The Tactical Professor is always worth listening to!
Source: Practicing for your real world
The Tactical Professor is always worth listening to!
Source: Practicing for your real world
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I’ve taken a survival class with BigPigOutdoors before and highly recommend them.
Reg Foggerdy was close to death when this picture was taken. While camel hunting in Western Australia, he got lost without any gear and spent the next six days suffering. In typical media fashion, he has been dubbed the “Antman” because he ate a few ants during his ordeal, and news titles like this littered my news feed:
The stories, fed by a culture of survival un-reality shows, focus on the folllowing aspect:
“But the Ant Man wasn’t gone. After four days wandering at night and lying under trees during the hot days, he remembered watching survival shows. He found a nest of black ants and forced himself to eat them; 12 at first, then 18 the next day.”
What the news doesn’t…
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Warmed up by having a classmate show me how to reverse shrimp. I had it there for a couple seconds. Lost it again when we did the ground class warmups…there’s a brown belt there who hadn’t seen it before coming to this school either and was just as lost, so I don’t feel all that bad!
Warmups – stay in wrestling stance, move around. Alternated sprawls and shoots on command. If you didn’t come back to wrestling stance it was pushups time! Thighs burned out pretty quick from the shoots – I think some higher volume squats and lunges might be in order, as the running I’ve done all spring and summer didn’t carry over.
Techniques – snapdown series to double leg with trip, then come to side control, just like last Tuesday.
Russian tie – entry similar to arm drag – cross grip sleeve, step to t position. Bring free arm under his grabbed limb and monkey grip wrist. Bend and place upper arm and shoulder against the back of his upper arm and bend him.
Next, Russian tie to ouchi gari. You can hit it from the side of the trapped arm and drive through. Bring the weight to the leg nearest the trapped arm by stepping forward. Place the foot nearest the leg between the feet and drop to one knee. Swivel the leg in to trap the foot, then lean and drive to into opponent. Keep the arm trapped, put weight on the bottom’s torso and swivel to side control while keeping weight on toes as you spin into place. An option presented was to shoot the arm closest to the hips through and cup the neck, palm up, then thread the arm that was still gripping the sleeve in for a darce choke. Squeeze the elbows to finish. This is the exact same technique sequence.
We did a throw from the Russian tie as well. Get the tie, move the hand nearest his shoulder to your opposite shoulder to lock his upper arm in place, move opponent forward, then reverse your motion, spinning to face the opposite way he is, throw his arm behind you as you drop into a sidefall. Roll to side control. This is almost the same technique, but I’m seeing some slight variation on them bending the arm and them placing it on the chest as opposed to pushing it through and behind.
For our last technique, we covered the Russian tie to the fireman’s carry. It went down just like this. If you move the opponent forward and/or put downward pressure on his arm he’ll often take a compensating step forward. If it’s done with the leg opposite the side you’re on that’s an open door to the fireman’s carry.
Ground class: Standard warmups, was taken aside and shown the correct technical standup – apparently people were omitting the kick/push/jam part of the pendulum action, and I followed along with the crowd. Reverse shrimping was a fail as well – I had the motion down for a minute or so before the takedown class, but couldn’t get my groove on during warmups.
Techniques – Crossmount into kimura submission. Start in side control. Press opponent’s far side wrist into his pelvis by grabbing his wrist and placing weight on it. Base with other hand. Shoot to the I position and begin to wriggle basing hand under the far arm. Lift chest quickly and shoot hand in to monkey grip your own wrist. Secure the hand position – both hands cupping solidly. Wriggle back to cross position. “Vibrate” opponent’s far arm off his body and onto the mat. Take up slack of his far arm until it is toward his shoulder. Crank the arm into kimura by leaning slightly back – rolling weight toward his hips can allow him to sit up and escape. This probably won’t work as flexibility will allow him to endure this limited range of motion, so switch legs and step over head, then reapply kimura. I’m thus far unable to find video of this exact sequence, but here, at least is a clip that incorporates some of it. He steps directly over the head without a leg switch – this is possible, but flexibility might be an issue.
