Thursday, 19 July 2007

Marcus demonstrating defending attack!

The purpose of the above drill is to get the student used to some of the KM principles when faced with multiple attackers. Essentially, you want to move to the flank and try and keep the attackers in a line (like birds on a wire) so that you are only having to deal with one attacker at a time. The drill last night saw us being attacked by people who were only trying to grab us as there was a real mix of levels at the class. As I explained in the class last night see the DRILL for what it is. It allows you to understand the principle of where you want to align yourself, gives you some sensory overload and a lot of CV. At no point in a real situation would I personally abdicate running around continuously trying to keep people in a line. At the very outset, yes, but then look to exit immediately or look to bring one of the attackers to what my Tactical Edge instructor Mark Davies calls a position of negotiation i.e a position where we have attacked a attacker and have them under our control. By using techniques that can cause pain and distress we can discourage the other attackers and also use the guy as a shield. I hope that Mr Davies might comment further on this at some point on his site or a short response under this post.



  1. Hi Marcus

    An explanation of 'Position of negotiation'.
    Ok, you really don't want to be dancing around all over the place against multiple opponents due to the effects of adrenal stress. Your heartrate will have been massively increased at the same time as energy production has been stopped, so although strength may have been increased you are going to run out of batteries far more quickly than you will during training. Reaching a 'position of negotiation' means moving so you 'eclipse' the bad guys so you only have to face one of them at a time; but then snaring one into a lock so you can use them as a human shield. This means that you keep them in a position that allows you to control them, but still covers you from attack. You can then literally use them to 'block' incoming blows or employ some psychological warfare. If you use ripping, tearing & gouging techniques (kino mutai in Silat & Kali) & make your hostage scream & cry a bit it generally makes his mates slow down a bit as they think you're going to kill their friend. This may allow you to withdraw enough to be able to drop him & escape. You can also use your hostage as a projectile weapon. If the distance & timing is right you can throw the hostage into your opponents imbalancing them & allowing you to go on the offensive (only recommended if there's one or two extra bad guys).
    Generally if you cannot escape from a multiple opponent scenario (& remember its a serious situation- the law often places multiple opponent attacks up alongside attacks with deadly weapons; & I have seen CCTV footage of a gang attack where they LITERALLY kicked the victims head off & played football with it!) you may want to employ a surprise pre-emptive strike to allow you to snatch a hostage & begin a 'negotiation' with them & his mates.
    In knifework we generally do not aim to kill the opponent unless there's no choice. So in a single opponent scenario we will very often aim to disarm & neutralise the threat & bring them to point with the knife; this being our 'position of negotiation'- the opponent has a choice, give up or die. Restraint when you could really hurt someone will always be recognised if taken to court.
    Hope this helps.


  2. All very useful stuff - thankyou. Really looking forward to the September seminar.