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By Pop Praditbatuga
Welcome to my Street Fighting site. On this site, my friend and I will
personally demonstrate various techniques that can be used to save your life in
the streets. This site should serve as an overview of street fighting techniques
available, and it is NOT intended to replace actual lessons. You cannot learn
all of your techniques from pictures on the internet. Furthermore, I am in no
way claiming that I am an expert. Let me say that again: I AM NOT AN EXPERT. If
I stepped into the UFC or Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, I would literally die. I
am not responsible for any injuries that you may incur as a result of trying to
apply the techniques presented on any of my pages.
The fighters most often encountered on the
streets are not your average professional fighters. There are the big and
dangerous fighters out there, but most good fighters do not start fights.
However, just because most street thugs are less skilled in fighting, it would
be a dangerous mistake to assume that they are less dangerous than the
professional fighter. In any given confrontation you must also evaluate the
surrounding environment. The environment in the streets includes elements of
uncertainties and surprises not ubiquitous in a professional match. I am often
reminded of the sad story of a U.S. Marine soldier who survived the Persian Gulf
War only to be gunned down by a teenager in the streets of Los Angeles. No
matter how hard you've trained for combat, the street is always a dangerous
place. I have a background in law enforcement and I can tell you that the number
of crimes committed is staggering. Never assume that you are safe at all times.
In a life and death situation, you have to at least try even if your techniques
are not 100 percent effective. However, if talking your way out, backing down,
or running will save you from physical confrontation, then please take these
foregoing routes. There are no place for champions in the streets; street
champions are quickly honored with their own tombstones. And if there are any
street thugs viewing this website, please make a change of heart. Deep down
inside if there is still a spot of goodness within your heart then please turn
your life around. If you enjoy combat, there are many sport combat competitions,
which are much better than endangering the lives of the innocents. Think about
it and thank you.
The techniques presented here reflect my
personal preferences. I rely on Muay Thai for strikes and stand-up clinching
(especially military style, which was rubbed off on me by my father who served
in the Royal Thai Army); Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Sambo for groundfighting. Sambo
has the best leglocks and neck breaks that I've experienced - not for beginners
who don't know how to immediately release a hold when their partners tap.;
and the Filipino Kali Silat/Escrima for knife and stick fighting. I was first
introduced to Kali by Burton Richardson who used to teach a class at UCLA many
years ago when I was still an undergrad. I can tell you that an experienced
knife fighter is nearly as dangerous as a man with a gun! At any given time, I
may use a combination of different martial arts in a single sequence. I choose
to separately name all the styles that have contributed to my personal system in
order to give each respect rather than renaming the combination of these arts
with an exotic new and meaningless name. Well, I hope this site will give you
some valuable insights into the world of street fighting. We did not prepare for
this presentation. All techniques are applied as the attack is initiated. Some
techniques may be executed with less than perfection, and there are no pretty
falls into the same spot. As in the real situation, we are often caught
off-guard without even the thought of going into the appropriate stance. Some of
you street cops know exactly what I'm talking about.
HEADLOCK ESCAPE 1
Here the assailant has me in a stand-up
headlock. Should I apply this technique? Yes, because he is not punching
me, he is not standing in front of me in a way that would prevent me
from stepping in front of him, and he is not throwing me down to the
ground. If he is doing any of the aforementioned things, then you must
apply another technique. There is always a "What if he does
this?" question. The answer is to apply the next appropriate
technique if he is doing something else. Don't get fixated on
forcing one technique when it is not working.
(1) I step in front of the assailant
with my left leg.
(2) At the same time, I reach over his
right shoulder with my left arm and grab my right arm.
(3 - 4) With my butt up against him, I
initiate the takedown throw drawing power from my hip and shoulder. He
will usually let go as he falls. If he doesn't there's another follow-up
technique to be discussed later. In a headlock when only one side of
your neck is being pressured by your opponent's arm, you will not go
unconscious despite the uncomfortable feeling. Anatomically, both sides
of your neck has to be pressured or the area around your Adam's apple
has to be squeezed in order to render you unconscious.
