|05-05-2006, 10:51 AM||#241 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
Elements of Unarmed Combat
Useful areas of training and study to find, train and develop the various "parts" -
To develop STRIKING:
Muay Thai (Burmese Boxing)
Jiu Jitsu ATEMI
Old style KEMPO
To develop GRAPPLING:
Sambo (Real SAMBO/SOMBO)
A comprehensive study of the above will provide methods applicable to ANY so-called "ranges" of combat.
They will also provide ALL "techniques" necessary -
Striking, punching, kicking, knees, elbows, headbutts, biting, gouging, ripping, clawing, crushing, joint breaking(from the neck to the ankles), throws, trips, take-downs, strangles, chokeholds, and other assorted "nasties".
This is real Kill Or Get Killed UNARMED COMBAT, gaining the ability and knowledge to EXPLOIT any and ALL weaknesses of the enemy and to NEVER EVER be caught by "surprise".
ADD to this the ability to USE REAL and EFFECTIVE WEAPONS and you have about the MOST comprehensive system possible.
Its not going to look pretty. It never does.
And NEVER forget HARD TOUGH and PRODUCTIVE physical training for speed, power, strength, endurance and TOUGHNESS. Get your self in the best physical condition possible. The better shape you are in, the more damage you can absorb. You will get hit, you will get hurt- how much is up to you. Last, but not least: Get your MIND right, DO what HAS to be DONE when IT HAS TO BE DONE BEFORE you have to make the decision. Kill or BE KILLED. Screw the b.s. Leave the poetry writing for later. when it comes down to it, it's just a matter of who is left standing alive.
|05-06-2006, 02:21 PM||#243 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
To be effective, close-quarters combat must be simple, straightforward and brutal. It must work under battlefield conditions in which you are tired and frightened and gross-motor skills may be all you’re capable of. It must be easy to learn and easy to use without warning in any environment.
One of the figures who shaped that notion of close-quarters combat was Lt.
Col. William E. Fairbairn, an Englishman who worked his way up from conand stable to assistant commissioner of the Shanghai Municipal Police prior to World War II. Along the way, he developed a system of armed and unarmed combat that enabled his officers to survive some of the toughest streets on earth.
BACK IN TIME
In the early 1900s, Shanghai was the most violent city in China, if not the entire world. Muggings, armed robberies and kidnappings plagued its population, while gangs ran amok and opium dealers did whatever was necessary to ply their trade. One night in 1908, Fairbairn was patrolling the brothel district when he was nearly beaten to death by a gang of criminals.
He awoke in a hospital and fortuitously noticed a placard near his bed that read, “Professor Okada, jujutsu and bonesetting.” Upon checking out, Fairbairn embarked on a course of study that would include jujutsu, judo and various Chinese arts. He eventually earned a black belt in judo and jujutsu, and in 1910 he was promoted to sergeant of musketry and drill, which meant he was now responsible for training recruits in the techniques they would rely on to save their own lives. Fairbairn decided to seek out further instruction in a variety of fighting systems, especially ones that dealt with the situations his trainees might face on the street.
In his 30-plus years with the Shanghai Police, Fairbairn was involved in or personally observed more than 200 violent encounters involving weapons and an even greater number that saw the use of only fists and feet. From his studies, observations and experiences, he developed a system of selfdefense and arrest-and-control techniques which he named defendu. Its arsenal was composed of moves borrowed from various martial arts and then simplified so the average person could readily learn them. Fairbairn also took a keen interest in knife combat and gunfighting; he subsequently developed a realistic system of firearms training, which was adopted by the Shanghai Police.
Fairbairn retired in 1940 at age 55. He then returned to England, where he was charged with training commandos and elite members of the home guard. His curriculum was designed to provide soldiers and operatives with the skill and confidence needed to defeat an enemy in close combat. He also instructed various American and Allied commando units, including the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the CIA.
Although the system Fairbairn originally taught to the police contained a variety of restraining holds, the skills he passed to the military focused on strikes. Police officers were supposed to arrest suspects, he reasoned, while soldiers and agents were required to dispatch their enemies as quickly and ruthlessly as possible.
Hand-to-hand combat was extremely important to OSS agents because they frequently had to operate in occupied areas while masquerading as foreign nationals. Because they often encountered German checkpoints, they could not carry firearms and thus had to rely on the empty-hand training provided by Fairbairn and his instructors.
These days, it is virtually impossible to find an instructor who trained directly under Fairbairn. One man who can trace his lineage straight back to him is a World War II veteran and former Marine hand-to-hand combat instructor named Charles Nelson.
Nelson trained under Sgt. Kelly, a Marine who served in Shanghai in the 1930s and was one of Fairbairn’s followers. Kelly also studied under Detective Dermot “Pat” O’Neil of the Shanghai Police, another of Fairbairn’s top students and the one who would later become the close-quarters combat instructor for the famed Devil’s Brigade.
Nelson also studied under the late Col. Anthony Drexel Biddle, another Marine unarmed-combat instructor who was mentored by Fairbairn. Nelson bunked with John Styers, yet another Marine hand-to-hand combat guru who trained with Biddle and penned a classic titled Cold Steel.
After the war, Nelson returned to New York City, where he taught self-defense for more than 45 years. When he retired, the direct link to World War II close combat would have been severed were it not for the existence of a student named Carl Cestari. Having conducted more research on the close-combat methods of World War II than anyone else alive, he has established himself as the premier purveyor of the timeless teachings of Fairbairn and Nelson.
Although not widely known in the martial arts community, Cestari is arguably the most significant person today in the field of authentic World War II combatives because of the key role he has played in preserving and disseminating those concepts and techniques.
He was instrumental in training noted knife expert and hand-tohand specialist Bob Kasper, as well as in introducing John Kary, the founder of American combatives, to World War II-style close combat.
After studying with Nelson for several years, Cestari temporarily slaked his thirst for knowledge by embarking on a mission to locate and interview surviving members of World War II units that had trained in the Fairbairn methods. They included men from Darby’s Rangers, the OSS and the First Special Service Force, also known as the Devil’s Brigade. In addition, he began a long association with Col. Rex Applegate, who had studied under Fairbairn longer than any other American.
Applegate died in 1998, but he is remembered as the most influential American hand-to-hand combat instructor of the second World War. Cestari also investigated a wide variety of other sources, including rare hand-to-hand combat books written by early 20th century experts and old films of close-combat training taken from the Library of Congress. His goal was twofold: to trace the roots of the fighting style and to formulate questions to ask the veterans he interviewed. After nearly two decades of research, Cestari succeeded in using the knowledge he had acquired and the judo, jujutsu and karate training he had undergone to reconstruct the world’s most formidable fighting art.
While Fairbairn originally drew a great deal from jujutsu and judo, the brand of close combat he taught during World War II emphasized the atemi, or striking aspects, of the martial arts because they are easier to apply and have a more lethal effect than do throws and locks. Many of those blows are similar to traditional martial arts techniques, but Cestari claims subtle differences exist. The most important characteristic of World War II close-combat strikes, he says, is that they are composed of simple gross-motor movements.
They are also non-telegraphic because they originate from wherever the striking limb is. No chambering or cocking is involved. In each strike, the weapon takes the most direct route to the target. “Any time you bring your hand away from an attacker, you are alerting him,” Cestari insists.
