Why You Need a Self-Defense Backup Plan Even When You're Armed!
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But what happens when your opponent does something that takes you by surprise? When he shoots in for a takedown before you have a chance to strike? When he grabs your stick before you can even start swinging it? When he makes you drop your weapon? When he deploys his own ϐ using yours? Worst of all, what happens when any of these scenarios plays out in a real-world altercation in which rules and restraint are not part of the picture?
Outside the Box
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Plan of Action
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Attacker Attempts a Takedown
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Attacker Grabs Your Weapon
The Scenario: Watch any video footage of public unrest around the world, and there’s a good chance you’ll see a situation in which a police baton is # ϐ can use it. The bad guy then unleashes a series of punches designed to incapacitate the cop. Such a strategy also can be used against you in a self-defense situation. The Solution: Once the opponent grabs your stick and ϐ ǡ # rather than immediately struggling to regain control. Grab the other end of the weapon with your empty hand and use it as a shield against his punch. If he’s persistent and throws a kick, you can block it, too, using the shaft of the stick. Continue as necessary.
If the aggressor is still holding the stick after you repeatedly maneuver it to block his blows, you need to execute a release. One example entails twisting the weapon, pushing it down and pulling it away to break free of his grasp. With the stick under your control, use the punyo (butt end) to strike his temple. If necessary, subdue him with a choke. The Side Note: In the Philippines, it’s common for police to use a baton in the front of their body. This tactic is designed to create distance, but it also can encourage people to grab the weapon. Grabbing a cop’s ǡ ϐ legally can employ a variety of techniques to control, strike or take down the suspect.
In contrast, police in the United States and some other countries are taught to keep their baton — and other weapons — behind them while using their empty hand to create distance.
Attacker Makes You Lose Your Weapon
The Scenario: You’re facing a foe who happens to be fast. Fast enough to dart in and take you to the ground. Fast enough to make you drop your weapon in the process. The Solution: Your immediate priority is self-preservation. That likely means using your arms to shield your face and perhaps your palms to protect your forehead — you don’t want any punches to land while you’re in this position.
Your next priority is to visually locate your dropped weapon (assuming it fell nearby). If it’s within arm’s ǡ ǯ ϐ limb or two to create space to retrieve the stick. As in the example shown in the photo sequence, use the arm that trapped the punch to grab the man’s neck and pull him close. Then execute a close-range punyo strike to the temple. Maintaining your hold on his head, plant your right foot and lift your hip while driving another punyo strike into his temple. The stick strikes should ϐ ϐ Ǥ leave you in an offensive position, from which you can gouge his eyes or continue to pound his temple. The Side Note: It’s essential to be aware of where you roll your attacker. You don’t want to move him close to the weapon you dropped because then he could use it against you. Although the scenario depicted in the photos involves a stick, it would be even more devastating if it was a knife or a gun and the opponent managed to get control of it.
Attacker Deploys a Weapon First
The Scenario: The severity of the threat causes you to deploy a stick for self-defense. Unfortunately, your opponent manages to get the jump on you with his bludgeon. The Solution: As soon as the opponent swings, create distance by sliding backward. With your body out of range, you can deal with the club that was just swung in front of you. Close the gap by stepping forward with your stick held in both hands; that makes a superior blocking tool for his next attack. Use your left forearm to make contact with the attacker’s hand to reduce the momentum of his swing — which is essential if he’s using a heavy implement like a baseball bat. Your left hand is close to his face, so it makes sense to initiate a quick eye gouge and then regrasp your stick. Because he’s still close, you can drive a punyo strike into his face. As before, the temple makes an ideal target. The Side Note: First, the blocking technique used in this scenario is suportado. It involves supporting the stick with your free hand. The extra support means the block is sturdy enough to absorb a lot of force.
Second, if you possess sufϐ ǡ might be able to step in and get close enough to meet the attacking hand instead of blocking the stick. The theory is that the closer you get to the source of the power, the safer it is to intercept the attack because the angular velocity of the point of contact is reduced. Translation: If you intercept the arm, it takes less force to stop the swing and it doesn’t damage your hand. That kind of win-win situation is what arnis is all about.
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