Saturday, February 03, 2007

Ground Pound Defense

One of the most important skills you can have is to be able to defend yourself on the ground, from the bottom, then gain a more dominant and defensible position. Hence the need for tactics like the one we will cover today. I first saw this on Hock Hochheim's site as part of his on-line CQC magazine, now defunct (it's been rolled into his blog, and email newsletter). Here you will see Sam and me demonstrate a slightly modified version.

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1. You find yourself down with an attacker on top of you.

2. The attacker begins to pound. Cover with your forearms and attempt to block with the point of your elbows.

3. Sit up, clasping the attacker around the waist...

4. Pull him down, neutralizing his punches. The attacker will probably post on his hands to avoid smashing his face on the deck.

5. Quickly reach between his arms, and use a head twist takedown.

5a. Closeup. Pull from the back of the head (or hair) and push on the opposite side of the chin. Pull/push his head in the direction you'd like him to go.

6. Bridge while performing the takedown, then...

7. Use the bicycle-kick to pummel the attacker, then...

8. Stand up as soon as possible.

9. Another method is to wrap one or both arms, and...

10. Hook the ankle on the side you want to throw your attacker, then bridge.

Enjoy!

5 comments:

Dojo Rat said...

Love it, man!
Gonna work on this with the boys on Monday.
The other thing I see is driving a finger into the hollow notch at the base of the throat, conception 21 on the meridian chart I believe, which is always a good technique to gain space when an attacker is on you-- Dojo Rat

Nathan Teodoro said...

Thanks DR. There are also eye gouges, etc. The reason for doing it this way is that a larger attacker may just fall on you. After teach women's self-defense for years, I filtered by what worked for them. Now I "fight like a girl!"

Sam Bertolino said...

I know that we are avoiding the "Sport Model" in our techniques but it looks like from picture no. 6 that you could have rolled right into mounting me from that position (if you wanted to!)

Nathan Teodoro said...

That's true. It's a nice instructional article. That sport reflex does make you want to stay down there and just grapple or groundfight. Need to think survival, not winning, though.

Nathan Teodoro said...

Oh, what does the "sport model" look like? Is that like what you see in SI?