The next technique was a setup for the previous technique. Take side control. Slip hand that’s around head into collar, behind neck, thumb in. Jump to pseudo knee on belly. Plant kneecap on center of sternum and pull up collar. Grab pants with other hand if that’s not enough. Extreme discomfort will make bottom man push knee of sternum. Point toes of the leg straight out behind and allow push to shove knee off belly and arm to move across belly. Collapse down into sidemount and seize the wrist. Continue as above.
We also worked some of last week’s material – Americana, the choke from sidemount moving to north south, and then the head and arm triangle.
Rolls – Can’t pass guard. Get stuck in mount and can’t make the mount escape work, hit kesagetame and got rolled, caught under side control. This quote of Ferdinand Foch seems relevant: ” My centre is giving way, my right is retreating. Situation excellent, I am attacking.”
Got collar choked a few times, can’t break grips, and seem to be keeping my elbows too open, particularly against open guard players – when I’m in closed guard people often comment on my defense. That seems to fall apart against the open guard guys – probably due to trying to mount an offense and not really knowing how.
Hit half guard a few times on the 3rd roll and wasn’t able to take the back or sweep – just continually threaten. At least there’s that!
Here’s an article on the singlestick.
My lovely wife and I have been watching the Sherlock Holmes-inspired Elementary series, and he’s seen occasionally working his singlestick moves on a BOB dummy in his home.
|The “Old Game” as described by Allanson-Winn|
19th century martial arts have long been the poor relations of more popular historical martial arts branches, but in recent days it has gained more and more recognition. English martial arts are still the most studied from this time period, the numerous and simple sources, the spread of the English language worldwide and the popularity of Victorian culture have greatly contributed to their current status. Singlestick is one of them. This peculiar relative to saber fencing was very popular in Georgian England before being converted as a wooden training tool. This interest has lead many people to consider any mention of singlestick in books or newspapers as the British game. A famous instance is the one of Theodore Roosevelt, allegedly a famous American singlestick practitioner… but was he really practicing the old rustic game of singlestick?
Singlestick was practiced since at least the…
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More on the fine art of cracking heads with sticks!
You’ve probably heard of Irish stick before or at least if you clicked on this article you are no doubt curious about what it really is. The art called bataireacht or boiscín is a peculiar martial art not only because of its history but also because it has only recently begun to rise back from nearly total extinction. It is known around certain circles such as Historical European Martial Arts but even in Ireland you will find very few who know of its existence and even fewer who practice it.
This article is meant as a complete basic overview of the history and practice of Irish stick. It will be part of a book to be published on the subject of the history and techniques of this art.
Source: Sean Sexton Collection
1. Deep roots
like many old martial arts the origins of Irish stick are extremely hard if not impossible…
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I do like James Bond-y gadgets and walking sticks!
Everybody knows the classic cane sword, symbol of the sophisticated gentleman and dastardly villain alike. In the 19th century, stricter weapon laws and the rise of the cane as a fashion item had makers rival in ingenuity to elaborate new weaponized canes. A while ago I presented an example of La Terrible Canne, but a recent auction unearthed many more rare examples. In this article I will present some of the most interesting finds.
La terrible canne in itself is a clever if terrifying weapon, which had two close parents: la diabolique (the diabolical) and la redoutable (the dreadful). All of them function around the same principle; an adversary pulling on your cane to disarm you would also pull out a series of metal thorns or blades, cutting the opponent’s hand.
Outside of the classic dagger in a cane, there were many other…
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The Tactical Professor keeps the fun in fundamentals!
Without testing, there has been no training
Shooting a pistol is an athletic activity. Like any athletic endeavor, we need to have some performance measurement standards. Measurement is the operative word here. We need to measure our downrange performance, i.e., how well we can hit the target, if we want to become better at shooting. There are numerous variables that can be called into play for measurement.
