Defense in Confined Space (Cont.)
by Vladimir Vasiliev
  • Stay back-to-back with your partner (if you’ve never worked in this position, you may like to move around and get used to it first). Avoid kicks from
    another opponent without breaking the back-to-back contact with your partner.
  • Again, progress to a closer distance of confrontation, while the opponent throws punches at you.
  • This drill develops your sensitivity to the movements of another person or object and teaches you not to rely on any point of support. Practical in a
    setting such as you hiding behind a car, leaning on it, and the car starting to move…
  • Stay with your back against the wall. Your partner holds onto your wrists. Free yourself from your partner’s holds without breaking contact with the
    wall. Continue releasing yourself from holds onto elbows, then onto shoulders, then pressed completely against the wall.
  • This skill is very useful because attackers often try to hold the victim against the wall or against the floor or against the furniture to limit his
  • With your back against the wall, avoid kicks, punches and holds from your partner. Now, however, you should escape and also put your partner
    down, again never breaking contact with the wall.
  • Progress to the same drill while back-to-back with your partner, then progress to having two attackers kicking and punching at your pair.
  • Then proceed to staying side-by-side with your partner. Avoid kicks, punches, and holds coming from both sides. Put both attackers down
    without breaking shoulder and arm contact with your partner. This provides you with the very useful skill of working with one side of the body only.
    For example, if you have a child by your side. Normally you might step to that side, away from the threat, but now you can’t.
Drill #8: IN A CROWD
  • Work in a crowd in pairs. Start with each pair being two steps away from any other pairs. Practice kicks-and-takedowns, strikes-and-takedowns,
    and holds/releases-and-takedowns with your partner, all while avoiding contact with the other pairs in the gym.
  • Progress to the same setting, but now just one step away from other pairs. Continue at closer and closer distances until you have a tight crowd.
  • This provides you with further advancing the skill of dealing with moving supports, since the positions and actions in a crowd are constantly
    changing, unpredictable and accelerated.
1. For effective Defense in Confined Space, it is imperative that you ASSESS THE SITUATION – see both its positive and negative sides. All the
objects around you can be obstacles and hindrances if you hit yourself against them, but they can also be very positive and serve you as a cover or
be used as weapons.
For example, it is good to use a wall to protect your back, but make sure you don’t hit your head against it.
A nice SPACE AWARENESS DRILL is to look around you and quickly memorize your surroundings, then close your eyes and walk around at various
speeds without bumping into any objects.
2. Remember that distances are very short when working in Confined Spaces, so all the movements will happen quickly. Therefore, BE
ESPECIALLY AWARE OF KNIFE THREATS. It is very important to hold your body relaxed and free – being able to move every body part
independently of the whole. The training tips on Knife Disarming will follow in future articles.
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