Thoughts From Tonights Class

Tonight we focused on advanced gun disarms--not that any gun disarm is simple. The reason I stress "advanced" is because any time you are guarding yourself against a gun, you better know what the hell you are doing.. and do it flawlessly. Precision, control, flow, aggression and a thorough understanding of body mechanics (i.e. leverage points) are your best friends. Me, I still need lots of practice on all of these, even after 10 years study of martial arts.

Filipino Martial Arts have helped me in all of the above categories to a great extent. When practicing martial arts, especially ones that focus largely on self-defense and one-on-one drills, lots of new skills need to be developed. Or at least, this is what I have found to be true. Probably one of the biggest issues Filipino Martial Arts has helped me to overcome is feeling comfortable physically manipulating another individual. Depending on the type of person you are, it can be an awkward experience to think about moving or hitting someones arm to create an opening to hit them in the chest or throat. Filipino Martial Arts is very real, perhaps even too real for some people.

Anyway, I'd like to get back on subject here. Tonight we focused on controlling the gun-wielding arm from many different drawl positions.

**Special Note:** Keep in mind, when we do these drills, our purpose is to become comfortable interacting with an assilant in such a potential situation. We do not practise these drills thinking that we are creating a "receipe", implying that when the assilant does "x" we do "y" to produce our desired result. Self-defense is not a mathematical equation. Rather, it is more like learning to dance. You learn various basic steps of different styles, but when you dance with a partner, each dance is going to be spontaneous and completely unique.

Drill 1: The assilant draws his gun from side hip position, with the opposite arm from which the gun is holstered. This motion can be likened to a back fist type presentation of the arm. In FMA, this motion is also identified as a "2" stick/arm strike.

Our counter was to aggressively block the arm, manuvering into place with a female step and a double hand block, before the muzzel was pointed towards oneself. An important note here is that the object of this block is not to vigorously attack the arm and launch it into space in the opposite direction. We want to control the arm. So just enough force needs to be applied to stop the arm, stun the arm and stun the assilant. At which point, you grab the wrist with the outside hand (being sure not to move it even a hair) and simulaneously strike the face with an aggressive back hand. Of course, when working with a partner, you strike the inside surface of the shoulder. And from there we worked on an inside lock. After the face strike, the inside hand snakes over the gun-wielding arm, (sensitivity must be used when performing this techniqe) and locking the arm just below the shoulder with your chest and tricep area of the arm. Keep in mind that while all of this is going on, the outside hand is still controlling the wrist of the gun-wielding arm, which then becomes the third point of the lock.

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