ANATOMY OF A TECHNIQUE

“When any person, idea, technique, school, piece of gear, team or tactic is put on a pedestal, we risk stopping progress.” Rob Pincus

Today’s blog will give our readers an insight on the USKMA’s thought process when we tweak, change or delete techniques from our curriculum. None of our techniques are untouchable. If something comes along that is easier to perform, easier to remember and/or more effective we will change to that technique in a heartbeat.

For example, most Krav Maga organizations that I know of have this technique as their “go to” handgun disarm;

A few years back we changed our “go to” handgun disarm to this one;

There are several reasons that we like this “cupping” technique over the first one. In fact, we have taken that first technique out of our system entirely. I do not like having two choices for a handgun in my face (see Hick’s Law).

-If I have a group of law enforcement officers (for example) at a two hour seminar to learn handgun techniques whom I’ll never see again I would need the full two hours to teach them an effective punch. I can show them the kick to the groin in two minutes. This is a move most everyone can do naturally.

-The first handgun disarm I believe I can do very effectively. However, I am six foot and two hundred ten pounds. I do not have faith that a small female can pin the handgun on a gorilla’s hip and punch him effectively. I believe he would muscle out of this defense and do her harm. I like having two hands on the weapon verses the gorilla’s one, I can win that battle. I feel that I can hold onto the weapon much better with two hands thus having better leverage on the weapon the entire technique. Also, we can’t take for granted that we will be in a nice dry gym as the weapon could be slippery from rain, blood, etc. and easy to pull out of a one hand on the barrel grip.

-The “cupping” defense is much more ambidextrous. I can push the handgun either way and still kick with the same leg. With the other I am forced to punch with my left hand when going opposite. Most of us don’t have a great off hand punch.

-We think this takeaway is much more effective and easier to learn. Most who teach this “cupping” defense have a different takeaway then the one we teach. I like that we merely teach to “bring your forearms into your body, your right against your stomach and your left against your side”. The student doesn’t even have to know that it’s a takeaway. If they rip their forearms in to touch their body the leverages take the handgun from the gunman. Other takeaways they must consciously think about twisting and taking away. We also like that the takeaway is done in close to the body and not with straight arms away from our body. The thought is that when we open a pickle jar we don’t hold it out at arms length, we bring it in to our body where we have more power and leverage.

-With the “cupping” we kick to the groin and strike to the face with the piece of metal they just gave us. This is more effective than punching for most of us.

-The number one thing we love about this technique is that one defense covers several positions. In our seminar we spend some time learning the cupping technique with a gunman standing in front of us with the handgun in our face. The next five we can speed through because it’s the same defense for side of head, kneeling, mounted, gunman in our guard and gunman standing over us. If the handgun is in our face it doesn’t matter whether we are lying on the ground, on our knees, etc. Having only one defense to think about speed up our reaction considerably.

An added bonus for you loyal blog readers: Why we recently changed our long gun disarms;

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