In SSGT ROBERT Carlin’s book Combat Judo, he states that combat Judo is a more advanced method of fighting. He even goes further into the details of its training by likening it to the training in boxing. As an example, even novice boxers put in hours and hours and round after round in training just the fundamentals alone. 

Looking at the fact that Carlin had been a golden gloves boxer and a judoka and the fact that Combat Judo was rooted in both boxing and judo his comparing it to boxing training makes perfect sense. In this light Carlin’s comparison speaks volumes of the importance he emphasizes in his book on how Combat Judo is to be trained. Simply learning “tricks” as Carlin puts it is not enough, one needed to really learn the fundamentals. Carlin goes so far as saying people who only learn “tricks” often find themselves in situations they cant “solve” or deal with in fighting. Carlin correctly pointed out that the reason they fail is they didn’t take time to train in the fundamentals of a system to the advanced. 
So, train, train, train,


1.) The attacker on the left throw a right round house punch which the defender blocks by covering his head with his left hand and forearm.  2.) The attacker immediately follows up with a left round house punch. The defender keeping both hands high covers his head with his right hand and forearm. 3.) Place your left hand on your right wrist. Step forward with your right foot crashing into your opponent with your left elbow and forearm. The crash entry should knock the opponent backward. 

4.) Grab your opponent’s shirt at his left shoulder with your left hand and pivot on the ball of your right foot while simultaneously placing your right arm around the opponent’s back. Step back with your left foot while pivoting. Both of your feet should be between your opponent’s feet. 5.) Pull him into you as you complete your pivot. This movement leans your opponent over your right hip below his waist and leaves him partially suspended in this position. Your knees should be bent, your belt line should be below his belt line. The toes of both your feet should be inline with the toes of your opponent’s feet. 6.) Straighten your legs quickly thrusting your hips into your opponent. Continue the pull with the left hand at the same time bend forward while finishing the pull forward and downward with both arms driving your opponent into the ground. Use the hip as the fulcrum, throwing the opponent over your right hip and NOT over the outside of your right leg.


This next self defense technique can be worked straight from a bear hug attempt or from a multiple punch attack that ends with opponent attempting to tie your arms up (just replace the previous technique’s step 3 with the this technique’s step 1). 

1.) The attacker attempts to clinch or bear hug. Keeping your elbows in tight to your body get your hands and forearms between you and your opponent. 2.) Drive the blade of your right forearm into his throat this forces his head backwards. The left hand pushes against the pocket of the opponent’s shoulder just above the armpit. 3.) Once the attacker’s head is back, without drawing back rake over or strike him under the chin with an upward diagonal elbow. 

4.) Your right foot steps between the attacker’s feet just past his heels. Pivot counter – clockwise on the both feet as right foot makes contact with the ground. The toes of both of your feet should now be pointing in the direction of your throw. Your belt line should be below his belt line. 5.) Step your left foot back next to your right foot.  As the left foot goes back the attacker will start to come up off his feet. 6.) Straighten your legs popping your hips upward and pull your left elbow toward your left hip to finish the throw.

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