Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Quiet Gun

    I get a little sick of this short sighted, bias, meme going around, regurgitating by flippant little, half-baked, emotional, detached from reality airheads. Saw it again this morning and it caught me at a bad moment, I guess. Here's the one that fired me up a bit today.

     Recently in the USA, in Indiana, two dudes home-invaded a residential house and raped and murdered a pregnant wife. Much scuttle passed around the the next few days after the arrests about how we all wished that the wife was armed with a firearm and could have killed these bastards. Wishful thinking.

     Then, along came some little dip-shit, English crank with long hair and a hippy attitude who broke into the conversation to report that

"if the wife had a gun in her home, she would probably have 
killed herself before the crime"

     Because? Because of the the above stupid stats he fell instantly for in his own bias brainwashing. You know what, bubba? The woman was actually killed. She and her unborn baby were brutally murdered anyway. Without any fighting chance. Even this English crank would like a gun in that last moment if this were happening to him or his wife. If he wouldn’t? He would be a complete idiot.     

      I only mention this Brit here because these study numbers have reached the rest of the world, further black-balling USA gun people us crazed lunatics. So, much of the world has been subjected to this little study. I wonder...

       - precisely define "likely."
       - precisely define "acquaintance."
       - what are the exact years of this study? Since the dawn of man? 1999 thru 2002?
       - does it include gangland, inner city violence, which distorts everything?

     Lets see some facts now.

       - 340 million people in the USA.
       - Over 320 million guns here.
       - About 140 million households, guess the 2015 US Census for 2015.

     Lets do the math on are we all not dead yet? How? Shouldn't half of us be dead by now? Ohhh, wait, there's that word "likely."

       Likely? I do think the New England Journal numbers are correct too, but In a very small "snapshot" way and in an incomplete way in terms of the big picture. If these numbers were extrapolated out to the entire country, over many years, half of us would be dead, or nearly all of us. But then, we fall back to the word "likely."

     Likely? Here's a stat. The quiet gun stat. We are a gazillion times more likely not to do anything at all with a gun we have in our home. 300 plus million guns - guns and guns and guns sit quietly in a million and a half of homes, of hundreds of millions of people, every day, year after year. Years. Lifetimes of quiet. Generations of quiet. Ever think of that gigantic stat that doesn't fit into short-sided, liberal bias? Its called...the big picture.
      Also, no one can? Or cares to? To fully count the times the presence of guns have stopped crime. How many crimes? How much violence will "likely" be stopped? Since the dawn of man? 1999 thru 2002? Remember that the US Department of Justice put out a stat a few years ago that the presentation of a gun, or knife, scared criminals off about 67% of the time. 67%! I believe there are many more. You can't successfully record all the stopped crimes. Interrupted crimes. Scare-offs. A "get lost."

     Oh, I could go on...don't get me started. But anyway...Chris Reinholt reminds us that this study is:

"the famous Kellerman study. This picture cites the New England Journal of Medicine to give it an air of authority, but it's actually a study of only King County, Washington, using data from 1978-83, published in 1986."

     Somehow it has become a hippy favorite to distort reality and push their limp cause.

     Dear Cupcakes. I hope someday you realize how tiny and off-base this little study is in your desperate arguments. Take on lung cancer and car crashes.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Back of the Head and Neck Strikes

     Cracking somebody on the back of the head or neck. We all, by some instinctual common sense know that smacking somebody with really hard blasts on that area has a stunning effect. I knew this. But many years ago, for some reason it came home to me more at a Tim Tackett JKD seminar, when Tim highlighted this strike, stopped and talked about how it was used in a Marine Corp fighting course, etc. Nicknamed the “Gerber Strike” (because you would be eating Gerber Baby Food for a week or two after being seriously hit there) it seemed to sink in for me at that moment as a serious tool to use. You know - those “aha” moments.

      So, aside from the Austin Powers Judo Chop, the Napoleon Solo Judo Chop and the infamous internet "Ninjer Judy Chop," what of the power and the glory of the “Gerber Strike?”

      When I evaluate a move, I run it through two filters, and I am being very generic here and not splitting hairs.

