Always Look For An Opening
By Prof. Gene Roos
Self-defense scenarios shown in most self-defense articles demonstrate
successful methods of dealing with an attack from the offset. But in
the real world, sometimes you are surprised, or initially overcome before
anything can be done. This doesn’t always mean you must ultimately
have a negative ending.
A friend of mine has a motivational cartoon prominently displayed in
his dojo. In big letters it states “Never Give UP.” It shows
a long beaked bird, maybe a heron, which has gobbled up (swallowed) the
head of a frog and its upper body. All looks lost. But then you see that
at the same time, the frog has its front legs grasped around and is constricting
the bird’s neck. Thus, the frog can’t be swallowed. “Touche.”
The mugging situation portrayed here is much the same. It should be
noted, however, that the scenario presented here is but one of several
options. It is interesting, however, since it illustrates that during
an attack, even when the situation looks bad for the defender that the
situation can often be turned into a success.
Attacker's right hand grabs the
defender's mouth and his left hand is around her waist.
Defender throws her legs and body
to the left away from the attacker's body.
Defender's right arm falls on the
attacker's right arm.
The defender'sbody rotates clockwise,
which throws the attacker over her body.
Here the mugger has his right arm over the women’s
right shoulder and is holding her mouth. At the same time his left arm
is around her waist and he is dragging her backwards. The attack looks
like a success. All would be bu…
As the defender is grabbed, pulled and lifted, she can lift her left
hand over her shoulder to try to hit the attacker’s eyes (not shown).
If her feet are still on the ground, she can also stomp on the attacker’s
instep or heel kick to the attacker’s leg (not shown). At minimum,
these actions work as distractions, so the attacker may momentarily loosen
or weaken his grip.
The goal for her is to be able to gain enough freedom of movement so
that she can throw her feet up to the left and away from the attacker’s
body. This action will disrupt the attack and off balance the attacker.
The attacker’s right arm will be extended away from his body, his
elbow pointed toward the ground, as he attempts to control the defender’s
body. The further away the defender is able to extend her body weight
away from the attacker, the weaker his body position will be.
As the attacker’s body is being pulled down (as he trying to regain
control over the defender), the defender’s body fall is cushioned
(the fall slowed). If done correctly the attacker’s right arm will
hit the ground first, thereby in part shielding the defender.
As the defender contacts the ground, she rolls her body clockwise, which
causes the attacker to flip over her body and smash face forward on the
About The Author:
Prof. Gene Roos, 10th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo,
is a member of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association.
He is a frequent contributor to FightingArts.com. In 1958 was awarded
Shodan (Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959
was Judo State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious (Ketsugo),
Dennis Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby, & Shizuya
Sato (Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr. Sacharnoski (Hard
Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student of Funakoshi,
Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series of upcoming books
on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including: "Aiki Jujitsu" (a
three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly Attacks" (defense
against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks-
part II" (defense against an additional 30 knife, gun and empty
hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and "Devastating Throws
and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against 30 advanced combat throws,
knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack), For more information