Sunday, June 08, 2008

Black Belt Magazine

In answer to the questions from Stephen Boyd and gravelbelly, I need to elaborate on my comment on WARSKYLL about the Black Belt article dealing with pistol disarming.

I can't find any information online (I even tried a google search, and believe it or not I'm the first thing that comes up! :-O), so I highly recommend getting the issue itself. (It's the June issue.) Or, if either of you can't find one or for whatever reason, drop me a comment, we'll get into email contact, and I'll try to scan a PDF and send it to you.

The basic gist of it is not attacking straight on (no duh), not using the time-consuming zig-zag attack, and instead attacking in a crescent/half-moon shape (as seen from an overhead perspective).

Let me know guys, okay?

Spencer

7 comments:

Gravelbelly said...

I would guess the theory is that it's harder to follow & hit a moving target, unless it's coming straight at you.

On that theory, unless circumstances made it impossible, I'd rather be doing the crescent move AWAY from the guy with the gun.

I'm also having a hard time imagining the scenario. If he's going to rob me, he's very probably going to move in closer. If he's going to assassinate me, he's going to do it from behind, or he'll pull the trigger right away (see video I post Monday on this.)

I can see the 9 ft. scenario as a possibility for a police officer approaching or even pursuing a suspect. Other than that, the distance would lead me to believe the individual is either using the weapon for intimidation purposes, or can't make up his mind to shoot.

The one scenario where a civilian might run into this scenario is a mass killing, where a wacko or a terrorist goes all Columbine & comes to a workplace, school or restaurant and just starts shooting people. At 9 ft., you would have a millisecond to decide if your best chance is to rush him & if so, then the crescent may be the best approach.

Perhaps Providence will grant you success.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Yes, designed so that you'll be difficult to hit.

Good insight. I think that'd be the most likely scenario for this; when someone is literally trying to point a gun at you (as their primary objective).

Providence, yes. What a way to die!

I wonder if it's really true, the saying "Live by the sword, die by the sword."

Spencer

Stephen Boyd said...

I also was unable to find anything about it online.

I assume, since you mentioned the overhead perspective, that jumping is involved?

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

Uh, no, it didn't say anything about jumping. The "overhead" thing deals with the idea that, if you could see this move from overhead in theory, it would be crescent-shaped.

Gravelbelly said...

Yes, instead of moving in a straight line toward the orc, you move toward him, first angling away, then in.

To put it another way, describe an arc on the floor that intersects your feet & his. Then follow that arc or crescent.

Stephen Boyd said...

OK, I think I am beginning to understand it now.

The crescent refers shape of your path between you and him?

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

The crescent refers shape of your path between you and him?

Exactly! Thanks gravelbelly, you explained it better.

Spencer