Pronounced (ar-ti-fiss) Defined in the English dictionary as trickery,
a clever trick intended to mislead someone. This is a method of deception
that can create the opportunity to eliminate a threat pre-emptively,
thereby putting an end to a potential altercation quickly and clinically.
There are two main ways that we use artifice/deception and they are
by either misdirection, in order to create a distraction or through
brain engagement, where we ask our aggressor a brain-engaging question
just before we strike.
The latter method was favoured
by Geoff Thompson who would line up his opponent by using the fence
and then he would say something like '' so what you trying to say?''
he would follow this an instant later with a well practiced right
cross/hook punch to the jaw that would put a clinical end to the
situation. This method can be applied to any favoured pre-emptive
strike that you choose, as long as you stick to the main principles
of controlling space with your fence, talking with your hands whilst
using deceptive dialogue.
It is important that we ask a question that requires a response,
such as ''what's this about?'' Why you picking on me?'' at the end
of the day it doesn't really matter whether the question is relevant
to the situation at hand or if it is totally abstract, so long as
it makes the aggressor think of a response, regardless if he intends
to reply or not is unimportant. What we are looking to do here is
to engage his brain for a split second so that he is not thinking
about his intention to attack but instead what you have just said.
This will create the window of opportunity that we need to strike.
This will also act as an action trigger for our attack that will
take away any indecision on our part of when to attack.
To train this response we need
to associate our selected question with our favoured strike/s and
bring it to play each and every time we practice on the pads, bags
and with our training partners. This then becomes part of our practiced
game plan (see volume one.) The other way we use artifice is through
misdirection. This has been around for many, many years and has
been used by everyone from WW2 veterans to East end gangsters. The
notorious Kray twins were known to offer someone a cigarette and
then a light then as they lean forward to light it they would punch
them hard in the jaw which was by now slightly open, and knock the
individual completely unconscious. A similar method was use by special
operatives in WW2 when most people would carry a metal cigarette
case, which would be held flat in the palm of the hand and then
rammed hard into and through the jaw, chin-jab style as the recipient
leaned in for a light.
Here are a few excellent methods
of deception through misdirection that were shown to me whilst on
a Dennis Martin training course, by my good friend and training
partner, John Deacon who has a thirst for anything combatively functional.
The first was discovered by accident whilst practicing chin-jabs
with a partner. One of them needed to cough to clear their throat
and put out his hand onto his partner's chest and said ''hold on''
as he turned away to cough. John then took this idea and turned
it into an excellent deception technique.
The hand to the chest acts as
a fence that will give you tactile awareness of where your aggressor
is and what his intentions are, the slight turn away is done whilst
still keeping your opponent in view and is used to set up your strike
from an open or closed hand held in front of your mouth to cover
as you cough before exploding forward and through the opponent's
face with your strike.
The next one makes use of misdirection
by engaging the aggressor's attention in the following way. As the
verbal argument starts to escalate make a quarter turn away from
your opponent as you place one arm across your chest as if pointing
to a rip in your shirt by your shoulder, this is a discreet way
of chambering for an Ax hand strike, as you do this say something
like ''What do mean? Look what you've done to my shirt.'' From here
drop step forward and explode into an Ax hand strike to the aggressor's
One final method is to use vulgarity,
as the argument starts to escalate take your hand up to your nose
and blow snot into your hand, from here make a motion as if to flick
the snot at your aggressor's feet as he reacts in disgust to your
action explode into and through him with your main artillery strike.
This could also be used to buy you just enough time to draw an improvised
weapon such as a pen or a mobile phone etc.