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You are in danger of having your neck dislocated and must strike very fast to distract your assailant. Tense your neck and drive a right hook into his groin. Throw him down with a yoko guruma. Regain your feet quickly and scan the immediate area for other assailants. It is from a range of judo techniques known as yoko sutemi waza side sacrifice throws. As with all sacrifice throws, you hold your assailant tightly and then throw yourself to the floor, taking him with you.

The landing is very heavy for the person being thrown and may, on a hard surface, see the end of the confrontation there and then. To throw him, grasp his left hip with your left hand. Place your right hand on his lower abdomen. Throw your right leg between his legs, pull strongly with your left hand and push upward with your right palm against his lower abdomen.

As you fall, throw him over your left shoulder. The main points of emphasis are: 1 Pull hard on his left hip. Fig 95 Fig 96 71 I have used this technique and can vouch for its effectiveness, however, as all sacrifice techniques take you as well as your assailant to the floor, you must never use it in a gang-attack situation. Remember to double up on all strikes whenever your assailant continues to fight back.

This book offers advice and guidance, it is not a bible. From here your assailant can break your neck. Death, or at the very least serious injury resulting in paralysis is likely if your neck is broken. You must act quickly and decisively. Bring up both your arms and, using the backs of your hands, push against your forehead to counter the pressure on your neck. Drive your right heel down and smash it into your assailants instep. Drive downwards with both elbows to break the grip. Spin and drive a left elbow strike to the side of his head.

Throw him with a tai guruma. Technically it is quite simple to perform and is therefore particularly suitable for combat. To execute the throw, place your left arm over your assailants left shoulder, your right arm between his legs and bend your knees. Hold him tight and imagine a spindle running through both your bodies at navel height. Now lift with your legs and turn him around the imaginary spindle, throwing him forcibly onto his back. Fig 99 Fig Fig 73 The main points of the throw are: 1 Ensure you bend your knees enough.

As with all throws you can give him a more severe landing by pulling the throw short and allowing him to fall on his head. This turns the throw into its own finishing blow. However, the damage to your assailant is considerable and the legal consequences of any defence should always be borne in mind. As with any hold-break it is important to try to prevent your assailant getting the hold locked on before starting your defence. The instant you feel your assailant exerting pressure on your arm, turn into a spinning elbow strike and hit him on the side of the jaw or on another suitable head target.

Make sure to utilise your whole body in the rotation and put some real zap into your elbow strike. Practise this on a shield and feel the power. If your assailant succeeds in locking your arm you must immediately tense that arm to prevent injury and pain. Drive a rear elbow strike to his temple as before and twist to your left, out of the lock. Now snap a lead leg front kick to his lower abdomen and finish with a right cross. Act swiftly and break that hold.

Fig Fig 75 Summar y The essentials of hold-breaking are: 1 Hit your assailant the instant you feel any attempt to grab you. During my two and a half years there I joined the battalion judo club and after training hard, got into the judo team and went on to become team captain. Unfortunately, when I was due to go into full service at eighteen, I had double surgical fractures of both legs just below the knees and was consequently held back while my friends went off to the depot. Some weeks after being discharged from hospital and only two weeks after coming off elbow crutches, I went into town for a drink with another soldier.

We had a few drinks, were neither drunk nor too loud and met a couple of girls who we agreed to walk home innocent times! As we got outside the door of the pub, my friend, a small man, took off his jacket to put around the shoulders of one of the girls as it was cold. This innocuous gesture started an incident which is forever burnt into my soul.

One of the pub bouncers stepped forward and said, Who are you taking your jacket off to? Before my friend could reply he was grabbed and thrown against the plate glass of a shop on the other side of the alley to the pub. It was so off the wall that I just stood there. Fortunately the glass didnt break.

At that point I called out to the bouncer to leave him alone. I said I was innocent! The bouncer, around thirty, taller than me and twice as wide, responded by turning and throwing a right hook that, had it landed, would have done serious, and I mean serious, damage. At that point training took over. Without thought or sense I sidestepped the right hook and performed a sweeping hip throw on him.

He sailed through the air and landed with a satisfying thud, or at least it would have been satisfying had he stayed down. Holding his shoulder, he got to his feet and rushed me in a crouch. Again, without thought, I performed a stomach throw on him la James Bond!

At this point in the story it might be worth considering that for James Bond the fight would have ended there and he would have gone someplace to make love to a woman of jaw-dropping beauty. I was still in a fight that was about to get very nasty. Although I had thrown him successfully with the stomach throw, the bouncer held on. I got to my feet before him, but he spun onto his knees in front of me and took a tight grip on my collar, which he refused to release.

I gave him several extremely good reasons to let go a double knife-hand to the ribs, knee to his face and a roundhouse elbow of which I am still proud of today but, and this really is the point of the story, he still wouldnt let go! Thats when the two other bouncers joined in. My arm was twisted up behind my back and I was punched and kicked from every angle. Unable to escape, 77 frightened and angry, I bit, butted, spat, punched and kicked like a madman, but received more than I could give back.

The only thing in my favour was that none of the bouncers were very clever. They should have kicked my feet out from under me and stamped me into the deck. As it was I merely got whacked from every angle. Perhaps it was the fierceness of my defence or the sobering sight of their friend on his knees. I later found out via the police that his collar bone had been broken. There is another side to this story. I was aware of a gathering crowd of onlookers, some of them soldiers, lending advice, Give em a judo chop!

Oh good shot! It even included some wry social commentary, Fuck is luck! Somehow I broke free from the arm lock and stood before the bouncers. It was an uneasy and tense few seconds, but it looked like none of us wanted to carry on. Certainly they didnt seem in any hurry to resume and I was grateful just to be able to stand up. They looked at their friend with the damaged shoulder groaning on the ground and then at each other and here, I kid you not, are the actual words used by one of them: You ought to be careful using that unarmed combat. The next day I could barely move.

I was covered in huge bruises, limped very painfully for a few days and my right arm was badly strained, but thankfully nothing more serious. I took several lessons away with me that night, but the single most important one was never, ever, let someone get hold of you and if they do, break the grip as fast as you can.

You should never take it for granted that your assailant is both alone and unarmed. However in legal terms your defence must be lawful; that is, using minimum force only. It stands to reason that an attack by more than one assailant or by an armed assailant is inherently more life-threatening and the law should allow more extreme defences on your part.

So for that reason alone, the following scenarios involve one unarmed assailant only. You should be aware that your assailant may be considerably bigger than you, may be able to bench press lb, may be mentally deranged or pumped full of drugs or drink, both of which will make him less responsive to pain. Further, the situation may lend your assailant an unusual advantage. He may ambush you in the dark or attack you from behind. He may be a burglar, alert and full of adrenalin whilst you are bleary-eyed and half asleep.

The scenarios where he has an inherent and potentially fight-winning advantage are too numerous to mention, but depend on one thing: if you are the victim hell hold most of the aces. There are in fact, so many potential extras to an unarmed assault drugs, drink, concealed weapons and so on that the best advice I can give you is to treat all attacks as potentially life-threatening.