Filter 1: Have I seen it in the UFC? This is important. These folks are going full bore, full bear, evolved to win (yeah, there are rules, more on that next) and if you see it done successfully several times, with full out hate and speed? That matters.

Filter 2: Should I even use the UFC to evaluate a move? Sometimes the UFC kinda doesn’t count in an evaluation.

      Which leads us to the old UFC rules thing, "legal/illegal" debate, which I do not want to tear that crap-storm open. I do not. Overall, I did find it interesting that the UFC grapples with the legality “back of the head” area strike. It is so serious that they worry about this strike, even just sneaking it in or doing it by accident. (see below link with some interesting definitions. Oh, and in boxing, striking the back of the head is also illegal and one definition of the term "rabbit punch" (see "protest" link below). But the MMA/UFC and self defense world, sans the bulbous boxing glove, have palms, topside hammer-fists and the top and bottom of forearms to consider.

      Then, check out this Bas Ritten’s video dissertation in the link below for use.

      I have decided that the back of the head and neck shot, the “Gerber Strike” is a major self defense tool, standing, kneeling and on the ground. More on those applications in the usual seminars I do. Years ago, I have put this strikes in the Hammerfist and forearm strike modules.
And, just as an aside, this part of the head often hits furniture and the ground, etc, when a person is knocked down. They may not be knocked out from the blow, but may be knocked out (or killed?) when their heads crashes into the next thing.

Check out these (rather subdued color, but really here!) links:

 To be or not to be, the UFC and the back of the head and neck strike, click here 

The Bas Rutten Favorite Hits Video Clip, click here

Boxer protests rabbit punch, click here

Michael Keller checks in: "It's a great strike and one I favor if you can get it. An instructor of mine years ago demonstrated it on me with probably 10% of his power and it brought me to my knees and caused a stunning effect. I can imagine a full power shot would be devastating. The target area was the base of the skull between the spinal cord and ear. I like it."

Sifu Tim Tackett at work

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

"Fight Athleticism" - To Fight Criminals and Enemy Soldiers

     One thing I wrestled with my whole “martial” life, starting back in 1972 with Parker Kenpo on up to today to some extent, is the very question of why exactly do I do martial stuff at all. What was the reason, “THEE” reason I did all that? Because, whether I fully realized it or not during those beginning times, there was always a sense of discomfort. A lack of reality focus. A misdirection in the systems I studied. (And by the way I was no little kid back then. I was like eighteen or nineteen years old. Back then, there were nary a child allowed to do this stuff.) I asked myself, "is this really, real fighting?" I was assured it was and the demonstrations looked rough. But the whole motif confused me. 

     My first, real taste in trying to understand this confusion  was when basic training, US Army instructors in 1973 would say, “this is how they will try to kill you.” Then, the  military police academy had similar phrases and one time, one instructor said, “this is how they will try to kill you Saturday night.”

     Saturday night? You mean this Saturday night? This really caused me to pay much closer attention to the instruction. And in both courses, they taught actual attacks used by the local enemy or the local criminal. They advised us that when we got to our assigned stations there would even be more training on how the locals worked and assaulted us. It was also the first time I heard the phrase “who, what, when, where, how and why,” in conjunction with police work. Who is coming after me on Saturday night, anyway? What will they do exactly? Etc, etc  on the ”Ws and H” questions I still use today. And what about Wednesday nights too? Can’t forget them.

     But, I found that most of my martial arts life, martial arts in general, minus this clarity and full of one-off materials I did not really need on the Saturday nights of my life. There was plenty of extra stuff, trappings so to speak, dogma. Rules. So much…snatching of the pebble. And system worship and system-head worship.

     I kept studying different ones. Many martial artists back then were also looking for the next, best thing. Searching. I was. Trying to find the closest thing to reality. We jumped ships, we looked around. I am not really interested in self perfection as a main motive. I am not interested in “art for art sake” as any main motive, nor other esoteric and abstract pursuits. I was interested in those Saturday and Wednesday nights, first and foremost, especially as a cop looking to survive and win.

     This dissatisfied feeling kept on. But, in the mid 1990s, I started defining my problem, my neurosis, my dysfunctional family relationship with the martial arts. I decided that:

     “We really fight enemy soldiers and criminals. Sometimes we escape. Sometimes we contain them. Sometimes we injure and maim them. Sometimes we kill them.”