Above all, World War II close combat stresses the need to pre-emptively attack as soon as a threat becomes apparent, Cestari says. In his Notes for Instructors on Close Combat, Fairbairn stressed the importance of hitting first, and Cestari adheres to that philosophy 100 percent.
Cestari also highlights the need to be alert and stay away from potential threats. But once you determine an attack is imminent, you should explode into the assailant, thus augmenting the power of your strike with the momentum of your body. Your energy will drive him backward and keep him offbalance, making it difficult for him to deliver an effective counter.
EDGE-OF-THE HAND BLOW
An essential component of World War II close combat is the edge-of-thehand blow, alter- natively known as the ax hand, the chop or the hack. The strike is similar to the shuto (knifehand) of karate and the tegatana-ate of jujutsu. To execute it, open your hand and tighten its muscles, Cestari says. Your thumb should point up as you strike with the fleshy part between the knuckle of your little finger and the base of your palm.
The blow is most effective when delivered in a backhanded hacking manner from wherever your hand happens to be. It derives its power from your forward momentum, torso torque and body weight. The technique is generally delivered horizontally with your palm facing downward, but it can be applied from other angles as well. The most vulnerable targets are the throat, side and back of the neck, philtrum and nose.
The biggest difference between Fairbairn’s strike and the traditional martial arts version is the perpendicular orientation of the thumb. Holding it that way increases tension in your hand and firms up the striking surface.
It also prevents your hand from cupping on impact, which merely dissipates your force.
Fairbairn taught that when you’re facing a frontal attack, your best option is usually the tiger’s claw blow. To execute it, Cestari says, you should curl your fingers and spread them as though you are trying to grip a shot-put. Deliver the strike into the attacker’s face using a piston-like motion.
The technique can be combined with a forward step (using the strikingside foot) to put your body weight into the technique, Cestari says. Your splayed fingers should be driven into the assailant’s eyes, while your palm and the base of your hand smash into his nose, mouth and chin.
At close range, the tiger’s claw can be transformed into the chin jab. Rather than coming straight into the assailant’s face, the strike travels upward from beneath his line of sight, slamming into the underside of his chin and jaw much like an uppercut, Cestari says. To execute it, angle your hand as far backward as possible and spread your fingers. Bend your arm slightly as you hit with the base of your palm. Your fingers can be used to inflict a followup eye gouge.
The blow must be thrown at close range without any cocking of the arm. The main target is your attacker’s chin, which when struck forcibly can induce a concussive knockout. However, the chin jab can also be used against the nose or cheekbones. It is particularly effective as a follow-up to a knee to the groin because the attacker may expose his chin as he doubles over, and striking someone who is bending forward amplifies the power of the blow.
The next technique involves propelling your knee upward as though you are trying to lift your attacker off his feet, Cestari says. As soon as you make contact with the target, plant your raised foot where he was standing. The groin is the primary target, but the technique can also be used to impact the stomach or thigh. If your attacker is off-balance or leaning forward, you can use both hands to grab the back of his head and pull it down into your rising knee, but most of the time his head will be out of reach.
Deliver a side kick World War IIstyle, IIstyle, draw your kicking leg up to knee height and drive it into your attacker’s leg in one swift motion. In general, strike with the leg that is closest to the attacker.
Fairbairn favored using the edge of his boot to blast the attacker’s shin, while Applegate preferred thrusting the bottom of his heel into the other man’s knee to dislocate or severely damage it.
The men also taught a non-telegraphic front kick to the groin and an inside-edge-of-the-boot kick to the lower shin or ankle. Launched with no visible chambering, the techniques have their roots in an old form of street savate.
The combat method Cestari teaches focuses on overwhelming the assailant before he can get off his first shot, rather than reacting to his attack and then countering. This strategy of “offensive defense” also works against common grabs and holds. Even though some systems teach drawn-out sequences for every potential grappling attack, you should avoid them, he says. “You will not have the time or the wherewithal to remember specific multi-step defenses.”
Instead, Cestari advocates concentrating on stopping the attacker using the most brutal and effective techniques you know. To that end, he teaches a variety of close-range offensive techniques—eye gouges, groin grabs, elbow smashes, foot stomps, biting and whatever else is available—for use when things get ugly.
Like Fairbairn before him, he emphasizes simplicity, directness and gross-motor movement. The complex responses that many of his contemporaries teach serve only to distance their systems from their roots and reduce their overall effectiveness.
World War II close-quarters combat employed a limited number of simple but effective chokes and takedowns. They were included because they were deemed good for sentry-removal purposes assuming the enemy was caught by surprise. In everyday hand-to-hand combat, chokes and takedowns were supposed to be applied only after the assailant had been weakened by strikes. Even then, as Lt. Col. William E. Fairbairn pointed out, whenever you commit to a throw or choke, you make yourself vulnerable to attack, especially if there are multiple assailants. If you are in position to use a choke or throw on a weakened assailant, he often said, you are also in position to finish him off with strikes.
World War II close combat has been criticized as overly simplistic or even outdated, but Carl Cestari has made it his mission to remind us that the simple, proven methods devised during the first half of the 20th century can be relied upon in any life or death encounter that crops up in the 21st century.
|05-06-2006, 03:26 PM||#244 (permalink)|
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Russian to English Translation of a WW 2 Russian Hand to Hand Combat manual with picture illustrations.....
PROTECTIVELY - ATTACKING COMBINATIONS
FROM IMPACTS BY THE INFANTRY SHOVEL
Retaliation at such performance of receptions is rendered during the moment when the opponent cannot cope with inertia movement any more.
At performance of protection against strong wide impacts it is expedient to finish actions by throws, taking the most of inertia of movement of the opponent and passing(missing) it(him) by itself.
During performance of a throw it is necessary to fix constantly capture a wrist of the armed hand.
At disarmament of the opponent impact or painful reception on a hand is used.
1. FROM DIRECT IMPACT (ТЫЧКОМ)
1.1. To accept the fighting rack. Supervising a distance to wait the moment of the beginning and development of attack.
1.2 At a walk right forward - to the right with a deep bias to leave from a trajectory of impact, simultaneously to grasp the left hand a wrist of the armed hand of the opponent.
1.3 Keeping rate sharply to be developed(unwrapped) to the left in the left rack and, "pulling out" the seized hand on itself to strike a blow a straight line a fist of the right hand in a head.
1.4 Keeping a wrist of the armed hand of the opponent at a trunk so that the shovel was behind a back, to execute a throw " a back footstep ".
1.5 Carrying out перегибание the armed hand through a hip to strike in a head.
1.6 To disarm the opponent.
2. FROM IMPACT FROM ABOVE
2.1 To accept the fighting rack. Supervising a distance to wait the moment of the beginning and development of attack.
2.2 At a walk left forward towards to impact to reduce a distance and to execute protection by forearms скрестно upwards (the right hand from above). Having developed(unwrapped) a trunk Ўa 90 ° to the right to leave from a trajectory of impact and simultaneously to grasp the right hand a wrist of the armed hand of the opponent.