However, observe the precautions of not jumping up and down on your assailants unconscious form! All attacks should be reported to the police. Practise bending and rising into the knee strike on a big bag until you are able to deliver real power. This counter works because the leg is longer and stronger than the right cross.

You should work the snap up focus pads drill to make this technique sharp. See Chapter Two The reasons that a high kick has been included here are: 1 The assailant has been weakened by a punch to the solar plexus. This kick should be worked on the big bag religiously. None of these reasons should distract you from the previous warnings that head kicks carry a high degree of risk. You should also note that a right hook is the most natural and powerful blow that an untrained assailant can throw. Usually it is easy to read, but do not underestimate its power and speed. In fact the whole combination is simple, fast and very strong.

It is a very good example of why kick boxing has so much to offer in the field of self- defence. As a general note, it is important to curve the body behind your shots to maximise their power. The difference in mechanical power between arm only shots and those delivered with rotational power and body weight behind them is considerable. It is thrown at the standing leg when your opponent has attempted to kick you and all his weight is borne by the support leg.

It both cuts out the support leg and damages it in the process. You must be very wary of head-butts they can finish you before you even know you are in a fight. Try to maintain distance and use a pre- emptive strike if you feel the situation has become threatening.

Fig Fig Fig 85 Summar y The attacks shown are simple and the most common. Together with the holds and hold-breaking methods shown in Chapter Four they reflect the most likely types of unarmed assault that you will encounter. However, cunning and improvisation are the lifeblood of the opportunist criminal and you must remain alert and flexible in your defence. Never hesitate to double-up on your strikes if necessary. As stated before, on certain types of drugs, cocaine for example, your opponent may be nigh on invulnerable to your strikes.

In such cases it is necessary to employ throws and strangles. Loop your arm around his neck so that his windpipe is in the crook of your arm. Use your other hand to tighten the hold. This constricts the carotid arteries and jugular veins in the side of the neck. It can take between half a second and ten seconds to knock someone out with this technique. Warning: It is essential that you do not constrict your assailants windpipe with your forearm as this may kill him! You will be able to maintain better control if you can take him to the floor, but you should only do this when you are absolutely certain that he is alone.

Never, ever, stand in his vision or range. An assault with a blunt instrument such as a cosh, baton, baseball bat or iron bar can render you dead or maimed with just one blow to the head. Moreover, such weapons lend your assailant increased reach, leverage and frightening levels of power. Even if you successfully block such an attack with your arms, it may break your bones, thereby only delaying the outcome by one more blow of the weapon.

Diagram 4 Logic dictates that evasion the movement of both the legs and upper body is absolutely essential for you to stand any chance of victory when attacked with a blunt instrument. Movement can be backwards, to get outside of the furthest arc of the weapon; forwards, to move inside the arc of the weapon, or to either side, to give angular advantage. The chances of you coming through unscathed in an encounter against a baseball bat-wielding assailant are slim.

It may be necessary to take blows on the arms, shoulders and legs to protect more vital areas such as the head. I personally know two individuals, one a weight-training karate black-belt and one a kick boxer, who had to fight off baseball bat attacks and got injured in the process. The karateka cum weight-trainer took the force of the bat on his shoulder in a road-rage incident, then proceeded to beat the hell out of his assailant.

The legacy however was months of treatment and physiotherapy to put the shoulder right. The kick boxer, a British champion of genuine class and skill, blocked the bat but sustained a broken arm before going on to wipe the floor with his particular assailant! Both of these men are good martial artists and their skill and bravery carried them through, but the cost in each case was very painful.

I cannot emphasise enough that if you wish to defend yourself successfully, you must practise. Improvisation is all well and good, but skill, strength and speed are required when your back is against the wall. From the second your assailant moves in to attack you should evade him by twisting, turning, ducking and rolling as well as by performing evasive footwork.

Never, ever, stand still for a weapon attack. Your aim should be to minimise the strikes impact and accuracy even if you are hit. Diagram 4 87 Improvised defences such as crates, tyres, dustbins, cases and bags can be used as shields to deflect blows, and street furniture such as street lamps, obelisks and bollards can be used as obstacles or barriers. It is vital to switch on and be very aware of the distance and timing factors.

When he comes, hell come quick and strong because he has all the advantages. Should he try and play cagey by bluffing with the weapon and trying to force you off balance, you must immediately jam him and deliver a hard strike to his eyes, throat or groin. Practise with a partner until you can do this quickly. It is a very effective disarming technique. This will cause trauma to the large muscle mass and prevent your assailant continuing his attack. It will certainly prevent him outrunning you over a metre dash.

I strongly recommend it against large unarmed assailants and almost any weapon attack. Practise it on the heavy bag until you can evade swiftly and deliver real power in the kick. Only you can judge the seriousness of the threat to your life. Its reach and devastating impact make it a weapon of real terror. Some drug and terrorist gangs have added to its effectiveness by hammering six-inch nails through it to create a modern- day mace.

With or without nails, a baseball bat is a fearsome weapon and should entitle you to use any means at your disposal in your defence. For practice, you should pad a three-foot length of broomstick, put on a head guard, elbow and forearm pads, groin protector and shin-guards, then have a friend try to hit you with the padded pole whilst you evade the blows.

The difficulties of dealing with this weapon will then present themselves! Never lose sight of the fact that one blow can end the fight. It creates tremendous pain in your assailants wrist and will enable you to prise the baseball bat from his grasp. Practise it until it is second nature. Push down on the handle end the second the wrist has been snared. This traps his wrist painfully and makes it possible for you to drive the head of the bat into his face.

It will buy you time to leave the scene. All kicks to the leg have these twin advantages and, should the case go to court, you could point to your deliberate targeting of a non-lethal area. Leave the scene if you can. If forced to fight, assume that your life is in danger and react accordingly. Use defensive movements to prevent accurate distance gauging by your assailant and take a glancing blow rather than a full strike. You must be fast and explosive in your counter-attacks to stand any chance of success.

If you get him in trouble, keep him there. Lastly, never fight a man with a weapon if you have any chance of avoiding it: pride mends more swiftly than bones if you get the chance to heal. A knife lends an assailant a courage and ruthlessness that ordinarily he would not possess, for it gives him the power to strike you down with one thrust or to wound you grievously with a slashing cut. Further, most people attacked with a knife do not realise that a knife was used until after the attack, mistaking stabs for blows or in the case of cuts, not even being aware that they were there until shock has set in.

The availability of knives and the ease of their concealment makes them one of the most frequently used street weapons, and training in self-defence must take account of this. Whatever your skill level, you must never underestimate the danger of confronting a knife. For the purposes of self-defence any weapon capable of cutting or stabbing broken bottles, screwdrivers, cut-throat razors and so on should be dealt with in the same way as a knife.

