Sneak Preview: Fighting the Pain Resistant Attacker

In my previous post I mentioned Loren’s new book: Fighting the Pain Resistant Attacker. Here’s a short preview you might like:

THE SOMATIC REFLEX ARC

Although I’ve used this for years, I didn’t know it had a name until my friend Steve Holley enlightened me and related how he too has used it in police work.

For our purposes, the somatic reflex arc is the body’s involuntary response to a blow.

  • Gouge a man’s eyes, and he snaps his head back and jerks his hands up.
  • Punch his liver and he bends to the right side.
  • Poke his femoral artery in his pelvis, and he jerks forward.
  • Kick someone in the peroneal nerve, and he twitches a little or a lot to the struck side.

This reflex action, which occurs even when the receiver doesn’t feel pain, is good news for you because it opens a window of opportunity. When the attacker automatically snaps his hands up to protect his just-poked eyes, he leaves everything from his chin to his toes open for you to do whatever enters your mind. When he arches his back reflexively in response to you kicking his kidney, he is momentarily off balance and ripe for you to take him down.

While the pain-resistant attacker might not feel the actual blow, say, to his kidney, he will wonder why he’s suddenly bending back and sucking for air like a beached fish. While he’s wondering and sucking, you follow with additional techniques or flee the scene.
To activate the somatic reflex arc, the blow needs to penetrate deeply into the kidney, as opposed to a punch that snaps in and out. Think of hitting his stomach by way of his back. Hit hard and accurately, and the attacker will reflexively bend backwards. He does this for only a second, so act quickly to take advantage of it.

Hook, hook, slam
Here’s an example:

When the attacker tries to push you, hook his arm toward his inside…

When the attacker tries to push you, hook his arm toward his inside…

…so that it turns him. You might have to step out a little.

…so that it turns him. You might have to step out a little.

Uppercut or hook punch his kidney once or twice as hard as you can.

Uppercut or hook punch his kidney once or twice as hard as you can.

When he arcs back, grab his face…

When he arcs back, grab his face…

…and ram him to the ground.

…and ram him to the ground.

That’s it for the preview, hope you enjoyed it. I’ll give a heads up on the book when it comes out.

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Comments

  1. yeah! that looks good and solid! very interesting.

    Cheers,
    Bert
    PS: I heard something about Sanda championships in Heerlen, Netherlands. Are you there coaching Wim?? or am I totally wrong here.

    • @Bert: I was going to be there but my fighters had another competition the week after. He preferred to go to that one instead. And then the organizers canceled last week… Oh well.

  2. yeah! that looks good and solid! very interesting.

    Cheers,
    Bert
    PS: I heard something about Sanda championships in Heerlen, Netherlands. Are you there coaching Wim?? or am I totally wrong here.

    • @Bert: I was going to be there but my fighters had another competition the week after. He preferred to go to that one instead. And then the organizers canceled last week… Oh well.

  3. Isaac M.S. says

    Anything that involves grabbing somebody’s face and slamming them into the ground goes well in my book. Can’t wait for the full thing!

  4. Isaac M.S. says

    Anything that involves grabbing somebody’s face and slamming them into the ground goes well in my book. Can’t wait for the full thing!

  5. Steve Holley says

    Hey, I just like seeing my name in print without the word “defendant” attached to it.

  6. Steve Holley says

    Hey, I just like seeing my name in print without the word “defendant” attached to it.

  7. When the attacker tries to push you, hook his arm toward his inside…

    I’m not sure I got that part. But once he’s turned around, the kidney punch and slam look straight forward enough.

  8. When the attacker tries to push you, hook his arm toward his inside…

    I’m not sure I got that part. But once he’s turned around, the kidney punch and slam look straight forward enough.

  9. Black Belt at 50: Hook (like a monkey paw block) or push his arm toward his chest and abdomen, ie, his inside. As you do so, step to the outside of his body, ie. away from him a little. This puts you in position to hit his kidney. If you step only a little and he turns only a little, you should still be able to hook punch his kidney. If he turns a lot and you step big, you can hit him with an inverted punch as pictured.

  10. Black Belt at 50: Hook (like a monkey paw block) or push his arm toward his chest and abdomen, ie, his inside. As you do so, step to the outside of his body, ie. away from him a little. This puts you in position to hit his kidney. If you step only a little and he turns only a little, you should still be able to hook punch his kidney. If he turns a lot and you step big, you can hit him with an inverted punch as pictured.

  11. Now, this looks like a great book! I can’t wait to check it out.

    And thanks for the clarification, Loren!

    – The Other Bert :)

  12. Now, this looks like a great book! I can’t wait to check it out.

    And thanks for the clarification, Loren!

    – The Other Bert :)

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