Breaking Down Anti-Grappling (diary entry)

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Tuesday night’s second lesson continued my client’s CPD work, where we broke down and consolidated the anti-grappling section of her students’ self-defence programme. I also introduced the offline strikes.


Anti-grappling requires a degree of grappling training to help familiarise the coaching side of a student partnership to apply realistic grappling holds. There is also a safety issue when it comes to having one student grip another and also hold the focus mitt. However, time constraints and other factors might make this a little difficult.  We broke down the principles of this training into simple primal grappling positions. The coach grips their training partner on the wrist (both cross-grip and same side), by the back of the head and also frames them in the same manner as the hunting exercise. The student is also taught to sprawl  and knee strike as well as move away with their hips back to defend against lowline grappling attacks.


When this part of the training is confirmed, the focus mitt is then added. Each of these individual grips are then trained in isolation with progressive pressure from the coach. Finally they are all put together.  The next stage from here is specific anti-grappling tactics, such as the close-range counter-assault techniques.


The lesson finished with a section on offline striking and covering against enemies attacking from the blind-side. The backward elbow and the hammer-fist are used in these instances before defaulting back to the straight line striking. This was then integrated into the Judas punch multiple antagonist situation, where two coaches work with a student. One coach plays the role of the interviewer whilst the other ambushes from the student’s blindside. The hammer-fist and the hook are used in conjunction in this instance.


We look towards more multiple-attack training and ground defence in the next lesson.


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