Fairbairn, a former assistant commissioner with the Shanghai Police, wanted to create an effective method of using the knife for the Commandos. He started by going to see a famous surgeon and asking him for his advice on the most damaging way for a knife or dagger to be employed. What emerged became known as the Timetable of Death and the statistics contained within it make fascinating, if macabre, reading.

They should give you pause for thought when considering the potential danger of a knife attack. The carotid artery is found in the neck adjacent to the windpipe. The aorta is the main artery in the body that runs down the centre line of the torso. Warning: Read and re-read the Timetable of Death. It should make you reconsider the wisdom of ever fighting a knife-wielding assailant if you have the choice. Therefore you must begin at the beginning, by developing fast, strong and effective techniques and then instilling, through hard repetitive practice, devastating counters.

Pr ot ec t i on and Di ver si on There is a range of tactics which, when employed, may assist you in your defence against a knife. Below are some of them: 1 If possible, you should wrap a jacket, shirt or scarf around your arm to prevent getting cut when you parry. Turn it diagonally, pointing one of the chair legs at your assailants throat and one at his groin, then rush him backwards against a wall or solid object and drive the legs into him.

Throw them as if you are throwing a knife. Step towards him and hurl them hard, about six inches away from his face. Kick him in the groin and run. Take them and your assailant becomes helpless! Fig Fig Fig Kni f e At t ack s 96 Combat Ki ck Box i ng The Fi ve Essent i al s 1 Body Evasion: Twisting, turning, ducking and sidestepping should be used to avoid the point and edge of the knife and also to prevent your assailant accurately measuring the distance between you. Remain in constant motion throughout the attack and never confront your assailant head on gain an angle and you gain a chance.

Strike fast and accurately, and once you have your assailant in trouble, keep him there. Def enc es Thrust to stomach: Medium to Long Range Situation One: Your assailant thrusts to your stomach with the knife whilst using his front arm to guard against it being grabbed. Never assume that a knife-wielding assailant will hold out the knife in front of him for you to kick or will be so stupid as to let you grab his arm easily.

This defence shows only one of the ways in Fig Fig Fig 97 which your assailant can make the knife difficult for you reach. My friend and fellow martial artist, guru Jak Othman, master in seven styles of silat, has ways of concealing and using the knife that are simply frightening. Your assailant may have only one trick, but you can bet that hell be a master of it.

Being grabbed and stabbed is a straightforward, simple and deadly attack frequently employed in street situations. You must react instantly and with maximum ferocity. When you have downed him, finish him quickly. Also see Diagram 6. Practise this disarm until it is second nature. The use of the side kick stops him in his tracks and buys you a split second in which to throw heavier kicks that finish him. Seize and lock out the weapon-bearing hand. The initiative lies with him because of the instinctive fear that a knife attack arouses. You must act rapidly and decisively if you are to stand any chance of defending yourself.

Fig Fig Fig Fig Summar y Defending yourself against a knife is a very risky business. The chances are that you will get cut and if the man attacking you is skilled in any of the knife based arts silat or escrima for example your chances are virtually nil. If you are attacked you will, instinctively, try and protect yourself. With that in mind, go back and re-read Protection and Diversion. As a rule of thumb, it is better to shout at or agitate a knifeman and calm a gunman. Whatever happens, dont be a passive victim. If you shout, struggle or delay, your assailant may be forced to break off the attack.

Deny him time and you increase your chances. The five essentials give you a chance, no more. Learn them by heart. The Timetable of Death is quite simply a surgeons bleak assessment of the potential damage caused by a knife attack. It should be read to reinforce the extreme dangers of confronting a knifeman.

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Finally, to hammer home the theme of this chapter, here is a sobering, and at first hard to credit story of trials conducted by police in America. Disturbed by the number of armed policemen being injured or killed, a policeman called Tulleners carried out a series of experiments where a knifeman was pitted against a pistol- carrying policeman. Standing alongside each other the policeman and the knifeman were given tasks. The armed policemans task was to draw his pistol, aim, fire and hit the target. The knifemans task was to draw his knife, charge down the range and strike the target.

At all ranges under twenty-one feet the knifeman won, not just once, but every time. Now mark out twenty-one feet and imagine you have a gun. It is almost impossible to concede that the knifeman has the advantage, but Tulleners proved it! In this country it has only been in recent years that our police have been given the equipment Kevlar vests, side-handle batons, CS gas to deal with knife- wielding criminals, and then only because of a series of incidents where policemen and women were badly injured or killed.

The clamour for better protection for the police was such that the Home Office and police authorities had to act. You will not of course have the weapons the police are now armed with, and for you the situation would be all the more serious. Lastly, should the point need to be driven home any more pun intended , consider this. Many Special Forces personnel still carry knives into combat in theatres of war where every conceivable weapon, including short-barrelled automatic weapons made specifically for close combat, is available.

They know, the police know, the criminals know: knives are deadly perhaps the ultimate close-quarter weapon. Kni f e At t ack s Combat Ki ck Box i ng Chapt er Ei ght Gang At t ack s The greatest danger from a gang attack is being rushed and overwhelmed before you can mount a successful defence. So great is the danger of this that you must practise specifically to avoid it. Further, if they get you down on the ground, and the odds are clearly in their favour for this, then you risk being severely injured or even killed.

Keep on your feet and you double your chances. Time is what they will try to deny you; time to strike back, to manoeuvre, to escape. Therefore you have to make time, you have to find ways of making them come at you one, or at the very least two, at a time. If you want a clearer picture of the process by which a gang will attack, then just watch any of the natural history programmes that feature wolves, lions, hyenas, or cape hunting dogs.

A general scenario will go something like this. One attacker will confront you and draw your attention. Others will move to the sides and rear, while still others will close off potential escape routes. The instant you are engaged by anyone from the gang, the others will swarm all over you. You will be dragged to the ground and stomped into the pavement. The more attackers, the greater the threat. Time, the angles of attack, degree vision, strength and weight are all factors on their side.

A strong, fast kick boxer who thinks quickly and acts decisively might be able to deal with up to three attackers. Beyond that you are in very dangerous waters and only a combination of courage, skill, strength and luck will get you through. The moment you feel that a gang attack is likely, you must survey the area for an escape route.

If escape is not possible then you must use whatever is in the area as a means of making them come at you in ways you can deal with. Never let them come at you all at once! In military terms anything that forces the enemy through narrow or confined gaps is called a defile. Look to make them move through defiles. If humanly possible, pick the ground on which to confront them. This factor alone may be the most important in surviving a gang attack.

The top of a staircase makes it very difficult for a gang to come at you from any angle other than the front. It also Fig makes kicking very difficult for them and places their heads close to your own feet. Logically, if there is anyway you can lock or bar the door, then do so. If not, then position yourself two feet back from the doorframe so that you can deal with attacks from the front, whilst denying your attackers the chance to launch assaults from the flanks. Aggression and ruthlessness are the key.

