Fun & Safe Weapons Training in Smash Self Defense Classes

Everyone had a great time in our Beginner Friendly Self-Defense & Combatives Class at Smash! This class covers a wide variety of self-defense topics including weapons training, striking, grappling and more. Every class is a great workout, fun and taught by an authority on the each subject. All fitness and experience levels are welcomed.

Our last class covered gun disarming techniques. One important aspect of our new self-defense program that will differentiate it from many other programs is our training methods. We give our students the ability to train with full resistance in live scenarios to truly test and master techniques and strategies. You don’t have to take someone’s word for or buy into marketing, you can come see and feel it work.

Obviously if someone is pointing a real gun at you, the best thing to do is comply with their request, unless their request is something you’re not willing to give up. If someone pulls out a gun and asks for your wallet, you should hand it over in a second.

It will most likely never happen, but what if someone pulls out a gun with the intention of hurting you or someone you love? You should decide ahead of time what line someone needs to cross before you’d be willing to risk your life and fight.

What are your options? Can you outrun the bullet? Obviously not. In reality, it’s going to be very difficult to kick or punch a gun from a person’s hand while they are attacking you. All they have to do is point and squeeze. You could try to knock them out with a punch or kick, or eye gouge them, or groin kick them, and all those options could possibly work. You would have to test it and measure the results to know for sure.

How realistically can you train those options against full resistance? Can you can find partners tough enough to let you really punch them and eye gouge them full power without protective gear so that you can perform a real test?

The most important thing is to test and train weapons disarm techniques in a realistic simulation to the real thing. If eye gouging is your solution, you don’t know if you can really eye gouge someone effectively unless you’ve really done it in that scenario. Not your instructor, not their instructor. YOU. If you have not ever done it live how do you expect to perform under the stress of a real life or death situation? The benefit of practicing our system of disarming techniques is that you can do it for real, safely, against someone who is resisting 100%.

Our self-defense program is beginner friendly and safe but we will go live. Defending against exactly one technique that you know your opponent is going to do is not live. You have to test theories in a live, unpredictable, unchoreographed, competitive situation to truly learn what will work and to ingrain those responses into your instinctive reactions. If a beginner is going with a more experienced student, the experienced person can modulate their level of resistance to an appropriate level, so that the beginner can learn. We will all lose and we will all win sometimes. The more we lose, the more we learn. You will gain confidence over time from developing a real skills and experience.

Here are a few of the tips from last night’s class!

Unarmed vs Armed Key Points from last night’s class:
– Watch for the attacker’s hands going to the waistband
– During a scuffle feel for the hands going to the waistband
– If the attacker initiates the draw, pressure in and put all your weight on their hand to stuff the draw
– If an attacker gets the gun out, avert the muzzle from your body, get your body close to the gun, get your two hands on the gun/their wrist and try to disarm.
– For semi-automatic pistols, if you have your hand wrapped around the slide firmly and the opponent pulls the trigger, the gun will not cycle and will not function until he pulls the slide back. It won’t hurt your hand at all if you’re gripping firmly because all the hot gases will go out the front of the barrel.
– If you’re in a stalemate(one hand vs one hand or two hands vs two hands on the gun), then use your positional skills to improve your position until you can isolate their arm. This is where all the fun happens, you’re basically just doing jiu-jitsu with no hands.
– Technique is less important than the sensitivity and timing you develop from going live with resistance. When you go live, it doesn’t look like what you practiced statically without resistance.
– It’s not over until it’s over. People seemed to have a hard time believing that someone could take multiple shots and keep fighting. That’s really one of the most important lessons. You can keep fighting a lot longer than you would think based on Hollywood depictions of gunshots.

Below is a video of one of our instructors participating in a more intense version of what we do in our beginner friendly classes.  Beginners in our classes will be start off by training in a fun and lower intensity version of the video below. Beginner training at Smash will be on a safe padded mat with a fake gun and under the supervision of instructors. This video is of self-defense weapon disarming techniques done in a gravel pit with a paint ball gun and protective gear. 

Beginner Self-Defense & Combatives at Smash!

Our new Smashfit-Beginner Self-Defense & Combatives Class was a hit!

This class is designed for people with absolutely no martial arts experience and those interested in learning how to use Jiu-Jitsu technique for self-defense rather than sport. This is a no gi class. Jiu-Jitsu Combatives is the base for the US ARMY Combatives.

The techniques taught in this class have been tested over and over again in real life encoutners. The reason why the US Army adopted this curriculum as their base is because you are able to safely test them at full force to show the effectiveness. Our instructors have a deep technical knowledge of body mechanics and leverage so these techniques can work on anyone regardless of size or strength difference. Jiu-Jitsu combatives were designed for smaller and weaker people to safely control bigger and stronger people. The US Army and various Law Enforcement Agencies have recognized this and now seek our Jiu-Jitsu instruction for unarmed combat.

In this beginner friendly class, there is NO live sparring in which people will be really trying to punch or submit beginners. Students will be able to learn jiu-jitsu combatives and self-defense techniques in a non-competitive introductory class that has been designed for all fitness and skill levels.  All technique taught can be applied easily regardless of body type or athleticism.

While knowledge of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu can be invaluable for everyone, when it comes to self-defense, it is especially important for women! When a woman is attacked, the typical attacker isn’t trying to box or kickbox her.   While a few strikes may be involved, an larger and stronger attacker will often grab a woman and attempt to manhandle and control her until he is in a dominant position.  Our Jiu-jitsu program is the ideal solution for that type of situation.

The Smash Gyms Instructors have strong focus on safety at all times. Students will train with like-minded partners they are comfortable working with in a structured, cooperative, and fun learning environment.  Feel free to jump in and try it out!

On a historical side note for those who may not know, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was originally designed for streetfighting and the sport evolved from that. The point system in sport BJJ is based on what was considered the most dominant positions from which to control and submit or strike an opponent in a streetfight.

Back in the early 90’s, before the UFC, the early pioneers of Jiu-jitsu in the United States made a name for themselves from challenging other styles. These challenge matches were true no holds barred fights with no gloves or any protective gear in which everything was allowed and nothing was off limits- punches, kicks, knees headbutts, elbow, groins strikes, etc….

Now, with the growth of modern MMA, BJJ works along side other martial arts. It wasn’t like this back in the early 90’s.  It was BJJ vs. everyone else.  The Gracie family had their “Gracie Challenge”, but this challenge was adopted by literally every Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner regardless of belt color who came to the US. There was no concept of advertising and promotion in BJJ as we know today. They got their name out simply from put out challenges and showcasing their style in actual combat.