Saturday, 18 April 2015

Self Defense - Come Along #2

oday’s come along is demonstrated by a retired front line field officer with thirty years as a Use of Force instructor as well as thirteen years as a Firearms Instructor.

Those are big numbers, especially where experience counts.

But there’s more - thirty years as a martial artist, from his early days as a student of Sifu Paul Chan of the Hong Luck Kung Fu Association through to his many years of training in Karate and in Jiu Jitsu onto more recent explorations into the internal martial arts of China.

Having had plenty of first-hand experience solving conflict situations, VanExan takes his come alongs very seriously.

Partnered with him, is another very “old school” martial artist – Sensei/Sifu Terry Langevin. Langevin has been a professional instructor for many years. Whether he’s teaching Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Tai Chi, Chi Kung…he’s always humble about his deep talents.

As a professional, you’d figure he’d want to create as many Black Belts as possible…grind them out like donuts and instant coffee…just to bring in the dollars. Well, receiving…no, earning…a Black Belt from him is a bit like winning the lottery, along with plenty of hard work coupled with heaps of time on the floor.

Forgive me but I just want to put a little bio into the photos. It provides them with a bit more context.

With COME ALONG #1, we concentrated on the fingers; here, in Come Along #2, we direct our attention to the elbows and shoulders.

One critique VanExan gave of the Come Along #1 article was to point out that the majority of peace officers carry their sidearm at their right side. He suggests initiating control at the suspect’s right side leaving the officer’s right hand free if need be to access his or her sidearm.

The entry

1.   Step toward your partner’s right side.  With your left hand, reach in between his right arm and his torso. At the same time, push, slap or strike the right side of your partner’s head away from you. The goal here is to momentarily stun the opponent and delay or interfere with an attack from his left side.

Initiate the lock

A closer look at the lock

2.   With your right hand, grasp his or her elbow, pulling the elbow toward you while hooking your left arm in between the back of his forearm and upper arm area.

The finish

3.   Once his arm is “hooked”, secure the lock by pulling his head back toward you. I often use  an eagle claw grip on the throat; in the photo, VanExan pushes upward and back under Langevin’s nose which is very effective. Other peace officers may simply grab the suspect’s left shoulder and pull it toward them.

No matter which of the above you decide to use, it’s important to rotate your left arm clockwise at the same time so that his right hand moves toward his right shoulder. That completes the lock.

In all come along training, there must be enough painful persuasion so that your partner ends up on her or his toes. During examinations in Jiu Jitsu, if your partner follows wherever you go on tip toes, we know you have the necessary control.

Again, I’d like to thank Sensei Dan VanExan and Sensei/Sifu Terry Langevin. Both have conducted numerous seminars. I encourage you to contact them. VanExan Training Services can be reached at Terry Langevin Educational Systems can be reached at

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