UC seminar review for P.U.M.A
& F.A.S.T defence UK
Group seminar introduction.
On Saturday the 20th of May Urban Combatives held a seminar for Chris Walker and Malcolm Jones, for students of their organisation P.U.M.A and Fast defence. The event was held at Itchen College in Southampton and in attendance were at least thirty students mostly from a Taekwondo back ground with an equal mix between boys and girls. Some with previous experience of the Bullet-man courses held via Fast Defence. Events began with an introduction and warm up followed by a look into natural bodily weapons and human targeting. This followed with practical drills, isolating the following basic strikes: The Tigerís claw/Cupped hand blow/Hammer-fist-cycling and the Elbow and Knee strikes. These skills were worked with a partner for impact with the focus on pre-emption, aggression and forward pressure.
Working TCís on a partner and Chris Walker working the Slap.
Malcolm Jones works the Hammer-fist/Cycling and here a female student works clinch knees.
Next we looked at the development of a fundamental game plan, so that the student can map in a pre-programmed response to a potential assault as opposed to finding him/herself in a situation and now having to re-act. The focus as always is on awareness/avoidance and escape. If thatís not possible we need to protect personal space and position oneís self so that the contact can be managed whilst remaining observant for a second aggressor. In a physical sense (if that is the only option left) we are looking to remain pro-active and strike first. The ideal being to hit then escape via stun and run tactics. In the worse case scenario we are looking to hit first and if necessary to keep hitting with a continuous attack, until the threat/s subsides this is our game plan. Everything else that we do in training outside of this then becomes our support system for the said game planned response e.g. reacting to an aggressorís attack or initiative, multiple assailants, dealing with a weapon or going to the ground etc.†
Here weíre working at protecting personal space and preventing encroachment while monitoring for a third party ala Southnarc. In the photo below we looked at various pre-contact body language cues again incorporating some influence from Southnarc.† These drills fit nicely into the game plan and allow the student understanding in a practical sense.
This said game plan was then taken into the role-play of a simulation where the trainee has to now make the tactical decision based on the potential threat, of when to actually pre-empt. It is here that our continued attack is applied via the pad man followed by a tactical disengagement as we continue to observe the environment.† In the next module we looked at operating effectively from a standing clinch or tie up position. This will often occur in a live confrontation after one or two punches have been thrown or someone has been grabbed and now the combatants have clashed in an attempt to stifle movement. Miss-management at this crucial range can end up in a ground fight.
Cat fight! Two of the ladies working counter clinch against a wall.
Here we were concerned with remaining offensive from the clinch, employing such tactics as biting and eye gouging to make room for more telling strikes that will finish the fight.† All the material of the day was presented as a progression, each part acting as a support system for its preceding element. Staring from a point of contact, where an attempt is made to verbally de-escalate as we control space and observe our environment, this is taken to a point where there is now a need to pre-emptively strike to facilitate an escape. Then we move on to the worse case scenario where our attack must continue until the threat subsides, this might be because one strike simply is not enough to deal with the threat or that a third party has got involved and you need to keep attacking before escape is possible.
The final module looked at going to a clinch; in this scenario it might be that we have clashed with our aggressor after our initial first strike or that he has crashed into us, slamming you into the wall as a means of seizing the initiative. Now we must have a contingency plan in order to bring the fight back to us. Each of these possible outcomes was first isolated as individual simulations so that each student had an understanding of the outcome. Then all four scenarios were thrown together into a random mix dictated by the feeder. †The scenario employed a theme to work to, along with role-play and dialogue. As soon as contact was made the objective was to flank the pad man with a hands high fence as we observe for a second aggressor.
Chris and Malcolm working a scenario drill from a clinched ambush.
If the student gets this far his/her options are de-escalation or pre-emption, dictated by the feeder. The only variable that might change this is if the feeder immediately crashes the student on first contact, in which case you must dominate the clinch to regain the initiative as you re-locate your position, using the feeder for cover from a possible 2nd threat.† As with all simulation and scenario work, you can add a multitude of variables to it, one example might be to have the pad man initiate events with any attack of his/her choosing. The objective is to take what we practice and put it into a realistic setting, with progressive pressure and resistance, in order to see what comes out in a functional sense. The final module for the day employed a couple of stress and conditioning drills where everyone gave their best efforts. All in all Iíd say that the whole experience went well and I hope that everyone took something away from a very productive day. In addition to this I must say that I was impressed with the level of skill and effort put forth by everyone in attendance.
A few additional pictures.
Me feeding Chris knees and two ladies working slaps on the pads.
Impact pad drills through out the group.