Tis the season!
Fantastic stuff from my friend and instructor Claude Werner. I wish I had such clear instructions when I began shooting.
As my colleague Wayne Dobbs of Hardwired Tactical Shooting says, there are three fundamentals of handgun shooting that can make you or break you in a defensive situation; grip, sights, and trigger [manipulation]. I would also add followthrough, as a student who came back today from the elite Rogers Shooting School called to mention to me.
For this segment, let’s look at the autoloading pistol grip discussion contained in The Tactical Professor’s Pistol Practice Program.
- Maximize our hand friction on the handgun. The way we prevent the handgun from moving around in our hand(s) is simply via friction. Therefore, the more hand surface we have in contact with the gun, the more friction we can achieve.
- Minimize the gun’s motion during recoil by stabilizing the supporting joints, principally the wrists, when the gun fires.
- Reduce the distance between the…
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Ate some tomato meat sauce over rice at about 4. Neck and upper back was stiff from the last class, so I popped 2 Ibuprofen before heading out to class. That’d haunt me.
During the first few takedowns I had 2 or 3 vertebrae go “pop!” in my back and 1 in my neck. I actually think those were good pops as my back now feels pretty normal again. Victory was short-lived, however, as I felt something complain just above the left knee on the outside when I got Osoto garied and my sciatic nerve has been talking to me ever since. Gassed pretty quickly, as usual, and got heartburn – no more tomato sauce before class, apparently! This cardio issue is really starting to get me down, too. I’m pretty useless halfway through a roll and I don’t have much game to begin with. Enough bitching – here are the notes!
Takedown class – started with pummeling drills and got yanked around by the big blue belt. Worked pulling with the underhook, 3 pummels then shoot for underhooks, then 3 pummels and step to the t position for the bodylock takedown (that’s where the pops came in). Worked Osoto in phases – the hands, then the hands and twist and leg grapevine, then the takedown, then we did the hop-in drill up the mat and down, then the snapdown series with an osoto gari. Last was several rounds of gripfighting. Messed around with overhooks – I should watch that Rob Koll video for some tips on how to make them work. I keep brainfarting and not using the right grip brakes on the lapel – one hand pushes inside of grabber’s wrist while opposite hand grips gi and pushes along with a body twist.
Ground class – Worked with one guy that I couldn’t even get my legs around for closed guard – that was interesting.
Kick sweep series and roll to knee on belly, mount escape flow drill, closed guard to spider guard transition, then closed to spider guard with the sweep. Spider guard sweep with the leg reaping the downed knee demonstrated, and a new drill, the spider guard sweep against a posted leg was shown. Details: perform spider guard transition and go for gas pedal sweep, but top man posts the leg rather than leaving knee on the mat. Bottom hooks leg with instep and hip escapes, dumping top man onto the opposite side of the hooked leg.
Spider guard demo by Larry showing ease of access to triangles, omo platas and sweeps with the spider guard.
1st – tried mount escape with limited success – top man often just hit S mount. Did get it to work but then got stuck under the top man trying to roll him. Stephan Kesting’s sweep might have been good to try here. There are some good half guard tips here(Kesting again!), particularly for a position I get stuck in all the time – he uses a butterfly hook to pop someone up to recover guard when they’ve crossfaced and flattened the bottom man.
Tried the Kurt Osiander move against knee on belly and got armbarred instead of getting the single. I see I probably should have went for his second escape, as the guy already had the position on me. I was reaching up while mounted, too. Got head and arm guillotined as well from a kneeling position. This defense might be worth a go.
2nd roll – Tried kesagetame escape and was stymied by a turn to side control and a posted arm. Got my gi bottom gripped and couldn’t break out. Got rear mounted. Have no real game plan when starting.
Attempt to address issues in order:
Kesting’s Kesagetame escapes
Grip fighting upon entries I’m diddling around too much with the initial grip fighting, but I think that’s largely because I have no real goal or passing game.