HEADLOCK ESCAPE 2
Here I cannot use the previous technique
because the assailant's leg is blocking me and preventing me from
stepping in front of him.
Therefore, (1) I did my left hand and
arm under his neck over my left shoulder.
(2) I grab his face and eyes while
pushing his face away from me with my hand.
(3) I lift his leg up with my other hand
and throw him down, either on top of my left knee first or directly onto
There will be potential injuries
to his eyes, back, and/or ribs. He should let go by the time he hits the
ground. If not, proceed with the next technique.
HEADLOCK ESCAPE 3
(1) This is an extension of HEADLOCK
ESCAPE 2 where the assailant is so strong and persistent that he hangs
on to the headlock even after you throw him to the ground.
(2) Once on the ground, I establish my
position by planting both hands on the ground.
(3) I bring my right leg over his body
and wrap it close to his body to prevent him from moving. My other knee
is behind his back.
(4) I slide in my left hand, using the
sharp edge of my hand to move through beneath his neck.
(5) I plant both hands on the floor
(6) simply lean my head forward. With
this leverage I cause him to let go without using much energy.
(7) I grab one of his arms, extend it,
(8) bring my other leg over to apply the
arm lock. In order for the armlock to work, his thumb should be pointed
up towards me, my knees should be tight together, and I should raise my
HEADLOCK AND PUNCHING
(Alternative Step 1)
(Alternative Step 2)
(Alternative Step 3)
In Steps 1 - 5, I am in a
headlock and being punched.
(1) I stop the punches by blocking it
with my right open palm. If possible, I will catch his fist.
(2) I sneak my left arm underneath his
left armpit and grab the wrist of the arm that he was punching me with.
I have now stopped his punches.
(3) I grab the wrist of his right arm
(i.e., the arm around my neck).
(4) I step backwards with my right leg,
look up, and quickly bring my head back close to his body underneath his
arm and pull my head out of the headlock.
(5) I apply an armlock on him. Law
enforcement officers can put the cuffs on from this position.
Alternatively, in Alternative Steps 1
- 3, I also realize that the assailant gives me room to step in
front of him.
(1) I block his punch with my right open
(2) I dig under his armpit with my left
arm, grab the wrist of his punching arm to stop the punches, grab the
wrist of the arm around my neck with my right hand.
(3) I step in front of him and initiate
the throw similar to HEADLOCK ESCAPE 1. Because I have both of his arms,
he cannot break his fall, and he will most likely suffer from severe
HEADLOCK ESCAPE FROM THE
Now this is a very common position to
get into in a street fight. There are variations depending on the
position of your opponent's head, etc. This is just one technique.
(1) I lift one shoulder off the ground
to avoid being helplessly flat on my back.
(2) I bring my left arm around and hold
it with my bottom right arm in order to form a resistance to prevent him
from putting his head down.
(3) I begin to move my body and legs
while pushing his head away from my body.
(4) I bring my leg over and place it
over his head. Leg strength is naturally more powerful than the neck
(Step 5) While pushing his head and neck
with my leg, I also try to roll his body over. At this stage, the force
of my leg muscle may force him to release the headlock. In that case, I
will immediately proceed to the armlock. If he still hangs on then I
will have to proceed with Step 6.
(6) I roll his body over. With my other
knee anchored firmly on the ground, I can apply tremendous force with my
other leg to his head and neck. He will have to let go of the
(7) I grab the loose arm.
(8) I apply the armlock.
ESCAPING FROM THE
Once the guillotine is on completely and
correctly, it is almost impossible to escape before being choked out.
People who usually lower their head in stand-up clinching or take-down
maneuvers are particularly susceptible to this choke. One prevention is
to tightly tuck your chin against your chest. You should also try to
extend one arm outward in such a way that one side of your head will
tightly rest against it. This will prevent him from applying pressure to
both sides of your head. If it is too late and you are already in his
hold, proceed with the example demonstrated above.
