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For The Home Front
By GEORGE F. JOWETT
Copyright 1943 By GEORGE F. JOWETT
The Modern Commando Science of GUERILLA SELF-DEFENSE
For the Home Front By GEORGE F. JOWETT
WHAT would you do if you were confronted by a viciously attacking thug? Would you resort to the expedient of the average man, who says he would "run like Hell, " or would you stand your ground and fight it out? If your enemy was tearing at you with a club, a knife or gun, you probably would think that speed was the best means of defense. But what if your loved ones were with you—What then? That's the all-important question. Most men I have spoken to have said—"What could I do but give my life, or see my loved ones lose theirs?" This has happened thousands of times throughout the country, but there is no reason why you should suffer injury, or forfeit your life, or that of your loved ones, because of your lack of knowledge of self-defense. "To be forewarned is to be forearmed, " is an old reliable proverb, and the purpose of this course of selfdefense instruction is not only to forewarn you, but to forearm you with a practical knowledge that will make you competently capable of meeting any foe, regardless of his size and strength or the arms he may bear. To teach you, whether you are a man or woman, how to quickly and effectively use the weapons nature gave you to place the attacking enemy at your mercy. Our purpose is to teach you a simple method of attack and defense, free from all the complicated technical movements which so far characterize the many systems placed before the public. For most of these systems, professional wrestlers have been selected to demonstrate their tricks. Men who are heavy, unusually strong, and highly trained in the skill of wrestling; men who have every advantage, and think only in that groove. Even the methods of the Commandos are impractical for the average person, simply because the average man has not the opportunity nor the time to obtain the severe preparatory training of the famed Commando, who is also well equipped with weapons to meet a foe on an equal footing. These methods are impractical for the average man or woman. You must know methods of defense which you can apply on the spur of the moment, fortified with the strength of confidence in your ability to place a foe hors de combat, regardless of his size or strength, or the weapons he may bear.
Pay absolutely no attention to his size. One thing you can depend on. or inexperienced. as all professional trainers know only too well. therefore his aggression can be used against him with disastrous results. you instinctively throw up your arm to guard. that one is apt to entirely overlook the powerful weapons of operational defense with which he is gifted. At the same time. speed of foot and nervous action. Strive to keep your opponent off balance. if a man is about to strike you with a stick. throwing him off balance. you obtain a degree of fitness that will make your body supple. the stronger person has the chance to bring his strength to bear. In other words. These are the first. they are just psychological aspects that are no criterion as to his actual strength and combat efficiency. you also learn to know the natural faults your opponent is invariably inclined to make. seeking to create an effective bluff to frighten. As you learn to know these natural defensive impulses on your part. are used to work towards his own defeat. The method by which this is best applied is to work according to your own natural defense impulses when under attack. regardless of his size. Once you hesitate. Thereby. you must never stop moving. and coordinative. For instance. Your object is always to attack your opponent at his weakest points of vantage. many of whom owe their lives to what is taught you in this course. and the limbs of his body. or stop. the harder they fall. Psychology in Defense and Attack The average person is usually over-impressed by the size and arrogance of his possible opponent. as proven by thousands of men and women. in which case both of you will benefit at the same time. Bear this in mind. you are relieved from the hesitation caused by confusion of thinking as to whether you can apply a hold or not. neither of which are positive proof of his ability to subdue you. natural impulses of defense and attack are studied. They have been effective factors but are no more to those who are willing to learn the value of the old axiom. in an entertaining way which you and your friends will thoroughly enjoy. fierce facial contortions. Working with a natural impulse you will be surprized to experience how easily you merge into the complete combative act. He works on the common idea that a smaller person is naturally scared by size—but don't be fooled. his arrogance. flexibility. technical holds of the professional athlete creates among the weak. and also the very important fact that once you go into action and grapple with an opponent. Knowing these pointers is to understand the psychology of a defense with an attack. This is the supreme value of this natural defense course which is not found in any other system. which you can try out in your own home with any member of your family. Not only do you place yourself at the . For instance. the instinctive. which are mainly gravitational. and applying such leverage principles so that his body. the average person has only been made familiar with the forms of aggression. and natural impulses of any defending person. or subordinate your resistance to his apparent superior size and brutal grimaces. Working with such impulses you have the natural head start to follow through with any one of the many defensive tricks pictured in this course. This is the psychological complex that the complicated. and so subtly has it ingrown upon the average mind. effective methods requiring but little practise. who usually uses his thuggish arrogance for all it is worth. and particularly faster than he. or if he is striking at you with his fist. but never if you keep moving. so that each hold can become effective in operation with the natural defending act. It is said that nature created everything living with equal facilities for protection as well as for attack. you duck. It places you in the same position as the victim of the attacking boxer who seeks to get his opponent to arm's length with a straight left so he may administer the knock-out blow. Ordinarily. the average person invariably backs away from an attacker." Size is never a true indication of muscular power and efficiency. "The bigger they are. You should ever bear in mind that the attacker is invariably as unfamiliar with the natural methods of defense as is the average untutored person. nor his vicious language. which is absolutely the wrong thing to do. that these methods of defense shown and explained within this course are supremely practical.That is just what this course can do for you—teach you simple. The smaller man usually makes up for the balance of power by his greater agility.