Strike hard at the first attackers, show no weakness and plant doubt in their minds. In the street, crowd control barriers, the edges of walls, parked vehicles, shop porches, and lampposts restrict their angles of attack. Indoors, furniture, fixtures and fittings can serve the same purpose. Twist, turn, bob, weave, duck and sidestep left and right. In short, do not become a static target.

Fine, I can hear you saying, but what if Im out in the open, in a street or a deserted carpark? Well the answer is that you must use footwork to keep them all in your line of sight. Diagram 7 Aggression and ruthlessness are vital. Do not wait for them to start. Move in rapidly and hit as hard and fast as you can. Keep moving. Kick their legs out from under them and stamp on anyone that goes down. Push or turn them into each other. If possible, after hurting one, lock him around the neck and use him as a shield. Shout, scream, yell, or roar. Look, sound and act like the predator not the prey!

The importance of hold-breaking was heavily emphasised in Chapter Four and the advice given then is applicable here. Ganseki otoshi becomes a devastating finisher when you drive your assailant head-first into the deck rather than pitching him on to his back. One attacker is armed with a knife. I have mentioned using one attacker as a shield against another before. In this case you are not only using him as a shield, but also as a blind the roundhouse to the thigh is almost impossible for the second attacker to see, let alone block.

One of your assailants has a baseball bat. The sequence above paints a very clinical picture. It may, in reality, require several heavy blows on your part to damage any assailant, so it is vital to keep moving, twisting and ducking and using your attackers as shields and blinds. To re-emphasise: think, act and sound like the predator, not the prey.

Attitude and aggression may win the day when everything else fails. Two are armed, one with a knife and one with a baseball bat. Counter by sidestepping to the left, lower parry with your right arm and throw a roundhouse kick to his groin. Keep twisting and turning and get them all in your line of sight.

The greater the number of assailants, the greater the danger, if for no other reason than time time to hit them and time to move. If attack is inevitable then be in first. Strike as hard and fast as you can and be ruthless. Any other attitude will see you dragged to the ground and stamped on. If you are downed, get up! Even if you suffer blows as a result, in a gang attack going down is the greatest danger. People talk of courage in fighting.

Believe me, fear, ruthlessness and the desire to win are more important. Courage is so often anothers perception of what he sees, not what the victim feels. Fig Fig Fig Fig Summar y The best advice for gang attacks is to run away if you can. If forced to fight, try and choose the ground. Force your attackers to come at you one at a time.

Use natural and man-made obstacles to achieve this. Never stand still move, twist, duck and turn. If you have to take a few hits in order to secure an escape route, then do so. When fighting back use all your knowledge and skill. Be aggressive and ruthless. Strike first and strike hard. Keep your feet at all times and if downed, get up fast. The first thing to note is the restriction on mobility. Some movement of the top half of the body may be possible, but if you are also hemmed in, such as in a restaurant corner or booth, or whilst seated in a car, you may have to conduct your defence from where you are.

One of the decisions that you will face is whether to try and stand or to conduct you first defensive actions whilst seated, bearing in mind that you may not get a choice. If what you are sitting on a railway seat for example is stable and the attack is sudden, then brace yourself against the seat back and kick your assailants legs. To try and stand is to immediately place yourself off balance and you will be pushed over and stamped on. Conversely, if what you are seated on is potentially unstable a free-standing chair for instance then you will have no choice but to stand. Read the incident at the end of this chapter.

It is worth carrying out a few drills whilst seated, so see Chapter Eleven. Car Situation One: You are in the drivers seat and wearing a seat belt. As you stop at the traffic lights someone pulls open the passenger-side door and gets in. Your assailant grabs you around the neck. This is an increasingly popular way of carrying out a mugging and is thwarted by the simple precaution of keeping all but the drivers door locked when driving in town.

Good habits prevent situations from occurring. Car situations are potentially very dangerous because you are restricted by the seat, dashboard and seat belt. Taxi drivers are particularly vulnerable to attack and for them the situation is made worse because the attacker is behind them. The answer to this situation is to have a barrier between you and the passenger compartment and to be able to lock the rear seats from the front.

Then if they try anything you can drive them to the nearest police station. The most vulnerable time for a taxi driver is when taking payment. Open your window only sufficiently to accept the fare. He has committed a common assault and you are entitled to defend yourself by use of a pre-emptive strike! The Three Ranges The closer your potential assailant is, the more dangerous it is for you.

The further away they are, the fewer are their options. This is never truer than when there is more than one potential assailant. Close range is less than three feet. Medium range is three to six feet. Long range is more than six feet. Close Range Situation One: You are clearly threatened at close range.

Grab his head with both hands and head-butt him on the nose. At the same time perform a rising knee kick to his groin. Push him away from you and leave the area. You perform a fastjab to the face. Grab him, spin him around and push him away. Leave the area immediately. You try to sidestep him and continue on your way At this point he threatens to hit you - the aggressive begging has just turned into a mugging.

You throw a right cross to his chin and then immediately follow with a left hook. She is clearly frightened and looks towards you for help. You remonstrate with the man. He turns and comes towards you quickly. Follow with a roundhouse elbow to the temple. Together with the woman, leave the area immediately. A man appears from inside a nearby shop and starts swearing and shouting at you. You do your best to placate him, but he is very angry and takes a pace towards you, making it clear he is going to hit you.

You throw a low roundhouse kick to his common peroneal nerve, re-cock your leg and throw a roundhouse knee kick to the same target. If you hang around to inflict further damage on your assailant it is you that has committed a crime. However, if having defended yourself your assailant continues to attack you, you can continue your defence. That is why it is essential for you to leave the area as soon as possible. Usually after a flurry of blows, the two antagonists will close and wrestle, either standing up or on the ground.

It cannot be emphasised enough that grappling and hold-breaking skills are essential requirements for effective self-defence. If you are attacked by more than one person it makes sense for one of them to get hold of you to a stop you from getting away, and b restrict your attempts to fight back. Fig 69 Further, if you are held and your assailants have a weapon you are in very serious trouble.

It is a relatively simple matter for them to grab you and stick a knife in your ribs. Equally, it is very difficult for you to defend yourself against a weapon whilst your movement is restricted. Being held in a fight is a deadly serious business and no effort should be spared in breaking the hold at the first opportunity. When I first took up kick boxing, the rule systems of some organisations allowed throwing - Thai boxing still does.

I managed to exploit this because judo was the first martial system I had trained in. I quickly found it was a general truth that if someone wanted to stop you hitting them, they first had to grab and pin you, but this set them up for being thrown. Further, the act of grabbing set them up for being hit. Both throwing and hitting skills are needed in combat and the ability to flow smoothly from one skill into another is essential. Further, in street situations I found that bigger, stronger men would try to rush and overwhelm me before I could hit them.

Throwing skills that exploited their commitment of weight and movement were essential. I also learned that it was important to sidestep and hit an assailant from an angle. Standing in 60 Hold-Breaking front of a bigger, stronger man and throwing punches was at best a gamble.