     That was that. Bingo. A motto. Mission statement. A commandment I could live around. Work around. Fit it all together in. I could build a mission around. I could build courses around. And, if you or I messed around in other martial arts? Found a hobby? I could place it in a proper “support’ perspective. Plus, I still am hunting around for good stuff I could use and stuff worthy of teaching to other people on this same path. Drills, exercises, fighting, whatever.

     The MA world also matured around me too. Mixed martial arts. And now the MMA of today is better than yesteryear, better than the MMA of recent decades where people just kept adding on full arts like suits in a closet. I mean the UFC’s version of MMA today, I guess is the best way to describe it. There is much material and experience that is useful. UFC/MMA has evolved beyond the collection of complete, individual martial arts, and I use the word evolved in its truest sense. Evolved to survive!

     The most modern, evolved MMA can’t and don’t and won't waste much time doing abstract things. If you are going to study fighting for survival or otherwise, time and grade spent in today’s MMA (boxing, kick-boxing, ground WITH ground n’ pound) is a good idea. Boxing is great, but it can’t exist alone. Kick-boxing is great too but it can’t exist alone. BJJ wrestling and Catch is great but they can’t exist alone. Not in theory. Not in practicality. The big picture is the smart mix. And the survival mix of “hand, ”must also include “stick, knife, gun” as primary, platforms. Oh, but need I add - overall athleticism too! Sheer athleticism can solve a lot of problems and cover over some technical mistakes. Let's be even more specific about this - Fighting Athleticism.

Here is a collection of definitions for athleticism:
“Athleticism” (Noun) The state of being an athlete, or of taking part in athletic events. A show of athletic prowess, physically active and strong; good at athletics, involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, such as strength, agility, coordination or stamina

Let’s add the term “fight” or “fighting” to the above description of athleticism and see what it sounds like:
“Fight Athleticism” (Noun) The state of being a fighting athlete, or of taking part in fighting athletic events. A show of fighting athletic prowess, physically active and strong; good at fighting athletics, involving the use of physical fighting skills or capabilities, such as fighting strength, fighting agility, fighting coordination or fighting stamina

     Sounds good to me. Building time, grade and athleticism. You know, I don’t regret my time and grade experimenting too much through these years since 1972. An old Green Beret I know once said, “most real bad asses have a black belt in judo or karate hanging in their closet. Hidden away.” And, if you study military and espionage history, you will find that all the major Cold War agents and spies had mentions in their dossiers that they took boxing, or karate or jujitsu, and had “good pain tolerance.” (Remember years ago Jujitsu was a much broader study and involved a lot of stand-up fighting too, not the wrestling of today. Karate was different also. Judo remains Judo.)

     When I see something complicated in the martial arts today, as in silats for example, or other systems, too much flash, even some super-complicated BJJ - as it too sometimes flies off its rocker, I know I can’t and shouldn’t be doing that or certainly not showing that. I mean, I can appreciate the skill level. Wow! Amazing. I might even get on the floor and mess around with it for fun. But can I, can we, really use that on Saturday night? I really don’t mind people doing all that stuff in classes for fun and exercise, just as long as they know, and still can retain the simple, “muscle memory” of what little really goes on in a fight. But, can they tell the difference? Problem is…sometimes I really don’t think so. Do they have ‘the eye?”

     My friend, Mike Gillette once advertised, “What you get with Hock, what you are really paying for, is his 'eye.' His filter.” Which I appreciated the remark. My job is to show a lot of good, trusted stuff, for you to work on and pick your favorite 6, 8, 10 things. It really is a customizing job. You learn from the experimentation. The experience. That is great for the self defense seeker. But then, future instructors need to know all the good, solid stuff because they have the responsibility of helping people get down to their smaller collection of needed favorites, as well as creating other instructors. But in the end, knowing how to do 6, 7, 8 things or so, depending upon the person, will never really replace full-on, fighting athleticism. You know this right? My job is also to really encourage, push and enforce fighting athleticism, as defined above. You can't go wrong doing modern, evolved MMA as a big part of fighting athleticism.