during which time he is completely at your mercy. instead CROWD YOUR MAN by pushing close to him. At the same time lean heavily forward against his hand which will force it backwards on his wrist. and his forearm with the other. or his hand at the wrist. chop him across the throat. placing himself at your mercy for a knockout blow. If delivered sharply enough. If you apply your weight strongly enough as you hold his hand tightly to your body you will most certainly break his fingers. He will go down like a pole-axed ox and will be stricken unconscious if you strike sharply enough. He will invariably go down. As his head goes back. In this way you tie up his arms preventing him from striking. and your opponent is not apt to be standing still. In combating a man with your bare hands. as with any person when he is crowded by another. holding his hand tightly to your body. Another simple method which will severely pain him. and the edge of her hand is just as capable for subduing her opponent. A woman can also use this trick as effectively as can a man. He has to back away in order to get the room in which to strike. working to his disastrous downfall. and blind his eyes with tears is to ram your first two fingers up his nostrils. as that of a man. If you are about his height. level with your own shoulders. This can be done by either bringing up your knee sharply into his groin. A woman. Let him try to push you. with the edge of the palm of your other hand. body to body. This should be done with stiff fingers forcing upward into the nostrils. but you also lessen your opportunity to take advantage of any opening your opponent might provide. you must learn to use your head. being the very opposite of what he expects you to do. you can deal him a crashing blow by forcibly bringing down your head to smash your forehead on his nose. In fact. is to push you How to Break an Assailant's Wrist away." . in these few related defense tricks.strategical disposal of your foe. who usually has long. The "Crowding" act gives you every opportunity to use them. then immediately follow through by grasping his wrist with one hand. sharp fingernails can tear his nostrils with the finger thrust. or bursting him between the thighs with your knee. knees and feet as well as your hands. and at the same time you obtain for yourself an advantage to apply a hold on him before he recovers from his befuddling elbow parry. speed is more essential than is strength. The next effort of your opponent. This is just made to your order. holding high your elbows. the acts are more effective from short range action than is the long range blow of a "Hay-maker. right over his Adam's Apple. This is a very effective trick and will bring the strongest man to his knees in pain. or senses the driving fingers which makes the act easier to perform. If not knocked unconscious he will be paralyzed beyond resistance. strangling for breath which will take him several minutes to properly recover. pushing them up high under his arms. His head will jerk back instinctively as he sees. in which case the best means of defense in such an instance is NOT TO BACK AWAY. which he naturally tries by placing his hand against your body. Always remember it takes time to move. It will immediately bring him to his knees with a yell. Whether you bash him on the nose or not you will crash him on some part of the face that will deal him a stunning blow and yet not hurt yourself. or if not he is too dazed to fight back coherently. for your first act always takes him off guard.
he becomes neutralized in his attack. particularly if you use a 11 . Aim to kick off his knee cap. When you are fighting for your life anything goes. Any person is naturally fearful of injury to his face or the tender parts of his body. Jabbing. There sometimes comes a time when some people feel they are at the mercy of a superior foe. one which you positively can perform. causing him to change from attack to defense. scream for help in his torn ear. he has not the room to act with his hands or arms. often turning tail. or you struggle within his grasp. always remember there is one trick left in the bag that can beat him. and be experiencing some degree of pain that may make him fight back. or his ear off. Moreover. At the same time you can be very effectively employed biting his nose. " but if you hold your full bodyweight on his foot. While you are in this wrapt up position around him. It has unexpected results. he falls backward to the floor. but he is ever too late. and with his own fear added. As he bears upon you. and you feel you cannot get in or under fast enough to beat his blow. who strikes wildly. He will be powerless to strike you in any manner that can hurt as you are too close upon him for his arms to apply any driving blow.The stiffened fingers. and the more primitive you act the better are your chances. jump at him and wrap your arms around his neck. particularly the fingers of a woman. but his fight is invariably that of a rattled boxer. Even if he sees. Even if your defensive attack has not worked 100%. Naturally. which he is apt to be. it will be held as though nailed to the floor. the possibility that your acts have been thwarted and you have no recourse left for effective defense. can be jabbed into the eyes with terrifying effect. Stepping on your opponent's foot while "crowd10 ing" him is a neat little trick. for by "crowding" him. if you miss you will invariably kick him on the shins. chopping and knee butting always have a psychological effect on an opponent. which he cannot do. which never feels so good to the one kicked. in such a case. particularly if you grind your heel with a slipping twist off his toes. Quite often these simple acts alone turn an arrogant aggressor into a fearful defender. If your attacker has managed to get you out of range of "crowding" him. away from your "crowding. it will immediately disconcert him from his intentional act. and hang on like grim death. mouth. and being unable to step back with this foot. or senses the act. or let us say. your opponent tries to step back. and being ignorant of scientific defense. It will drive him frantic. Treading on an opponent's little toe while "crowding" him will cause him great pain. As this happens he instinctively senses he has been caught napping. then resort to kicking. and your legs around his waist. he will seek to ward off the defense. which will cut down his attacking ego over 50%. opening the way for other holds that will place him hors de combat. he is still at your mercy because he will be psychologically affected. Your very acts and attitude will instantly show your opponent that he is up against something he did not expect. he will be most concerned with trying to tear you off him.