It was not hitting them that was the problem, it was stopping them in their tracks before that superior weight and strength took effect. It has to be said that the best time to break a hold is before it is on. Any attempt to grab you must be dealt with rapidly. No one merely holds you; they pull you onto a head-butt, punch or knee, push you against a wall or off balance, or else hold you steady and hit you.

Therefore the instant your assailant reaches for you, slap their hands aside and hit them with a sharp combination - a head-butt followed by a right roundhouse to the thigh. Go with his force and pivot strongly to your left A Snap a fast jab to his chin. Now grab his wrist with your left hand and turn it so that his little finger is uppermost. Drive a descending elbow strike down onto his wrist. Drive a rising knee kick into his face. Stay alert. Because they are down does not mean they are out. It is good practice to assume that your assailant is not alone.

Quickly scan the area for further assailants and then leave the location. Finish with a right roundhouse elbow to the jaw. The elbow finish is natural and flows nicely from the opening combination. All three weapons employed, head- butt, knee, and elbow, are close-range weapons and particularly suited for hold-breaking. Go with his force and pivot strongly to your left. Execute a sleeve-pulling hip throw. Take hold of his left arm underneath the elbow. Pull strongly with your left arm and drive upward with your right. Pivot to your left and bend your knees, placing your hips just below his hips.

Continue pulling and pushing whilst straightening your knees quickly. Your assailant will go over your right hip. The points of emphasis are: 1 A strong pull with the left hand. Once again the principle of yielding to force comes into play. This is one of the guiding principles of judo from which the sleeve-pulling hip throw is taken. With a little practice this throw is very street adaptable and, executed quickly, it gets rid of your assailant almost before they have begun their attack.

Place your right hand behind you, grab his groin and twist. Break the hold by thrusting both your arms out to the side. Twist to your right and drive a rear elbow strike into his liver. Turn and throw a left hook to his jaw with plenty of follow-through. Be sure to co-ordinate the turn with the punch and pivot your ankle, hip and shoulder behind it.

In any hold-breaking situation it is important to remain flexible. Double up on any or all strikes if necessary. Try to maximise your power by twisting your body behind each strike. This is of particular importance when you are attacked from the rear and accuracy is difficult. From this position your assailant can crush your windpipe or render you unconscious. It is important to react very quickly and disable him. Hold his elbow with your right hand and quickly turn your head into the angle of his arm, dropping your chin at the same time.

This will relieve the pressure on your windpipe, but you are still in danger from the pressure on your carotid arteries. You now have only seconds in which to break the hold. Pull the arm away from your throat and turn out under the arm, forcing it up his back. Drive a rising knee strike into his coccyx, and push him forcefully away. Seize the arm around your throat and pull down. Throw your assailant with ganseki otoshi. Then pull his arm strongly forward and down whilst rotating your body to the left.

Your assailant will be pitched forward and over onto his back. The points of emphasis are: 1 Make the drive backwards with the right leg sudden. Fig 86 This particular throw is deceptive and very fast. Your assailant will be pitched over before he can react. Try not to be pulled to the ground with him when he goes over. Your finishing kick should be fast and snappy and should connect the second he hits the ground. This is a very dangerous situation.

It is very easy for your assailant to strangle you, dislocate your neck or apply a thumb gouge to your eyes from this position. You must break the hold immediately. Throw a left hook to his kidney. Throw a right hook to his chin, then finish him by driving a rising knee kick into the small of his back. Be careful not to fumble the mouth hook, you could have your finger bitten off! You are in danger of having your neck dislocated and must strike very fast to distract your assailant.

Tense your neck and drive a right hook into his groin.

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Regain your feet quickly and scan the immediate area for other assailants. It is from a range of judo techniques known as yoko sutemi waza - side sacrifice throws. As with all sacrifice throws, you hold your assailant tightly and then throw yourself to the floor, taking him with you. The landing is very heavy for the person being thrown and may, on a hard surface, see the end of the confrontation there and then.

To throw him, grasp his left hip with your left hand. Place your right hand on his lower abdomen. Throw your right leg between his legs, pull strongly with your left hand and push upward with your right palm against his lower abdomen. As you fall, throw him over your left shoulder. The main points of emphasis are: 1 Pull hard on his left hip. Fig 96 70 Hold-Breaking I have used this technique and can vouch for its effectiveness, however, as all sacrifice techniques take you as well as your assailant to the floor, you must never use it in a gang-attack situation.

Remember to double up on all strikes whenever your assailant continues to fight back. This book offers advice and guidance, it is not a bible. From here your assailant can break your neck. Death, or at the very least serious injury resulting in paralysis is likely if your neck is broken. You must act quickly and decisively. Bring up both your arms and, using the backs of your hands, push against your forehead to counter the pressure on your neck. Drive downwards with both elbows to break the grip.

Spin and drive a left elbow strike to the side of his head. Technically it is quite simple to perform and is therefore particularly suitable for combat. Hold him tight and imagine a spindle running through both your bodies at navel height. Now lift with your legs and turn him around the imaginary spindle, throwing him forcibly onto his back. Fig 72 Hold-Breaking Fig The main points of the throw are: 1 Ensure you bend your knees enough. As with all throws you can give him a more severe landing by pulling the throw short and allowing him to fall on his head.

This turns the throw into its own finishing blow. However, the damage to your assailant is considerable and the legal consequences of any defence should always be borne in mind. As with any hold-break it is important to try to prevent your assailant getting the hold locked on before starting your defence. The instant you feel your assailant exerting pressure on your arm, turn into a spinning elbow strike and hit him on the side of the jaw or on another suitable head target.

Make sure to utilise your whole body in the rotation and put some real zap into your elbow strike.

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Practise this on a shield and feel the power. If your assailant succeeds in locking your arm you must immediately tense that arm to prevent injury and pain. Drive a rear elbow strike to his temple as before and twist to your left, out of the lock. Now snap a lead leg front kick to his lower abdomen and finish with a right cross. Act swiftly and break that hold. Fig 74 Hold-Breaking Summary The essentials of hold-breaking are: 1 Hit your assailant the instant you feel any attempt to grab you.

During my two and a half years there I joined the battalion judo club and after training hard, got into the judo team and went on to become team captain. Unfortunately, when I was due to go into full service at eighteen, I had double surgical fractures of both legs just below the knees and was consequently held back while my friends went off to the depot.


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Some weeks after being discharged from hospital and only two weeks after coming off elbow crutches, I went into town for a drink with another soldier. We had a few drinks, were neither drunk nor too loud and met a couple of girls who we agreed to walk home - innocent times! As we got outside the door of the pub, my friend, a small man, took off his jacket to put around the shoulders of one of the girls as it was cold. This innocuous gesture started an incident which is forever burnt into my soul. It was so off the wall that I just stood there.

At that point I called out to the bouncer to leave him alone. I said I was innocent! The bouncer, around thirty, taller than me and twice as wide, responded by turning and throwing a right hook that, had it landed, would have done serious, and I mean serious, damage. At that point training took over. Without thought - or sense - 1 sidestepped the right hook and performed a sweeping hip throw on him. He sailed through the air and landed with a satisfying thud, or at least it would have been satisfying had he stayed down.