2.3 Using inertia of movement and not weakening capture to withdraw the weapon downwards on a trajectory and, not losing rate of movement to strike a blow towards a knee in a trunk
2.4 Развернутьса to the right in a direction of movement of the opponent and, not releasing(not letting off) the seized hand to stop his(its) person downwards.
2.5 Using перегибание and twisting of the seized hand to achieve painful effect.
3. FROM IMPACT FROM RIGHT TO LEFT DOWNWARDS
3.1 To accept the fighting rack. Supervising a distance to wait the moment of the beginning and development of attack.
3.2 At a walk right forward - to the right to leave from a trajectory of impact.
3.3 Sharply to be developed(unwrapped) on 90 ° to the left in the left rack, simultaneously to grasp the left hand a wrist of the armed hand of the opponent, and right to execute protection inside, blocking a shoulder.
3.4 Using inertia of movement of a hand to withdraw her(it) downwards on a trajectory and to press a forearm to a trunk so that a shovel appeared behind a back.
Fist of the right hand to strike наотмашь in a head.
3.5 Supervising position of a shovel to execute a throw " a back footstep ".
3.6 Carrying out перегибание the armed hand through a hip to strike in a head.
3.7 To disarm the opponent.
4. FROM IMPACT SIDEWAYS
4.1 To accept the fighting rack. Supervising a distance. To wait the moment of the beginning and development of attack.
4.2.3 Having waited an opportunity in development of attack, step right forward to leave from a trajectory and to grasp the left hand a wrist of the armed hand of the opponent.
4.4 Not stopping movement of a hand on a trajectory to be developed(unwrapped) on 180 ° in the left rack and to strike an internal surface of a palm of the right hand in a neck.
4.5 At once to grasp the right hand clothes on a shoulder of the opponent and a jump to be developed(unwrapped) to it(him) by a back.
Using inertia of movement of the opponent and, pressing a forearm of the armed hand to a trunk so that the shovel appeared behind a back, to carry out a throw " a forward footstep ".
4.6 Carrying out перегибание the armed hand through a hip to strike in a head.
4.7 To disarm the opponent.
5. FROM IMPACT НАОТМАШЬ
5.1 To accept the fighting rack. Supervising a distance to wait the moment of the beginning and development of attack.
5.2 Having evaded back from movement of swing to wait the moment for counterattack.
5.3 At a walk left forward - to the left to leave from a trajectory of impact for a back opponents and, having developed(unwrapped) on 90 ° to the right in the right rack to block a hand two forearms.
5.4 The right hand to grasp a wrist of the armed hand, a fist left to strike наотмашь in a head.
5.5 At once after impact to grasp the left hand hair on a head or clothes on a shoulder of the opponent and to strike the left leg(foot) in the bottom part of a hip of his(its) right leg(foot).
5.6 "Having beaten out" a leg(foot) of the opponent to tumble down it(him) on a back.
The right hand to execute перегибание the armed hand through a hip, left - suffocation.
After that to disarm it(him).
Translation provided by :
Here is the website to the picture illustrations: http://zakon.kuban.ru/spec/vig~r1.htm
|05-06-2006, 07:29 PM||#248 (permalink)|
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The most important thing to remember right now is to not panic. It can be quite frightening when you suddenly realize that you aren't prepared or prepared enough.
While it is important to be prepared now, you must keep in mind that you still have real world obligations: bills, work, family, etc. Make sure you don't overspend or go into debt trying to get prepared.
With that said, let's look at some things to consider when going about your preparations. Unless you are caught directly in an attack or conditions are dangerous or unbearable, the best thing you can do is to stay at home. You should be prepared to stay at home for at least one week, possibly as long as 30 days. Consider the following:
Things to think about:
How to cook
What to cook/eat
How to obtain clean drinking water; You can store some water, but eventually, if the disaster is long enough, you'll run out and need to obtain and treat more.
Duct tape and plastic sheeting for sealing up your house. In the event of a localized chemical or biological attack, you can seal up one room in your house to try to keep out these agents. You need to be aware of CO2 build up, though, In general, these items are always good to have on hand for a variety of things like patching a damaged roof or window (not from a terrorist attack, but any other disaster).
Communications: a good battery powered radio is about the only thing that will suffice for this. Don't forget the spare batteries.
Light: if the utilities go out, you'll need some source of light. While a big Mag light is hard to beat for brightness, LED flashlights are preferable as they are bright enough for most tasks and consume batteries at a lesser rate. Candles should be avoided as they can be dangerous and they consume oxygen. Keep a supply of spare batteries for your flashlights.
Dust masks: you should carry around with you a dust or surgical mask to use in case there's any particular matter in the air that you'd rather not breathe. A dust/surgical mask won't protect you against everything, but it's better than nothing. Get the smallest filter size you can find.
Some form of protection; this could be a gun or some other manner of repelling bad people just in case anyone tries to take advantage of a bad situation.
Cash money; there's a possibility that you won't have access to banks for a while, so have some cash on hand.
First-aid and prescription medicines; Know first-aid and make sure that you have any needed medications refilled.
Warmth; If the utilities go out, you'll need to keep warm...even in the desert (sometimes especially in the desert) the nights can get quite cold.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has put out a document that is a very realistic look at the possible events that might occur and what you can do about it. http://www.bwolf.com/prepare/security_bwolf.pdf
Very well written website on living through an emergency of every kind at:
|05-06-2006, 07:34 PM||#249 (permalink)|
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This will help you alots to not get scammed or ripped off especially in or after an emergency wheter it is a national or local emergency or just in everyday daily life.
Most Gentle Survivalists are kind souls who have achieved a positive attitude and forgiving nature through much inner work, yet these same qualities can be the weak links in our armor against evil and opportunistic behavior. Too many of us tend to see the world in black and white and want to believe the best about people who appear to be trying to better themselves or who might offer us a helping hand or great opportunity.
Perhaps instead of seeing people as good or bad, we need to begin acknowledging a third group . . . the "Tricksters." Tricksters have the appearance of goodness that enables them to take advantage of others, taking all they can get, legally or illegally. These folks live through their possessions and material wealth means a great deal to them, although they may affect a humble, self-effacing attitude. It is not the mugger in the alley or other obvious shady characters we need to fear, for we have learned their ways. Disguised with charming manners and a smiling countenance, real danger lurks in an overly solitious new acquaintance who offers friendship easily . . . and just as easily withdraws it. Tricksters have two faces - one that smiles when we are helping to further their agenda, and another that turns cold when we can no longer support their projects or need financial help ourselves.
The following identifying markers will help alert people to the presence of "Tricksters":
A. Being insecure, yet proud, they will talk badly about other people, trying to get you to agree. They recount stories of personal success, but are stingy with praise for others.
B. Most of their waking hours are consumed with schemes for making money with the least amount of effort.
C. They have few, if any, real friends. These people are afraid to get close to anyone they can't completely control, for fear their deceptive nature will be uncovered. It may seem they are offering friendship and help, but it is only a mirage, acted out to gain one's confidence. Does confidence/con-man ring a bell?
D. They are excellent self-promoters, and have an exaggerated sense of their place in the eternal plan . . . delusions of Grandeur . . . and believe their calling is above that of others.