Haven’t watched this one all the way through yet, but it looks promising.
I tried working this against the rear mount but didn’t get too far and don’t think I did it properly at all. Then got tired, got stupid, and got choked.
I found these while looking for Osoto Gari pages to link to in my last Jits Notes post. Both look quite good.
The second is the Judo Mat Lab, which I found in a post on the Difficult Way blog. They only have a few videos up and I hope they continue. Here’s their Uchi Mata analysis.
Takedown class – pummeling warmup, pummeling drill for underhooks, pummeling for underhooks then takedown to mount. Next was our intro to Osoto Gari both stationary and with a skipping entry. We worked grapevining the leg and stepping through the opponent as well as the kick out that’s commonly shown in judo instructionals. We drilled the skip in by chasing our partner as he backpeddled. A counter to Osoto was keeping the near side leg out of reach, so Uchi Mata was demonstrated as a counter to that counter. If uchi gets countered, seoi nage was offered as still being possible.
Here’s a cool page with some Osoto Gari variations. I’m liking the look of this entry for it as well: Yamashita demonstrating o uchi gari/o soto gari. This one’s pretty trippy, too. Trippy! Get it? Oh, well.
Now that I think about it, I’ve seen uchi mata from a whizzer before when I took a Greco lesson from Paul Sharp of MDOC. This particular clip from the University of Judo demonstrates it. There are a lot of cool tricks to pull with the whizzer, and that Rob Koll video I linked to looks like solid gold material.
We wrapped up with some pummeling and grip fighting.
Ground class: After the basic warmups, we worked a flow series. Start in guard, open legs and move to open guard, feet on hips with sleeve grips, kick leg sweep like in the last few classes followed by rolling the top man to our shins then rolling to knee and belly. Take side control and be sure to isolate the far side arm, as we’re going to mount. Cut the knee and shin across the belly and pull the knee up toward to clear the foot from entanglement, then sink hooks on the legs.
The bottom man then works mount defense: cross one arm across the top man’s waist to keep him from moving his mount higher on the torso. keep the other arm bent, elbow against the top man’s knee. Drop the leg opposite of the crossing arm flat on the ground and draw the other up to the buttocks. Turn to a 45 toward the side of the leg that is down. Snake the foot of the bent leg over the top man’s ankle and wheedle it over your downed leg then lock it down. Slide the formerly trapped leg out from under the top man’s hooked leg, lock your half guard down, and roll him over.
You’re now on bottom in half guard, so snake the closest arm across the back and grab the belt, attempting to take the back. It actually goes a lot like this video from Emily Kwok and Stephan Kesting, but we left one hand up near the collar to defend while keeping the elbow tight pressed against the Top man’s knee close to the floor. Top man overhooks the reaching arm to defend against the back attack, so bottom grabs his far leg and drives forward, taking him down and seizing side control. Here’s Stephan Kesting again, showing the sweep after the arm gets overhooked. Bottom man now recomposes guard. Drill begins anew.
Spider guard – Start in closed guard. Open as with the last few drills – both sleeves gripped, plant one leg on the floor and keep top man controlled with other leg behind back. Hip escape and bring leg from floor to 45 degree across torso for control and pull with grips on sleeves while pushing with knee. Bring foot from behind and place on hip. Windshield wiper legs open and keep outward leg pressure on arms as well as pulling with grips and pushing with feet. Roll one grip over like throttling a motorcycle. Kick the same leg skyward and punch the hand while rolling to the opposite hip, then slip foot back and place on bicep. Push leg out while pulling and keep on the opposite hip, then bring the elbow inside the leg and pull with both grip and instep. Transfer other foot to other bicep. Push and pull with opposing pressure to keep opponent stretched. Take one foot off his bicep and place on his same side hip. Push the other high, bringing his base up, then using the arm that’s on the same side of the foot that’s on his hip, pull that arm up while pressing his knee out (I’ve heard some people call this, “the gas pedal.”). Roll him to the compromised side and take mount.