Young. green soldiers. and at the same time. mentally and physically. So even in this simple. instinctive fear of being attacked from behind. otherwise there is a possibility that he may break your hold. and within him there is the animal. Over Here. but too late. There are two simple methods of beating the hugging embrace: the one method works with the natural effort of every person. for some Buddy. and by keeping the hair clutching arm stiff. disarmed by a 12 physically superior foe have hysterically fastened themselves around their enemy screaming for help. natural act every woman has a powerful defense which will cause the assailant to strive to detach himself and run. but in the ordinary way. or an actual invader. you knowing what you are about are ever making new openings for your attack. "Help. he realizes he is at a disadvantage. bear down with your weight. therefore. He will be powerless both from his position and the pain of his head. and step in. keep backing away pulling vigorously on his hair. especially if your arms are locked within the embrace. do not struggle in the orthodox way by striving to push yourself away." Whether it be a footpad you are defending yourself from. It is the best defense even for an accomplished wrestler.Grapevine Legs in rear leg hold little psychology by yelling. NEVER STOP. As I have said before. Help. squirming places you more at the mercy of your opponent. driving your knee crashing up into his face as you enforce momentary down pressure on his head. because it prevents your opponent from carrying out any preconceived ideas. learn to make your act an . whether it be real or imagined. saying nothing of the damage she can do to him with her ripping teeth and fingernails. you must keep moving backward. When you have pulled him around to the point where you feel he is fairly well subdued. or drag him around in circles. besides make you an easier victim for a stronger foe. or one who is only skilled in the general methods of attack. the main thing in defense 13 and attack. they usually squirm. If you are caught in the enfolding embrace of your attacker. That only tires you. hearing the call. is to keep moving. and the more powerful foe became even more frantic than the one he was trying to detach himself from. but. In this way an effective moving defense becomes your best method for attack. As you do this." "Hit him on the head. don't forget. I have seen a strong man driven frantic with fear when his opponent wrapped himself around him like a grapevine. Especially is this effective with an untutored attacker. He is more apt to be kept off balance. which will force his head down. responded with bayonet or clubbed rifle. Another simple defense anyone can employ on an attacker is to grab him by the forelock of his hair as he bears in. stop.
but immediately hook your feet around the outside of his legs. Actually. hook your feet around his knees every time he lifts you. and by bending the knees slip downward out of his embrace. If he tries to throw you. This will balk his effort. instead. but as you hit the ground. let your body go completely limp. STOP SQUIRMING. feel they are helpless. keep in mind that he is virtually helpless. that as long as your arms are pinned by your sides you cannot be effectively hurt. This is not so easy for him to do in a motionless position. and the only thing he can do is to loosen his grip. This done sharply enough will make him fall. quickly roll away. Keep your arms down by your sides and with all your combined might and weight.intelligent move in defense. he will be powerless to throw you. We have told you to always keep moving in de16 fense as well as in attack. BUT. or his grip weakens. if you are only able to turn your body around so that your back is to his body you can still place him at a great disadvantage. and likely both 17 . with one foot hooked around the knee. do not dissipate your strength by struggling. and hold your bodyweight up at the one and same time as effectively as he can do either one of the acts singly. Here is where his downfall begins. Keep doing this. That is fine for you. He cannot crush. but keep your head and work out of the embrace in one of the methods advised. In fact. and quite often we find the following maneuver effective within the embracing arm lock of a strong foe. when they feel their arms 15 pinned to the sides of the body from either a front or a back hugging fold. or frantic. to the efficient Guerilla. roll away fast. If you are smart you will help his throw by forcibly going down to the ground. If the embrace 14 is so severe that you cannot do more than loosen the folding arms and not break loose. In many cases. There is always an exception to any given rule. If you make the full body rotation within the hugging embrace. A point of empasse is reached. and as you get in effective kicks. suddenly let the body sag. for your weight throws him out of balance with his natural equilibrium. Your body will act upon his hugging arms like a fulcrum and will loosen his grip enough so you can break loose. and in his moment of egotistical superiority. In all matters of defense and attack. throwing you from him. On the other hand. but keep your senses alive. return the foot to hook around the knee again. therefore he tires. this full turn is all he seeks to become the defensive aggressor. and when this is reached within the body embrace of a strong person. he requires more power to hold up your bodyweight. he will pause to gloat as it were. It is only when one is struggling that he can keep control over his balance from constantly moving. the important thing to know is that he is the one who has to make the moves. spin your body around in his folding embrace. Most people. then as you rotate your body within his arms. will sufficiently shock the nerves of the injured leg. and spring to your feet. but sometimes you reach an empasse. at which time you do as advised before. The moment you sense this. and while in this position. which if they do not immediately cause him to release you from pain. depending upon the superior strength of your opponent. so that your foot hooked around the knee will throw him off balance and bring him down. for the only thing your opponent can do is throw you down to the ground. spin in his embrace and break away. for the arms act as buffers against any crushing onslaught on your chest. but always remember. Nevertheless. He finds that apart from exerting his full strength to embrace you. the chances are that he will not know what to do. and become frantic. the main thing is to keep your head and never get hysterical. particularly within the fold of his knees. It makes him very confident. He will be weakened by the kicks. Your additional weight can be the breaking point beyond his power of control. Most people struggle to get their arms released. or else grab him by the ankles and pull him down. the body slump is disconcerting to your foe. and your foe does not fall when you hook your feet around his knees. From this position you do one of two things. free the other hooking foot and bring the heel of your shoe against his shin.
