Defending Oriental Stab - with Diagonal Forearm

Technique Review September 6, 2016

The technique today is defending the Oriental stab, with diagonal form. Practically moving out of line, moving out of channel.

Video transcript

Hi guys, the technique that we review today is defending the Oriental stab, with diagonal form. Practically moving out of line, moving out of channel. We already discussed not long ago about the wrapping technique, but the wrapping was not really made by Imi, it was developed during the military during much later years. Any other times, he was preferring definitely to go outside. And again, why very powerful attack, similar to the deadliest type of action, the back, the legs, glutes, everything’s working so strongly.

The momentum of the person driving forward, if you’ve got the option, do not stay in the line, do not stay in the channel. Move away. So we’re talking again about medium range, that’s the basic. Meaning, that’s how we learn it in the beginning. Ball please. So … this what we’re talking about is something like a meter and a half, one point, a bit more than a meter so four or five feet is what we are talking about. Attack when you are ready.

Let’s do it a bit slower, one time.


So the ingredient, and you can look at the regular part in Max Krav Maga the ingredients are: One, the basic three sixty of the hand defense. The body defends moving diagonally forward and then moving with two hand striking. So I’m trying to get a block as soon as I can, very close to his body as he’s moving in I’m moving also.

He moves in, I move in, but I move with a block, with a body defense, and with a strike. Something about the defense itself. The block is as close as possible near his body and the block is turning that form, which is defending, is turning. Now there is a grip. The grip is from the side. This V area, the area between the thumb and index finger is more or less from above on the ridge of his form. The grab itself is from the side but the fingers are from below so when he’s recoiling, if he’s recoiling, I’m with him. It’s easy for me to stay with him. And also, it enables me to stay with the most important thing and that is the defense. The block has to be there. I could kill block him with my palm. I’ll not be successful. I need to block him with the forearm and even this is not so easy … as … when he is very powerful.

So I want to catch him as early as possible, to meet him, to intercept him, as early as possible, very close to his body before he has full momentum. And I will strike as soon as possible. Try to do it simultaneously. You can see this technique is very classical, any technique, the hand defense, the body defense, the control, the counter-attack, we used to call it out of line, the body defense. It’s really out of the channel. Remember the channel is being decided by this area, where he’s recoiling so the width of his elbow, side where the knife is coming from, that’s the width of the channel. I would like to be outside the channel. I would like to be about 45 degrees from the side. I don’t want my back leg to be in front of his legs. I want it out. I don’t want to be too close to the person. Sometimes, we see this mistake. It’s very dangerous, he can stab. I want to be quite much away from him. How away? How much away? As much as possible but still have a good punch.

Now something about the strike, it’s very, very important, and I will explain. When we are doing the basic 360, the shoulder goes to center. When we are doing this below also, that’s the idea. So that in this case, we see, this is not the correct 360. The arm goes diagonally in. We want to have the body moving and the shoulder in front of the target, that’s correct so then we have about 90 degrees here, between the arm and the chest. And why do we need do this? Because we have to be active, we can’t punch like this, this hand needs to be active. It can’t be back, this hand cannot be back, this hand cannot be back, it has to be there to make the defense with the high or low sideways.

So now you understand that when the two hands are working, the shield and the sword, they’re in this way and there is 90 degrees here. I need to keep this at degrees. Ball please. So if he’s attacking me and I’m doing the defense and I come here, is this a good attack? He’s diagonally from my side. Is this a good attack? The answer is no, it’s very narrow here, it’s not a powerful attack, I’m very high and there is not enough weight on him, not enough range for my strike. So what to do to turn the body?

Look what happens if I turn the body, there’s no defense or I bring the knife to me. So what is really the answer? The answer keep the 90 degrees here. And what do we do? The 90 degrees is kept, we are leaning with the body, now that’s what happens. So now, let’s do one more time slowly.

Okay. So now what do you see? You see the other shoulder, the defending shoulder is low. When the defending shoulder is low, the benefit of this is a very good defense. If the shoulder is high, look where the knife is. If the shoulder is low, the defense is good. And at the same time the strike … so you see how my shoulders are more or less 45 degrees? The line of my shoulders compared to the ground and now I’ve got a good punch. So this is a good punch, but he’s there, so I’m tilting myself. This is not a good punch, I’m turning myself, tilting myself, now lowering my shoulder. Now I’ve got the 90 degrees. Now I’ve got good defense, a good ability to block the upcoming arm and also good ability to continue with the control. So all these ingredients are saying, take a low shoulder, low defense, simultaneously you are either defending or controlling and striking. So you need this 90 degrees here. It’s life and death remember this.

Thank you. Cheers.


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