This is probably going to ruffle some feathers…but I’ve received emails asking questions or looking for further explanation on some things that I’ve talked about, and I want to ad…
I guess I need to start coming up with better clickbait titles. I’ll probably get a bunch of, “Fantastic Four,” and CM Punk fans, and that’s totally cool. But, not …
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More great thoughts from Dr. House!
This is a weird time we live in. You cannot turn on the TV without seeing horrible events of human atrocity, occurring twenty four hours a day, worldwide. It seems that everything, everywhere, is in some type of disarray. I think that preparing for emergencies that are commonplace in the world, is a good thing. It is empowering; it makes you feel like you are not simply at the will of whatever danger or force is at work in the world. And, it is fun! As a lifelong student (I’ve spent ten years in college/professional school/residency) I enjoy learning something new, everyday! With preparation for emergencies, you can develop a graduate school level of education on something that very few people know about and are truly prepared for.
Years ago, Massad Ayoob, police officer, expert witness, and author penned a list of priorities that he probably, at the time, had…
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$40 for these sights…versus up to $160 for some versions of today’s popular night sights. That’s a lot of ammo.
If you’re a regular reader of my musings here, you already know that I am a Tom Givens believer. There is a simple reason for this…Tom’s material works. His lectures are relevant to the Regular Guy Civilian; folks just like me (and probably you). His live fire courses tell you everything you need to know, that is, what you are MOST likely to encounter on the street. There is no secret squirrel night vision component, nor fast-rope shoot house class. I’ve read all of the books Tom has produced over the past 35 years, and most of the articles he has written. His material all has a common core of relevance, yet the work has evolved to…
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A major competition is this weekend, so we switched back to a lighter pace and focus on techniques. Tonight’s focus was on escapes from bad positions. I was thrilled, as I wind up stuck in them so often!
We started with concepts, which I also liked. I do a lot better when I grasp the concepts with a few examples to illustrate them rather than being handed techniques with no idea of the context.
The attacker generally wants to take space from the defender to limit his options. Then he or she 1) secures the position, 2) hunts for a submission, 3) transitions to a better submission if no immediate submission is available
Defender want to make space/options by creating a frame, defending from submissions, and transitioning to a better position. Then we moved on to the practical examples.
Bottom Side Control Escapes
1st Escape – Starting position both arms inside, flat on back, top man in side control with one hand under the head and the other over the body. Keep the frame by pressing both hands into prayer position, forearms tight together, elbows on rib cage, hands near neck and jaw to defend vs. chokes. Chin tucked, and hands often on side of neck nearest the opponent, as you’re trying to turn into him and keep him from crossfacing/smashing. Prevent the mount transition with the leg nearest the opponent – raise the knee and block attempts to to slide into mount.
Work the feet away from the opponent to assist in leverage and create space to slip the knee nearest the opponent into the gap between his leg and torso. Bridge up and to the side, facing the opponent. Keep the arm frames in place as the body drops and knee scoots between his leg and torso. Underhook the arm closest to your head to control his posture. You’ll probably have to circle toward the top man and work that knee in as the top man attempts to hold the position. Use the foot that’s still free to keep wedging in. When the knee is finally far enough in, place that foot on the ground between the top man’s legs and then wrap the free leg around his body. Hip escape to the side to free the leg that’s still wedged under the top man, then assume closed guard. The underhooked arm closest to the head is in position for an armbar, so that can immediately be attempted.
Jeff Mancuso shows a very similar escape here. I like his detail about holding the bridge rather than trying to buck explosively. I’ve had way more luck with his method than the explosive bucking that served me pretty well in high school wrestling. Roy Dean’s video is exactly the same escape we practiced, including the underhooked near arm. Later, during positional rolling, I kept getting hit with the sweep Dean shows at the 2 minute mark when I was in top side control, too – there’s lots of goodies on that 8 minute clip!