This video is similar. I’ll keep looking for one closer to what we practiced. What is nice is that he emphasizes compromising balance with the hip movement, as well as foot placement on the bicep – mine was often too close to the shoulder. Without lifting him up and pulling, that knee doesn’t want to move.
Rolling – 4 rolls, all against white belts. Worked defense. Kept getting caught in side control & kesa getame and didn’t have good answers, so that’s homework I need to work on. I managed to catch someone in kesa getame but got rolled – still more homework. Speaking of homework, here are some cool drills for Spider Guard work. This seems pretty relevant, too. I think I’ll be giving Stephan Kesting some of my money in the near future.
More Stephan Kesting, since I got stuck in rear mount:
Rear Mount Escape
Since I keep getting flattened in side control, I think I’ll give this a shot. Side control escape.
Here’s Kurt Osiander with some good tips. “Boom! You fucked up a long time ago!” He’s right!
I’ve seen some of Henry Akin’s stuff before. I think I need to watch more of it. He’s explaining things well and I see how I’m making the mistakes he’s talking about. Escape from tight side control.
Kesa Getame stuff:
Kurt Osiander’s version: “I may be tired, and pinned, and trapped.” Sounds like my typical rolling experience! I tried the bridge and roll without success last class, though. Hmmm.
Here’s Kesting’s and Ritchie Yip’s version. The pin looks closer to what I was stuck under in class than what was going on in the Osiander clip.
And knee on belly defense because, yet again, I screw up a lot.
Was in bed by 9, so no class for me!
I think allergies are romping and stomping on my immune system. My lovely bride, the Obsession Engine’s better half, feels even worse. I finally gave in and ordered the Bioforce HRV so that should help me make better decisions about which workouts I should taper back on and which to emphasize in future – trying to balance cardio, lifting, jits and life in general is sometimes difficult. Adding a heart rate monitor to my cardio workouts a few years ago was a major game changer and really helped me calibrate my kinesthetic awareness as well as track improvements (or the opposite!) in my endurance, so I’m hoping this will be of similar benefit. When I have more time in with the HRV, I’ll post about my experience.
On the plus side, this gave me more time to reread The Essential Guard, a book recommended to me by a mentor a long time ago, and found some tips that might help me out. I found some articles and videos from Ritchie Yip that are helping me frame things properly as well. Check ’em out.
Again, its not just for firearms. If you’re looking into the whole “parlor shooting” thing like I am, you’ll want good sights to work with.
As an aside, numerous folks have wondered if a lot of the reason point shooting was so well-received was because of the really bad sights found on older semiautomatic pistols. They were “low profile” and the front sight frequently occludes the entire rear notch when you try to aim. I’m not saying that some kind of “point shooting” technique isn’t of potential value at extremely close ranges, just that, with the sights on those pistols, you frequently wouldn’t have had another option!
The factory sights that come on most pistols (especially little guns) are pretty difficult to see. They’re usually small and black and acquiring the front sight during the presentation can be difficult. You also might be vetting a new pistol purchase, and before dropping $70-$150 on a set of new sights you can cheaply get easier to see sights.
$6 gets you fluorescent hobby paint and tiny brushes at a hobby store. I also purchased some white Nail polish at the dollar store.
This can also be accomplished with florescent tape with clear coat nail polish on the edges to keep it from peeling.
Reapply as needed.
$6 for enough supplies to paint all of your guns, all your friend’s guns, and your future grandchildren’s guns..
Put down a few layers of white nail polish.
Dab some hobby paint on the front sight. It took two or three coats.
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Reblogging this, and many of these drills aren’t just for firearms but will work with airsoft or pellet guns as well.
The basement & garage are getting cleaned this weekend and we’ll see if we can bring “parlor shooting” back here at Obsession Engine HQ!