(1) I lower my body to establish a firm
lower position. He can only choke me now if he is able to straighten up
his body. To keep him lower, I reach over his shoulder and grab his back
with one arm while simultaneously pushing his leg with the other arm. He
will no longer be able to extend his body.
(2) I initially went for the single leg
take-down while my other arm was still over and grabbing his back.
Remember, this was unplanned and unrehearsed. You have to improvise.
Because my partner (i.e., the assailant) released the choke sooner than
I expected, I decided to slide my other arm down and go for the
(3) I mounted the fallen assailant and
delivered a series of elbows. In the mount, I wrapped my legs around his
hip area to prevent his movement. If he does not tuck his elbow tightly
to the side of his body, I can also choose to move up. Nevertheless, the
elbow smashes should quickly end the fight.
ESCAPE FROM BEAR HUG WITH
ARMS STILL FREE
The assailant has a rear bear hug on me,
but my arms are still free.
(1) I quickly look to see which of his
hand is on top of his hold. That is the hand that will be easiest to
remove and break his hold. Since his left hand is on top of his right
wrist, I grab his left wrist with my right hand. Stop and visualize
this so you won't get confused.
(2 - 3) I then dig under his left arm
and grab my right wrist, with my right hand still holding on to his left
(4) With this hold on, I merely lower my
body as if sitting down to break his hold. This is using leverage, not
(5) As soon as he breaks his hold, his
arm will still be in my hold. I then turn my body around and apply an
armlock. Now if he had made the initial mistake of interlacing his
fingers when he bear hugged me, I would have just grabbed his fingers
and squeezed them. Don't get fixated on forcing one technique if other
options may work better and faster. The good thing about grappling is
that you usually have more time to think (although still not much) than
when you are in the striking range. I will cover Muay Thai striking
ESCAPE FROM BEAR HUG WITH
(1) Here the assailant has me in a bear
hug with both of my arms trapped.
(2) I lower my stance to establish a
(3 - 4) I lower my body and grab his
(5) I simply pull his ankle up to cause
him to fall. Once he falls, you can sit on top of his hip and lift one
of his leg straight up to apply a knee lock, or I can turn around and go
for the mount position. I can even choose to run away and call for help.
Also, keep in mind that every maneuver has a prevention or a
counter-attack. Being in the rear, your opponent could also go for a
rear choke. And if he's very strong, he may even lift you up and throw
you on your head backwards (i.e., a suplex). In that case, as one
visitor to this site suggested, you would have to quickly hook one foot
around the outside of your opponent's knee as he's picking you up to
prevent the suplex. If possible, you never want to have your back
exposed to any attack. But in the streets, surprises do happen.
ESCAPE FROM REAR NECK
(1) The assailant has me in a rear neck
choke. Before he can apply a stronger choking technique, I want to
quickly escape. I may do a rear head-butt to create some space, but it
is usually not necessary. I grab his arm with both hands and put some
weight on it to lessen the pressure.
(2) I hook my leg to his leg, which is
on the same side as the arm that he is using to choke me with.
(3 - 4) I turn my body around and push
him down. Notice that the leg I hooked him with is now used as an anchor
to trip him. Once he falls I can proceed with the mount or stomp him.
ATTACKING FROM THE GUARD
(4) - Alternative Finish
This is the position that the Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu stylists have brought to the world of self defense. When it
comes to fighting with the back on the ground, they are the best at it.
I try to prepare myself for all ranges of fighting, and this is one very
important range. When fighting one-on-one in the streets, being on your
back is a high possibility. There are numerous attacks from the guard
position; I will demonstrate just two. When you are taken down by your
opponent, make sure that you open your legs so that he will end up in
between your legs. When this happens, the opponent is in your
"guard". In order to strike from the guard position, you
should slightly raise one or both sides of your body.
(1) The opponent is on top of me and
extends his arm towards my throat to attempt a choke. I pull his
extended right arm towards my right.
(2) I lift my left leg up over his head
and push his head down, while pulling on his right arm.