Holding his shoulder, he got to his feet and rushed me in a crouch. Again, without thought, I performed a stomach throw on him a la James Bond! At this point in the story it might be worth considering that for James Bond the fight would have ended there and he would have gone someplace to make love to a woman of jaw-dropping beauty. I was still in a fight that was about to get very nasty. Although I had thrown him successfully with the stomach throw, the bouncer held on. I got to my feet before him, but he spun onto his knees in front of me and took a tight grip on my collar, which he refused to release.

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My arm was twisted up behind my back and I was punched and kicked from every angle. Unable to escape, 76 Hold-Breaking frightened and angry, I bit, butted, spat, punched and kicked like a madman, but received more than I could give back. The only thing in my favour was that none of the bouncers were very clever. They should have kicked my feet out from under me and stamped me into the deck.

Perhaps it was the fierceness of my defence or the sobering sight of their friend on his knees. I later found out via the police that his collar bone had been broken. There is another side to this story. Somehow I broke free from the arm lock and stood before the bouncers.

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It was an uneasy and tense few seconds, but it looked like none of us wanted to carry on. I was covered in huge bruises, limped very painfully for a few days and my right arm was badly strained, but thankfully nothing more serious. I took several lessons away with me that night, but the single most important one was never, ever, let someone get hold of you and if they do, break the grip as fast as you can. You should never take it for granted that your assailant is both alone and unarmed.

However in legal terms your defence must be lawful; that is, using minimum force only. It stands to reason that an attack by more than one assailant or by an armed assailant is inherently more life-threatening and the law should allow more extreme defences on your part. So for that reason alone, the following scenarios involve one unarmed assailant only. You should be aware that your assailant may be considerably bigger than you, may be able to bench press lb, may be mentally deranged or pumped full of drugs or drink, both of which will make him less responsive to pain.

Further, the situation may lend your assailant an unusual advantage. He may ambush you in the dark or attack you from behind. He may be a burglar, alert and full of adrenalin whilst you are bleary-eyed and half asleep. All attacks should be reported to the police. Ill 4 Throw a left roundhouse elbow to his face. Practise bending and rising into the knee strike on a big bag until you are able to deliver real power. This counter works because the leg is longer and stronger than the right cross. See Chapter Two The reasons that a high kick has been included here are: 1 The assailant has been weakened by a punch to the solar plexus.

This kick should be worked on the big bag religiously. None of these reasons should distract you from the previous warnings that head kicks carry a high degree of risk. You should also note that a right hook is the most natural and powerful blow that an untrained assailant can throw. Usually it is easy to read, but do not underestimate its power and speed. In fact the whole combination is simple, fast and very strong. It is a very good example of why kick boxing has so much to offer in the field of self- defence.

As a general note, it is important to curve the body behind your shots to maximise their power. It is thrown at the standing leg when your opponent has attempted to kick you and all his weight is borne by the support leg. You must be very wary of head-butts - they can finish you before you even know you are in a fight. Try to maintain distance and use a pre- emptive strike if you feel the situation has become threatening. Together with the holds and hold-breaking methods shown in Chapter Four they reflect the most likely types of unarmed assault that you will encounter.

However, cunning and improvisation are the lifeblood of the opportunist criminal and you must remain alert and flexible in your defence. Never hesitate to double-up on your strikes if necessary. As stated before, on certain types of drugs, cocaine for example, your opponent may be nigh on invulnerable to your strikes. In such cases it is necessary to employ throws and strangles. Loop your arm around his neck so that his windpipe is in the crook of your arm. Use your other hand to tighten the hold. This constricts the carotid arteries and jugular veins in the side of the neck.

It can take between half a second and ten seconds to knock someone out with this technique. You will be able to maintain better control if you can take him to the floor, but you should only do this when you are absolutely certain that he is alone. Never, ever, stand in his vision or range. An assault with a blunt instrument such as a cosh, baton, baseball bat or iron bar can render you dead or maimed with just one blow to the head. Moreover, such weapons lend your assailant increased reach, leverage and frightening levels of power. Even if you successfully block such an attack with your arms, it may break your bones, thereby only delaying the outcome by one more blow of the weapon.

Diagram 4 Logic dictates that evasion - the movement of both the legs and upper body - is absolutely essential for you to stand any chance of victory when attacked with a blunt instrument. Movement can be backwards, to get outside of the furthest arc of the weapon; forwards, to move inside the arc of the weapon, or to either side, to give angular advantage.

The chances of you coming through unscathed in an encounter against a baseball bat-wielding assailant are slim. It may be necessary to take blows on the arms, shoulders and legs to protect more vital areas such as the head. I personally know two individuals, one a weight-training karate black-belt and one a kick boxer, who had to fight off baseball bat attacks and got injured in the process.

The karateka cum weight-trainer took the force of the bat on his shoulder in a road-rage incident, then proceeded to beat the hell out of his assailant. The legacy however was months of treatment and physiotherapy to put the shoulder right. The kick boxer, a British champion of genuine class and skill, blocked the bat but sustained a broken arm before going on to wipe the floor with his particular assailant!

Both of these men are good martial artists and their skill and bravery carried them through, but the cost in each case was very painful. I cannot emphasise enough that if you wish to defend yourself successfully, you must practise. Improvisation is all well and good, but skill, strength and speed are required when your back is against the wall. From the second your assailant moves in to attack you should evade him by twisting, turning, ducking and rolling as well as by performing evasive footwork.

Never, ever, stand still for a weapon attack. It is vital to switch on and be very aware of the distance and timing factors. Should he try and play cagey by bluffing with the weapon and trying to force you off balance, you must immediately jam him and deliver a hard strike to his eyes, throat or groin. Practise with a partner until you can do this quickly. It is a very effective disarming technique.

This will cause trauma to the large muscle mass and prevent your assailant continuing his attack. It will certainly prevent him outrunning you over a metre dash. I strongly recommend it against large unarmed assailants and almost any weapon attack. Practise it on the heavy bag until you can evade swiftly and deliver real power in the kick. Only you can judge the seriousness of the threat to your life. Its reach and devastating impact make it a weapon of real terror. With or without nails, a baseball bat is a fearsome weapon and should entitle you to use any means at your disposal in your defence.

For practice, you should pad a three-foot length of broomstick, put on a head guard, elbow and forearm pads, groin protector and shin-guards, then have a friend try to hit you with the padded pole whilst you evade the blows. The difficulties of dealing with this weapon will then present themselves! Never lose sight of the fact that one blow can end the fight. Practise it until it is second nature. Push down on the handle end the second the wrist has been snared. This traps his wrist painfully and makes it possible for you to drive the head of the bat into his face. It will buy you time to leave the scene.