E. Except for sarcastic wit and put-down jokes, they lack a sense of humor, and almost never laugh at themselves.
F. They concentrate great energy on presenting an image of competence. Everything is done for show and the admiration of others. Their homes feel cold and empty, even when decorated with expensive art and creative furnishings.
G. They lack the "nurturing instinct." Most of the care they provide derives from a sense of responsibility imposed by society's expectations.
H. They often live through their children, trying to mold them in their image and disregarding the child's individuality.
I. Their most miserable moments are when they are low on cash and their happiest are those spent with newly acquired possessions or money itself.
J. They have a knack for borrowing money or getting people to give them something valuable for a small down-payment and big promises.
K. They cannot brook criticism, even constructive, and their authority must never be questioned.
L. Not always, but more often than not, they are fitness oriented, as they need to maintain their image. This interest in appearing fit usually has little to do with good health. This emphasis on outward appearance may include such health destroying practices as fad diets, over-consumption of alcohol instead of food, strict starvation diets, and often bulimia.
M. They love to talk, but only listen to find personal weaknesses or flaws in those with whom they converse, which can be used to their advantage at some future time, i.e., blackmail.
N. They love to draw up and sign agreement contracts as a way to help "protect" you.
O. Believing themselves above the law, they circumvent as many regulations as possible to cut operating costs.
P. They lie, or tell half-truths, and evade direct questions.
Q. They underpay their workers, employ illegal aliens, keep employees on part-time status to avoid tax and insurance costs, and lie on their tax returns.
R. They "lure" people into money making schemes and partnerships to separate them from their money, and are adept at discarding folks who are no longer useful to them or have been sucked dry.
S. They use relatives and friends to do work they would otherwise have to pay professionals for.
T. They are cold, calculating, litigious, and rarely accept responsibility for failure. They act from their mindless ambition, seldom from their heart.
U. Spouses and children are controlled financially as well as emotionally. Their work and business are always more important than family time. Money is their first priority.
V. They are expert at blaming and putting others down to make themselves look good.
W. They are filled with fear, instead of light, and are overly concerned about security arrangements, their own well being, and naturally, their own eventual death.
X. If they own pets, they are usually expensive "show pieces," pedigreed animals, even wolf hybrids, a sad mix if ever there was one. Such animals often suffer emotional neglect, becoming either lonely, depressed, or vicious guard dogs.
Y. You can never trust them completely. They wear you out, mentally and emotionally with plans, schemes, gossip, and inside information.
Z. You can't relax around them as they are never truly happy or relaxed themselves, and always have a new "trick" or moneymaking project up their sleeves.
Not all tricksters display all of the above characteristics, but enough of them to be recognizable when we sit down to analyze their behavior. Why are we so often mesmerized by their dazzling reflections when our common sense should be flashing yellow warning lights before our eyes? Perhaps it is because these tricksters are adepts at using our own character weaknesses, manifestations of ego, and lack of suspiciousness to their own advantage. Sometimes we are just too stressed and preoccupied to listen to warning messages coming from deep within.
It is a matter of survival that we listen to the Spirit, evaluate our own motives, and use wisdom when beginning new ventures with new people. It is not character weakness or negativity on our part to check a person's references or past history before developing a relationship. Neither is it cold nor ruthless to terminate a developing relationship when we sense we are the "main course" on their menu.
Determining the source of the light that illuminates our new charismatic acquaintance's countenance is only common sense . . . something that is not so common anymore. Without the basic survival instinct of common sense, we may be lured like moths to the Trickster's moon-like brilliance and possible loss, damage or emotional destruction.
The scriptures state: Pray always. If we carry a prayer in our heart at all times, asking for the guidance of God's Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth, otherwise known as the Holy Ghost, we will be open to the light of truth and be able to see these Tricksters for the danger they are before they cause too much damage.
|05-06-2006, 10:12 PM||#253 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
Wake Up People! It's Not A Game!
Self-defense is not a game! It's not a sport. It's not a hobby!
It's real world life and death!
Warning! These pictures are real! They are extremely graphic, they are not for people with weak stomachs. You must be 18 years or older to view this page. If you find these images entertaining, humorous or enjoyable, we strongly urge you to seek professional, psychiatric help.
All too often people lose sight of reality. The next time you consider enrolling yourself or a loved one in some martial arts class, consider the deadly consequences of unrealistic self-defense training!
It's the good guys versus the bad guys....and this is what happens when you lose!
PICTURES - VICTIMS OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE - PICTURES
|05-07-2006, 12:29 AM||#254 (permalink)|
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Here is another one this time of real life video clips.
WARNING: The below noted video links and clips contain acts of real world street violence, viewer discretion is advised. Note: some of these clips were taken on CCTV and of poor quality. However, these clips are offered to visually demonstrate the brutal, ugly, and fluid nature of real world violence (see Street 101, Artilces Page). Movie formats include: .mov, avi. wma, & mpg.
|05-07-2006, 12:15 PM||#255 (permalink)|
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Before I show you this 5:25 mintune video clip of applied actions. I was told by a U.S. Marine that leverage is good but you also want strength with your leveraging skills.
With what we know today about leverage + strength does really help alots. You want both leverage + strength, to be sure. In the old days, The thinking went that you did not need that too much strength and that you can use leverage against the enemy. The U.S. Marines found out that yes, leverage does really work and in so many bloody and savage hand to hand combat battlefield engagnements, The U.S. Marines found that leverage + strength go together as a result of those bloody and savage hand to hand fighting that the U.S. Marines found themselves in.
Leverage + Strength and Savage Aggressiveness are your best buddy in self defense.
He also said that would be good if the enemy does not have a weapon because in real world combat chances are someone is armed with a gun or a knife. He also said that in real world combat.... especially at the last few mintunes of the video clip where about 5 to 7 guys are attacking a single individual, he said that might work if those guys are not trained but chances are they will come at you all at once if they know what they are doing or it is just plain old mob mentality that sets in. He also said that if there are that many guys then someone is bound to be armed in case they are losing the fight then shoot or stab the innocent victim. He said this is a good training film which shows you do not have to be powerless and become aggressive and fight and never stay passive as you fight, in self defense.
Here is the 5:25 mintune video clip.
|05-07-2006, 12:51 PM||#256 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2005
8 Personal Tips To Be Safer This Year
Tip #1: Refine or Reaffirm Your Own Value -- Are you worth fighting for?
This is the key to the Bottom Line Questions I've been asking everyone from police officers and corporate execs to children and abused women or rape survivors etc. How can this list of suggestions, videos or any training make a difference in your life unless you have a solid answer to this question first? Make it a point or renew your spirit in the sheer significance of who you are and how much of a difference your presence makes on the people in your life and the world around you. The gift that George Bailey received from his Angel in the movie "It's A Wonderful Life" was the ability to actually experience the world as if he never existed. I guarantee you that more people would be affected by your absence than you can imagine. Remind yourself daily, hourly if need be, that: YOU MATTER and nobody on this planet has the right to make you eliminate your agenda or your powerful image of yourself without having a verbal or physical fight on their hands... from you. Nothing is more important than you, especially in a confrontation -- even your most valuable posessions should not be given up without you having strong emotions, but they are not worth your life! Only when you or a loved one is threatened should the rules of society and etiquette change without hesitation. My strategy for your thought process is simple: "Get Home for Supper!"