from his inability to step back. not one man in a million walks around with a matchbox in his hand. but it is impossible to strike or grasp a pirouetting body. your weight on his foot brings him down. your arms are not locked within his embrace by your sides. not only because it is disconcerting to your opponent. causing a psychological reaction of bewilderment to your attacker. Fact is. who not being familiar with this mode of attack is momentarily baffled. especially if your opponent is taller.of you will fall together which breaks his hold anyway. Spinning. when you are grabbed from behind your attacker is not going to wait for you to fish for a compact or a . because this can rarely be done. and heavier than you. It teaches you how to control your bodyweight in all forms of turning. neither does a woman walk around with a compact grasped in her hand as a preparation to ward off an attack. be sure to grasp his wrists with your hands. and that is where you step forward to meet your attacker and butt him under the chin with the heel of your hand. Do not forget to use your head either when thus embraced. and add the force of your weight to combat his resistance. if simultaneously with the act of butting him under the chin with the heel of your 19 palm. by dashing your head back into his face you can make it mighty unpleasant for him. leaving him wide open for 18 Arm Lock and Heeling with Hand one of the many disabling holds which this course teaches you. If properly timed. it spins you safely against his body. There is one mode of defense which is commonly taught as though it were a very effective weapon. and side stepping. Another inefficient method generally taught in breaking the embrace of a man is to smash on the boney part of the back of his hand with an object such as a compact. and a weak one at that. it is only half a method. It does become an effective method. and invariably you will collide with his body with so much force as will knock the breath out of him. or pirouetting into an attacking foe is a formidable method of defense. If. Even if your "hand butting" only half succeeds. You should learn how to spin your body forcibly into a dancer's pirouette for many reasons. By holding onto his arms you have a better control over your own weight in this position. for any reason. you step on his foot. Unfortunately. Never try to break his lock by pulling on his arms. or a match box. even if he has a match box on him at all. and you only waste your energy. To an expert guerilla.
for in this position you have adopted the most capable stance to spin on your buttocks. Therefore. you need have no fear of this. but far from it. As he rushes in. dragging you with him. This unexpected compliance with his resistance will throw him off balance. or lack the bodyweight to get the counter momentum. That is. but do not stop with the first rolling surge of your body. with all your force. and in 999 cases out of a thousand his fists will be clenched with the 20 applied force of his embrace. The advocated methods explained herein. suppose I do run up against the unexpected —a man who does employ this trick either by accident or design—what then. roll on top of you as quickly as you both hit the ground. leaving his hands exposed to these advocated matchbox or compact implements of defense. Watch that he does not grab your foot. but always one. Naturally. no attacker is going to grab you from behind and try to hold you with interlacing fingers. you are most likely to be badly disillusioned. as any man knows who has had to fight against such an attack.match box. But this is not so. and with the modes of defensive attack as already explained fixed in your mind you will begin to think that the rear hug hold of an opponent is a weak weapon to employ even for you to attack a person. Invariably. Don't ever be in a hurry to get up. for no person— outside of the Guerilla Self Defense System—is apt to apply this demoralizing embrace. are by far the most practical and effective. because the skilled attacker knows how to beat all this. and while holding you tightly in his embrace. or roll out of his attack. you go 21 with him. however. Sit on your buttocks with your hands braced on 22 the ground behind you. . HE IS GOING TO HUG YOU WITH ALL HIS MIGHT BY WRAPPING HIS ARMS AROUND YOU. As long as you remain in this position you are normally safe from any dangerous attack. and know the disadvantages your opponent is placed by your knowledge and efficiency in applying the various forms of leg defense. or maybe both. or a woman with weight. which will invariably break his hold as he sees his mode of attack defeated. but quickly is going to dash you to the ground. You have two methods of defense open. is an attacker going to embrace you by grasping his one wrist with his other hand. you throw your bodyweight in the same direction as he rolls. enough so that you can either break from his hold. If you are too weak to apply the counter-roll. With these inefficient methods exploded. The moment a skilled Guerrilla hugs you he will throw himself backwards. He has to release one hand to strike you. he runs around you looking for an opening. If you are a man. then lay within his embrace. Watch for this opening. strike at his hand with your foot in a side chopping movement. if you depend upon either of the two named methods for protection. but you can baffle him completely if you will spin on your hips. What if you are unable to get up first. While