We’re continuing on with the series of ‘Friday Fundamentals’. I’ve written about Sight misalignment, speed, and accuracy before. It’s a key fundamental to increasing your speed while still maintaining an acceptable degree of accuracy. This drill is part of the second session of my Pistol Practice Program.
- Any silhouette target; B-27, B-21, Q, IDPA, IPSC, etc. Put a 2-3 inch aiming point on the silhouette in about the center of the target.
- Masking tape (preferred) or magic marker to mark the target.
- Pistol, 24 rounds of ammunition
- Eye and ear protection
This drill consists of three (3) Sequences of 8 shots each. You are going to deliberately misalign your sights so you can see the effect of this at increasing distances. The drill is to fire the pistol with the front sight on a spot on the target but with the rear notch deliberately misaligned…
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Today’s focus for rolling was “survive”, meaning tap out less often by attempting to keep on side, elbows in, recover guard if possible.
Takedown class – small group. Sprawl warmups, snatch double legs, snatch single legs, penetration step doubles, penetration step singles, pummeling drill with overhook/underhook, pummel exercise + bodylock takedown into mount( underhook and move to t position, bump the close knee, pull in, dump while maintaining grips, swing leg over into mount), 2 minute pummel drill seeking double underhooks and hold grip for 1 second.
Jits ground class – standard warmup plus some movement drills and cardio. Shrimping, penetration step (rear leg should be angled behind me, not straight. Thanks for the tip, Larry!), back rolls (made me dizzy. Still need work), forward rolls, shrimp toward feet (which I still can’t do worth a damn).
Technique – sweep series similar to last lesson. Started with the same sweep as the first in the series last time with a minor technique adjustment – I need to angle hips when I shove the arm out with the instep. Its a stronger movement and helps clear the way for the other foot to cross to the opposite hip of the top man. Kick through as if kicking the opponent in the lat to make the sweep more than an empty gesture.
2nd variant – opponent posts leg when rocking him back from the first kick sweep attempt. Slip same side leg under the posted leg, hook his thigh with the instep. Grab the same side ankle as the hooked leg. Pull forward, then push out. Roll to knee on belly or side control.
3rd variant – Kicking leg slips somehow but you still have grip on the sleeve. Roll up and elbow top in the chest while retaining sleeve grip. Hook elbow into armpit and trap top man’s arm against your torso. Very similar to fireman’s carry takedown from last week’s takedown class.
Rolling – First roll against white belt. He passed guard but I’m not sure he ever tapped me. I just kept trying to turn into him and keep my elbows in and at least one leg bent. He commented that my “defense was good”.
2nd roll vs. brown belt (Larry). Flopped and flailed and got my gi wrapped around my arm at least once. Having a hard time breaking grips against a cross collar grab.
3rd roll and 4th roll vs. advanced white belt. Slowed down and he gave me some tips. When I release closed guard I’m not trapping a leg or keeping good pressure up, for one. I did get him in a cross collar choke but didn’t have a deep enough grip to finish properly. The cross grip and same side sleeve seems to work fairly well.
Then we swapped so I got top position. Tried to keep posture but he kept pulling me down. Once I was out of posture, that was that. Got caught in half guard with my head on the wrong side a couple of times, too…I need a better answer for that, as, once I’m flattened, I can’t seem to get out or recover guard. My nonexistent cardio is more than a minor factor, too. After the 4th roll, I was done.
I rolled for the first time in several years last night. As expected, I got flattened. Repeatedly.
What’s more disappointing, though, is that I have no gas tank. I’ve been running all summer and it still doesn’t seem to help much. There’s definitely something different about grappling, as I can do good work with unattached striking (Good for me, anyway!). I know some tricks but can’t apply them if I’m that badly winded. If I find any conditioning workouts specifically designed to address this I’ll share them.