Tip #2: Review Your Daily & Weekly Routines -- How predictable are you?
If someone wanted to kidnap you (if you were richer than Queen of England), how easy would it be to have a list of 10 places he could find you alone, distracted, tired or caught off-guard? Not including the money to make you that wealthy, could you have someone "come out of nowhere" because you lack the belief that evil people exist in the USA to do nothing except wake up every morning planning to make someone else's life miserable today? Most of these criminals are not Mensa material and it doesn't take a lot on their end to know exactly when would be a good time to position themselves to make their move for your property, or you or a loved one. The beauty of living in the USA is the freedom to change our plans, routes, routines, schedules and timetables at the drop of a hat. Do you think the President, celebrities, corporate execs, and the Pope change their plans, even with all the security in the world at their disposal, once in awhile with their safety first on their mind? Aren't you just as precious as they are, at least to your family, friends, and associates, and deserve the same precautions? Aren't you? Well, you are!
Tip #3: Get Real About Your Own Arsenal -- Could you really defend yourself?
We all have had our uncle from the Special Forces or the Police Department teach us some self defense techniques when we were younger, and think that we are well prepared for any attack because of this 5-minute lesson and once a year review after walking out of a Jackie Chan movie. Some of the techniques taught to you really work; some are as effective as a fly swatter on a bee hive; and some could be good if you could only remember it. And that's wherein the problem lies... without repetition, some kind of traumatic experience, or muscle memory, the best escape, strike, kick or counterattack will not be available to you. Find 3 to 4 that fit your body size, height, personality, mobility and comfort level, and then practice those until it goes from interesting to mastery.
Tip #4: Evaluate Options -- What am I capable and confident enough to do?
Your best defense is to know what your offense is, or at least what choices you have to use as your offense. What strategies and self protection techniques have you really learned, rehearsed, and mastered? If the need arose for you to take out an attacker, be it stranger, a relative or even your partner/spouse. I know for some readers, the thought of this type of training and education is either unpleasant or very low on your list of immediate concerns. Let's think for a moment about 2 facts:
Several women and young girls are being *slapped, mugged, abducted, *raped, strangled, *beaten, terrorized, snatched from their front yards (or) bedrooms, or murdered as you read through this article.
(*Every few seconds, and has no age or socio-economic boundaries)
Most scenarios are either avoidable, preventable, or can be stopped before or even during the assault.
The questions rings out loudly: Am I truly prepared? And if not, can I learn? And if I take the time to learn, could I, would I do something to effectively fight back & "Get Home for Supper?"
Tip #5: Look at Everyone -- Are you afraid to see people or just too busy?
One of the oldest and most difficult habits to break is one that could help you avoid, prevent or prepare for an assault every single time you are alone. Look at people around you. Sounds too simplistic to work, doesn't it? Think about the last time you were shopping at the mall or walking across the parking lot to a grocery store. Did you notice and purposely look at every single person in the area? How about the 2 teenagers shoving each other in the next aisle? What about the couple moving quickly behind you? Did you give the man walking with a cane even a second thought?
Every one of these scenarios could spell purse snatch, mugging, abduction, or rape. We have natural instincts that guide us and protect us, yet we all choose when and where we allow these instincts to work for us. We let: work, daily "have to get done" items, cell phones, kids' soccer games, deadlines, and palm pilots dictate our very own personal security. We've become a lazy nation of 2 common, sometimes deadly mindsets:
"It can't happen to me!"
"I'm too busy to worry about it"
Open your eyes and see the people. Don't stare people down (Just makes the 99% of all civilians nervous about you). Break the habitual thinking: "If I don't look at him, he doesn't see me. Be different than most with a cell phone, a to-do list, or "problems waiting for them somewhere" clouding their minds, attention span or ability to see an attacker before it's too late. Why do you think most police statements usually start with: "I just didn't see him coming! He came out of nowhere"? They never come out of nowhere! We are just too busy, self absorbed, and totally in denial about this happening to us. Many have already decided that their skill level to successfully defend ourselves is too low to even contemplate fighting back. In essence, the majority of people choose not to look, look in the other direction, or look only for help to come to the rescue. So, is it any wonder that the bad guys have a huge advantage before an assault ever takes place?
Be the one who controls the environment everytime you go out. The short eye contact you make should convey the silent message: "I saw you. You can't sneak up on me. You can't get behind me. You can't catch me off guard." This one simple, but consistant habit can make on reducing the odds of any violent crimes ruining your year.
Tip #6: Learn the Basics -- Even a little knowledge can save a life... yours!
You don't need a thousand techniques. Even if you knew that many, in the heat of conflict (be it mental, verbal, psychological or physical) most couldn't remember a long list, let alone attempt to perform them under extreme conditions. Many trained soldiers and police officers can (and do) panic under real life, life-threatening scenarios. What you need is to study (seminars, martial arts classes, videos, CD-ROMs, books, personal trainers) and discover for yourself which techniques feel right for you. Take notes, ask questions, practice and perfect as much as you can. How many times did you try riding a bike or driving a car before you could do it without thinking about it? You didn't have to become a professional dirt bike racer or Formula One driver, did you? Be patient with yourself, as your parents were when they taught you how to ride a bike.
Tip #7: Mastery is the Key -- Practice techniques that really work!
My personal favorite technique(s) might turn out to be yours, but if not, find 1 or 2 to call your own and hang onto them. The key to successfully stopping an assault is part attitude, part persistence and tenacity, part focused anger/rage, and part technique. Allow me to share one of my all-time favorites with you right now....
The V-Strike is easy to learn, but also quick, effective, and versatile.
First, take your hands up and stretch them between the thumb and forefinger, making a big web with your palm. (Like you're taking the top off a pickle jar)
Now angle the hands down (45 degrees) waiting for the aggressor to get closer.
When ready, the hand snaps out & back towards the attackers throat area.
Good strike would be the top of his throat, with the hand at a 45 degree angle.
Power from this strike is the result of the speed your hand goes out and back, not how hard someone shoves their hand out.
Keep your hand in a tight position, the web area between the thumb and forefinger.
Think of your arm as a long rubber hose and you're snapping it out like a whip.
Breathe quickly, keep your eyes open, and yell something out loud when you make contact with the attacker.
Tip #8: Refresh, Rehearse, and Reaffirm -- Forever training?
Refresh your memory daily about the habits to avoid conflict and the techniques to stop an assault, if necessary. What dangers are there? How do I sidestep them or counterattack without hurting myself?
Rehearse: Pick the technique(s) you feel best about and practice, practice, practice! Your muscles will slowly start to remember the drilling sequences & store it away. Good is OK for games, but you need to be a Master. There's too much at stake.
Reaffirm: It's always back to: Attitude, Self Concept, Personal Empowerment and reaffirming how truly worthy and valuable you are! You are so unique and special to the world. If you believe that, really believe it, then any man would have a battle on their hands trying to take anything or anyone from you or hurt you physically.
|05-07-2006, 01:14 PM||#257 (permalink)|
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|05-07-2006, 02:35 PM||#259 (permalink)|
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These are for if somebody means to murder you and you are innocent then you have to protect your family or yourself or another innocent people from violence and harm.