     People really do ask me a lot, (and I paraphrase here) “you have done martial arts for decades, and you have arrested a lot of people. What have you used?” They expect an exciting, thrilling answer.

     Used? Well, very little really. My few favorite things actually. What? Just 6? 8 things? 10 maybe? Over and over and over.

And now, for you? 
Here’s how they will try to kill you. 
Who? What? Where? When? How? And Why?
What are your favorite things for this next Saturday night?
Then, do you have the fighting athleticism to really do them for real? Really?

Two great training books in this batch.

Knife Counter-Knife

Impact Weapon Combatives

Friday, November 20, 2015

Force Necessary: Stick! A Course in Fighting With a Stick

      So-called "stick fighting? We have, I have, organized the Force Necessary: Stick! course two decades ago. Then, inside the other course we have - the PAC Course, the Pacific Archipelago Combatives and Filipino course, there is also more "stick fighting." So, I really teach two different kinds of "stick fighting." A "street" one, if you will and a martial arts one, again if you will. The street one will easily fit inside the martial arts one. However, the martial arts one will not fit inside the street one, and has way more stuff in it to satisfy...well..the art and multi-cultural aspects of the historical use of the stick. This is not something I "love." It is just something I know a lot about and do, and small groups of people ask me about it. Thus, the most efficient doctrine evolves.

     Interested people ask if its all just "stick fighting?" What exactly is stick fighting to you? To a martial artist it is a lot of stick-versus-stick dueling. To a cop or self defense seeker, it is just about survival self defense, or used for arrest, control and contain in the security, police and military world.

This FN:Stick! "street" version is based on:
  Threatening, striking, blocking, grappling
  Stick vs unarmed (occurs a lot)
  Stick vs stick (occurs probably the least)
  Stick vs knife (occurs sometimes)
  Stick vs some gun  threats (occurs...)
  Standing, seated, kneeling and on the ground

Consisting of, more specifically:
  The 1 non-ready and 9 ready positions
  The Who, what, where, when, how and why module questions
  The Stop 6 subjects
  The Management Set: Anger, Fear, Pain
  Combat Clock angles
  Solo Command and Mastery
  Hitting training gear
  Partner training
  Any skill, speed, flow exercises
  Combat Scenarios
   * no flak
   * some flak
   * flak
   * freestyle

     First of all, in the scheme of all pastimes including golf, tennis, baseball, soccer, football, karate, MMA, Krav, knitting...fighting with sticks, street or art, is just not a popular interest. It is much less so than in the 1990s. "Stick fighting" is an obscure oddity.

     Even police stick/baton fighting or "use," is and has been declining - all subjects I have written about here in these blogs, in detail before. Shrinking due to public perception and lawsuits, and fear thereof. The martial "stick" and the "police stick" are just not popular. If you think it is? You are viewing the subject from a small, naive paper tube.

 My PAC/FMA course, like any good, comprehensive FMA course is about:
1: hand,  (mano-mano
2: single stick, 
3: double stick, 
4: knife, and
5; stick-and-knife the five big areas of "play." There are a few one-off topics, sure, but those are the biggies. FMA is not just about the stick.

     The rigors of this 5 subject art material runs deep, deep, deep depending upon the system, and too deep for me, actually. If you really study the subject as an esoteric artist might, the amount of material is almost undocument-able. This may sound strange, but if you do it up really right? It is massive. Creating a fighting art program, capable of covering everything, working out and testing everything for prowess, is a miasma of a project. It is elusive. Redundant. Cross-referenced. The martial art. In the PAC course I do the best I can making it simple given the filters I use, but the real, true expertise in it, is an elusive athleticism, wisdom and knowledge that only people "in the know" can spot in other people. I will never "master" this miasma.

