The Quick Pistol Disarm: An Aiki-Jujitsu Method
By Prof. Gene Roos
Editor’s Note: This one in a continuing
series of articles showing various hand gun disarm techniques designed
to illustrate the diversity of approaches and techniques taught today.
FightingArts.com does not recommend any particular method, but readers
may find one technique that meshes with their own training and meets their
There are a lot of hand gun disarm techniques that are taught today.
The aiki-jujitsu method that I teach, illustrated below, doesn’t
require superior strength, and by using an arc step to one side, the defender
uses his whole body weight (instead of just using the hands as found in
some techniques) to engage the wrist lock to throw the attacker. This
action gives the defender extreme power.
Defender waving his hands (the eyes cannot perceive
movement from moving hands) and saying don't shoot.
Defender moves his left hand on
the side of the attacker's gun and at the same time moves his
body to the attacker's right side.
The defender takes a right counter-clockwise
circular step in between the attacker's feet while turning
the gun at the attacker.
Defender wrist locks the attacker's
right hand and turns the gun at the attacker's throat (bringing
him to the ground.)
When confronted with a hand gun pointed at your chest, either touching
it or held close, immediately raise your hands and act in a scared, passive
and cooperative manner. If there is time, say something (and you will
hear this with most disarm techniques) like, ”Hey, hey – I
don’t want any trouble. What do you want.” Give the impression
that you are no threat.
In this technique the arms are raised higher than the handgun and to
the side, but don’t keep them still. Wave them side to side –
this looks like you are extremely nervous and afraid – a repetitive
motion that lulls the attacker’s peripheral vision (normally attuned
to pick up any movement) into inattention. This will initially hide the
defensive move of your hands forward and down to seize the wrist and gun
– left hand on the side of the attacker’s gun, right positioned
to grab the gun.
This is done as the defender moves his body to the attacker’s right.
This positions the defender off line –outside any possible line
of fire. As the right hand makes contact with the gun, the defender then
moves in the opposite direction (counter clockwise) using what is called
an arc step. The right foot moves forward and to the side in a circular
motion or arc (the other foot pushing off), followed by the left foot
– the whole body moving together.
This is a very powerful move since the defender is using his whole body
weight (instead just the hands, which are weaker) to engage the wrist
lock to throw the attacker.
This defensive technique is simple, and it gives the defender a good
chance of being able to execute it without requiring a lot of arm/hand
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