he is still off balance keep rolling with him. The hands in this position have no holding power whatsoever. roly poly fashion. Yet. and rarely if ever. and pull apart as you roll. the momentum will keep you both rolling. Particularly is this true if you grasp his wrists with your hands. He would be a foolish incompetent if he tried to jump on top of you. particularly if your opponent is heavier and stronger than you. You will realize this the more proficient you become in the art of Seat Spinning. I can hear you say. Nor are his thumbs going to be exposed for you to grab in a thumb breaking defense. you will still feel you are at his mercy. following him with your legs as he runs about you. The impart of the sudden counter roll will always loosen the grasp of your opponent to a certain extent. throw yourself back and strike out with your feet. then as you both hit the ground and you feel him prepare to roll on top of you. As he reaches for it. and will try and rush you. Roll fast. or grab his thumb or little finger and break. You are immediately at his mercy. and as his arm is released to strike. you are free to roll out of his hold by rolling away on the free side of his released hand. and the chances are sure you can get to your feet at least as quickly as he can. Secondly.
Kicking is great defense as he rushes you. and deliver a faster one in return. gives you superb opportunity to dive at his legs and bring him down. It is an intriguing method of defensive-attack. by study and practise of the seat-spinning positions you master the control of rising quickly into a crouch. because when he prepares to strike a blow he "telegraphs" it by his starting arm movement. which can dynamically put your legs into action in a flash. The main object for you to do as soon as you hit the floor on your hips. Now let us consider the all important fact if your opponent after trying all his wiles. and his opponent finds it easy to block the blow. which is what you are angling for. bringing him down. If your opponent determines to jump on your body with his heels. Your rise to the Crouch position should be similar to that of the sprinter's starting position. which naturally tends to deplete his energy. when and where you are going to strike. More23 over. but do not wait for this. and waits to catch you as your hands leave the ground in order to rush you while off your balance. The moment they are stilled he is at a disadvantage. slash out with one leg. is to keep the legs moving. When the arms or legs are moving. and that is to throw yourself back on your shoulders. place you in a very advantageous position to kick him in the body. while he is more or less keyed up to follow through with his attack. and slashing acts. but that is where you can fool him by diving for his legs. The positions of Seat Spinning. and the hands maintaining the braced position behind you in order to keep your balance and control over all your foot kicking. It is for this same reason I have advised you to keep moving while "crowding" your foe. you can easily forestall that by making a complete body roll which carries you out of his range. bringing it down in a side-slashing stroke on the outside of his calf about the area of the ankle. by the same placement of position relative to bodyweight you are taught how to make your Dive just as speedy. your opponent is going to rush you.With efficiency comes confidence and self reliance. bicycle fashion. while you conserve yours. the shins. which will entice your opponent to draw closer. It 25 gives you striking momentum. in order not only to disconcert him but to make you more efficient in your attack. or an upright position. and quickly returning to the Seat Spin as occasion demands. 24 Of course you will realize that while you are down. You can keep him busy hopping around. There is a very effective defensiveattack to such a move. and the possibilities are that your kicking tricks will not always work. Remember what I have said before—KEEP MOVING! The arms of a boxer are never still for the same reasons as I have just given. Learn to use your heels as much as your toes and feet. Of course you have to be alive to this fact. exerting no physical strength only when your opponent attacks. and bring you right back to the Seat Spinning position. By knowing how to quickly and smoothly rise into the crouch from the Seat Spinning position. and he is successful in rushing through your leg guard. with the foot flat on the floor. for the down-thrashing blow of the heel is a terrible weapon. when his bodyweight is so balanced he leaves the mark like a flash and is immediately in his stride. which has its psychological effect on your opponent. As he comes nearer. and even in the face. Never overlook a single thing as to what you think your opponent may do. Draw your knees partially up to your buttocks. You will learn that in the Seated position. and thrusting it out straight up so that the foot—with a bent knee—is placed right in the pit of his . This has the effect of chopping his leg from under him. you can rest calmly. even to jumping on you. " the constant motion leaves no reason for your opponent to know how. and expect it. An opponent generally expects you to stand up. Your other leg you should keep partially drawn to the buttock. who will be baffled and bewildered in his efforts to defeat you. there is no "telegraphing. and its auxiliary movements. the groin. drawing one knee into your stomach. has failed.
