P2 Training Program

Outside Defenses Against Punches P2 -Training Syllabus

Defending straight punches with outside defenses. Here we have couple of situations, couple of stances appropriate to these techniques. These are passive stances. Either hands by the sides of the body or hands in front of the body….

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Defending straight punches with outside defenses. Here we have couple of situations, couple of stances appropriate to these techniques. These are passive stances. Either hands by the sides of the body or hands in front of the body. In any case, the punch is coming diagonally from the front. Ready stance for outside defenses. From general ready stance, cross your hands, your palms to the opposite sides. The front hand is always on top, and the palm passes the opposite shoulder. Outside defenses against straight punches. The front hand would be the defending hand. The opponent is at an angle towards, his swing diagonally forward. With the forward hand we’ll deflect the punch sideways and continue with an immediate counterattack.

Practically the two actions are done simultaneously, defend and counter. Continue with more and multiple counterattacks. There are three options for these defenses. One, the sharpest one, the fastest one is with the thumb to the outside. The second, the back of the hand is directed toward the outside. Naturally here the defense is done with the forearm. The third is the pinkie is directed to the outside, the bony part of the forearm is deflecting the punch. The defense is like pulling the counterattack, which is being sent immediately after it, still, both are done simultaneously. The body defense here is very minimal. The fourth defense is done upward. Start with the hand defense with a diagonal forearm sent diagonally forward and up. The rotation of the forearm to bring the pinkie side, the sharp side of the forearm, the bony side in contact with the attack. At the same time, lower your head a bit and counterattack.

If the attacker attacked with a left punch and you’re defending with the left hand, usually his ribs would be open for a counterattack. If he’s punching with the right hand, usually his head and solar plexus will be vulnerable and exposed. Outside defense against a short-range roundhouse punch. Clench your fist. The fleshy part of the forearm, the wide part is defending. Send the forearm diagonally backwards in a sweeping motion, not to sink into the pit of the elbow. The defense should be as distant as possible from your head. Counterattack as soon as possible. If you can do it simultaneously, it is much preferred. The first counterattack can be with the other hand, with the headbutt, or with the knee kick.

Your forearm is at an angle, slanted to minimize the impact and to send the attacker’s punch a bit diagonally upwards. The sweeping defense backwards is needed as you can compare this punch to a straight punch that is being sent towards you from your side.

P2 Lecture/Theory I

A. Circular Strikes Hooks (Roundhouses) & Uppercuts

  1. Hook punch
  2. Uppercut from semi-passive stance and from ready stance
    (regular outlet stance)

Notes: Start drilling both strikes first from a semi-passive stance, then from a ready stance; for the hooks, while in ready stance the front-hand strike has two variations.

B. Elbow Strikes

  1. Vertical elbow strikes:
    a) upward; b) downward; c) straight backward; d) back and upward +combinations

Various Striking Methods

  1. Straight strike with the fingers
  2. Palm strike to groin, Together with body defenses - downwards
  3. Back of hand (and fingers) whip strike to groin, Together with body defenses, downwards
  4. Straight strikes while advancing (simultaneous attack and step) - right (rear) and left (front)
  5. Straight left punch in retreat + series of attacks + moving to all directions
    Notes: First punch from a semi-passive stance; later from a ready stance and other starting positions.

D. Kicks

  1. Knee strike – roundhouse
  2. Defensive front kick; striking surfaces: heel, ball of the foot, whole foot (in testing, demonstrate one of the above)
  3. Defensive backward kick
  4. Sidekick (with the heel)
  5. Roundhouse kick - two methods: horizontal or diagonal (demonstrate one method in testing); possible striking surfaces: ball of the foot, instep or shin

E. Series of Attacks – to the front, side and rear; with different targets, heights and angles

  1. From long to short distances
  2. From short to the long distances

F. Inside Defenses with Palm or Forearm Against Straight Punches

  1. Inside defense with the palm:
    1. Simultaneous counterattack (with the other hand)
    2. 1.5 rhythm - defend, counterattack forcing the opponent's hand down (as in P-1)
    3. While leaning backward; kick (with the front leg)
  2. Forearm defense against attacks to different targets and heights; and counterattack
  3. Left against left – palm (or forearm) sweeping defense with a horizontal counter
    Notes: Remember to incorporate head and body defense into these techniques. Defend with the left hand against right hand attacks and vice-versa, unless otherwise stated.