(3) I attempt to apply the arm lock. If
I make a mistake here, I can still strike his face fairly hard with my
(4) Alternatively, the opponent
tries to pound my face while he is on top. I grab both of his arms and
pull him closer. His head is resting on my chest area. I can strike his
head with elbows. However, I decided to quickly bring my left palm up
and push his face to my right side. With my right hand I dig under his
throat, lock it with the sharp edge of my forearm and lay flat down to
apply the guillotine choke.
The guard and the methods of escaping
the guard are important techniques to know, especially when fighting a
more experienced fighter. This is just two attacks from the guard; there
are numerous attacks and counter-attacks. Fortunately, most street thugs
still do not know much about defending against or applying this
position. If the opponent is large and you have him laying in your guard
for a long time, go ahead and constantly kick the side of his body
(i.e., around his kidneys) with your heels. Biologically, constant
strikes to the kidneys will cause him to urinate blood even days after
(i.e., the assailant) and I will cover many of the striking components that can
be used in the streets. Being born in a country where Muay Thai is the National
Sport (i.e. Bangkok, Thailand), I naturally love to strike. Although nowadays I
am getting too old to compete in it as a sport. Muay Thai is a striking system
with stand-up grappling that really works. Even among successful grapplers who
do not like striking arts, Muay Thai is often cited as the one striking art that
they find useful and powerful. The Royal Thai Police still uses it in street
applications. For my personal empty-hand combat system, I use both Muay Thai and
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. I may also include a few techniques from the other arts.
You may have your own personal preferences, but these are the systems reflected
on this page.
STOPPING A STOMPING ATTACK
(1) I fell to the floor and my opponent
is ready to stomp on me. In training, the opponent may always step in
the same place; however, this is not what happens in the streets. Until
he stomps, I don't even know how hard he will stomp. He can also stomp
so fast that I cannot capture his foot in the right place to apply an
effective footlock. This is why I will discuss the various results. The
first thing I have to do is capture his foot with my open palm. One hand
in the bottom of the foot and one hand on the rear part of his ankle
area. Notice that I am also hooking his right leg with my left
(2) I bring my right leg over his left
leg and use my leg muscles to bring him down.
(Result 1) When he falls in this
position, I will twist his foot and apply a footlock if possible. If
not, I will kick him in the butt and get up quickly to mount on his back
and apply the rear choke, etc.
(Result 2) This is the result one would
train for. I was fortunate that he stomp in an area where I was able to
capture his foot and tuck it underneath my arm. Using the techniques
described in step (2) I bring him down flat on his back. I can now apply
the ankle lock.
(Result 3) Because I was too far out the
ankle lock didn't work. I then kicked the opponent in the groin. All men
will be temporarily immobilized when their groin area is kicked hard. I
know that most instructors will tell you that you should learn the ankle
lock so well that you can apply them correctly everytime. But what if
you make a mistake in the streets? This is why I give alternatives even
when mistakes are made. I believe that it is very important to do so.
Khun Yak Pa Nang (Giant
Steals the Girl) - A Muay Thai Complimentary Trick
No, this is not a lovely embrace between
my male opponent and I. So don't even think about it - haha! But
seriously, this is literally a deadly embrace. It is so deadly that it
is banned in the Muay Thai rings. It is a trick known as Khun Yak Pa
Nang (Giant Steals the Girl). On Page 2, I demonstrated techniques
against bear hugs from the rear. What about frontal bear hugs? The
clinching techniques of Muay Thai are the perfect arsenal. In essence,
it is like a controlled bear hug with deadly striking potentials. It is
what separates fighting in the rings of Thailand to fighting anywhere
(1) In this movement, I grabbed my
opponent by the waist.
(2) I lift his hip up while placing my
chin tightly against his chest. If you're doing this right, the pressure
from your chin should be painful to him.
(3) As I lift him off balance, I will
simultaneously push him downwards with my chin. The idea is to have his
head crash into the floor. If the floor is hard enough, serious head
injury or death would be highly probable. This technique remains alive
in military-style Muay Thai, but it is not allowed in sport Muay Thai.