All kicks to the leg have these twin advantages and, should the case go to court, you could point to your deliberate targeting of a non-lethal area. Leave the scene if you can. If forced to fight, assume that your life is in danger and react accordingly. Use defensive movements to prevent accurate distance gauging by your assailant and take a glancing blow rather than a full strike. You must be fast and explosive in your counter-attacks to stand any chance of success. If you get him in trouble, keep him there.

Lastly, never fight a man with a weapon if you have any chance of avoiding it: pride mends more swiftly than bones - if you get the chance to heal. A knife lends an assailant a courage and ruthlessness that ordinarily he would not possess, for it gives him the power to strike you down with one thrust or to wound you grievously with a slashing cut. Further, most people attacked with a knife do not realise that a knife was used until after the attack, mistaking stabs for blows or in the case of cuts, not even being aware that they were there until shock has set in. The availability of knives and the ease of their concealment makes them one of the most frequently used street weapons, and training in self-defence must take account of this.

Whatever your skill level, you must never underestimate the danger of confronting a knife. For the purposes of self-defence any weapon capable of cutting or stabbing - broken bottles, screwdrivers, cut-throat razors and so on - should be dealt with in the same way as a knife. Fairbairn, a former assistant commissioner with the Shanghai Police, wanted to create an effective method of using the knife for the Commandos.

He started by going to see a famous surgeon and asking him for his advice on the most damaging way for a knife or dagger to be employed. What emerged became known as the Timetable of Death and the statistics contained within it make fascinating, if macabre, reading. They should give you pause for thought when considering the potential danger of a knife attack. The carotid artery is found in the neck adjacent to the windpipe. The aorta is the main artery in the body that runs down the centre line of the torso. Warning: Read and re-read the Timetable of Death.

It should make you reconsider the wisdom of ever fighting a knife-wielding assailant - if you have the choice. Protection and Diversion There is a range of tactics which, when employed, may assist you in your defence against a knife.

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Below are some of them: 1 If possible, you should wrap a jacket, shirt or scarf around your arm to prevent getting cut when you parry. Throw them as if you are throwing a knife. Step towards him and hurl them hard, about six inches away from his face. Kick him in the groin and run. Take them and your assailant becomes helpless! Remain in constant motion throughout the attack and never confront your assailant head on - gain an angle and you gain a chance.

Strike fast and accurately, and once you have your assailant in trouble, keep him there. Defences Thrust to stomach: Medium to Long Range Situation One: Your assailant thrusts to your stomach with the knife whilst using his front arm to guard against it being grabbed. Never assume that a knife -wielding assailant will hold out the knife in front of him for you to kick or will be so stupid as to let you grab his arm easily. This defence shows only one of the ways in Fig Fig Fig Knife Attacks Fig Fig Fig which your assailant can make the knife difficult for you reach.

My friend and fellow martial artist, guru Jak Othman, master in seven styles of silat, has ways of concealing and using the knife that are simply frightening. Being grabbed and stabbed is a straightforward, simple and deadly attack frequently employed in street situations. You must react instantly and with maximum ferocity. When you have downed him, finish him quickly.

Also see Diagram 6. Practise this disarm until it is second nature. The use of the side kick stops him in his tracks and buys you a split second in which to throw heavier kicks that finish him. Seize and lock out the weapon-bearing hand. The initiative lies with him because of the instinctive fear that a knife attack arouses. You must act rapidly and decisively if you are to stand any chance of defending yourself. The chances are that you will get cut and if the man attacking you is skilled in any of the knife based arts - silat or escrima for example - your chances are virtually nil.

As a rule of thumb, it is better to shout at or agitate a knifeman and calm a gunman. If you shout, struggle or delay, your assailant may be forced to break off the attack. Deny him time and you increase your chances. The five essentials give you a chance, no more. Learn them by heart.

It should be read to reinforce the extreme dangers of confronting a knifeman. Finally, to hammer home the theme of this chapter, here is a sobering, and at first hard to credit story of trials conducted by police in America. Disturbed by the number of armed policemen being injured or killed a policeman called Tulleners carried out a series of experiments where a knifeman was pitted against a pistol- carrying policeman.

Standing alongside each other the policeman and the knifeman were given tasks. At all ranges under twenty-one feet the knifeman won, not just once, but every time. Now mark out twenty-one feet and imagine you have a gun. It is almost impossible to concede that the knifeman has the advantage, but Tulleners proved it! In this country it has only been in recent years that our police have been given the equipment - Kevlar vests, side-handle batons, CS gas - to deal with knife- wielding criminals, and then only because of a series of incidents where policemen and women were badly injured or killed.

The clamour for better protection for the police was such that the Home Office and police authorities had to act. You will not of course have the weapons the police are now armed with, and for you the situation would be all the more serious. Lastly, should the point need to be driven home any more pun intended , consider this.

Many Special Forces personnel still carry knives into combat in theatres of war where every conceivable weapon, including short-barrelled automatic weapons made specifically for close combat, is available. They know, the police know, the criminals know: knives are deadly - perhaps the ultimate close-quarter weapon.

So great is the danger of this that you must practise specifically to avoid it. Further, if they get you down on the ground, and the odds are clearly in their favour for this, then you risk being severely injured or even killed. Keep on your feet and you double your chances. Time is what they will try to deny you; time to strike back, to manoeuvre, to escape. Therefore you have to make time, you have to find ways of making them come at you one, or at the very least two, at a time. If you want a clearer picture of the process by which a gang will attack, then just watch any of the natural history programmes that feature wolves, lions, hyenas, or cape hunting dogs.

A general scenario will go something like this. One attacker will confront you and draw your attention. Others will move to the sides and rear, while still others will close off potential escape routes. The instant you are engaged by anyone from the gang, the others will swarm all over you. You will be dragged to the ground and stomped into the pavement. The more attackers, the greater the threat. Time, the angles of attack, degree vision, strength and weight are all factors on their side.

A strong, fast kick boxer who thinks quickly and acts decisively might be able to deal with up to three attackers. Beyond that you are in very dangerous waters and only a combination of courage, skill, strength and luck will get you through. The moment you feel that a gang attack is likely, you must survey the area for an escape route.

If escape is not possible then you must use whatever is in the area as a means of making them come at you in ways you can deal with. Never let them come at you all at once! In military terms anything that forces the enemy through narrow or confined gaps is called a defile. Look to make them move through defiles. If humanly possible, pick the ground on which to confront them.

This factor alone may be the most important in surviving a gang attack. The top of a staircase makes it very difficult for a gang to come at you from any angle other than the front. It also Fig Gang Attacks Fig makes kicking very difficult for them and places their heads close to your own feet. Logically if there is anyway you can lock or bar the door, then do so. If not, then position yourself two feet back from the doorframe so that you can deal with attacks from the front, whilst denying your attackers the chance to launch assaults from the flanks. Aggression and ruthlessness are the key.