This straightens out his leg. relaxed position. and if you cannot immediately secure the foot twist by reason of his resistance. The outside foot twist works on an opponent who is stood up. but the main thing is it prevents him from yanking his leg back to shake you off. will give you every advantage over your stood-up foe. the natural instinct is to strike him with the fist. and possibly Seat Spinning. and stiffen your leg. usually the first thing your foe attempts is to rush you (which you can counter with a leg dive). 28 By pulling him. grab the kicking foot by the heel and toe with your hands. You may break his leg. hurl your weight right over his knee. and with your free hand chop him with the edge of your hand across his throat. After an opponent has been placed at your mercy. but roll onto your stomach. or repeat the kick. Your opportunity to twist his foot quickly comes. particularly where your foe is unfamiliar with the tricks of Seat Spinning. you will be able to apply the foot twist right off as soon as you grab his foot. The average person tries to follow out the ultimate object of the boxer. Watch for the leg always. Actually. but not so well on one who is already down. but not many boxers are successful in getting in this paralyzing blow. he is likely to hit you hard with his other foot. instead. with a blow to the chin. The foot hold first explained is the best. Now. As you get this foothold. In most cases. sharply and strongly. you adopt a natural. keep pulling on the foot with both your hands. and will act as a strong prop to your acting leg to toss him over your head. as explained. either twist has the same results. and kicking. Carefully study how this is done. The moment he is tossed. then as his body is twisted. heaving him over your head. Here is another disastrous method of defeating a kicking foe. but you must know how to strike and where. be sure to twist his foot towards his other leg. but here you have to be doubly sure that you pull his leg straight before twisting the foot on the ankle. as you partially will with the force of your heave. He does not do it intentionally. it is very important that you pay strict attention to your position. you deprive him of his arm support on the floor. roll with him. and as he kicks. When you rise to the erect position. Often when the opportunity presents itself for a drive to 29 . In the method of defensive attack given here where you are the man down. the shock and pain is so excruciating he will go down like a pole-axed ox. pull towards you. His momentum will carry him to a fall. Try to side step the kick. 27 It matters not whether you twist to the right or to the left. holding onto one of his arms. and he will go out like a light. This is to prevent your body from rolling. leaning well backwards with your bodyweight. and throw him. and catch his foot with either arm. This will spin him around. as you will quickly see from practising the hold in both positions. let us assume that you are attacking a man who is down. At this time he will be falling upon you. and at the same time twist the foot with all your might. and both the holds just explained can be performed as effectively by a woman as by a man. It is an easy hold to get. The main thing to do is see that you pull his leg towards you as you grab it. but it is always best to be sure. and this counter can be made 26 very destructive to your enemy if you put plenty of effort into the act. which if you function with. You make him do it because of twisting his foot in the wrong direction. As this is done. or tries to kick you. do not attempt to rise to your feet. Notice that the free leg is planted firmly on the floor. If you put enough pep into the hold you will easily break his ankle. so grab his arms. That is twist towards his body. If you make the mistake of twisting his foot outwards. helps to throw him off balance. This can be very effective if he is so situated as to enable you to deliver a telling blow.stomach. and also step backwards. and when it does. which you should always bear in mind in the event you have missed to grab his foot as just explained. He then is helpless to kick as he is being dragged on the ground. but anyhow.
