Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Monday 5th @ Krav Maga Edinburgh

Last night we worked on sharpening some of our tools. We then took these tools and worked into multiple attacks. This started as a 2 on 1 then became 3 on 1 and then 4 on 1. For fun I added in an edged weapon. We began by closing the gap and getting into our in fighting range where we overwhelmed the first opponent with elbows, knees and headbutts and then using this opponent as a shield against the other attackers. After projecting the first attacker into another we quickly got to work on finishing them. The scenario last night was that you were in a room and escape wasn’t an option. Remember everything we do relates to a single attacker as well. Instead of thinking about being attacked by 3 guys and it being a 3 on 1, think about it being a 1 on 1 x3. I dug an earlier post from Mark Davies – the founder of Tactical Edge on a specific aspect of multiple attacks. For more info on Mark and his system please visit Tactical Edge

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 heart rate 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 imbalance 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 knife work 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.



A warm welcome to Frazer and Paul who came along to train last night. Both guys fitted in and trained seamlessly along with everyone else.


1 comment:

  1. Good _god_ did I find the combat ready class difficult that night. Haven't sweated that much since I was last in a sauna. Think I might have got a touch of heatstroke, come back winter!