Sunday, September 01, 2013

Vunak's Top 50 Combat Secrets Ch. 21

Chapter 21 – Locking the Art of Joint Reversals

Many people say that you can never pull off an arm lock in a real fight (standing up), and still there are many other people that teach nothing but locks (without adding anything else) and the truth lies somewhere in between.

In a real mean street fight, jabbing the eyes, blasting, kicking the groin, head butts, knees, elbows, biting, etc… Are all tools that I would put at the forefront. However, of 100 fights that we may get into, usually “less than 5 are real mean street fights”, the other 95, I would categorize as simple physical altercations, for example you maybe driving down the street and get into a fender bender. Unless you are unlucky enough to crash into Rampage Jackson’s new truck, most likely who ever you crashed into is an average person, perhaps a business man, and if said altercation does turn physical, the last thing in the world you need to do is pull out eye jabs, biting, and head butts. So in a nut shell, in most cases… in most fights… moves such as sweeping, restraining, and locking are actually viable.

The problem however, as with all martial art problems, lye within the training methods, or the lack there of. If your training method in locking starts from a lapel grab, no matter how many locks you know, no matter how many fancy combinations you can do, the truth of the matter is, when a person is throwing a punch at you, all of those techniques and 50 cents will get you a cup of coffee. One must first have a viable method of defending the blows. And then secondarily, segway into the locks. Conversely, if one tries to apply a lock straight out of a punch the first thing they will find out is, that the punch has already retracted or hit your face, before you ever get a chance to apply your lock. One can not train against a static target, and then expect to apply their techniques against a moving target. It would be like surfing in the dessert. So what is the answer….

Step 1: Learn destructions. The best way we know to deal with strikes is to destroy the incoming blow. Now said hand is both slowed down and injured, and ripe for a lock.

Step 2: When applying destructions, the feeder can not go full speed. Therefore we have come up with a drill that is somewhere between a lapel grab, and a full speed blow. To put it simply, it resembles slow motion punching, and we call this numerada. This drill that we call numerada, teaches us to do destructions against moving punches. And now we are ready for step 3.

Step 3: Applying locks out of numerada, after destructions. Picture, one person, throwing a series of jabs, crosses, etc… At 50% speed. In the numerada fashion, now picture the training partner, the recipient, destroying these punches and flowing to a lock combination. After two or three locks, the recipient lets go and allows another punch to come in. This process is repeated over and over to some nice rhythmic music, and after several hours turns into several months the notion of destroying a punch and putting the adversary in some lock, turns from the impossible in to the viable.

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