G. Outside Defenses Against Punches

  1. Ready stance and starting position for outside defenses
  2. Forearm defense against a hook punch - diagonal outward and back (avoiding the elbow; clenched fist; use fleshy part of the forearm; head tucked between shoulders)
  3. Outside defense against straight punches, with simultaneous counterattack (demonstrate one of the learned defenses - nos. 1, 2 or 3)
  4. Outside defense, upward and forward (no. 4, forearm at a diagonal)
    Note: In the above outside defenses, only the close (front)
    hand defends against straight strikes.

H. Body Defense with Hand Strike to Groin

  1. Ducking under a strike (straight or circular) – from passive or ready stance; with a counter-attack (to the groin).

I. Defending Against an Opponent Attacking from Different Angles

  1. Inside or outside defenses against punches (circular or straight) coming from various directions. Defender is looking forward, attacker is moving in a half-circle in front of him.
  2. Against a strike from behind – move away diagonally forward while turning and reacting.

J. Leg Defenses Against Kicks [from passive and ready ('outlet') stances]

  1. Stop kicks vs. regular kicks: 1.1.
    1. With the heel directed to the outside; use the front leg 1.2.
    2. With the heel directed to the inside; use the back leg
  2. Inside / outside defenses
    1. Blocking defense with the shin against a low
      roundhouse kick, coming from the same side
      (possibly using the front leg against either
      kicking leg)
  3. Outside defense with the shin and forearm together
    – against a high / low roundhouse kick
  4. Inside defense with the shin and forearm together
    – against a high or low regular kick
    (the hand defense is as in Section F, no. 3, above)

Note: Technique no.1 is first applied against regular kicks and later against roundhouse and sidekicks. Techniques 3 and 4 are used against an attack delivered to an unknown height. Use the forearm as previously learned, bony or muscular parts for inside or outside defenses.

K. Choke Releases (including Distance Timeline)

 

  1. Vs. a choke from the side - pluck and counterattack
  2. Vs. a choke from the rear - pluck with a step diagonally backward
  3. Vs. a choke from the rear - one / two-hand pluck, turn & attack; or executing a wrist lock.

Note: When lack of force, use two hands to remove one of attacker's chocking hand.

L. Defenses Against a Knife Threat (including Distance Timeline)

  1. From the front - at long range - deflect and kick, while leaning away from the knife
  2. From the side or back - attacker is at long range - deflect and kick
  3. From the front - at close range - deflect with a C grip.

M. Dealing With Falls

  1. Backward break-fall
  2. Forward, with attacks
  3. Backward roll - left shoulder (for right-handed practitioners)

N. Choke Releases While on the Ground

  1. Attacker sitting on the defender - pluck and bridge - one hand remains holding
  2. Attacker between the legs of the defender – pluck with one hand and insert knee

O. Using Common Objects – Small Objects to Distract

  1. Throwing; using distraction to create an opening or opportunity

Note: This is used primarily in a situation before an actual attack is made, mainly during the threat stage or in the very early stages of an attack.

P. Fighting Games

  1. 4 against 1
    1. Push with 2 hands or grab to choke (1 attack every 2 seconds)
      Note: This can start with the "zombie" game.
    2. Defending 360 – against 2 attacks every 2 seconds
  2. Slow fighting – including the process and stages of learning

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

  1. Following the defender's initial defense (a choke release; defenses against circular or straight strikes) and counter-attack, the opponent is able to proceed and launch straight strikes or other relevant attacks

R. Simulation and Tactics

  1. Timeline (Aggression) – escalation of attacks: verbal quarrel; and a push; and two strikes; and a kick

1. Releases

  1. Against different grabs, with the element of surprise

2. Ground Fighting

  1. Defending against a “shoot to the legs”
  2. Sticky hands game (1. mounted; 2. guard)
  3. Attacking from all positions
  4. Defending against a person sitting on the defender (mounted) and punching

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