1) Do not fight if at all possible. Do ANYTHING YOU CAN to avoid fighting because fights are life-threatening situations for both parties, and can involve you in a world of legal hurt if you win.
2) If you have to fight, go absolutely balls out. Don't waste your time with movements that are not dirty fighting, like punches to the face.
Do not ever punch to the head or face with a closed fist. Unless you are a master boxer or karate guy you're likely to hurt your hand or even break it, and that's a fight ender. You might not even faze him but if your hand ( s ) are broke you're done.
1) Chinjab. This is like an uppercut, but with your hand open, with the heel of your hand. As you impact with his chin and lever it backwards, insert your fingers into his eyes and claw. Continue this movement backwards as far as you can, your goal being to slam his brainstem into the pavement, stomp his instep just as the blow lands. This will tack his foot to the ground and effect an ankle break or a takedown at the very least.
2) Ax hand. This is the typical karate chop. It can be delivered at almost any angle, with great speed and force. Even with just arm strength and this can easily break someone's nose. You can throw it inward or backhand. Practice figure 8s with axhands.
Targets for horizontal axhands are
side of neck (google brachial stun)
bridge of nose
back of neck
Best easy target for vertical axehands are primarily collarbone, can be followed up with a neck wrench with the same hand, like you were scooping dough out of a mixing bowl.
Can also be delivered as a hammerfist and probably has more versatility that way, less likely to hurt yourself on bony targets.
3) Rakes/claws. When delivered in quick succession these are incredibly disconcerting, painful and hard to stop. Imagine a jaguar clawing its victim to death. (And by the way, that is your mindset...) Targets are eyes, cheeks, lips, ears. Anything you can, grab and rip. If your finger goes into his mouth, fishhook and jerk one of his cheeks. If your finger or thumb goes into his eyesocket (and it should) scoop out his eye, or hook into the socket and use it as a handle to control his head.
The natural followup is a gouge. Put your fingers into both of his eyesockets and hook your thumb under the chin. Fight done.
4) Practice low and very direct kicks. The kicking takes a little bit of practice on a heavybag or with a partner and pads to perfect but it's incredibly nasty. Can also be delivered to the inside of his knee.
The outside above the knee is called the common peroneal nerve and can also be struck with a knee. It's used for torture by US troops.
Kicks to the groin? Yes ! Remember guys instinctively protect their groins and your foot will be in grabbing range. Front kick or stomp kick his knee instead and then follow up with a stomp to his instep. Other good targets for front kicks are the tailbone, the back of the knees, the achilles tendons and the spine. If you're behind him use a stomp kick (impact with your heel and bodyweight.)
Also you can kick with the inside edge of your foot kind of like how you kick a hay-stack. If you hit with this type of kick to anywhere on his leg, follow it up with weight and take him down.
5) Elbows. Elbows can be delivered in any direction. You can throw them like an uppercut to the chin or forehead like a hook to the temple or jaw. You can also throw backhand elbows or downward elbows with your weight on them. You can use your elbows as two spikes when rushing in and protecting the sides of your head. This is especially good against a range fighter. If you grab any part of his arm, a good tactic is to elbow it while holding onto it.
A reinforced elbow is hooking the back of his neck and slamming your other elbow into the side of his head repeatedly, like hammer and anvil. You can also do this with thumb in his eye.
6) Tips: If a blow lands, try and follow it up right away with another and another and another to the same general location. If he starts blocking, start attacking him else where. If you get him bent over, start kneeing him in the face and elbowing him downwards onto his brainstem and the back of his neck. If he tries to grab your legs from this position, sprawl forward to get on top of him and come down on his kidneys or spine with the points of both of your elbows, then begin kneeing him in the head.
Ear biting. Jugular biting, finger biting, trachea biting. Bites to the vein complex around the latissimus dorsai. I understand (never tried this) that you can bite someone on the triceps and it's excruciatingly painful and you can control them that way to the extent of making them jump up in the air.
2-finger pokes to the eyes, trachea and nipples are good. Jab fingers up under the armpit, or into the groin to release holds if you can.
Dig your fingers down behind his collarbone and try to grab his collarbone while VIOLENTLY SHAKING IT. Do this after you've broken his collarbone with an axehand, or just break the collarbone in this manner.
Grab his hair or back of his neck with one hand and forcefully shove his chin in a horizontal or vertical rotation.
Get behind him, stomp on the back of his knee, and simultaneously claw his face backwards like you were trying to peel it off.
Or when you're behind him you can grab the back of his collar and drop to the ground sideways with all of your weight on his collar.
Every step forward should be a stomp. You should always ALWAYS ALWAYS maintain forward pressure, moving into him, or alongside him and then move into him from the side or rear. Close in, every time you lift your foot off the ground, you should knee and then stomp. Every time you retract your hand after a blow, you have the ability to elbow. Put your hand near your ear as you elbow vertically and this will also protect you from close-in hooks.
A good cycle is hammerfist-elbow-hammerfist-elbow. Same with knee-stomp-knee-stomp. Repeat until he gets sleepy.
If he has a weapon and you don't, run like the wind. Many people dispute this, but it really depends on the situation. Some say your chances of getting away are very slim, and this may be true, but it depends on the will of the person weilding a knife or gun to chase after you.
Try not to go to the ground if you can at all help it. Bad things are on the ground, like small rocks, tree sticks, or cement. If he has friends they will come up and put in the boot on your spine. You limit your ability to get away. This goes even if you are jujitsu master. Combat jujitsu people try to throw and maintain their own balance without going to the ground, it's a last resort.
If you find yourself holding one of his hands with both hands, try to wrench it or hold onto it while kicking his lower extremities.
If he grabs you, start pummelling the shit out of him. Elbows, knees, whatever and use releasing techniques as biting then violently escape and run away keeping your eye to your back and the another eye towards the direction you are escaping to save your life.
|05-07-2006, 02:54 PM||#260 (permalink)|
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"Social fighting" is best met with ordinary boxing / martial arts skills. Some you win, some you lose, but no one dies because basically it is just contact sparring out side the dojo. Knowing who you are facing and why he wants to fight are absolutely useful things to know.
Facing a criminal calls for the All in Fighting style of Fairbairn, ( Get Tough ) which is very likely to cause death or serious body trauma to your opponent.
|05-07-2006, 03:18 PM||#261 (permalink)|
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I noticed this thread on another self defense forum and I thought this was a very excellent thread in that it shows you why fighting is not worth it and to try and lead a peaceful life. Stay out of high crime areas, don't hang with bad trouble makers etc. Use your commonsense and live in a 100% safe neighborhood. Make good and wise choices. Avoid trouble as much as you can.
|05-07-2006, 04:27 PM||#262 (permalink)|
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I also want to say here that any right thinking and a very normal guy will have no desire or get pleasure from fighting.
A normal guy will seek to learn self defense but he will clearly have no desire to use these very deadly and dangerous techniques on anybody else because that normal right thinking guy also realizes he can also get hurt or killed in the process, not just the criminal but himself too.