    But the rigors of the street version we do, does not run anywhere so deep because we have no dogma or tradition to follow. We reduced all the redundant angles of attack sets into the simple clock. You may have no idea how this really streamlines things. And we do not spend an inordinate amount of time going stick-versus-stick encounters in slow and half-speed patterns and steps, as so often overdone. Remy Presas understood this process. He was found of saying:

"Of course, I could just hit the man in the head with a stick. 
But I want you to learn the art!" - R. Presas

     Meanwhile, stick dueling must be done for a host of skill and athletic benefits, street or art. I consider it mandatory experience if one holds a stick in their hand. Just cuz....just cuz "nothing replaces ring time," as Joe Lewis said. Even older, police baton courses required stick dueling, hardly dreaming an officer would actually be dueling with impact weapons, but more for the experience and as a rite of passage kind of thing. You can duel stick vs knife. Stick versus chair. Etc.

     But it is my real interest, intent and mission to cover the practical aspects of hand, stick, knife and gun. One cracks many eggs to make this. Therefore I still collect and filter all this stick information. As opposed to the PAC/FMA course, the FN Stick course is very short and simple. Each level is short and simple. Easily digestible. And, as you will find in almost all good fighting systems, if you work these simple basics things a lot, it will really benefit you.

Here is how I break it down. The foundational first 10 levels, then from Level 11 on up - some higher levels for further specialization.
Level 1: Introduction to the Impact Weapon, Impact Weapon Stress Quick Draws
              - "straight stick/baton"
              - expandable

Level 2: Stick Retention Primer, from "while carrying," to "while holding" to "while held"

Level 3: Stick Blocking Primer

Level 4: Single Hand Grip Striking Primer

Level 5: Riot Stick (Double Hand Grip striking) Combatives Primer

Level 6: “Crossing Sticks” Stick Dueling Primer

Level 7: The Push Series Grappling & Spartan Module

Level 8: The Pull Series Grappling & Chain of Stick Module

Level 9: The Turn Series Grappling and the “In the Clutches of” Module

Level 10: The So-Called “Black Belt” Combat Scenario Test

Then the specialty subjects, like...
Level 11: Intensive Focus: Stick Ground Fighting
Level 12: Intensive Focus: Axe Handle Fighting
Level 13: Intensive Focus: Double Impact Weapon Mastery
Level 14: and up...Focus: on higher levels upon request

     I will always teach the PAC/FMA art. I have tried and tried to customize it with some of the above ideas, like using the numbers on a clock instead of the vast, numerous and often incomplete angles of attack. I will teach it because it seems people are interested in the more artful version. If they ask? I will do it.  But I am far more interested in the generic street version - Force Necessary: Stick! 

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Review from Officer Greg Ellifritz::

     "Impact Weapons Combatives looks similar in both form and layout to the Knife Counter-Knife book.  It is a hardcover as well, but isn’t quite as dense, coming in at just over 200 pages.  It covers grips, stances, open and closed mode striking, quick draws, footwork, blocking, stick retention and strikes with the support hand.  It even covers stick take downs and using the stick from the ground. 
     Like Hock’s knife book, I think this is truly the definitive reference for the subject.  Most other impact weapons books lack quality content.  They are thin books that merely describe a few overly complex Filipino stick drills.  That’s not how this book operates.  It starts students at the ground level and teaches all the basic and advanced techniques a practitioner might need to wield a stick effectively in combat.  If you are interested in the somewhat arcane topic of fighting with impact weapons, this book would be a great investment."

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Terrible, Terrible, Mistaken Knife Grips

     About 20 years ago, I wrote some magazine articles about what I dubbed as The Cancer Grip of the knife. Its a saber grip, as in "the sharp end of the knife sticks out of the top of the hand" (you would think people would know this, but some really don't).

     Anyway, I still kept seeing some of the biggest names in Filipino Martial Arts thumb way up, slashing, stabbing in the air like mad, followed by their students, with this Cancer Grip. This is when the ball of the thumb and the thumb is up off the knife (see the photo just below). You can't really stab, you can't really slash, you can't cut a steak this way, and while dueling its an easy knocked-out disarm. Yet many "FMA leaders, even some of the FMA "Gods" were slipping in and out of this grip way too much in photos, films and teaching. There is even an entire Filipino knife system (not a popular one, I might add) that only uses the thumbs-up grip. Not good, and practitioners are still doing this unsecured, simulated stabs and slashes with this grip in their solo and non-contact, light-contact drills. 

