if you’re about to die, might as well try.
he puts his hands up like he’s pleading and catches the guy completely off guard. i mean. he’s got a gun. guy’s on his knees. he feels totally safe and in control of the situation. then the guys hands are right next to the gun and he surprises him and immediately tilts the weapon up and away from him and yanks the arm down while thrusting his legs forward to kneecap the guy and manages to wrench the gun away
so shit now the second guy is on the ground with probably a broken knee and no gun and the first guy has the weapon and is fucking free and clear remember this me you need to remember this
hey guys! i’m reblogging this because this post actually demonstrates one of the lesser known but none the less fundamental building blocks of self defense: think of an excuse to move!
the most easy one is pleading! raising your hands to show that you aren’t armed, or to beg, is a really wonderful way of setting your opponent off guard!
to give another example: we practiced defense against someone who is holding a gun to the back of our heads. we raised our hands up to about ear length while vocally pleading (anything will do; this is to ANNOUNCE that you are pleading with your life so they dont suspect you of funny business) before whipping around and twisting the gun out of our opponent’s hands, or twisting our opponents wrists so that the gun was pointed at them, or grabbing thier wrist and punching them…the list goes on.
i could list some formulas, but the basic premise is:
- beg - VOCALLY first, then think of an excuse to raise your hands to a more defensive possition: raise them “reflexively”, show that you aren’t armed, plead, whatever you have to do.
- GET OUT OF THE DANGER ZONE OF THE WEAPON - go watch the gif again! see how he first twisted his opponent’s wrist UPWARDS, before he yanked his body weight in the opposite direction? that is key! it probably helped with the weight re-distribution, but mostly this served to save his life in case his opponent got surprised and antsy. when you attack someone, particularly someone nervous or inexperienced, their reaction might be to PULL THE TRIGGER! you dont want to be there when that happens! imagine a laser extending from the front of the pistol, and get out of the range of that laser. this usually means moving TOWARDS your opponent, not AWAY from them; if you are holding their wrist past your body while standing next to them, they have nothing to shoot until they make you let go.
- be aware of your weight distribution - you could fall over in a struggle, and then it’s all over! make sure you’re well grounded! if you pull something like this guy above, you had better damn well know what you’re doing. i wouldn’t recommend it to a beginner, or even to most experts for that matter. the simplest formulas work best consistently. this isn’t an action movie; do what makes you safest.
- DISABLE THAT MOTHERFUCKER, THEN RUN FOR YOUR LIFE - do not wait around for a fight or trust in your strength to save you - if you can escape, DO IT. got a knife? slash his achilles tendon, or the back of his knee. make sure he can’t follow you. don’t have a knife? does your attacker have a penis? punch that asshole so hard in the balls that he’s in too much pain to follow you. knee strikes are even more effective, or if you’re standing in front of him, bring your heel to his groin. elbow him in just bellow the sollarplexus (by which i mean, go for the mushy part right bellow where your rib cage meets in the front). stomp on his feet. headbutt him - your forehead vs. his nose. go for his eyes. spray him with mace. GET. OUT. OF THERE.
self defense for my followers. because i love you. :)