KI CHUAN DO TRAINING TIPS #45:
SELF-DEFENSE GRAPPLING FOR WOMEN?
On the subject of using grappling and sportive ground fighting by
women against a rabid rapist, I have this to say.
Imagine that you are a strong sport fighter with an emphasis on
ground grappling. You weigh maybe 175-220 pounds. You are in a
New York City club. Suddenly one of the 375 pound 6'6" professional
bouncers bumps you and while he is punching you in the head and
grabbing by the windpipe says that he owns you and you are now his B%$##.
Is this where you get him into an arm or wrist lock or take him to the
ground into a submission?
Now imagine that you are 120 pounds, have long hair, are wearing
ill fitting clothes and unbalancing shoes. A man fresh out of prison
weighing 200 pounds ripped with muscles grabs you by the hair,
slams you with his fist and drags you to the ground.
Is this where you get him into an arm or wrist lock or put him into
a submission? Obviously this is not the answer.
How about just punching the bad guy's lights out with your
fists of doom? If you have not been paying attention to your
surroundings all of the best techniques will go out the window.
Let's say that you are in the night club with the crazy bouncer who
for some reason just wants to hurt you. Now you can see him coming.
Do you now get him into an arm, or wrist lock or take him to the
ground into a submission or "guard" position or simply punch him out
with fists of doom?
Or you are that same woman who sees the nasty prison trained
super rapist. Now you see his intention. He approaches you, you have
nowhere to run. Do you now get him into an arm bar, wrist lock, take
him down for a submission or punch him silly with your fists of doom?
There are so many real options that will have a far greater chance to
aid you in some form of escape/defense. I am not talking about static
attack and defense training either. Your training must be alive and
dynamic, coming from all angles of attack which allows you to flow
with the attacker and strike decisively.
So what do you do?
You train intensly in the KCD principles. Get some serious striking power.
Actually practice real attack scenarios put together by a forensic
homicide/rape expert who has had real street fighting law enforcement
experience where it is truly life and death.
Actually work with some of these super bouncers who have training in
Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Wrestling, Karate and best of all have experience on the
front line as members of various College Football teams. Talk about taking
I just thought I would pose these questions so that you could think for
yourselves and not get caught up in the latest sport fighting craze and think
that is a substitute for reality.
KCD rule #1-- Never bring your bare hands to a knife fight.
KCD rule #1a-- Know the difference. Can you know for certain that your attacker is armed?
So---- Never grapple with a knife wielding maniac. Right. Nuff said.
I hope to have some feedback from some or all of you thousand members.
It is all grist for the mill.
If you can get to the upcoming seminar series for even just one of the sections do it.
Hint: the underlying theme for much of the new seminar series is:
Don't Let 'em get you down!
I am waiting for questions-- BTW most likely one or two of the NYC bouncers
will be attending also just for your further education. Even a gripe is a good
response sometimes: So let me hear it folks. Even if you are an advanced
warrior you can send in some questions to help the others out.
Let's hear it from some of you marines and SF guys. I know you are busy in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of you have been great.
LTC Ridenhour will be instructing at Camp LeJeune. If you have some
questions for him just send them here.
Thank you, JP
"I have a question about sensitivity and contact flow. When I am doing
contact flow, I know you say that if the arms are pushed beyond the range
of my own or my partner's chest, to just go straight in for a strike. But
how do I do this if my partner's arm is in the way? This pertains to
the "outward pressure on your arm" part in the sensitivity/looseness
parts of your book, which, unfortunately, I think is hard to understand
(the rest is great!). So if you could talk a little bit about outward pressure
on your arm, that would help us. Some praise: I love KCD even though
I am trained in a very traditional martial art. The balance chapter has been
especially helpful; it actually compliments all of the other training I have,
instead of working against it. That's why, when I recommend the book to
my comrades, I call it "martial grease". I am really glad that I happened
upon your book and website (waiting for the DVD to arrive!). Hope to
make it to a seminar some day. ---L. PS - "In the Eye of the Storm"
would have been a better title for your book, in my opinion.