     This is an "international" problem. A now somewhat famous American knife guy, (a friend) on the cover of his first knife book years ago was - and unfortunately still is even with newer editions - is shown stabbing someone with this worthless grip - he and others just mindlessly replicating the big boys. The knife will pop right of the top of his hand. He knows better now. Folks, you need the ball of the thumb and the thumb down to hold the knife to stab and slash, even cut a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Later, warnings about this went into my knife book too. I was ridiculed by bringing this up at first. Back then, this was taken as a personal criticism against their leaders and Gods, with no regard for the sensibility I was preaching. I was being disrespectful, they said. I am talking about being internationally chastised. I was not trying to besmirch anyone, just correct a particular silly, mindless thing. A peculiar thing. Next though, some people thought a bit about it and then some stubbornly started making excuses and reasons for such a move.

"We change grips..."
"What Hock doesn't understand is..."

     I really don't want to rehash it all here again today, but there are only one or two very small, very situation-specific moves with a raised thumb such as a wrist hook/catch, and there is no reason to be over-doing and over-showing a ton of moves with a raised thumb. Replicators easily self-disarm and can die when doing these damn things.

     What I do want to do here instead is expose quickly another set of a few silly, saber grip versions I still see all around the world. Look at this these gems. One is almost two full fingers on the side of the blade, and the other almost one full finger on the side of the blade.

Fingers Up On the Blade    

     Can anyone see a problem with this? Raise hands? First off, it is long, commonly known by professionals that stabbing produces the most success in knife attacks. So you stab the opponent with this grip and your knife goes in just a bit and his body hits your one fingertip or your two fingertips. Your deadly depth is now done. And, or - you have maybe jammed your finger or fingers? These one-finger and two-finger, little ditties are not good, yet I still see them in training around the world here and there. 
     I know, I know, I know, you looked so ultimately cool, almost as cool as the thoughtless person who showed you this, the one you so want to emulate and replicate, but it makes little to no sense.

The Surgical Slashing Finger Up On a Blade
I think these one and two fingers-up-and-out deals may originate from the idea of old "surgical slashing thing." You know surgeons need to cut teeny, teeny body parts, so much so they are using lasers now. But before lasers, to get the most precise little cuts, a surgeon needed to work right up near the tip of his scalpel. Now, how's about that kind of teeny slashing in a crazy alleyway fight? No. And if you stab, your fingertip still stops the stab penetration and stops the really needed depth of the stab. I still see a few "name" knife players with their pointy finger up and out, like a surgeon, way up on the knife back, slashy-slashy away. They look cool. They look awesome with their slinky slashes to the novice and the thoughtless, but it is just not a sound idea in the big picture of options.

The Horizontal Serve
At times I have to walk about and actually close the hand of some knife practitioners, graduates of other systems, around their knife handle, as they stab high, center-line and horizontal. Almost like they are serving you a candy bar or something. These are not just rookies. In fact, a rookie would probably never serve up a knife like this. You have to be trained to do this. It is as though they are not even making a remote mental connection to what they are actually doing. This knife will come right out of their hand on body contact, or any contact really, like a reflexive block. As I walk by, I reach up and push their fingers together. They do get the idea when I do this, but their "muscle memory" quickly takes right over again, a moment after I walk away.

Losing the Knife in the Duel
We know from common sense that these finger tricks do not stand the test of contact. Stubborn excusers are quick to say,

     "Well, Hock at the very instant we stab or slash, we fully grip the handle." No you don't. And you are claiming that you "Duel" (posture, move and position) while holding your knife like a handicapped person, then when you actually stab or slash you are savvy and fast enough to fully grab the handle? Watch yourselves. You don't. And yet, practitioners in training are still dueling and simulating stabs and slashes with these handicapped grips. Just building repetition brainwashing with this mess. Another big reason to worry about these open, extended fingers and not even at the split second of stabbing or slashing - these knife encounters often pass through, in and out, of a short dueling phase. Your exposed, elongated fingers are subject to be hit when you are not stabbing or slashing. Impact disarms ensue, etc.

     Given the chaos of a real knife encounter, you could get your knife whacked out with surprise contact with the enemy. Let's not even talk about having this grip "muscle memory" in a ground fight.