2nd Escape from side control – One arm inside under the neck/jaw, arm nearest opponent outside. Bridge and get both hands on the cross-facing arm. Hold the bicep/shoulder area like a hamburger. Wiggle the hand that’s outside of the cross-facing arm under the armpit to make the frame. Frame up, then drive the elbow of the near-side arm to the sky – you’re tossing that cross-facing arm over your head and slipping out the side. The far side arm grabs the top man’s near side gi sleeve by the elbow, then the near side hand near the tricep. Drive the arm away and to the mat and scoot backwards out from under the top man. Its quite similar to this escape from Marcelo Garcia. The same basic “grab gi sleeve, post, and drive across his body” works on many guard pass attempts, too, esp. the torreando. Example here and here .
1st Mount Escape – trap same side arm and leg, bridge and roll. This one works when someone’s grapevining and has their head low, often with one arm around your head and the other posted out like an outrigger. Ditch the grapevines by thrusting out the legs and slamming the knees to the mat. Bring both heels up to the butt to establish both better position for the bridge and also keep top man from grapevining again. Trap the arm and leg on the same side. Don’t use opposite arm to help push – keep elbow tight to ribs and just bridge. The forearm will help drive the top man over without any need to expose that arm to a submission attempt. Here’s Draculino showing it, although he uses the other arm to help push.
2nd Mount Escape – Almost exactly like that demonstrated by Emily Kwok and Stephan Kesting here. We were told to frame with the hand on the opposite hip and keep the other hand up near the collar – the elbow stays tight to the body and drives against the thigh during the escape. I have problems hooking the top man’s leg…not sure why as yet.
Back Mount Escapes –
Just 1 – Tuck chin, get fingers on hand on the side of the choking arm inside the forearm and the thumb of the opposite hand in. Pull arm away from the neck as much as possible. Roll to the side opposite the choking arm. Move butt over the choking man’s leg on that side as you start to crab walk out. Keep pressure on the leg and position the opposite leg near the trapped shin so opponent has a harder time repositioning. When you’ve moved past the leg far enough, take the hand on the side of the choking arm, place it on the same side leg of the choker. Roll to face the choker and drive forward, keeping the hand straight out and gripping the far leg. End in side control. Example.
Left without rolling. I was feeling good and wanted to leave on a high note!
I might start moving techniques to unique entries or at least general categories so I can link directly to notes I’ve made on the technique before without having to hunt through an entire class period of notes. We’ll see how that works!
This poster showing the anatomy of the Remington 870 shotgun hangs in one of the classrooms of the Memphis Police Department’s Firearms Training Unit. Look at that vent rib/Ghost Ring barrel…
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Excellent article series on a rarely-discussed problem – most bad guys give up when you point a gun at them! Now what?
Why would we ever make the decision to hold onto, or pin, a potentially violent criminal? As a civilian, we have no responsibility to arrest or detain a criminal. To the contrary, as exposure increases, risk and danger increases.
To catch up, please read the first three parts of this series:
Exposure increases risk for the criminal and it increase risk for the armed citizen.
For the criminal, the less exposure, the less transfer of evidence, the less chance witnesses can observe the crime, and the faster they could get away. More exposure equals more chance of getting caught. A criminal wants to get in and out as fast as they can. They want to get “paid” and get out. The more exposure (time) the greater chance something could go wrong.
The same is true…
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Great thoughts from my coach and friend. Since I can usually only get to jits 2x wk without it impacting my work and home life, I need to start drilling. That’s going to be a little tough without partners but there are a lot of drills I can and should be doing, including basic shrimping and bridging.
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I want to talk about a subject most people don’t understand. It is the key to success, in any endeavor. It takes no talent, minimal IQ or EQ, all it takes is relentlessness.
I have been teaching martial arts since 1982. My typical student, about 90% of students, would show up for class twice a week and do nothing in between. This necessitated going over material for review and slow progress.
The students who progressed the fastest were not the natural athletes or even the brilliant thinkers. They were the ones who worked on the material on “their time”. They worked the basics more than the average student.
The real high achievers obsessed with grinding out a movement. They performed rep after rep until it was grooved into their nervous system. THIS is the secret to elite performance. Find ways to get reps in. Most…
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