks. In a motion similar to a wave, lift your fist towards your temple, the elbow towards the outside, and strike forward and diagonally downwards to pass and hit strongly the target, recoil fast, turning the heel and the whole body to enable the shoulder to move forward as much as possible. Series of attacks that include the hammer punch vertically downwards. Raise your fist towards your temple and the elbow a bit towards the outside. In a wave motion strike downwards. Recoil fast. The body turns, strong turn of the hips, the heel towards the outside, sending the shoulder and the elbow of the striking hand above the imaginary target.

Elbow strike vertically backwards. Start with looking while sending the hand backwards, striking upwards with a fast recoil. Remember to pass the target. The whole body turns. The heel turns to the outside. This is the opposite heel. Look from the side of the shoulder, bend the upper body and the area of the shoulder blades forward so you are able to strike freely upwards. Hitting targets as response to a verbal or visual command with single strike or with series of attacks. Here we are striking with vertical strikes. Horizontal hammer strike sideways is an opening punch to a series of attacks sideways. The elbow starts the motion. It travels on a path like an arch. Life the heel to shift the weight and turn the body. At the moment of contact, the elbow already passed the line of the target.

Horizontal hammer strike backwards. Start with looking while striking backwards, turning the whole body, the opposite heel, the hips, the torso, the shoulders, enabling the elbow and the striking hammer to strongly pass the target. Hitting targets as response to a verbal or visual command with single strike or with series of attacks. Here we are using horizontal hammer strikes plus other punches.

P1 Lecture/Theory I

B. Ready Stances and Movements

  1. The meaning of starting positions and the ready stance (AKA "outlet stance")
  2. Passive and semi-passive stances
  3. The general ready stance
  4. Techniques of moving in various directions from the ready stance
  5. Finishing modes -- 3 options: move away; scan the area; get equipped

C. Straight Strikes

  1. Palm-heel strike (first straight strike to be taught with left / right hand)
  2. Closing the fist and punching
  3. Straight left punch (to chin)
  4. Straight right punch (to chin)

Notes: Punches are first practiced from a semi-passive stance;
later from a general ready stance. Practitioner should understand
principles of attacks and proper way to make a fist.

D. Elbow Strikes

  1. Horizontal elbow strikes:
    1) inward; 2) sideways; 3) backward

E. Hammer Strikes

  1. Vertical:
    1) forward; 2) downward; 3) backward
  2. Horizontal:
    1) sideways; 2) backward

F. Kicks

  1. Knee strike -- upward
  2. Regular (front) kick with the ball of the foot / instep (to low or higher targets)
  3. Stomp kick -- downward
  4. Stomp kick backward - at knee level (foot position between a side and defensive back kick)

Note: Kicks should be taught first from the passive stance, later from other stances.

G. Combinations Using Learned Attacks

  1. Short combinations (with simple 2-6 strikes / kicks)

General Note: Emphasize recoiling in all attacks (especially straight punches and regular kicks).

H. Outside Defenses

  1. 360° outside defenses - with simultaneous counter-attack from a passive stance (against slaps and later against defined punches)
  2. 360° defenses as above, with finishing mode - multiple counter-attacks; move away; get equipped
  3. Defending against knife attacks - underhand hold (upwards / oriental) or overhand hold (downwards / regular / ice-pick) holds; simultaneous defense and counter-attack/s, then fast retreat

I. Inside Defenses Against Straight Punches from a Semi Passive Stance

  1. Inside defense -- with sending (vertical) palm sent diagonally forward
  2. Inside defense and counterattack - forcing the opponent's hand down (1.5 rhythm)

J. Leg Defenses Against Regular Kick

  1. Inside defenses (deflection) against a regular kick - using the shin of the front leg

K. Defending Against Front Chokes

  1. Timeline (Distance; see Section R: "Simulation and Tactics")
    • Avoidance -- move away
    • De-escalating -- verbal
    • Preventing I (don't get grabbed) - kick and/or punch
    • Preventing II (don't get grabbed) - defenses
      1.1 Preventing III (don't get grabbed) - educational block
  2. Release; pluck with 2 hooked palms and counterattack with knee/shin and/or punches
    2.1 Variation -- pluck with one hand; simultaneous counter
    with the other

K. Dealing with Falls

  1. Get up from the ground
    1. Forward, with attacks
    2. Fast disengagement
    3. Into a ready stance
  2. Forward soft break-fall (towards a wall; from a standing position; if needed, from knees)
  3. Forward roll - right shoulder for right-handed practitioners

L. Releases While on the Ground

  1. Release from a front choke; assailant kneeling by the defender's side - pluck, push and insert knee; push and kick

N. Using Common Objects as Self Defense Weapons

  1. Identifying and categorizing the use of common objects for self-defense, such as: shields, clubs, stones, sharp-edge weapons, small objects, rope and liquids.
  2. Using common objects of the shield type - such as a chair or bag.

O. Training - Watching, Awareness, Prevention

  1. Observing attacks being initiated, from a realistic distance
  2. Same as above, but also foreseeing and imagining possible reactions

P. Returning Attacker (defend -- attack -- defend)

  1. Following the defender's initial defense (a choke release; 360 defenses) and counter-attack, the opponent is still able to return and attack again, launch a circular attack (360)

Q. Simulation and Tactics

  1. Timeline (Distance) -- against an attacker attempting a front choke. See section L above.

1. Reaction Games / Fighting Games

  • Snatching a coin from open palm; touching/hitting games; pushing games; "rooster fighting"; etc.

2. Attacks and Defenses

  • Starting Position - Attacks are first done from a passive or semi-passive stance, later from a general outlet stance / ready stance; and then attacking to various directions.
    Later, practice to various heights, in retreat or while advancing, as well as from other positions, such as sitting or lying down.
  • Outside Defenses -- Against straight punches sent from the front or off-center when defender's hands are "crossed".
  • Shadow Sparring -- Footwork and positioning with basic attacks, defenses, counterattacks and combinations.

3. Four Against One

  1. Push with 2 hands or grab to choke (1 attack every 2 seconds)

Note: One can start with the "zombie" game, hands are straight.

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