BEGINNER CLASS (A1) Elbow #2
Hammerfist to the side
Choke from Behind
Drill: 1 striker, 1 attacker, 1-2 pad holders. Striker stands in passive stance with eyes shut. Pad holders get striker’s attention verbally or by jarring them with the pad. Striker opens eyes and delivers either elbow #2 or side hammerfist, following up with 2-5 combatives. Attacker chokes striker from behind at any point during the drill (sometimes in passive stance, sometimes while striking on the pad).
INTERMEDIATE CLASS (A1) Headbutt Forward
Headbutt to the Side
Drill 1: Closing the distance. 1 tombstone pad holder, 1 striker. Striker stands in passive stance, eyes shut. Pad holder gets striker’s attention either verbally or by jarring them with the pad. Striker opens eyes, identifies threat, and strikes their way into using a headbutt (i.e. straight punch, elbow, headbutt)
Drill 2: 3 strikes drill. 1 focus mitt holder, 1 striker. Focus mitt holder places mitt on strikers face and pushes striker’s head (be a bully). Striker works on verbal de-escalation techniques and positioning (situational awareness). After a brief moment, mitt holder pushes striker’s head again (escalating situation). Striker, continues to de-escalate while maintaining situation awareness of room. Mitt holder pushes striker’s head for a third time and presents the mitt for strikes. Striker flips the switch immediately delivers punches, elbows, and headbutts to the pad. Reset and go again. Safety Note: mitt holder, be sure to make contact first, THEN push. Do not inadvertently slap your partner in the head.
ADVANCED CLASS (A1) Review 360 defenses (bottom half of circle, both hands)
Knife – threat, defense to live side
Knife – threat, defense to dead side
Drill: Circle-of-death. 1 defender, everyone else is an attacker. Working at 25%-50% speed, attackers are allowed to bring on any unarmed attack from lower levels (1-3) as well as knife threats. Note: Defenders are training situational awareness. They should be constantly looking for attacker’s wielding weapons and prioritize those defenses accordingly.