Arresting Locks and Compliance Holds

Arresting techniques are very different from the usual fighting techniques that you use against an opponent. When you compete or fight for self-defense you and your opponent are on equal footing. However, in arresting, you cannot be in equal to your opponent. You should always be one or two steps ahead in thinking and positioning. You should be able to move in properly before your counterpart figures out what your next move is. By the time your opponent realizes what you are doing, you should already been in control of him.

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The knowledge of arresting locks opens up a new insight into the vulnerability of the techniques that your opponent might use. When you know arresting locks, you can take control of the situation no matter what an attacker might throw at you. They also enable you to take immediate control of your attacker’s weapon if necessary and use it against him.

There are three positions that you want to move into to arrest your counterpart: behind him, on the side of him, or take him to the ground while you remain upright. Once you secure one of these positions you should be able to control his joints in various ways so that you don’t lose control over him until you have completely immobilized him.

Arresting locks are effectively applied to both empty handed attackers and armed attackers. Since the arresting locks are geared to manipulating the body into inescapable positions, once you know how to do the techniques properly, you can take complete control of attackers without causing permanent damage.

Here are a few suggestions to enhance your knowledge of locking up your opponent with ease. Continue reading

Knife Defense: Advantages of Simplicity

The following article is based on the principles and techniques taught in the Knife Defense videos.

Much has been written  about the effectiveness of one system or another in a realistic or “street” situation. Many styles claim to be scientifically designed or to have secret techniques to defeat even the toughest of opponents, including armed assailants. Yet when it comes to an assailant armed with a knife, you don’t need to learn a lot of fancy, secret techniques, you only need to remember four simple options. In an armed confrontation, basic is best and the most direct techniques are the ones that will give you the opportunity to walk away when it’s over.

Four Choices, One Result

When faced with a weapon, you have four choices: retreat, lateral inside close, lateral outside close or pass by. Each of these initial movements allows you to shorten the distance between you and your opponent. Once you get close, you can apply the defense of your choice. If you prefer kicking, you can use a kick. If you prefer locking, you can apply a lock. If you prefer grappling, you can take your opponent to the ground. But to use any of these skills, you first have to get close to your attacker. Or run. Fast.
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Retreat: Cowardice or Foresight

To retreat is generally seen by the opponent as a sign of cowardice. You are too afraid to fight or you are unable to match your opponent’s strength, so you step back to avoid being drawn into a confrontation. However, the retreat can be a smart initial move since it gives you a chance to measure your attacker’s seriousness and prepare a strategy. And there is always the chance that when you signal a retreat, your attacker will back off enough to let you escape. This is, of course, the safest and most intelligent way to defeat an armed attacker. It is also the least likely outcome. Continue reading

7 Principles of Knife Combat

The following article is based on the principles and techniques taught in the Knife Defense videos. It is intended to give a brief overview of the central tenet of knife combat for the experienced martial artist. This article is for educational purposes only.

Many years have passed since my last mission as a special agent in the military. Looking back, I find something valuable from what I learned in the training Academy. My combat instructor T. Kim used to scream at us during the grueling knife-fighting training sessions, “Once engaging, do not run away from your opponent, get closer to him! Dissolve the knife in your head!”

In the midst of chaotic situations where knives, clubs, metal pipes, rocks flying around, our unit members who tried to run away from the attackers got seriously injured. Those who chose to stay closer and fight, by following T. Kim’s instruction, survived.

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The cardinal rule of combat, whether against a knife or an empty-handed adversary is “Once engaging, stay tactically close to your opponent!” Especially when your opponent is armed with a knife, there is often no way out but to stay close and fight. The keys for surviving in close quarters combat against a knife are:

First, read the intent of your enemy. In combat, the enemy has only one motive, to eliminate you and obtain his objective. This often made the first assessment for me simple – there was not option to escape or placate my attackers. In civilian life, however, you must read your attacker’s intentions. Assess what he wants from you: your money, your car, your pride, your honor, your life – assailants have many motives for attacking their victims. If you can buy your way out of a situation, whether through material possessions or your wits, this is your best option. Do not hesitate to give the attacker if he wants if it means he will spare you injury. Continue reading

Junsado Strategy

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In two words, the core Junsado combat strategies are perception and deception. Perceiving what the opponent intends is the primary goal. Then analyse and plan your actions. But do not allow your opponent to perceive what you intend to do. Deception comes into play at this stage. There are obvious deceptions and unseen deceptions. Both are good for combat. Sometimes the most obvious deception is the best. Skillful interaction of perception and deception paves the road for your success.

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Introduction to Two Basic Strategies

1. Primary Response. The primary response is the instinctive animalistic safety response that you are born with. It has four goals:

1) To gain time to escape;
2) To secure the stability to fight back;
3) To establish mental and physical superiority over your opponent;
4) To create the opening for your secondary response.

2. Secondary Response. The definition of the secondary response is the actions necessary to end a confrontation. There are simple techniques and complex techniques; single techniques and multiple combinations such as lateral and planar combinations. Some forces are often unified or opposed, therefore you must be able to perceive the condition of the forces to unify or oppose them in 9 different ways.

Junsado Fundamentals

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Five Stages of Movement

Every movement in Junsado goes through five different stages in a simple flow :

1. Preparation
2. Execution
3. Impact
4. Follow through
5. Finish & Repose.

Your stance, footwork, mobility, hand skills, kicking skills, and joint immobilization skills are critical for combat preparation. (For details, refer to the book Combat Strategy – Junsado: The Way of The Warrior.)

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Junsado Basics

1. Stance is divided into two fundamental types: full stance and half stance.

2. Hand skills areclassified in two types: open and closed.

3. Elbow techniques are linear and circular.

4. Take-down techniques are static and dynamic.

5. Joint locks are standing immobilization and ground pinion.

6. Footwork is classified in two ways: offensive and defensive.

Junsado Concepts

Simplicity is a Blend of Complexity

30bannerTo gain victory, it is essential to understand the nature of the conflicting forces. Forces either attract or repel each other. When you are able to grab and let go of the force, you may attain the unity of your action that can blend all happenings into one great flow without losing your perspective on the ultimate victory. This is the way of combat expert.

Combat is conflict between opposing forces. Opposition, resistance, competition, and discord are the nature of conflict. Once they take over your action, you will be opposed, resisted and in discord. The emotional reaction should be replaced by total concentration and dedication to a single reality at hand.

Junsado Principles

Junsado is the way of combat expert. Junsado techniques are grounded in the principles of change: changes in you, changes in your opponent and changes in the environment are all considered in Junsado strategy. It is a living art that evolves and adapts to the individual fighter and environment. Junsado is the system of no system that is necessary to meet the challenges of combat.

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No system includes every way: freethinking and bound by no limit. Once being bound by styles, one thinks in narrow ways missing the true way. Favoring one system is as dangerous as not knowing any system at all. One must not favor any style, weapon, nature of self, but be free to think and walk the way of no way. Ultimately you should not be a molded product but be the handler of you that is only guided by your will that is free from the rules of this and that. That is what Junsado stands for.