From Burmese Boar Bando -
Deadly Head Smashing Technique
Burma's Fighting Techniques are
well-known to the ancient warriors of Thailand. In fact, the two
countries battled each other regularly in the ancient days. Thus, the
fighting styles from Thailand and Burma are battle tested. They kept
only what worked in actual fights.
(1 - 2) The assailant was ready to punch
me. I stepped to the side placing my left leg behind his right leg. With
my left hand I struck his chin hard with the palm of my hand and
continued to push his chin in the direction of the fall. Simultaneously,
I grab his hair and pull hard towards the ground.
(3) The combination of pushing his chin
with my palm, pulling his hair downwards, and tripping him with my leg
will make the fall inevitable. The idea is to bring his head crashing
down to the hard floor. In modern streets, this means concrete! This
method of head control can be modified and used in a tight clinch or
from the mount position. Even if your opponent holds you tight, it is
not difficult to sneak your palm underneath his chin.
MUAY THAI FOR THE STREETS
(Steps 1 - 4) The opponent tries to pull
my head down for the knee. I slip both of my arms inside his grabbing
arms and grab the back of his head. The one with the grab inside is the
one with more leverage. With my elbows up against his chest and my hand
behind his head, I can easily pivot his head down towards my knee
strike. You can also grab him behind the neck. Locking your fingers
behind his neck and jerking his head around may give you a better hold,
but he has less muscular resistance if you put the force on his head
rather than his neck. In the ring against a more experienced Muay Thai
stylist, you will have to clinch very tight. Your chin should also stick
very tight to his body or you will catch an elbow. The Muay Thai clinch
can be very difficult to master. Each year experienced kickboxers from
all over the world would enter Bangkok to test their skills; this is the
range that they often lose to the Thais regardless of how prepared they
think they are. For street applications against average thugs, I do not
believe that you will have to know it that well. You may even end up on
the ground first. But if you get a knee in, it can end the fight very
fast. The clinch with elbows and knees is also the perfect system to
apply when the opponent has you in a frontal bear hug.
(Steps 5 -6) I pull my opponent by the
hair to facilitate the bringing down of his head for the knee strike.
This technique is common in military style. Obviously, it is not seen in
sport Muay Thai because the boxers wear gloves. If your opponent is bald
or has very short hair, you may grab his ears.
(Steps 7 - 8) My opponent has me in a
tight clinch and I cannot force my arms inside his hold for an advantage
in leverage. I simply push one of his arms up by pushing his elbow. I
quickly follow with a round knee strike to his ribs.
(Steps 9 - 10) Once my opponent's head
is suppressed, I deliver alternating knee strikes. Learn how to switch
your legs to deliver multiple knee strikes without losing your balance.
(10) I can also strike the back of his head or spinal cord with an
(Step 11) I deliver a right cross to his
chin. I just want to remind you people that you should not underestimate
the punch, especially if you or your opponent is a heavy puncher. Unlike
other forms of kickboxing where most knockouts are produced by punches
because of ineffective kicking techniques, Muay Thai has effective
kicks, elbows, and knees that constantly produce knockouts in
competition. Consequently, many Muay Thai stylists may overlook their
boxing techniques. Don't! Unless you have no power in your punches, do
not forget the boxing component. However, remember that against a Muay
Thai stylist in the streets or in the ring, do not "bob and
weave". You lower your head and you will catch a devastating knee.
