Going Commando!


The core essence of what Helio Gracie was creating, revolved around the smaller guy being able to defend against the bigger opponent. Well, in this case, the bigger of the two happens to be the operator when he is laden down with a vest holding about 40 lbs of state-of-the-art gear and ammo, coupled with trauma plates, medical kit and any other trinkets that may be attached. Add a weapon, and a helmet in some cases, and now you have an operator who can potentially become a turtle on his shell if taken to the ground, so in a bizarre kind of way, he is the bigger, heavier guy. While he becomes the seemingly more disadvantaged guy, due to the gear, we still think Helio would agree that jiu-jitsu is good for him and he can benefit from ‘little guy’ techniques. This issue illustrates more of a need for training in ground fighting and ground defense by tactical units, and most operators have taken note of this.


Kimura/Gun Retention


1. When knocked down and dazed, the operator goes right to a half guard position.[/double_paragraph][double_paragraph]B02

2. As the violator lunges forward for the operator’s weapon, the operator grabs the wrist putting downward pressure to ensure the weapon doesn’t come out of the holster.[/double_paragraph] [/row]


3. The operator sits up on a hip towards the weapon side. Keeping the wrist grip, the operator uses the free hand to also grip the arm on the forearm to increase the pressure keeping the weapon retained.[/double_paragraph][double_paragraph]B04

4. Over-hooking the arm while keeping the wrist grip, the operator weaves his forearm under the bicep area of the violator’s arm.[/double_paragraph] [/row]


5. Locking the hands in the hand-on-wrist position the kimura is set.[/double_paragraph][double_paragraph]B06

6. The operator leans back slightly while using the kimura to pull the violator’s hand laterally away from the body slightly in order to break the grip on the weapon holster.[/double_paragraph] [/row]


7. Continuing to fall back the operator takes the kimura arm off the ground and parallel with the violator.[/double_paragraph][double_paragraph]B08

8. The operator continues to apply torque and pressure to the shoulder of the violator by simultaneously driving the violator’s forearm across his back and hipping out to the side slightly.[/double_paragraph] [/row]

B099. While cranking the kimura the operator uses his leg across the back of the violator as a control point to reduce the likelihood of the violator escaping the hold. (can’t see: the operator uses the other leg as a hook to keep the violator’s near leg from moving).



Bret Perchaluk works for a government agency working with operators from various agencies and departments both in the field and in the mat room. He holds a black belt in judo, brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, completed SWAT selection, completed the Defensive Tactics Instructor Course, participated in CQB training, and has experience in Task Force field operations. He currently trains under Ryan Hall at Fifty50 BJJ, as well as learning Gorilla JJ from friend John Simmons. His website mixedmartialworld.com covers positive topics in the martial arts community.

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