As an example of athletic measurement, the current US Army standard for my age cohort is a minimum of 27 sit-ups in one minute. More sit-ups means more points scored. The Army Physical Fitness Test has to be taken twice a year.
In weight training, we might simply measure how many repetitions of lifting a given amount of weight we can do until we can’t lift anymore. Over time, our objective is to be able to lift more weight and/or perform…
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Takedown class – warm ups included backfalls, sidefalls with technical standup with partner-assisted forward pressure, moving and sprawling on command ( I keep doing a front breakfall instead unless I override the urge. Weird.) Then we worked snatch doubles, snatch singles, shooting doubles and singles, turning the body via the lapels or other grips to still get the shot in case of a mismatched lead, snapdown and snatch doubles and singles, and a double with the rear leg hooked behind the opponent’s near leg to score a trip. There was a new fellow in class who trained with us who was doing the high-crotch instead of the double, so that was demonstrated as well. I missed grabbing people up in guillotines off a poor double leg on Thursday.
Ground class – Normal warmup followed by shrimping, rolls, sidefalls & stand, back rolls, and that accursed reverse shrimping that I never seem to get right.
Technique – reviewed last Tuesday’s material – mount with head control and grapevines. Americana, Ezekiel choke with the fist, and arm triangle were presented as finishes.
New techniques – sidemount position. Secure better position by lifting the chest for a moment and drawing the bottom man into your belly, then apply pressure again. The crossface applied by the bicep and shoulder should be a lot easier to apply and bottom is drawn more under the body and controlled.
1st technique – Americana again. Very similar to previous Americana from mount.
2nd technique – Choke. Remove arm from under head, reach around top of neck and grab bottom’s opposite armpit. Use far arm to post by placing palm on the floor so bottom can’t roll top man as easily. Slide legs out and away on an angle close to the head to trap the arm – you need that arm in the right position to secure the choke. Staple hips to the floor as that prevents rolling. Now, take posted hand and place on near side hip of bottom and begin inching around the body, taking head off the chest and placing it on the same side as the blocked hip. The choke comes on pretty suddenly. If you can get to a point to grab our own hands and squeeze, great, but my partner and I never made it that far before tapping.
3rd technique – arm triangle. Similar to the mount series. A forearm is across your throat, rudely preventing you from smothering the bottom man. Press down into it, then suddenly release pressure and jam the arm up and past your head, taking up space by pressing your head against that of the bottom man. A key point is that the bottom hand must be palm down for the choke to work. Both my partner and missed that and didn’t get our constrictor on until that was corrected. Bring your legs and body to the same side as the opponent’s trapped arm by:
a: jump with both feet together to the other side (feet together helps prevent half guard attempts).
b: Slide near leg across abdomen, then jump and bring both legs to th correct side.
c: Switch feet to reverse kesagetame position, posting the leg furthest from the body. Near leg’s shin slides across the belly of the bottom man and the far leg drives and jumps.
Immediately block the near side hip with the near knee to keep bottom man from inching toward top man, changing the angle of the choke and making it less effective. Far leg posts out at about head level. As before, gather the free hand’s elbow to the body, lower the head to the mat as the posted leg slides out. Again, the arm under the head should be palm down, opposite arm palm up. If not, you can’t properly take out the slack by bringing the elbow to the belly before sinking down and completing the choke.
No rolling tonight. Crap sleep and bad work schedule, so I chose to quit while I was ahead.
I wish I’d played with parkour more when I was young enough to bounce instead of break when I fell!
Post by Jason
I missed judo practice today for the first time in a long time. Since I have nothing to say about practice I thought I’d share this:
Pugialism: The martial art of fighting with fists
Judo: The martial art of grappling
Parkour: The martial art of running away.
Lolz! Don’t get me wrong I wish I could do parkour, but c’mon martial art of running away?? That shit is funny.