Sunday, 7 February 2010


We started off looking at developing correct kicking technique, so we worked very slowly through basic kicks- front, turning & side; looking at correct chamber positions, rear foot positioning & pivot, & common mistakes made while kicking such as being out of position when launching the kick so it hits whilst decelerating rather than at the point of maximum acceleration. We did this on the bags slow & easy, then we went to the pads & worked them whilst being mobile.

We then worked through the TE takedowns. We did them slow & easy on a partner without any attacks or strikes, looking at the finer points. We worked through Head Tilt, Vertical Head Twist, Horizontal Head Twist, Forward Head Roll, Frontal Head-under, Rear Neck Whip, Eagle, Foot Pins & Foot Sectors. We looked at the techniques & common mistakes being made in them, & made sure everyone was doing them correctly.

We then looked at how your 'role' in an altercation will dictate how you respond & how different 'roles' require different methods. Military methods don't best suit civilian or law enforcement roles, Law Enforcement methods aren't ideal for military or civilian roles etc. A military combatives role will generally be looking for a lethal end to the altercation, a civilian responding like the military 'role' will end up doing time (as would a LEO). Generally a civilian needs to do enough to stop the attacker & ensure they're able to escape & seek safety, but shouldn't really be looking to arrest & restrain the attacker like someone in an LEO 'role' would. However, it is handy for civilians to have some restraint methods in their arsenal, so we looked at some restraint techniques that can be applied after we've done our combatives & takedown. We looked at responding at ECR to a head-butt attack. The students used a re-enforced palm strike to shield against the head-butt then knee strikes before applying a takedown of their choice. We then looked at applying three different locks that allowed the defender to hold the attacker whilst being able to keep one of both of their hands free to access weapons/equipment/comms etc.

We finished by looking at bottle attacks & the use of some weapons strips against them.

1 comment:

  1. I thoroughly enjoyed the seminar and learned a lot from it. I particularly liked the takedowns and restraint methods, which were surprisingly easy to do - much easier than I thought they'd be.

    Mark took time to go around everyone and make sure they were doing the techniques correctly and offered advice where it was needed, which I really appreciated.

    I feel much more confident in my abilities and look forward to doing more of these techniques at some future date.