Clinches, knives and mindsets

This week has been dubbed “Knife Week” with regards to a training event
the professor conducted at the weekend and the invaluable information passed on to us in the previous lesson.

This is all relevant as it is a strategic add-on to the main topic of the week around getting into the clinch from a ‘standup’ scenario and knowing when is the right time to enter the clinch and to be wary of other dangers.

The professor gave us the customary breakdown for the evening and also spoke briefly on a video he posted in the academy ‘whatsapp’ group about different knife assaults, with a few demonstrations.

From there we moved into doing recap from the previous lesson, please see the previous blog post for details.

An additional detail added tonight was an extension from the initial knife defense drill from mondays lesson. Before doing that we did an exercise which involved using a two armed push on to a person you suspect maybe armed with a knife. What transpired
was that when we completed this drill it was 99.9% possible when you attempt to push someone away they will get at least one stab attempt landing on you!

To counter this, instead of doing a two armed push on the attacker, if they are right handed, push with your right arm whilst twisting and stepping away from the knife side. When this was drilled, even when attempting this for the first time, the success rate of avoiding the attack was tremendously higher.

We then went on to doing reflex drills within arms distance with a person attempting to stab from either arm into the stomach or a higher attack to the neck or face, the objective to instill a reflex to block the attack, by pushing on to the forearm and stepping away. We did this a few times, with the professor encouraging us to start from a close distance, naturally people would start to create distance subconsciously.

The added detail tonight was a defense of a stab to the stomach, which resulted in getting the attacker into a very nasty armlock.

If the attacker is right handed, when the stab attempt comes in meet the arm with both your arms perpendicular to the attack, with the left arm at the wrist to forearm and the right arm at the crease of the elbow with your right hand cupping the elbow.

Depending on force used could potentially make the attacker drop the knife. Attacker may draw their arm back at this point, use your left arm to bend attackers arm whilst sliding your arm into the bend of the attackers right arm and pushing through and securing hand on to the tricep. It should look like they have got their arm behind their back with your right hand on their elbow and your left arm threaded through and holding onto their

Keeping tight, it’s possible to free right hand and using your left arm and body to secure the arm. With the right arm free, damage can be done to the attacker. From here it is advisable not to allow the attacker to drop go forwards to the floor as it gives them an opportunity to roll and escape. It is advised to push your left knee into the space behind their right knee and pull them back so they sit down on the floor.

This was drilled several times on both sides, with the left arm attacks make sure your left arm is the top arm.

Then we went and did more clinch drills which included distance management. Professor then taught us the body fold take down which we all drilled, giving attention to making sure we protect ourselves properly before we attempt the take down.

The final addition for the evening was a potentially nasty RNC that can be attempted after we have taken the attacker down and forced them to go into the turtle position. I struggled with applying the RNC but the professor was able, as always, to help me make adjustments. We drilled this a few times before coming to the end of the lesson.

Professor closed on more philosphy on self-defense, mindset, state of knife crime in the UK and other members of the academy were able to relate to personal
experiences relating to knife crime.

Personal thoughts, of all the martial arts I’ve attempted in the past, nothing compares to what i’m learning now. Being a parent it makes me more appreciative of the knowledge I am gaining as I need to pass it on.

Learning this, i.e. jiu-jitsu, with a sport agenda is to me a complete waste!

“Tapping out!”


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