Always Attack the Threat
Coach Jeremy teaches practical, real-world weapons training, both offensive and defensive strategies, including weapon against weapon and open-hand against weapon. The idea is to attack the most dangerous threat. In a weapons situation, that means attack the hand holding the weapon! Coach Jeremy teaches students the elements of each weapon, including its particular dangers, how to control it (or the hand holding it), how to properly hold it, and how to effectively use it in defending oneself and surviving an attack. Weapons taught include knife, double knives, stick, double sticks, staff, hand gun, sword, cane, and practical household items.
Coach Jeremy also implements open-hand against weapon tactics. Although this is extremely dangerous and difficult, there are methods that have a chance of working with the right amount of training.
Contact Coach Jeremy
Coach Jeremy teaches private lessons, semi-private group classes, and workshops.
Call 310-895-9927 or CoachJeremy@CoachJeremyPollack.com to schedule an appointment.
Coach Jeremy's Short Range Weapons Philosophy
Most attacks can be avoided by practicing a constant state of Ready Alertness. This means understanding your environment and what sort of people are around; when your environment seems a bit dangerous or uncertain, then you must determine what escape routes or exits you potentially have, and what sorts of things you could use as weapons. By staying aware of your environment and alert to potential threats, taking some preemptive evasive action when applicable, you will most often steer clear of attackers. When, however, you find yourself in an attack against a weapon, the following Steps must be put into action:
Step 1: Check Your Exits, Check Your Ego
When dealing with a weapon of any kind, you must realize and consider that the attacker aims to kill or cause you serious injury. There is no other reason for use of a weapon. Now, in reality, most attackers using a weapon are doing so for fear tactics and do not wish to really assault or kill you. But this DOES NOT MATTER to you! Regardless of the attacker’s real intentions, as soon as you see a weapon emerge, YOU must think of this as a life or death situation. As you should have already checked your exits in the Alert phase, you should now recheck the exits more carefully and immediately determine which is the quickest and safest route to safety—away from your attacker. Now, CHECK YOUR EGO AND RUN!
Your first option in a weapon attack must always be to escape. Never try to fight a weapon because this may lead to your or to the attacker’s death, neither of which is a positive outcome. Additionally, in a knife attack, you must understand that YOU WILL BE CUT, hopefully not fatally, but chances are you will incur an injury. Now, your ego or pride, especially if you are a man, might tell you to stand and fight, to take the weapon and “kill the son of a bitch.” Although this may indeed be a necessity, it should not be the priority. The best thing you can do for yourself and your future, in any outcome, is to get away as quickly as possible and not take the risk of being seriously injured or killed or of having someone else’s death on your hands. You are not a sociopath, and taking someone’s life, even if it was justified in self-defense, WILL affect you psychologically for probably the rest of your life. So, again, check your ego, find an escape route, and take flight. If exits are not available, then…
Step 2: Find your weapon, find your shield
Again you should have already looked for potential weapons in the Alert phase. Now, check more carefully and quickly to determine if there is anything around that can act as a weapon—something that can either cause more potential damage or gain you greater range/distance advantage than simply your fist. Pick up a rock, a stick, a broken bottle, anything you can find to show the attacker you mean business and that if he attacks, so will you.
Second, if no weapon is available, find a shield. A shield might be an actual cloaking device, like putting on your heavy jacket or using a street sign, fence, chair or anything lying around that can either give you more padding to withstand an attack or to create distance between you and the attacker. A shield may also be considered a visual cloaking device, by creating a distraction or temporary state of blindness for your attacker. Pick up dirt, sand, trash, even your own spit directed at your opponent’s face will create at least a moment of distraction for you to obtain an offensive advantage. So find a weapon and/or a shield or simply gather spit in your mouth and move to…
Step 3: Ready Stance/Guard Your Vitals (Depends on the weapon)
Depending on which weapon the attacker is using and which, if any, weapon YOU are using, your fighting stance will alter slightly. For a knife attack, you always want to point your toes and knees inward (to protect the Femoral Arteries—the major arteries in your inner thighs), keep your palms facing inward with elbows against ribs (to protect the Radial and Ulnar arteries—in your forearms—and the Branchial arteries—inside your armpits), and keep your neck tucked into the shoulder nearest the opponent (to protect your Carotid arteries inside your neck). If you are fighting open hand, keep your power hand (right hand if you are right handed) in the rear and ready to strike. If you are using a knife, keep your knife hand in front to make a quick attack. You may choose to keep your open hand either enclosed in a fist for more protection or with fingers out but webbed together for quicker ability to grab, whichever you’re more comfortable with.
If at this point, the attacker still wants to proceed, then you must now make the most difficult decision of the process (and possibly of your life): You MUST make the decision to survive and to kill. If this situation occurs at all in your lifetime, this will probably be the only time it occurs. It is unfortunate and sad, but you did not make the choice to attack; your attacker DID. And now you must make the decision to survive, even if it means taking another life. You must do so swiftly and with full intention to survive no matter what. In survival, there is no time for hesitation, mental weakness, or consideration for your attacker. You must strike hard and fast; and you must strike for the kill. The only option is to live, and if your life depends on his death, then accept his death as you accept your own survival…
Step 4: Attack the Threat
In fighting, we always attack the most immediate and dangerous threat. If the attacker has no weapon, then his most immediate threats are his ability to walk, see, and breathe. If he does have a weapon, then the most immediate threat is that weapon or the hand holding it. Hence, we must attack the hand holding the weapon. All your energy focuses there until you can control his weapon, and only then do we move to strike other parts of his body. You may set up your attack with some distracting kicks or punches, to frustrate, stun, or provoke sloppiness from the attacker; but once your deciding defense is made, go straight for the weapon. Again, during our attack, we must go for the kill or the knockout. Reason being that even if we get a hold of the attacker’s weapon or force it from his hands, he may have another, or he may be on drugs an unable to feel strikes or injuries, and so he will keep coming. We cannot risk these situations, so again, we must put the attacker down, we must go for the kill. Remember, as far as you’re concerned, his intention is to kill you, so don’t hesitate; you must match his intention, you must also intend to kill.
REMEMBER: These are self-DEFNSE situations only! In order for any of this to happen, the attacker must pose an imminent threat in attacking you. If he does not attack, you do not have to either. Again, it is always extremely dangerous to fight a weapon of any sort, and you have a great chance of at least being injured even if you survive. So, try in all instances to escape—for no one wants to have to kill or be killed. Any person who has been in a situation such as this will tell you the same.