Combat Judo is just that….combat. It is geared to deal with realistic attacks. It is as pragmatic as judo is dynamic. Combat judo deals with situations sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

Throws executed in a street situation have a tremendous psychological effect on the attacker and even on lookers. A dynamic throw such as a Seoi Nage or Uchimata is so technical in application in that no one assumes you got lucky executing it. People do land a lucky punch and it is noticeable that it was indeed….LUCK. However, no one lands a lucky throw. It sends the message quick that you are skilled and dangerous. Even a technique such as Ouchi Gari leaves an impression on the attacker. As it is not a big throw like Seoi Nage the attacker often wonders what happened, how did he end up on the ground? All the on lookers see is that the attacker all of sudden went down and they don’t really know what you did. Again this offers a great psychological effect and all in your favor. 

Close – in fights are ugly, not flashy, not flamboyant, they don’t really look stylish. A multiple punch scenario in the street is quite common. Most times we get met with a barrage of punches which usually ends up in some type of clinch. First comes the blitz of a barrage of punches and we find ourselves with just enough time to cover. Then the distance usually closes and you find that your attacker is literally right on top of you with zero distance between the two of you and he is attempting to grapple or bear hug you. The distance is so close you can’t effectively strike. This is the reality of combat. Keeping your hands and arms up to protect your head is first and foremost. You can’t do anything unless you are able to withstand the barrage. Next is you have to keep your balance, regain and maintain a good athletic posture or base before you can retaliate effectively.

This literally works by the numbers……one. two, three. You cant do one and skip two to get to three. If your feet aren’t under you, you cant strike effectively, you cant even maintain balance. You have to gain your balance before you can disrupt his and set a strong offense in motion. 

TECHNIQUE # 1 – OUCHI GARI

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.) The attacker moves forward and attempts to grapple or bear hug the defender. The defender keeps his hands high and between both he and the attacker.  

4.) Pushing off the back leg, drive the blade of your right forearm (outside boney area of your forearm) into the attackers neck or throat  to create space. 5.) Simultaneously grab the attacker’s shirt with your left hand and push at the pocket of the attackers right shoulder. This should break his balance to his rear. 6. ) Pushing forward with your arms, bring your left foot up behind your lead foot. Your right foot slides forward and in an arc clockwise behind the attacker’s left leg.  7.) Continue the sweeping motion clockwise with your right foot. You should sweep his foot and leg in the direction of his toes as you continue to drive into him taking him to the ground.

TECHNIQUE # 2 – IPPON SEOI NAGE

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.) The attacker moves forward and attempts to grapple or bear hug the defender.  Drive the blade of your right forearm (outside boney area of your forearm) into the attackers neck or throat. Simultaneously grab the attacker’s shirt with your left hand and push against the pocket of the attackers right shoulder to create space between you and the attacker.  4.) Step to his right foot with your right foot. Your left and goes over the top of the attacker’s right arm grabbing his arm just above the elbow at the tricep. Strike or rake across his ribcage with your right elbow. 

5.) Your left foot steps behind your right foot and between the opponent’s feet as you pivot on your right foot. The toes of your left foot should be pointing in the direction of the throw. The right arm comes up under the attacker’s right arm. Pinch the opponent’s right arm at his armpit between your right forearm and bicep. Rotate the palm of the right hand toward your head (this creates a tighter clamp on the opponent’s arm). 6.)  The right foot steps back between your opponent’s feet. As your right foot moves in between your opponent’s feet they should come off the ground. 7.) Straighten your legs quickly and pop your hips upward into the opponent. 8.) Continue to pull and twist your torso to the left, bringing your right elbow toward your left knee and drive the opponent to the ground.

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