P3 Training Program

Hand Defenses Against Regular Kicks P3 -Training Syllabus

Inside defense with the palm against a regular kick to the groin area. Starting from passive stance, initiate the hand motion …

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Inside defense with the palm against a regular kick to the groin area. Starting from passive stance, initiate the hand motion, add the body turn, send the other hand to the opposite cheek. Move diagonally forward. Clear the channel for the attack. The back hand control the opponent’s hand, while the defending hand is sent very low to defend, and deflect the opponent’s shin as early as possible. Continue as needed with multiple counter-attacks and even control the opponent’s hand.

Outside defense with the palm against a regular kick to the groin. Start from the passive stance, while your hands, palms are crossed in front of you. Start with sending the palm diagonally forward to deflect the kick. Simultaneously, turn the body and step diagonally forward, clearing the channel of the attack. At the same time, you punch the opponent with the front hand. If you cannot reach the opponent, grab him with the front hand and the first counter-attack should be with the back hand. The palm defense is a deflection that should be done very low before the opponent’s kick is reaching your legs. The same hand defense and body defense can be used whether the opponent is kicking with the left or with the right leg. Finish the situation with multiple counter-attacks and the regular tactics.

Inside forearm defense against a high kick or a defensive kick forward. Start with one leg forward. Either regular outward stance or a bit of a passive stance. Start with a forearm defense, sending the forearm diagonally forward, with the elbow under the palm. Your body defense is with a torque, with a turn, and a move, stepping diagonally forward. As soon as you can, strike with the defending hand. It is the closest one to the opponent. If you cannot reach the opponent, then grab with this hand and punch first with the back hand. Continue with multiple counter-attacks and as needed finish with moving, scanning and the regular tactics. The same defense, the same technique can be done whether the attacker is kicking you with the left or with the right leg. From a non-symmetrical stance, only the front hand should be doing this technique. If you are moving to the live side, it is easy to counter-attack with a kick to the groin of the opponent.

A. Strikes

  1. Low punches – to the body (attacking)
  2. Striking combinations – learnt attacks to all angles, directions, heights and distances. Hitting targets and marking on a partner; including two attacks with the same hand

B. Kicks

  1. As preparation for kicks while advancing: skipping (stomping) advances, back-crossing; front-crossing
  2. All kicks from levels P1-P2, with the front and back leg:
    1. In retreat
    2. In place
    3. Advancing - skipping; including forward and backward crossing (and proper stepping for slippery surfaces)

C. Outside "Stabbing" Defenses(from relevant stances, ready or passive)

  1. Outside stabbing defenses no.s 1, 2 and 3.

D. Hand Defenses Against Regular (Front) Kicks

  1. Against a kick to the groin:
    1. Inside defense - using the palm heel; from a passive stance; when performing from a ready (outlet) stance, use only the front hand.
    2. Outside scooping defense - from a passive stance (hands in an "x" position); when performing from a general ready stance, use only the back hand.
  2. Against a high defensive kick forward or a high regular kick - inside forearm defense

Notes: Advanced training includes defending against a front kick and a follow-on straight strike; Techniques #1.1 and #2 combined together are effectively against a kick of unknown height.

E. Escaping Headlocks (Distance Timeline)

  1. Side headlock
    1. Distance Timeline – de-escalation, prevention, preemptive attack, avoid and escape
    2. Attack to the groin; pull/push a sensitive point on the opponent's head.
  2. Headlock from the rear:
    1. Arm-bar to the front of throat (windpipe)
    2. Pressure on the carotid artery
  3. Low headlock from the front (guillotine)

F. Defending Against a Tackle, 'Shoot to the Legs' (or to the Lower Body)

  1. Long distance – kick
  2. Middle distance - stop with hands or strikes; punch or a knee strike
  3. Short distance – forearm defense
  4. Move backward and slam with both forearms (sprawl)
  5. Defender is caught – stabilize; counterattack (neck; head; eyes; back's vulnerable points)

G. Dealing With Falls

  1. Sideways break-fall
  2. Forward roll - using the left shoulder (for right-handed students)
  3. Backward roll - using the right shoulder (for right-handed students)
  4. Fall backward, turn and soft break-fall forward
  5. Forward high rolls - for distance and/or height

Note: For adults, this subject may be tested in full at higher levels (until G1).

H. Escaping Side Headlocks on the Ground

  1. When both hands are under - pull sensitive points with both hands; roll sideways
  2. When one hand is free - pull back sensitive point and wrap one leg around neck
  3. When low attacker - Climb onto attacker; counter-attack

I. Common Knife Holds and Uses (recognition and basic practice)

  1. Overhand stab - regular / ice pick grip
  2. Underhand - upward / Oriental grip
  3. Straight stab
  4. Slashing attack

J. General Kick Defenses - Against All 4 Knife Attacks/Holds; Attacker Charging

  1. Regular kick to solar plexus or chin
  2. Sidekick to lower ribs or solar plexus
  3. Bailing out and roundhouse kick to solar plexus (or groin)

Note: Attacker starts from a long-range position (over 2 meters).

K. Use of Common Objects - Stick Type

  1. Basic attacks – swings and stabs; five major directions
  2. Basic defenses - 360º with the stick held in two hands; counter with leg or stick

L. Fighting Games, 4 Against 1

  1. Attacking 1 Vs. 4 - as moving targets (opponents holding pads, try to close distance)
  2. Using 360° attacks when the group of attackers have 2-3 knives (two attacks every 2 seconds)
  3. Same as no. 2, unarmed attackers can strike straight.

N. Simulation and Tactics – P3 (Timeline from/on the Ground)

  1. Picnic simulation: timeline from a sitting position - against a choke; against a strike

Ground Fighting

  1. Changing position – from cross-mount (low) to mount (high)
  2. Applying an arm-bar from different positions
  3. Applying a carotid artery restraint (headlock strangulation), from different positions

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