Takedown Class: Backfalls, Sprawls ( I’m not dropping my hips to the mat and end up doing more of a front breakfall unconsciously. Gotta work on that!) , single leg + counter ( get shoulder and head pressure in play and mule kick leg out), level change & short range double leg (Surprise! Judo has these, too! Check out the Morote Gari), side fall & technical standup vs. an encroaching opponent fending with the extended hand, snapdown series with gi clad and non gi clad opponent (I just double grabbed the neck), grip breaking, fireman’s carry (called kata garuma in Judo) off an overhand sleeve grip standing and seated with an elbow entry (Shown here.) into side control, 2 minute rounds of gripfighting with 3 different partners.
Gripfighting was tough against a larger, stronger, more skilled opponent. There’s a blue belt there who probably outweighs me by 40 lbs and it was hard to peel his grips. I messed around and tried some of the judo grips I’ve been looking into and mixed in some clinch basics from the Greco work I’ve done, along with some head pressure, all while trying not to be too dickish with the forehead grinding.
Ground class: Worked closed guard to open guard, both sleeves gripped and feet on hips, maintaining appropriate pressure to keep opponent off-balanced and limiting mobility.
Start in closed guard. Grip both sleeves, then drop one foot to the floor, maintaining pressure against the side. The opposite foot maintains pressure against the back and side so opponent can’t move away or start a pass. The foot that was on the floor resets to the same side hip of the top, then “windshield wipers” the same side arm open. Stretch the top man with grip and foot pressure on the hip. Bring the leg that’s around the back to the same side hip and windshield wiper the arm. Keep pressure via pushing away with hips, out with knees and pulling with arms.
Now for the sweep. We opened one arm with a shin, then slid the opposite foot across to the hip of the arm that was opened, then grabbed the opposite pant leg. Kick to force a sweep or, more likely, an attempt to maintain position by posting an arm. Then drag the person back on top of both legs so he’s off the ground. Kick legs up and out while maintaining grips and roll to knee on belly. The more advanced folks continued the series and eventually rolled their partner into back mount while us noobs just worked the above.
2nd variation – same beginning, but, after getting both feet on the hips, we kicked the leg that had been on the floor out behind the top person, then brought it back and wrapped it around the arm and disrupted balance by doing the kick sweep, then dragged the top person onto our knees so we could roll him over again. When rolling, keep the sleeve gripped and arm trapped between the legs. If you don’t release the arm you get the bicep slicer, then hit side control. Seek a choke by inserting the hand into the collar, thumb down, wrist straight, then use a paper cutting motion with the forearm, keeping the elbow tight to the ribs If the elbow is away from the ribs it often doesn’t result in a choke – just a forearm across the jaw. Here’s a good video of this movement chain, called the Spider Guard – Butterfly Sweep. Kurt Osiander demos the paper cutter choke here. He demos a “spin choke” earlier in the vid that I recognize…I’m pretty sure I got caught in that very same choke at least twice while rolling later on in class!
3rd variation of same beginning – after sweep attempt, wind the leg around the arm and use that leg to pull the person toward you, then kick the leg through, making space to roll into an omo plata. Take care to grab the belt or some gi with the near hand and prevent rolling out while setting the legs, then begin
Omo plata revelation! I finally made them work reliably when I start scooting my butt around the opponent’s head, taking care to stay in close. I was moving further away while butt-scooting, wrecking my leverage.
Open rolling- 3 5 minute rounds. I gassed out and never got my wind. As such, I was ragdolled and couldn’t make anything happen. Even tapped to simple pressure on the diaphragm from side control. Harrumph.
Things to work on, besides “everything”: got side controlled, mounted, knee on belly, rear mount, guard passed like it wasn’t even there, breaking grips, couldn’t pass the opponent’s guard. I’m going to stick with Saulo Ribeiro’s template for now and just work on “survival” for my current level of (in)competence, though I’ll try to work on at least one counter/escape at a time. Speaking of survival, here’s a vid I believe I linked to before from Charlie from the Plaza. Seems relevant! This one is, too.