2 – Palm Heel Strike with the right hand to the attacker’s right wrist to begin the process of breaking the hold. Be sure to strike near the wrist, not the arm or forearm, as this will provide more leverage. And just move the attacker’s hand far enough to break contact with your neck. This strike is very much like #6 of the Soft Blocking System.
3 – Palm Heel Strike with your left hand. This is the same technique as #2 on the opposite side and equates to #5 of the Soft Blocking System.
4 – Backhand Block with your right hand to “check” attacker’s left hand. This momentarily protects against a strike or attempt to reapply the choke. Movements 3 and 4 are similar to the movement of Soft Block #10. Note: Movements 2-4 should be done in rapid succession generating power from the hips.
5 – Trap. After breaking the chokehold, circle your left arm over the attacker’s right and trap with an eagle claw grip right above the elbow.
6 – Palm Heel Strike to the chin, driving the attacker’s head back and off-setting his balance to the rear. The strike is followed by an eye gouge. During the Palm Heel Strike, step up with your left foot so that it is approximately even with the attacker’s right foot. This sets him up for the sweep in the next move.
9 – Arm Bar Rollover. Place your right palm against the attacker’s elbow and apply pressure to effect the rollover. Be sure to walk around the attacker’s head as you roll him over.
10 – Shoulder Pin. After placing the attacker into a prone position, try to attain a 90-degree angle with his arm in relation to his body and in relation to the ground. His range of motion in the shoulder joint will determine the angle. Then apply pressure on his wrist by pressing his fingers toward the back of his head. This is a good point to check your back for other attackers. If all is clear, finish the shoulder pin by placing your right knee diagonally across the attacker’s shoulder blade and use your left leg to maintain the arm bar.
11 – Bar Hammer Lock. To convert the Shoulder Pin into a Bar Hammer Lock, bend the attacker’s arm and pivot on your feet so that your left knee is across the attacker’s lower back. [Be careful to use your right hand to assist your partner with this movement during training. Failure to do so can result in serious injury to his elbow.] Maintain the wrist lock and adjust your right foot so that it locks against the attacker’s triceps to prevent him from pulling out of the hold.
12 – Cervical Crank. Hyperextend the attacker’s cervical vertebrae by grasping the bridge above his eyes (with an optional eye gouge), or his hair (unless he doesn’t have any hair, like Bernie), and pulling back.
13 – Head Smash. After the Cervical Crank, finish the technique by smashing the attacker’s head into the ground.
14 – Shoulder Roll Escape.
We started our American Tactical Ju-jitsu training in Afghanistan with a Practical Self-defense Course held at the US Embassy in Kabul. These skills are particularly important for someone who is working here in the war zone.
Here are a few photos of our students going through the martial arts techniques they learned to defend against a number of violent attacks.
Ippon #2 begins with a Soft Block #2 followed by an arm break from the outside.
Next, a reverse palm heel strike to the chin and a roundhouse kick to the common peroneal nerve, followed by a outside foot sweep.
An arm bar roll-over using the knee for a pivot point places the attacker in a prone position.
From here, the defender applies a shoulder pin.
Then transitions into a arm lock.
A cervical crank using the attacker’s hair or eye sockets can be followed by a face smash to the ground to finish the sequence.
Thanks go to Gene and Bernie for this sequence photographed at a recent American Tactical Ju-jitsu class at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
In a recent American Tactical Ju-jitsu class at the US Embassy in Kabul, we went through the paces of Jo Chu Ji or the Humanized Makiwara.
Special thanks to Brian, Bernie, Jeremy, Sam, Bruce, and Turk — part of our new crop of American Tactical Ju-jitsuka.
I’ve had the privileged opportunity to train directly under this martial art legend since 1982, often through one on one instruction. I am deeply indebted to him for his investment in my life as a martial artist and his contributions to American Tactical Ju-jitsu.
Sensei Ray Nash