If you don't think a knee produces power, get a thick phone book and
punch it as hard as you can, then hold it with both hands and knee it as
hard as you can. You will see how much more powerful the knee can be. In
short, use all your arsenals wisely and don't get fixated. Yet, keep it
simple enough so that you can react instinctively in the moment of
(Step 12) I deliver an uppercut elbow as
my opponent steps in too close. Muay Thai has many elbow techniques
which can be delivered from all angles. Other martial arts have elbows,
but Muay Thai by far has the most comprehensive set of battle-tested
elbow techniques. For fighters stepping into Lumpinee Stadium, the elbow
is the object of fear because the fighters in Thailand deliver them so
well. In the streets, it is a quick way to draw blood from your
opponent. However, with the global AIDS epidemic, you should be very
careful after making your opponent bleed. If the delayed death touch is
true, it could happen here if your bloody opponent is HIV positive and
you also have an opened wound. Touching his blood alone will not give
you the AIDS virus; but if you have an opened wound, then take extra
precautions. Perhaps if you are also bleeding from his attack, you can
also scare your opponent away by lying to him about how you are HIV
positive. It should make most people leave you alone if you are
bleeding. Street Fighting is about survival not honesty and honor.
(Steps 13 - 15) I deliver the Muay Thai
Roundhouse Kick to my opponent's body. The kick can be delivered to the
head area, the mid-section, and the legs. In terms of physics, the Muay
Thai kick is harder than any other kicks in the world of martial arts.
You can argue against this claim all you want, but with my strong
background in physics, mathematics, and the martial arts, I am telling
you the truth! It is not by ignorance that the Thai fighters use this
kick almost exclusively in the ring. This kick have sent people out on
stretchers, killed people, and broken bones. It strikes the opponent
hard with the shin bone. If you learn how to block it with your shins,
you can survive. If you can't stop it, then it can inflict serious
injuries on you. In the streets, most thugs do not know how to block
this kick. From experience, I can tell you that it penetrates most of
their guard. I've delivered this kick to Tae Kwon Do and Karate black
belts in my younger days and their body twisted with the impact. I draw
the power from my hips. Here, I deliver it lightly because my opponent
is my partner; therefore, my right arm did not come down lower to
counter the force of the kick. If this kick is thrown full force, the
arm on the side of the kicking leg should drop in the opposite direction
to maintain your balance. The supporting foot should also turn. I don't
think you should learn this kick for the first time with pictures or
even videos. Get instructions and do it right. It will be worth it
because it is the kick that you will throw most often. Have patience
when conditioning the shins. Work on heavy bags, Thai pads, and
eventually your partner's shins. DO NOT KICK WOOD! Anyone who tells you
to strike your shins against wood is a bad instructor who knows very
little about the human body. That is a quick way to get permanent
injury. Thai boxers of the past used to kick banana trees. Banana trees
are rubbery in texture, not wooden. So don't let myths overcome your
(Step 16) In French Savate, the point of
the shoe is used for inflicting great pain. You don't need a silver
glove rank in Savate to deliver this kick. I just kicked my opponent in
his groin with the point of my shoe. It doesn't matter whether you want
to use the instep or the tip of your shoe. You kick a man hard in the
groin in the streets when he is not wearing a steel cup, and he ain't
getting up for a while! This is the old-fashion way to end a street
fight and it still works. Don't overlook it with all the other more
complex techniques. Click
here for more pages of battle-tested Muay Thai techniques directly from
I will discuss techniques for knife protection
and gun retention. The gun retention techniques discussed briefly here are taken
from methods used by the Royal Thai Police. It is intended for law enforcement
officers. I doubt if the average citizen will walk around with a gun and a
holster. I may demonstrate techniques against an assailant with a gun later. For
this page, I will assume that the officer being attacked is the one with the
One thing that you should keep is your common
sense. There is no martial arts technique that can protect you from weapons most
of the time. Matter-of-fact, the odds are against you if your opponent has a
weapon. Even after learning these techniques, you cannot go out and say that you
are an expert. You are at most familiar with the things you should do. Your
common sense should tell you that you should first give in to the demands of
your armed assailant if doing so would save your life. You can buy another
diamond ring, but another life you will not have. Use these techniques only if
it is certain that if you do not try something you will be killed. With that in
mind, your primary weapon is communication and psychology and the following
techniques should be your last resort.