A normal right thinking guy leads a normal, peaceful and a quiet life and bothers no one and avoids fights or agruements because he knows that is a wise and a smart choice to live in peace.
|05-19-2006, 09:50 AM||#263 (permalink)|
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This is going to be on The History Channel. The American Tomahawk and reading scroll to the right and watch the 5 video clips. Very interesting and after watching these video clips and the t.v. program on the history of the American Tomahawk. You will have a better understanding of the tool and how to defend yourself. That is a very terrible but a very effective tool to be used in self defense or during a wartime situation.
I pray and hope you never are in that situation and the most, you ever will need with the American Tomahawk tool is to chop down a tree for campfire during the late afternoon while it is still daylight so you have a very good campfire burning really good during the night time for warmth or to work hard digging a row of holes to plant seeds for food in the sun and dig a long line of irrigration for water to flow to the food plants when it rains or there is a creek or a river closeby to help with growing the food.
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|05-20-2006, 02:11 AM||#264 (permalink)|
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You must regularly train. And you should train in a manner and method that is realistic.
Josephus, the Roman historian of the first century says the above keys are the same that led to the success of the Roman army:
“If one looks at the Roman military, it is seen that the Empire came into their hands as the result of their valor, not as a gift of fortune. For they do not wait for the outbreak of war to practice with weapons nor do they sit idle in peace mobilizing themselves only in time of need. Instead, they seem to have been born with weapons in their hands; never do they take a break from training or wait for emergencies to arise…One would not be incorrect in saying that their maneuvers are like bloodless battles, and their battles bloody maneuvers. “
Four hundred years later, Vegetius, a fifth-century writer on the Roman military said:
“Victory was granted not by mere numbers and innate courage, but by skill and training.”
Training is the key to self-defense.
The more you train, the more skillful you are. The more skillful you become, the more confident you are. The more confident you become, the more powerful you are. The more powerful you become, the less likely you will be attacked.
That’s a strange one. The more able you are to defend yourself, the less likely it is that predators will single you out.
Now, to be sure, there are times when the rank amateur, through a determined and ferocious response, can and has repelled an attack. But I contend that, while we might have the instinct to fight, we are not born with the know-how or the tools in offering us a way to fight. That we must learn.
I’ll grant you that visualization has a place in your training. Also important is the gathering of knowledge. But if your training only consists of the mental aspects of self-defense, you are at a huge disadvantage.
Find a school. Get some like-minded friends in a garage or park. But train. And train like your life depends on it. Someday it might!
|05-20-2006, 02:23 AM||#265 (permalink)|
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Advice for real life self defense:
1. You must think quickly and anticipate the attackers’ moves.
2. Think in terms of striking targets that either stun or are potentially lethal. Consider striking the temple, throat, mastoid, spine, solar plexus, kidneys, groin, and knees. These targets maximize the effectiveness of your blows, thus conserving your strength and energy.
3. You must control your breathing to keep your anxiety in check and your energy level high.
4. Move fluidly with speed grace and balance plus aggressiveness to control the fight, if you can. Keep your distance and close in only when you have to and if he comes into your personal space then trap-hold him and beat him up as needed and escape saving your life.
5. Power can be increased by adding leverage, speed of delivery, and mass.
6. If you are fighting with your hands, be careful not to injure them.
7. Contact the police/EMS as necessary and get a lawyer for yourself.
You should not be looking to get in a fight. You should always be avoiding a fight. Stay away from bad people , bad situations, bad areas etc. Use your common sense and trust, obey your gut instincts as they usually help keep you out of trouble about 95 % of the time.
|05-24-2006, 03:34 AM||#269 (permalink)|
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The following is a real brief rundown on the military h2h combatives used by WW2 OSS and British SAE commandos. This system is battle proven. It was later slightly modified and adopted as the standard USMC close combatives system until it was replaced by the LINE system. The replacement was political, however, and was due to the increased weapons-related platform of the fighting Marine.
The Fairbairn-Sykes-Applegate method (WW2 Combatives) was designed to be ruthless, efficient, and effective, designed for close h2h combat in self defense only.
Basic concepts - Forward Drive. Always take ground,move forward into the opponent. Most casualties in war and h2h combat are due to one side attempting to retreat. IF the enemy is being forced backwards, his brain is concerned with what's behind him. So move forward, press the attack, don't stop PERIOD.
Basic stepping skills - Stomping. Stomp. No fancy gliding footwork - it doesn't work on uneven terrain, will cause you to trip. STOMP. Stomp forward, stomp on his feet, stomp on his head when he goes down. Stomp everywhere, it aids aggression, is aggressive, and enhances aggression. Try it, you'll like it, especially with heavy work boots.
Using body weight - Drop stepping. This was the method used by the old bare-knuckle boxers. Step forward, allow your whole body weight to fall forward, strike a split second before putting your foot down (stomping, of course). This means your entire body mass is concentrated into the strike, much more efficient than using muscle power or speed alone. Practice it, it can be done very quickly and aggressively.
Hand strikes - Non telegraphic strikes from anywhere (practice them).
Chin jab - hold hand as if you are going to toss a shot put. Drive forward and strike under the chin, pushing forward. Use fingers to claw eyes. Once contact is made, push ahead, and rip back, clawing face. This if done properly will sprain the neck and can cause serious concussion due to the snapping of the head backwards. (This is also how the punch on the chin produces a KO).
Edge of hand blow - The famous karate chop. Aim for the throat, side of neck, collar bone, or back of neck at base of head. Secondarily, aim for the upper lip or nose. Some advocate keeping thumb extended, other advocate keeping thumb close along side of hand. Try it both ways. It really does amazing things. Use hard snapping motion with drop step to crush trachea, break collar bone, etc.
Elbow strike - need I say more?
Knee strike - straight forward into groin, or to head if enemy is bent over.
Shin scrape - Stomp on enemy's foot, but make point of impact at knee or just below and GRIND down the shin. Can be done forward with inside of boot, sideways with either inside or outside of boot.
Hammer fist - aim for nose, collar bone, groin.
Fist - not recommended, due to possibility of breaking or spraining wrist, fingers, etc. If done, can use vertical fist (as used in bareknuckle boxing). Do NOT punch the skull, aim for chin, nose, solar plexus, groin, other "soft" targets.
Kicks - use stomping motion to perform low line kicks to groin and knee, shin, ankle, etc.
Throws - avoid trying them, require fine motor skills in many cases and untrustworthy in a life or death battle. However, basic hip toss and "outer major reaping) aka back trip should be familiar.
Learn to stomp forward, chin jab, followed by a rear trip. Grab the throat, crush it, and push backward and down while knee striking the groin.
THIS IS ONLY FOR IN SELF DEFENSE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE AND THAT OF INNOCENT LIVES !
THIS IS NOT A SPORT. THIS IS FOR LIFE AND DEATH EMERGENCY ONLY!
IT IS BEST TO ALWAYS AVOID A FIGHT IN THE FIRST PLACE! STAY AWAY FROM BAD PEOPLE, BAD AREAS, BAD SITUATIONS!
PLEASE STAY SAFE AND AWAY FROM TROUBLE AT ALL TIMES!
|05-24-2006, 04:48 AM||#270 (permalink)|
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In a real battle against a trained and experienced enemy, everything will happen at extreme close quarters. It will be brutal, ugly and fast. Hand-to-hand combat typically occurs in 2 to 20 seconds. It is not a sport whose rules are designed to keep spectators entertained for long periods of time.
