There are really only eight techniques in all the martial arts. This sort of flies in the face of people who study arts with a thousand different self defense moves, but that is not the point here.Truthfully, one should learn those thousand techniques well before they actually focus their training on something like the club catcher technique I’m going to describe here. Checkout the video, this is the technique, but done without the club.
Club Catcher, and I may have falsely called this Sword Catcher in other articles I have written, depends on a high crossed wrist block. Obviously, the move can be used differently, or for other weapons. You’ll have to alter some of the move if you are taking away a bladed weapon, or handling some other type of attack.
You raise the wrists and cross them in front of the forehead. This catches the incoming club, or sword, or whatever. Make sure you move in far enough that you catch his wrist, and not the weapon, you don’t want to take the impact of the weapon on your wrists.
What you do now depends on which of your hands is furthest forward. The martial arts technique you want the most is to close the attacker. That is, to push his arm across his body.
If he attacks with his right hand, and your left hand is closer to him, push up on his elbow with your right hand and pull down on his wrist with your left hand. This will turn him into an armbar or elbow roll. Make sure you get your body behind your arms, and you won’t have to push/pull very hard.
If he is swinging the club with the right hand, and your right hand is in front of your left hand, then you can go for some sort of armwrap. However, you are open to a second strike with his left hand, so you might just as well pull his arm down with your left hand and block him with your right hand. This will put you in a better position, put you on the inside with the strike option, so now you can have a party and knock the living stuffing out of him.
Club Catcher sets up a lot of other secondary self defense techniques. You can go into wrist twists, leg sweeps, a range of armwraps, and even full body insertions whereby you can crank his noggin and deposit him into a little puddle in front of your feet. The main thing is to get so good at this martial arts technique that you can see him coming and actually join with his motion, making the move into an aikido technique, or hapkido technique.
In closing, I consider the club attack defense of great worth, for it is one of the most important of the eight martial arts techniques. If somebody attacked you on the street there is a high likelihood that you will encounter this attack, whether with a club, or some other object. Remember, practice the move until the technique is more natural than walking.
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