PROTECTION AGAINST KNIFE
Muay Thai brought the Southeast Asian
Martial Arts to the forefront of empty-hand combat. What many people
still do not know is that the Southeast Asian Martial Arts such as Krabi
Krabong from Thailand and Kali Silat from the Phillipines also excel at
defenses against knives, sticks, and clubs. From my observation, Kali
Silat is the best weapon system available. In the ancient days, fighters
had to deal with knife and sword fighters. The following technique is
used by the Royal Thai Police
(1) The assailant tries to stab me. From
the way that he's holding his knife, I know that he will bring the knife
(2) I must move out of the predicted
knife's path by stepping outside. I block and grab his arm with my right
hand. I want to stay fairly close to him to be able to block him
effectively and to prevent him from doing a follow-up.
(3) While extending his arm with my
right hand I raise my left arm up in a striking motion and strike his
arm as hard as I can with the sharp edge of my forearm. The impact may
make him let go of the knife.
(4) If he still has the knife, I will
bring his arm up on my shoulder and
(5) apply an armlock.
(Alternative Steps 1a - 3a) The
assailant is holding the knife in a way that lets me know that he will
most likely slash upwards. The reason why the Southeast Asian techniques
are preferred is because they preserve simplicity. In the heat of a
dangerous attack, few people have the time to think about what next move
to apply based on the way he's holding the knife. Here, I will respect
the path of the knife, move out of the way, and apply the exact same
technique as in the previous attack.
I've seen other martial arts apply fancy
effective holds during practice that reveal their lack of understanding
for knife fighting. Many skills may work against a non-skilled knife
fighter, but with one chance should you take the risk and assume that
your opponent is not skilled? The common mistake I see with other holds
is that although they are very effective against the knife wielding arm,
they give the experienced knife fighter room to simply pass the knife to
his other hand and easily kill you with it. You must understand knife
fighting to defend against knife fighting.
PROTECTION AGAINST THE
The bat is a very powerful weapon. If
it's going to hit you, protect your head first. If it hits your arms or
legs, it may break it, but at least you will not die and may still be
able to run away. Do not turn your back into a bat because if it injures
your spinal cord, you can become paralyzed. The ideal thing to do is to
get out of its path. The path of the bat is usually not going to include
the back of the assailant's body.
(1) The assailant attacks me with a bat.
By the way he's holding it, I know that the path of the bat will be
swung inward across his body.
(2) I try to move out of the path of the
bat. I also keep my palms and forearms up so that if I do not make it in
time I can readily protect my head.
(3) I move to his back where it will be
unlikely for him to follow up with his missed swing.
(4) I take him down by wrapping my leg
around him. I also pull his hair to move his head into my choke
(5) I apply the choke hold.
GUN RETENTION TECHNIQUE #1
FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
I can't emphasize the importance of
simplicity enough for a dangerous surprised situation such as this. When
an attacker grabs your weapon, there is a feeling of fear that runs up
your body that will momentarily block your mind from being able to think
of applying any techique that involves multiple maneuvers. There are
lots of effective joint locks out there, but in order to apply them in
seconds, you will have to take into consideration which hand and arm is
your opponent attacking with, etc. Some police officers may be good at
this, but most are not.
This is why these Military Muay Thai
techniques used by the Thai police forces and military are gaining
popularity. I hope to see it introduced in Ft. Quantico, Glynco, and
other local, state, and federal law enforcement training centers across
the United States, if it has not yet been introduced.
(1) The attacker reaches for my gun. I
grab for his hand to secure it firmly so that he will not be able to
withdraw it. The side holster is really the best because it makes it
most difficult for him to withdraw and easiest for you to hold his hand
firmly. Those shoulder holsters popular with Special Agents and
Detectives where the handle of the gun is pointed towards the attacker
to be used at his disposal is dangerous, even though they may look
(Steps 2 - 4) With the gun held firmly,
I grab his neck or hair and pull him down towards the knee strikes. I
strike his groin, stomach, and/or head repeatedly. I can then peel his
grip off, push him away, and draw my gun. Departmental regulations may
prevent groin strikes, etc. but come on, the guy has a hold of your gun
and possibly your life.