Hello again. I hope everyone is doing well and that you aren’t too sore from the last class. Key points are listed below.
1) Kempo blocks/strikes up, in, out, down, back elbow. Other strikes included a high back elbow, Kempo back-fist, and hammer fist.
2) We used the above strikes in combination as well as a double up block/strike using both arms followed by a double open hand slap when someone attempted to grab us with both hands from the front. We would also be able to use a double down block/strike to break the assailants hold on us from the front.
3) We worked on several techniques for escaping from someone who has grabbed us from behind, which are described below. Keep in mind that there are as many variations as there are people who take the time to describe them. The two we worked on are yours to change in a way that works best for you as long as you train to do something. It is the training/practice that is important, along with continuing to visualize doing them to someone.
4) Grab from behind trapping both arms: Drop your weight down and stomp on their foot while you are doing it. Then head butt them in the face with the back of your head followed by a back elbow using one arm and then the other, step through with your leg and strike to the groin then to the face and back to the groin, and finally push away and run.
5) Grab from behind under the arms: Drop your weight and stomp and head butt just as you did before. Since your arms are not pinned to your sides you can throw a high back elbow at their heads, first one side then the other. Strike down hard on the back of their hand with either your knuckles, or if you have a key or other sharp object in your hand use that. Step through and strike low, high and low as you did before. Push away and run.
“The Unthinkable” By Amanda Ripley is another book I am recommending for it’s view of personal safety.
Remember that Self-Defense is not just a bunch of punches, kicks and other fighting techniques, but a state of mind.
Keep your eyes and ears open and expand that radar!