will have noted that no holds or locks on the ground are demonstrated.
The reason for this is:
(a) THIS IS WAR: your object is to kill or dispose of your opponent
as quickly as possible and go to the assistance of your comrades.
(b) Once on the ground, you are more vulnerable to attack. (See
No. 3B, Bronco Kick.)
(c) It takes months of constant daily practice to master the an
of falling, and personal instruction from a qualified instructor
(d) There is a vast difference between falling on mats in a gymnasium
and falling on a road or rocky ground.
Even a roll on to a stone or a small stump of a tree, should it
press into the kidneys, would certainly put you out of the fight
It is, therefore, obvious that you should concentrate on remaining
on your feet. No attempt is made to teach you how to fall, but the
following guides are given on how to get back on your feet if you
do fall or are thrown:
- You are on the ground, as in Fig. 78.
- Turn your body sharply towards your left-hand side, stomach
to the ground, rising by the help of the right forearm and right
knee to the position shown in Fig. 79.
- Pushing on the ground with both hands, force yourself backwards
into the position shown in Fig. 80, and then stand up.
Note. - All the above movements muse be one rapid and continuous
roll or twist of the body.
If, when in the position shown in Fig. 80, your opponent is behind
you, place your right foot as near as possible to your left hand
(Fig. 81), turn sharply on both feet towards your left-hand side,
and you will find yourself facing your opponent.
NO. 24A - GETTING UP FROM THE GROUND (BACKWARDS)
- You have fallen on to your back on the ground.
- Lie flat on your back and place your right arm at an angle
of 90 degrees from the body, the back of your hand on the ground
and your head turned towards your left shoulder (Fig. 82).
- Raise your legs from the waist and shoot them over your right
shoulder (Fig. 83). When in this position, allow your right arm
and hand to turn with your body.
- Bend your right leg and bring it to the ground as close to
your right arm as possible. Keeping your left leg straight reach
as far back with it as possible (Fig. 84).
- Your left hand will be on the ground approximately opposite
your right knee. Press on the ground with both hands and force
yourself up on to your right knee. Continue the pressure until
you are on your feet (Fig. 85).
Note. - The reason for keeping your feet apart in the movement
shown in 4 is that you will immediately be on-balance when you come
up on your feet. This is a very important point to note and is very
seldom taken care of by the average man. A man off-balance can be
pushed down again with a few pounds' pressure of either hand. Moreover,
he cannot administer an effective blow or even defend himself properly.
NO. 25 - АTTАСК WITH A SMALL STICK OR CANE
man without a weapon to defend himself, especially after long exposure,
is very likely to give up in despair. It is remarkable what a difference
it would make in his morale if he had a small stick or cane in his
hand. Now, add to this the knowledge that he could, with ease, kill
any opponent with a stick, and you will then see how easy it is
to cultivate the offensive spirit which is so essential in present-day
- A small stick of 18 to 24 inches in length and about i inch
in thickness will make an ideal weapon. (If one is not available,
it can be broken off a tree.)
Note. - If you are to be successful in the application of this
method, it is essential for you to have the element of surprise
on your side. This can best be obtained by taking the position
shown in Fig. 86.
- Retaining your hold of the stick with your right hand, 'swing
the other end up and catch it in your left hand about six inches
from the end. This should be done without looking down at your
hands or stick. Pay particular attention to the position of the
hands (Fig. 87).
Note. - The reason for using this unusual hold of the stick should
be obvious. It is not at all likely that anyone (not previously
aware of this particular method of attack) would have the slightest
suspicion that he was in danger of being attacked.
NO. 25 - ATTACK WITH A SMALL STICK OR CANE (cont)
You are close up and facing your opponent, as in Fig. 88.
1. Strike your opponent across the stomach with the left end
of the stick by a vicious circular motion towards your right-hand
In delivering this blow, there are four essential points that must
be carried out simultaneously:
(a) Your loose grip on the stick, both hands (Fig. 87), must
be changed to one as strong as possible.
(b) The movement of your left hand is towards your right-hand
(c) The movement of your right hand is inwards to the left, but
much shorter than that of the left hand, because of your right
hand's coming against your right side.
(d) The movement of your left foot is forward towards the right.
This permits you to put the weight of your body behind the blow.
See Fig. 89.
NOTE. - This blow across your opponent's stomach would not, if
he were wearing thick clothing, put him out, but it would surely
make him bring his chin forward, which is exactly the position you
want him in.
2. Keeping the firmest possible grip of the stick with both hands,
jab upwards with the end of the stick (left-hand end) and drive
it into his neck and kill him (Fig. 90). The mark you are after
is the soft spot about two inches back from the point of the chin.
NO. 25 - ATTACK WITH A SMALL STICK OR CANE (concl.)
You have missed your opponent's chin when you attacked as in Fig.
3. Smash him down the face with the end of the stick, as in Fig.
91, putting all the weight of your body behind the blow.
4. If necessary, follow-up with a smash across the left side of
your opponent's face with the right-hand end of the stick, as
in Fig. 92.
Note. - You have taken a step to your left front with your right
foot to permit of the weight of the body being behind the blow.
5. If at any time after the initial attack across the stomach
your opponent's head is high in the air, exposing the front part
of his neck: Aim to strike the "Adam's apple" with the
center of the stick, putting every ounce of strength behind the
blow. This should kill him, or at least knock him unconscious
Note. - Methods No. 2 (the point, up under the chin) and No. 5
(the center, into the "Adam's apple") are finishing-off
or killing blows, but you must first bring your opponent into the
position that permits you to deal them effectively. Method No. i
(the point across the stomach) will, on account of its unexpectedness,
enable you to accomplish this, and your attack should always start
with the stomach attack.