32 Breaking the Strangler's Grip The stealthy foe. It should be a forward driving blow. a long. The length of time during which the knocked out person remains uncon30 scious depends upon the severity of the arterial impingement. or the Jugular. If correctly performed. you are not going to be able to chop him directly across the throat. especially when up against an experienced opponent. The average person generally goes in for "hay makers. wide range swing of the arm. . with the hand bent slightly forward on the wrist. with the result that they often suffer a broken hand. so you can practise. I will explain to you the boxer's knockout blow with a punch to the point of the chin. chop your opponent with the edge of your hand sideways on the throat. more readily than will a chop across the throat. Nevertheless. When striking an erect opponent. or shoulder. face down. or at least familiarize yourself with the blow. thus avoiding breaking the hand. 31 Another vulnerable place is to strike behind the ear. strangling your opponent from lack of air. Being a side blow the object is to drive the lower jaw sideways across the face. if your hand or arm hits the head. the sudden blow causes an impingement upon a small artery that crosses the jaw on its path to the brain. is going to be disastrously affected. for a mistake it is. or have the painful experience of a dislocated thumb. and a bad one for any person to make. The blow must be struck with the large knuckles of the hand. and strike for the temple of the head. or sensitive person. If your opponent is thrown to the ground. Then again. either one struck will paralyze your foe. It can kill a highly nervous. The effect of the blow from this angle is caught upon the Carotid artery. the blow does not land on the vital spot. the footpad or rapist. This takes time. So you must know how and where to strike.the point of the chin. You can easily kill a man with this simple blow. when exchanging blows. The jugular vein is also affected. The edge of the hand striking directly across the throat temporarily paralyzes the action of the windpipe. thumb and wrist from injury. Avoid "hay makers. it is a sharp "hooking" blow delivered on the side of the point of the chin. it certainly is less practical for the average person. chop him sharply with the edge of your hand across the back of the neck at the base of the head. the hands and wrists of the average person are not conditioned to absorb the impact of a forcible blow. although your arm "crowding" does often Open this opportunity to you. The sudden impingement temporarily stops the flow of blood to the brain. This safeguards your hand. A punch on the jaw. direct blow on the point of the chin. Any part of the temple is deadly to strike. your knuckle is apt to strike the bony edge of the eye socket and knock out his eye. If this is difficult for an experienced boxer. but failing this point. and if your blow should glance off the temple. and at the same time gets in a devastating blow. " that is. The blow is not a straight. the nose or the mouth. apart from the smash on the temple. When you hit. do so with the large knuckle of the index finger crashing onto the temple. if the blow is delivered anywhere at the base of the head his nervous system. " you may break your arm if the fist misses its mark. Even the tutored Defensive fighter will frequently make this mistake. and then there is no knock-out. placing all your weight behind the blow. and the brain. The best blow for the average person is to drive from the body. which immediately causes a temporary unconsciousness. apart from being messy is rarely effective enough to defeat a person. The experienced boxer strikes from the body where he gets the force of his body-weight behind the blow at short range. the most effective blows are placed by chopping with the edge of the hand as explained before. However. But. The blow is designed to describe a short arc. particularly women. Not until the blood is able to resume its normal flow does consciousness return. and the bent hand is needed to deflect the concussion of the blow on the wrist. instinctively goes in for strangling.
do not back away. What usually defeats most attacked people is their own panic. Once the fingers are broken. The little finger is never engaged. you can hold him helpless without hurting him. As he comes in to attack you. you have him at such a disadvantage you can do anything to him. As you break the fingers of a Strangle Hold gained from behind. But the experienced battler does not struggle to tear the hands from around the throat. and grasp the lapels of his . as you break the little fingers. there is a simple. or butt him in the face with your head until it is reduced to a pulp. If it is a truly belligerent thug. the hands are paralyzed from nervous shock. Noting this. This is a favorite trick of mine with which I have made many men change their aggressive attitude. and the Back Strangle Hold are among the easiest offensive acts to defeat. forcing them out from the hand and breaking them. and for good measure kick him on the shin bone with the shoe toe. If you are breaking a front Strangle Hold. Butt him with your knee in the groin—kick his shins off. and with all your might bear down on them.The Front Strangle Hold. 33 Breaking the Fingers on the Choke Hold You will notice the same condition exists as you practice the Strangle hold standing from behind. A woman can break the little fingers of the strongest hands without exerting much strength. and certainly they are if untaught. They are easy to break. but meet him. or you can march him to the police station. It is impossible for them to be effectively engaged. your object— if you are the defensive partner—is to reach for each little finger. as you talk him out of his foolishness. They feel so helpless. and more effective way. drive your knee into his groin. * * * 34 Coat Trick Imprisoning Arms from Behind One of the most immediately effective tricks to employ against an attacker is to place him helpless by the use of his own coat. apart from the physical incapacity caused from the finger break. you will notice that the little fingers are never engaged in the grip. kick your one heel savagely onto his shin bone. If a friend of yours has become belligerent with a little too much liquor. Let us say you are practising a front strangle hold On a friend.