In this situation, and countless others that occur in true close quarters combat, Head-high Tae Kwon Do kicks will do nothing for you, especially when standing in a tiny aperture on a floor slick with blood and human tissue in self defense. What few realize is that with any system that teaches closed-fist striking most of the time you will break your hand on the hard bones of your enemy’s face, or his combat helmet.
When teaching hand-to-hand, it is quite effective to produce a wooden bust of a human head and ask anyone in the group to come up and hit it with a fist, as hard as he can. People will clearly refuse to hit the wooden bust and quickly see the logic with common sense that it is not good to punch a tree trunk which is the same thing as the human skull is no less dense or hard, and covered merely with a scant layer of thin skin and tissue.
To the Russians, what they train is not a martial art. Called simply, Systema Rukopashnaya Boya, or “System of Hand-to-Hand Combat,” it is a system of utilitarian capability, not balletic performance. If a technique is not functional, no training time should be wasted on it. It was originally developed by the warrior Cossacks as early as the 10th century as a combat system, and has continued to be evolved and improved for combat purposes since that time. As such, it is not steeped in obsolete traditions, and does not teach the use of, or defense against, weapons that have long since passed from usage. Its practical approach and constant improvement makes its experts shockingly adept and frightening.
The Russian Spetsnaz believe there is no such thing as a situation you cannot fight your way out of, and Russian doctrine teaches that there are only two types of unarmed combat:
Combat to kill and Combat to capture.
The difference between the two goals of combat exists only in the intensity with which the techniques are delivered, and whether the practitioner continues the attack, or alters it to prisoner control techniques, once the opponent is neutralized. Anything else is a sport or a martial art, and according to one Spetsnaz colonel, and one of their premier hand-to-hand experts, once you turn any combat system into an “art,” it has completely lost its combat effectiveness. Rules and aesthetics are restrictive, and to survive actual combat you can function with no restrictions. When called on to battle a trained, combat-hardened enemy it will be war, not art. If you have trained for “art,” and the enemy has trained for war, you are going to lose.
In this regard elite units like Russia’s Alpha Counter-Terror team understand the need to close and kill, and they train for excellence at that tactic. Good grappling skills are taught, and then the commandos are taught to use those skills to avoid going to the ground at all costs in a real battle, recognizing that tactical biting can neutralize the overwhelming majority of ju jitsu techniques. Striking is largely done with extremely high speed, continuous and whipping open hand strikes. Experience in CQB has taught the Russians that there is greater speed and therefore greater energy delivery with such strikes. This is like the difference between shot-putting a baseball versus a pitcher’s windup and throw. Stored kinetic energy is transferred from the body to the hand, and from the hand to the ball, just as it is transferred from the hand to an opponent on contact. The greater the energy delivery - the greater the effect of the strike. No one would be afraid to be struck by a baseball that had been shot-putted from someone’s shoulder, which is exactly the movement of a conventional closed-fist punch. But no one wants to be hit with a high speed, whipping, open-handed slap. Most of us men have been slapped by a woman at some point in our lives. Though in such instances that member of the “fairer sex” had no training, the strike truly rung our bells. There is a reason all of their instincts tell them to hit that way.
Other advantages of open hand striking are quick, single strike knockouts, and the ability to strike with two hands at once. The Russians target a minimum of 30 strikes every 4 seconds which has the effect of overwhelming an enemy. Unlike punching, once the hand is deployed, it does not have to be brought back to the shoulder to be “loaded up” before it can be used again, but continues in a series of elliptical blasts, gaining energy each time the hand rotates back toward the body. It is something that has to be seen and felt to be appreciated of the single most effective hand-to-hand combat technique taught : The open handed strike with a single relaxed, high speed slap to the side of the head or neck.
As well, transitions from striking to grabbing occur seamlessly and without thought, as your hand naturally closes on your opponent when contact is made in that fashion, and no hands are ever broken hitting hard parts of the body. Finally, if an opponent has superior reach, or a knife, you simply adjust your targets from his body to his arms. The superior speed of open-hand striking allows you to devastate his attacking arm while keeping your vital targets (your body) out of his reach.
But where an opponent has been well trained, and chooses to engage from some distance you lack the forward inertia of your enemy’s body to take advantage of. In such instances, the faster, whipping strikes of the Russian System brought to bear against the weapons of the attacker, i.e., his hands and arms will see them being withdrawn quickly. The pain to body parts that he never thought of before as vulnerable targets, will not only make him hesitate before striking more, but change his attack plan. In most instances you can advance behind a whirlwind of fast moving hands, ultimately grabbing him and taking him to the ground. When that doesn’t happen, the targeting of his hands and arms will see him switch the attack you’ve been waiting for, allowing you to quickly move him to the ground and neutralize his assault.
Likewise, kicking is used, but only the most effective low-level kicks. Kicks have only two purposes: to separate or to devastate. A single kick must create maximum distance between combatants, or drop an opponent with a single effort, as there is no point to being caught on one foot in combat, even according to U.S. Special Forces. As such, when delivered kicks must transfer maximum energy as well. With a few exceptions, the competent H2H combatant kicks with his heels. Weight is distributed onto the heel of the
base foot, and the kick is really a stomp, using the heel of the kicking foot as well.
The principles are simple: if you were asked to kick down a door or stomp someone on the ground how would you do it? You wouldn’t rise up on the toes of your base foot, or kick with the ball of the other foot. You would instinctively do it heel-to-heel. According to the Russians, we all know how to fight, it’s inside every one of us as part of our deepest memory as a species. It’s just a matter of learning to trust those instincts. Also, when it comes to kicking, the Russians do not believe in training any technique that requires time to stretch or warm-up before using it. The enemy will never afford you that luxury. The same is true of space or distance, by necessity unarmed combat will occur at extremely close quarters.
As well, Russians generally eschew even kicking in bare feet. The lack of foot protection that everyone will usually be wearing when engaged in combat, alters the manner in which you deliver your foot strikes. Rather than learning to tuck up the toes and front kick with the balls of your feet – which bare feet necessitate – you should practice kicking with those toes. When protected by shoes, combat boots or even light wrestling shoes, the sole and foot position creates a devastating spear-like strike the Russians call a Brik.
Movement is Life
The Russians also believe in constant movement during combat, and that means your feet. They do not believe in fighting stances, but teach you to fight from any position. Your opponent will not give you the opportunity to leap into a fixed fighting stance, and if you have to get in one in to fight back, you will lose quickly. The Spetsnaz recognize that a constantly moving target is the most difficult to hit (with anything), and so are forever altering body and foot position, even while inside an opponent’s grasp. They call this slipping away without breaking contact.
Remember, as the Russians frequently tell you during training: “Movement is Life.” But combat is not only about movement. They both do the identical types of leg movements. It’s just that one has trained that “movement” for a devastating combat application. Ultimately it is movement for combat, not movement for the sake of movement. If you move out of the way of a gun and the shooter misses that’s fine. But if you lack the skills to then move in quickly and destroy that murderer, he will eventually prevail.
It is with all of these skills that Russia’s special operators have gone into and come out victorious every single time. It is a constant threat in daily life that Russia has learned to live with especially with the high crime in Russia.