You should have kept it that way... :)"
Unfortunately our publisher had the last word on the book's title
("if you don't like it we won't print it!") and so our book's content and
name send mixed messages. Maybe our next book we'll self publish...
Here's the deal with regard to Contact Flow (students in class have heard
me say this a million times but at least they get to see it visually):
Contact Flow is about FEELING where your opponent is and where
he isn't. We focus on feel because, as stated in John's article above, there's
always someone stronger than you and it's usually your attacker.
To find an opening in your opponent's defense you can't bash your way thru
(if you could, you wouldn't need this or any art anyway). You must learn
to fold, slither, slide, skim, weasel, and ricochet into openings but you'll never
learn to find them if you always challenge your opponent's strength. You
may say "but there ARE no openings!" Unless your attacker is encased in a
plexiglass sphere, this is a physical impossibility. There are infinite openings
that are limited only by:
1- Your looseness
2- Your balance
3- Your ability to freely step to a new root point that is of equal or
closer distance to your opponent (as explained many times by Col. Al
in his Newsletter articles and of course in the Attackproof Companion
Video Part 2).
If outward pressure is being exerted on your arm, here are just a few of
many possible reactions that are dictated NOT by rote memorization
of techniques, but by your sensitivity to energy:
1-Turn your body in the opposite direction like a revolving door
and hit him with the other hand.
2-Shrug your shoulder high and take a different, higher entry angle to his
3-Collapse at the elbow and fold your hand strike in.
4-Collapse the elbow the other way, step in and hit with the elbow.
5-Pull his outward pressure in the same direction he's going: he'll either
fall into his own trap and he can meet your oncoming fist or he'll pull back--
in which case you reverse direction and follow him back with the same
6-Use the outward pressure to rotate you into a knee strike from the
...and on and on limited only by your PRACTICED creativity. Yes, creativity
must be practiced, because a closed mind and nervous system is what
we humans practice MOST.
(Note that all of these should not be felt at all by your oppoent until he is struck.
A common error is to push off of the opponent's block which practically email's
your intentions to him!)
Remember: a snake slithering thru grass doesn't slam his head repeatedly against
rocks in his path. His sensitive tongue senses heat and pressure and he winds his
way around obstacles. A venomous snake will do the same thing in a fight,
saving it's power for the actual impact of the bite. Hope this helps!
"We do a drill in class-- the line drill where you face 3 to 4 people and
strike and evade and get away via an escape route. Question is I have a
partner who will dive onto the floor and latch onto my leg, while the other
three are attacking, he is 240 lbs. I'm able to keep my balance for some
time but eventually I end up on the ground and piggie piled. I've simulated
kicks to his head while I was standing and short of kicking him for real I
don't think he will let go. Should I fall as soon as I feel him and pull my
legs in to get the eye gouges? Also in this situation who is my greatest threat
the guy holding me or the others attacking? I use to think the other
attackers; but being kept immobile seems worse."
Number One: in a multiple attacker scenario you should always be
stomping the ground close combat style for balance. This should smash hands
and crack heads (see Mexican Hat Dance drill from book and Companion
DVD Part1). If he grabs one leg, you need the one-legged root ability to
change roots and cave or stomp his head in with the other boot. (Also recognize
that in classroom practice it is a common error for stuents to not recognize or
accept that they've been kicked in the head--until they really are. You have to use
caution--or as Al says, "have great insurance!" This happens alot in our stick
fighting classes also where we'll use a padded stick and even when an attacker is
slammed repeatedly in the shins they keep advancing. John usually rectifies
this error by tapping them with one of our steel canes so they can feel the pain.)
But you can't stomp everyone. If you're going to the ground
Master Perkins recommends actually fall/sitting on the guy's head--hard.
Then pull your legs into the foetal position if he's still latched on and rake his
eyes. Roll away, attempting to keep your slashing feet between your
attackers and your head. This is no picnic, and as demonstrated by Col. Al
in our video clips, you need to get to your knife/gun as soon as you
have the space).
Since if you've done this correctly the guy on your feet should be feeling
some real pain, the other guys will be your greatest threat. Hope this helps!
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