Defense in Confined Space
by Vladimir Vasiliev
 
Effective defense in confined space comes from two essential abilities:
  • the skill of working (defending yourself) in one spot - for example, behind a desk in a small office, or on a mine field where one step away from
    your spot could be the last step you ever make…
  • the skill of working without the full use of your body movements - it can range from a mild restriction (if you can’t let go of something you’re
    carrying) to being able to move only your fingers (if you are restrained or squeezed in a crowd).
Based on this definition, here is a set of training drills, it is one of the exercise sequences I use in class to prepare my students for real situations.
Drill #1     FALLING IN ONE SPOT
  • Practice going down with rotation like a coiling rope. This allows you to stay in the same spot while the rotation lets you evade punches & kicks.
  • Note that in reality, this requires a high level of professionalism psychologically. Instead of instinctively jumping away from a threat, it is not easy
    to remain in one spot, twist & go down.
Drill #2     ROLLS
  • Start with doing full rolls in an open area. Progress to rolling beside a chair or a table. Roll forward towards a wall & backward towards a wall.
    Progress by starting your roll closer and & toward the wall.
  • This teaches you to adjust and change the direction of the roll in front of an obstacle. For example, in a real setting you may have to roll towards a
    glass window or a piece of furniture and don’t want to bang your legs into it, or have to avoid hitting a person you are with as you’re rolling.
Drill #3     PUSHED AGAINST THE WALL
  • Start half a step away from the wall with your back to it. Your partner pushes you into the wall. Try to control the impact by rolling the wall contact
    from one shoulder blade to the other.
  • Next, stand half a step away and face the wall. Your partner pushes you into the wall & you control the impact. Start by using your hands to catch
    yourself. Progress to keeping your hands down and using your chest for contacting the wall only. This exercise develops your ribcage mobility. If
    you are held by the arms or tied up, you will need the skill of moving your face away from injury.
Drill #4     KICKS AND PUNCHES AGAINST THE WALL
  • Stand with your back right against the wall. Your partner kicks and you move away, maintaining full contact with the wall.
  • To progress, have your partner move closer and deliver punches. Avoid his punches without breaking contact with the wall.
  • Progress to avoiding kicks and punches while half-sitting, then to fully sitting, then to the most limiting position – laying down with your side
    against the wall. It can happen that you’ve been taken down or fell into the wall and the attacker is trying to kick you, you will need the skill to
    survive.
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