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Mistakes in the way you train could be lethal in reality

Attackers may make common mistakes. Let’s say I’m supposed to be choking you. And you can make the release please. I made the common mistake …

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Attackers may make common mistakes. So, Pavel and I are training together. Let’s say I’m supposed to be choking you. And you can make the release please. Okay. So, what happened at this moment? I made the common mistake, me, the attacker, I didn’t grab him. I just put my hands on his muscles. So, I didn’t train him to feel the problem. Of course, in reality, he should not let me grab. He should deflect me, yes, do whatever is needed not to let me grab, especially if I’m aggressive attacker.

But let’s say I surprised him. So at this moment the simulation’s a surprise. And I put my hands on him here. So he doesn’t feel the problem. I’m not training him for reality. If he will meet a choke in reality he will be surprised, he will shocked. So, I should grab and press a little bit, that’s my job. If my job is to grab and choke, your job is of course to release.

So, in this case, you saw the attacker that was giving pressure on the neck of the defender. Don’t give a lot of pressure. It’s good enough if you’ll do some light to moderate pressure. Everything should be of course suitable for the partners. What’s suitable for me and him together that’s what we will do. Remember the element of being an attacker. We have to always monitor the attacker. If we monitor the attacker, if the attacker is doing his job, then he can understand the problem. He can do the release.

His natural response will be activated. He will be used to this sort of problem. If he meets it in reality, he will be functioning well against it.

Another common mistake of attackers, meaning the partners, the ones supposed to train to be the teacher for the defender is doing the following. Oh, you make a difference.

What happened now was, Pavel, please don’t doing anything. When I attacked, I attacked like this. I couldn’t reach him. Maybe I attack a bit closer, here. So I couldn’t even shave him. So what is the issue? The issue is if I’m the attacker, I need to be able to reach. In this stance, I shouldn’t be too close. He should be not letting me be in this position. But from here, I will reach him with a small step. Let’s do very slowly. I’m trying to reach. He didn’t let me.

Let’s do faster. He will definitely feel the danger. The danger is there. My partner feels the danger. I’m the partner, I’m the attacker. I need to make him feel the danger. Now of course, if I feel my partner is not knowledgeable enough, not able enough, okay, we’ll do it slower, as example. Or, I can even stop before hitting, please don’t move for a moment. I can do this. So I can reach, I can punch, and I can hit him. But I don’t. So, if I feel that my partner is maybe not up to it, I’m afraid for my partner, so I will stop here. Exactly. Please do now. Yes. Please do full technique. He will gain confidence. I will feel if he’s defending on time.

And like this, we are progressing. So he is learning, and I’m functioning well. He is learning because I’m functioning well. Let’s do one more thing, and this thing is the kick to the groin. So Pavel will do a defense against a kick to the groin. Please.

Let’s do with the strikes afterwards.

Okay. So what happens here, when I kicked, I kicked too far away. Please don’t move for one moment. I kicked about here. So the moment he start a couple of centimeters of the technique, stop. Okay. Now I already caught onto it. Completely. It’s because the moment he bent, his pelvis went backwards. Also a common mistake now, that Pavel is showing, how the person is moving backwards. Not all time you can move back and of course, better to move diagonally to the side.

But the moment he starts to move, and the natural movement is of course immediately backwards, a little bit at least, so the moment he start a little bit to move, then oh, already, I’m very far from him. So he doesn’t really feel the danger. If I will kick this way, and of course I was a bit faster now than Pavel, I hit him. I kick him in the leg a little bit, or groin maybe, but the idea is that I surprised him in a way. My kick was deep. Now he’s more ready. Now he will do much of a better technique.

So, if you are afraid to kick the groin of your partner, tell your partner, please put groin protection. And I kick the groin protection. But you have to kick there. If not, the partner, and the defender, doesn’t, is not being prepared. And doesn’t understand the real danger. Let’s do very slowly one time.

So you saw that kick was definitely deep enough. Thank you.

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