Being able to utilize judo and its principles in a street encounter requires more attention to the technical aspects of throwing an aggressor not wearing a judo gi (uniform). I have in the past two years written three books addressing this very thing, two of which got great reviews and have sold out. My third book (pictured left) “Combat Judo” will be published 2024. 

Personally as a long time Judoka, I look at what I do with the sole perspective of; If this is the system I am fighting with, how am I going to do that and be effective in a realistic context? In my first book, REAL COMBAT JUDO, I worked off a very specific tactic called “THE STOP”. This tactic can be found in the US Army combatives Field Manuals 21-150 from 1954 through to 1971. It can also be found in earlier works such as Willaim Jacomb’s 1918 book on Practical self defense where it is referred to as “THE STOP”. It is also used in the 1905 book, The Complete Kano Jiujitsu/Judo.  The stop is a simple, gross motor driven direct and effective movement, it takes our natural survival instincts into consideration and allows those survival instincts to work as a foundation for a very rapidly delivered technique.

 “The Stop” capitalizes on the natural human reaction to extend your arms when someone attacks you by pushing him away.  Turning this instinctive reaction into a hit, thrown much like a straight punch in boxing as opposed to a push, you can stop the rotation of the attacker’s torso at his shoulder. “THE STOP” can be utilized as a preemptive strike or when the attack is recognized early or late. “THE STOP” can be used preemptively, just before the adversary is within striking distance and when your intention is to take him to the ground. When delivered it stops the forward motion of the attacker and brings his arms up toward the front (1st picture below).

The Stop can also be used to intercept a punch early, striking the pocket of the shoulder stops the rotation of the adversary’s torso at his shoulder (2nd picture above). It is also effective when you pick up on the attacker throwing a punch late. For example, if the attacker throws a right punch, step off line of the punch and at an angle to your right and deliver the strike with your left hand to the attacker’s right shoulder (3rd picture above). This tactic basically short-circuits the power of your attacker’s punch at the root of its motion.

The Combat Judo one – two

You can use “the stop” in combination with another strike to keep the opponent’s balance and posture disrupted. Think of a boxer throwing a one – two combination. 

1.) Executed similar to a one – two combination in boxing, from a fighting stance or non violent posture, push off the rear foot and step forward with your left foot shuffling forward and strike the opponent at the pocket of the shoulder with a lead straight open hand strike (picture the movement of a boxer throwing a jab as he shuffles forward). The impact should rock the opponent back on his heels. The left hand immediately grabs the opponent’s shirt at the area struck.  2.) Pull the opponent into you bringing him forward off his heels as you push of the rear foot again stepping toward 11 o’clock with your left foot shuffling forward.  As you pull the opponent into you deliver a hack with the outer boney area of your right forearm to the left side of the opponent’s neck (picture this movement as that of a boxer throwing a rear hand straight punch). 

1.) From your fighting position your attacker attempts a right punch. Push off the left foot and step forward with your right foot off line and strike him hard in the pocket of his shoulder. The strike should stop his rotation and knock him back on his heels.  2.) Grab his shirt at the area struck and pull him into you as you push off your right foot and step with your left foot toward 11 o’clock. Simultaneously strike him with the blade of your right forearm in the throat or the side of the neck.  3.) Draw the right arm back and execute a horizontal elbow strike (when doubling up the hack with the horizontal elbow think of rechambering the hack more the like the action a pump shot gun. Rechamber then execute the elbow).  4.) Swing your right leg up between your opponent’s right leg and your left leg. Sweep his right leg up  high with your right leg to finish the cross hock takedown/osoto gari/major outside reap.

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