Thursday, 26 July 2012

Takedown #2

Smiling again!  The defender begins turning the attacker around

he second takedown in my series involves a basic choking technique.

In Jiu Jitsu, we used to refer to this takedown as "takedown #2". And the choke at the end of the technique, we called the "rear naked strangle". Naked, because we didn’t make use of the attacker’s clothing as part of the choke.

Early in my Jiu Jitsu career, I was on the receiving end of many of these chokes. One of the most technically finessed people who put these chokes on me was one of my seniors in the art, Sensei Bruce Stanton.

Stanton’s level of control was exquisite and the pain – if only for a moment - deep and searing. (Stanton, and another one of my seniors, Sensei Hal Batke, performed some really great demonstrations in the early days of Jiu Jitsu in Toronto).

Before we start, a few words about takedowns in general.

1.  All takedowns should work against a variety of attacks - kicks, punches, bear hugs, chokes - from any angle.

2.  Takedowns should blend smoothly will all aspects of your self defense - strikes, kicks, etc.

3.  If a takedown doesn’t work, carry on - smoothly - with the rest of your counterattack (strikes, throws). Never freeze up just because a technique missed or didn’t work. You have 100s of other techniques waiting for takeoff!

(This type of mentality corresponds with that of a boxer - some punches will miss, others won’t. Just carry on).

4.  As far as strength is concerned - I prefer a smooth, light type of force; I try not to push the attacker with a stiff arm or use a rigid hip or stance to propel my takedowns. Relaxed limbs have the ability to change directions in a split second, adapting to the high speed changes in a self defense scenario.

Tight muscles must first come out of their rigid position in order to change direction. They’ll have to return to normal length by relaxing. Relax in the first place, and then change direction. Your speed will increase by 2/3.

Still smiling, the attacker is spun around into a choke

Let’s take a close look at our takedown for today -

1.  Push the attacker’s left shoulder with your right hand while pulling his or her right shoulder toward you with your left hand. If you time this movement correctly, you won’t require a great deal of force.

The speed and power of your push/pull comes from the legs and the hips. Please don’t push straight from your shoulders.

Learn to adapt this movement to various heights and angles - and various attacks.

2.  Spin the attacker around. Your right forearm will automatically settle in across the front of the attacker's throat while your left arm will find itself behind his upper back. Slip the left hand down to the middle of the attacker's back and pull back across his throat with your right forearm.

This movement will unbalance him.

3.  Stepping back with your right leg, begin pulling her back and down. Drop on your right knee. (Drop on your left knee if your left arm is around her throat). Bring your left hand around in front. Place your right hand in your left hand, grip, and begin choking the attacker.

To render the choke more effective, push against her back with your chest and stomach.

In the next post on takedowns, I’ll concentrate on a very famous leg sweeping technique!

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