is to hold your hands up about level with your shoulders in a "hands up" attitude. at the same time step on his foot. pulling it forward. or kick him. but if he is too violent to get in this whack. and with a quick heave. Another simple trick to pull off on a threatening attacker. As the hat is pulled over his eyes you can butt. which a professional knife-fighter. and it is well to bear in mind that you can effectively throw an opponent off guard by pretending to be afraid. use one of the butting or kicking aids. As you crash to the floor. and if quicker than you. At the beginning of this course I have explained how important your own psychological attitude can work to your benefit or defeat. butt your head into his face so that his head is smashed in with impact with the ground. being as helpless as though his arms were tied to his sides with a rope. jerk his coat back over his shoulders. but don't be toe nice. and by grasping the collar of the coat twist it corkscrew fashion which will cause the coat to bind his arms more securely to his body. If your arms are by your side. and the pressure on his foot will cause him to fall. but if he is a much stronger. he will beat you to the punch before you get started. and marched off to the police station by holding the coat tightly twisted in the manner described. From such long 37 Coat Trick Making Arms Helpless range positions. Leave no possible room for having to repeat any defensive attack. so get behind him quickly. but if you are "on the move" as explained before in this course. like a boxer or wrestler. and suddenly grasp the front brim of his hat. is rigidly taught. If he is violent. Then chop him across the back of the neck. but that can be more than enough. The moment your opponent sees them move. He will be powerless to raise his arms. The dual act will tend to make him jerk back. it takes time to bring them up. you have lessened the possibilities of .coat with 35 your hands. that almost instinctively they throw up their hands when confronted by a thug. People are so familiar with the "Stick 'em up" expression. you have to watch that he does not butt or kick you—that is all he can do. throw him to the ground by wrapping your one leg around his knee. and tries to shake you off. Time is an important factor in defense or attack. twist the coat more tightly and pull him backwards. or if he has you at a disadvantage. whether he has a weapon or not. It is a good attitude to adopt as long as you do not put your hands higher than the level of your shoulders. he will then be too helpless to do anything and can easily be put hors de combat. holding it around his elbows. if he is violent. Always attack with all your vigor. pulling it down over his eyes. or have the hands at what appears a natural position for the occasion. or keep him moving in a circle. or an as36 sumed frightened gesture. you "telegraph" your acts. Of course. he also moves. or heavier man than you.
you learn how to assume 40 fear for the psychological reaction it will have on your foe. drag the coat over his head. mouth. you are in a good "moving" position for almost any defensive attack. If you have a cigarette or 38 a cigar in your mouth. will always be the foundation for your success in defensive attack. and are able to move in quicker than your foe. Catch hold of the lower sides of your opponent's coat with your hands—each hand grasping the corresponding side of the coat—and with a quick upward pull. while holding the hands at the shoulder position as mentioned. if his coat fits him snugly. This is the point of advantage you must watch for. which. Your apparently frightened attitude will help you considerably in these acts. Consequently. regardless of his size or strength. which ties up his arms and bewilders him. and a time may arise when you are attacked while taking a walk. his mouth or up his nostrils. but it has its advantages. bring up your knee crashing into his face and knock him out. and how you can psycho-analyze him to your own benefit. If the coat is loose on your opponent he 39 Wrist and Arm Break is apt to wriggle out. Also they have familiarized you with the normal psychology of your opponent. not nearly as effective as the one just explained. but in this case you jab the stem of the pipe into his eyes. positively holds him powerless."telegraphing" your acts. As he does this. and while they do not always smoke while walking. and confidence in your ability to overpower your adversary. Coolness. yet many do. Here is another coat trick. or up his nostrils with telling effect. becoming a part of your . if done quickly enough. Adopt this attitude in practice and it will grow on you. Be sure to puff up before you act so you have a good hot end to attack with. Most men smoke. The defensive tricks and modes of defensive attack as explained so far have taught you how to work by natural impulse with only the weapons nature has provided you. you can suddenly snatch it from your lips and thrust the lighted end into your opponent's eyes. He will bend forward in an effort to get out of the coat. At the same time. though you can offset this by twisting the coat over his head. and enjoying a smoke. you can hold him with the coat wrapped around his head. The burn that can be inflicted is very punishing on these tender parts of the face. A pipe can also be used to a similar effective advantage. and can be well employed if you are both engaged in a struggle. Sometimes. Once in a while we are equipped with certain means of defense with which we can operate unusually effectively.
This makes you more alert. and how best to do it. Chalk it up. you will be better prepared to learn the more intricate methods of Combative Defense that are to follow.. As you master these simple defensive Combat tricks. they know what you are going to do. which is bent on your destruction. Each partner should practise the attack and offense act alternately. He thinks in but one groove. but each adopt the attitude you would if confronted by a real attacking foe. while an attacking opponent does not know what you know. Take your time in practicing these tricks. Make no plans beforehand. This method of practise is most valuable to you both. and practice them with the sole object of LEARNING. As an advantage presents itself. take this precaution.. acting as swiftly as possible.combative stock in trade. It is a common fault among amateurs to see how difficult they can make it for their partner by performing some act of their own which they think makes the hold ineffective. so to speak. The moment one gets the advantage over the other in any hold—stop. or what you can do in defending yourself. as it will be more difficult simply because you both. In this way you both learn the best points of vantage in every trick. then go to the attack again. in which case you always have the psychological advantage on your side. However. know as much as the other. rarely considering what you can do. from practising with each other. 42 . like you would in scoring points. it is a good idea for you both to stage a combat as genuinely as you can without hurting each other. not to outsmart your partner even in fun by making the acts difficult. so both get the right idea of what has to be done. Once you and your partner have mastered a number of these 41 tricks. You both will quickly realize how your natural impulses work in attack and defense. The one point to bear in mind when being attacked by a thug is the fact that the thug has but a one-track mind. What they do not realize is that beforehand. then is the time to work out what you have learned. and faster in thought and action.
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