     Folks, keep your dang fingers off the blade like this and keep your thumb and the ball of your thumb down on the knife! Get out on a war-post / tree / pell / whatever and slash and stab it for impact and see what happens with your knife and your grip. Folks, when you bang away on a war-post, or get inside a rugby-force knife fight, odds are you will lose your knife if you have the "muscle" memory to grip it in these ..."artsily" ways.

And So, I Leave You With These Gems
I still rarely see these gems here and there, so I will leave you with these knife grips.

The "Jazz Grip" with a customized, mandatory jazzy knife, photo courtesy of Italian Giovanni Di Gregorio

And Jethro from England sends us, the Facebook Knife

But here below, not only do we still see the the Cancer Grip thumb up and the odd "Invaders" pinky straight out, but I have also seen this gem too, where only two fingers are on the handle. If you sneeze on this knife it will come out of the hand. And by the way, this does not just appear from a version of a  "Hawaiian Salute" position from some photo op. People see this grip in photos and training films and use it.


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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Ideas on Fighting Inside Cars

     The photo here comes from a photo shoot on car jacking that Rawhide Laun and I did in China, in the outskirts of Beijing for a Chinese auto magazine. We used it for the "cover/banner" of Force Centric 17.

 Photos by Liu Shang.

       Here are some very random thoughts on the car problem. There have been some studies done on car jacking. I have seen some martial systems try to solve the crime. Car jackers usually start on the outside of your car. Most car jacking fights start there or with the door open. But what if he gets inside? Or was inside? Some guys I know of teach what appears to be full out wrestling inside the car's vehicle interior. This problem means that a bad guy was either hiding in your car, or is already in the car and he turns on you. Or, he forced his way completely in somehow. Can happen. Should be considered.
     An interior fight ensues in these demos I’ve seen, and I mean some full-out, rough wrestling - neither participant though, not even the presumed, probably untrained street thug, bad-guy-actor, threw a single blow of any kind. Not an a short elbow or a short punch, hammer fist, etc. Nothing to the eyes or throat, dare I even mention.  
     When I mentioned this to a group once, another guy, a martial arts vet, basically said there was no sense at all in striking because in those close quarters you couldn't get enough force to do any good. HUH? Then he quickly told me that it was obvious I knew nothing about grappling. As much as to say if I knew even an iota of grappling, I wouldn’t raise such a stupid, stupid idea. Class dismissed! 

      Well, I may be a half-wit, but I am a half-wit, only half the time! It seems not even all stand-up strikes have great force either, due to motion and positioning. Does that mean stand-up striking is out too? Even a free-thinking, novice MMA guy would be striking inside that interior car mess whenever he could. I wouldn’t dismiss the idea of striking so quickly. 

     I know this is hard in training, because you are messing around pretty hard and controlled, half-blows in such training give you no obvious results in this format. They go un-felt by the training partner. These types of simulated training blows then can slowly, naturally de-evolve from training. This is the subject of a whole other essay. But, I still urge you to experiment with what modern, MMA (that's grappling AND ground n' pound) might apply into this enclosed situation. Don't forget, real people in the car fighting you will probably be trying to strike you too. You should learn some tricks to block and evade even these in this close quarters, not avoid the issue entirely.

      If you are going to try this car interior training, better use a wrecked car. Strong chance it will wreck the interior, break seats, dash etc. In order to do this properly in a seminar or classes, you should really have several wrecked cars to virtually destroy, but this a luxury most of us just don't have. To get everyone involved in the practice properly, you do need several cars. Standing outside of a car watching two people inside wrestling in a demo is not the most productive of training time, so a lack of cars is a class problem. I guess its better than nothing, but...

      Also introduce knives and then guns. Sometimes the high jacking starts off with weapon threats, least of all weapons getting pulled during the fight when inside the car. The suspect’s weapon may already be out, but the surprised, high-jacked driver's weapon won't be, and he may have to stress-quick-draw a weapon after the crime starts. This draw will be in a condensed space and ugly, much like the stress draws during ground fighting. 


Photos by Liu Shang.

     I suggest when fighting for your life inside a car, or on the tile floor of a hair salon, or anywhere, you should use any and all options - to include striking when possible. And worry about weapons.

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