Strike hard at the first attackers, show no weakness and plant doubt in their minds. In the street, crowd control barriers, the edges of walls, parked vehicles, shop porches, and lampposts restrict their angles of attack. Indoors, furniture, Fixtures and fittings can serve the same purpose. Twist, turn, bob, weave, duck and sidestep left and right. In short, do not become a static target. Well the answer is that you must use footwork to keep them all in your line of sight.

Diagram 7 Aggression and ruthlessness are vital. Do not wait for them to start. Move in rapidly and hit as hard and fast as you can. Keep moving. Kick their legs out from under them and stamp on anyone that goes down. On the off chance that you don't care for the positions and structures, center your learning around the concepts. Release it and attack as you move or avoid to give it a chance to pass. Chi Sao or sticky hands is an affectability drill rehearsed in Wing Chun to show the trainees how to adhere to your adversary and sense the course of energy, counterbalancing their parity point.

There are likewise legs drills called Chi Gerk, and fills a similar tenacity as Chi Sao. For those intrigued by self-preservation, the improvement of Krav Maga over time has stayed consistent with its underlying reason. Krav Maga was resulted from need in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia, when Imi Lichtenfeld consolidated his involvement in road battling, boxing, and wrestling into a framework he used to shield Jewish neighborhoods from hostile to Semitic groups, which led to World War II.

Through this a particular combat framework started to develop. When taking a look at Krav Maga versus Muay Thai, there are two similarities and key contrasts that are quickly clear. Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing, is a mainstream martial art that depends fundamentally on striking rivals both at a distance and close sessions. Krav Maga, then again, is a self-preservation combat framework based on severe proficiency which acquires strategies from martial arts.

Both of these styles have taken off in prevalence as of late, and the correct decision for your preparation eventually relies upon your own objectives to choose between. Muay Thai is now and then called the Art of Eight Limbs because of its emphasis on hits with the hands, elbows, knees, and shins, with the expansion of a neck secure to manage the rival's head into attacks.

During attacks, the whole body pivots to convey the most power possible. Krav Maga, on the other hand, is intended to utilize your body's instinctual developments for quick, severe assaults. Krav Maga assaults versus Muay Thai's war of wearing down style are intended to convey greatest capacity to the most helpless target parts of your assailant.

While blocking is essential, the thought isn't to get injured, so not being hit is supported. Krav Maga assaults incorporate kicks, punches, knees, shins, bolts, and tosses. Although they share comparative backgrounds, present day Muay Thai versus Krav Maga is particularly an examination of a combat sport and a self-preservation framework. As a game, Muay Thai guidelines are intended to advance reasonableness and shield the combatants from any genuine damage. A few attacks, similar to those to the knees or crotch, are not permitted in Muay Thai.

Whereas, Krav Maga's first and most significant principle is to endure. Attacks ought to be coordinated toward your rival's helpless parts, including joints and the crotch. There are no focuses or refs, so you can do what you need to so as to endure. Muay Thai competitors train to battle other Muay Thai competitors in competitiveness. Instead, Krav Maga experts may end up in circumstances where they are confronting an individual with a blade, a firearm, or another weapon and willing to utilize it. Not at all like Muay Thai, may Krav Maga preparing centers around not countering somebody with your very own range of abilities yet countering whatever your aggressor brings to the table.

This versatility makes Krav Maga a remarkably viable self-preservation combat framework for an extensive scope of circumstances. In a battle, the facts confirm that a significant part of the result is because of the manner in which a martial artist utilizes their aptitudes, and not the advanced abilities and procedures they've learned in the deliberately controlled state of an exercise center or dojo.

In case that you train for points or inside the standards of a challenge, then this probably what you'll do in the city. Krav Maga uses true situations and shows you how to respond to those circumstances to guarantee your survival. Muay Thai is a good martial art form and might be an amazing decision for those looking to take part in athletic challenges. But in case you need the molding and abilities to shield yourself and from genuine dangers on the street, you need a ground-breaking and substantiated self-protection framework that people in the world over put into utilization consistently.

That is how basic and easy is the decision to choose between Krav Maga and Muay Thai. Considered as one of the most established games ever, wrestling is a martial art that depends on influence, solid equalization, dangerous power and specialized learning to control and bring down an adversary and keep up an unrivaled position. Preparing wrestling is no doubt a difficult martial art that shows its specialists numerous important exercises being a competitor and about enduring day by day life. Truth be told, wrestling is one of the not many types of martial arts that apparently matches up well against all other combative techniques in combat sports.

And that is why wrestlers have been so prevailing in blended combative techniques for quite a while now. Above all else, as we see that wrestlers are unfathomably touchy and utilize enormous speed and capacity to overpower their rivals. Furthermore, wrestlers have the sort of top weight that makes it feel like you're stuck underneath a little truck, as we have seen many times.

What's more to it, finally, wrestlers are famously hard to unbalance. They have a huge base and utilize great edges and stance to keep up prevailing catching positions. So, you may think, so how does this convert into sway? On the off chance that a wrestler increases top control and applies surprising weight, you will probably be on the finish of some noteworthy ground and pound that may constrain an official to bounce in and stop the challenge before it even starts.

But if you are a Muay Thai practitioner, you can apply several techniques and skills to over power as well. Such as, battle at a separation and be traditionalist with your strike determination. Try not to be totally reluctant, in light of the fact that you won't offer a sufficient danger to your rival to prevent them from attacking from all edges. In any case, rather, you ought to effectively hit with long punches, for example, the hit, so you can continue siphoning your attacks out at your adversary while keeping up a sheltered separation.

The further you can fend off a wrestler from you, the less infiltration they will get with their takedowns and the more shots you have of protecting the takedown endeavor. Each wrestling match puts your psychological and enthusiastic solidarity to the test. Envision all the exertion and quality you put into each match, pushing you to the verge of physical and mental weariness each and every time. And that is how through wrestling, you figure out how to work through disappointment and dissatisfaction and utilize your errors as a stage for learning.

While there's no uncertainty that the advantages of wrestling are ample. From physicality to life exercises learned on the tangle, wrestling is really a stunning game that offers individuals the chance to accomplish their maximum capacity but as so is Muay Thai with its effective techniques. It is commonly classified as a cutting edge martial art, which later advanced into a battle and Olympic game. Its most noticeable element is its aggressive component, where the goal is to either toss or takedown an adversary to the ground, put out of action or generally repress a rival with a stick, or power a rival to submit with a joint lock or a gag.

Both Judo and Muay Thai are very unique in application, yet comparative in preparing. There are few overlapping procedures; however, this overlapping of techniques would make the styles successful to incorporate with one another in case you're hoping to turn into a competitor. When you blend martial arts like Judo and Muay Thai, you get MMA a half and half military martial art, which covers all extents.

So, found in this light Muay Thai is just one side of the coin in hand to hand fighting, it is a hitting art with kicks and punches utilized in battling while at the same time standing. Anyway, the opposite side of the coin is catching and presenting your adversary on the ground. Here is the place where Judo comes in, it is the opposite side of the coin. There are a rare sort of people who have moved their Judo aptitudes effectively in MMA.