Jab-Cross Sixty-Four Simple Self-Defense Striking By Antonio Graceffo

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Jab-Cross Sixty-Four
Simple Self-Defense Striking
By Antonio Graceffo

In a spy novel I read in the 80s, it said that part of the hand-to-hand
combat training given to Russian special operatives was a drill which
consisted of eighty punches a minute. The idea was, when training special
ops or other military people you dont have years to dedicate to fight
training. You cant teach them to be Muhammad Bruce Lee. But, if they are
attacked and they react by throwing 80 punches a minute, targeted on the
face and throat of their assailant, they should be able to escape.

As I said, it was a novel. And I havent verified the story. But the idea
made sense. Not everyone is a professional fighter. And not everyone is
willing to spend three hours per day training. So, when I am teaching a
short course for police or military, these are the kind of ideas I have to
think of. How can we take normal people and give them enough skills over
the course of a day or a week, to effectively defend themselves?

Now that I am working with Kru Jak Othman at his Muay Thai gym in Petaling
Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, I see how Kru Jak was faced with a similar
problem. Many people enjoy watching Muay Thai and MMA on the internet. And
now that there will be some Malaysian fighters on the TV show, The
Contender Asia, Muay Thai has become even more popular in Malaysia.
People join the class because they want to fight. Or, more accurately,
because they think they want to fight. But at the end of the day, only a
very small percentage of people would ever put in the hours and months
required to prepare themselves for a professional fight. And frankly, most
people dont need to. They just need a fun way to get fit, make friends,
and learn some self defense.

With this in mind, Kru Jak modified the professional Muay Thai training
and made it into drills which were accessible to normal people. In my Muay
Thai or Khmer Boxing training, I do between four and six rounds of pad
work per day, in the ring, with my coach. The coach wears the Thai pads or
sometimes boxing coaches mitts. He calls out combinations, and I hit. He
corrects my performance and we continue. The idea is that pad work builds
cardio and strength, but also technique, and timing. One important aspect
of pad work is learning to throw combinations, instead of single punches.
The coach may call out, jab, cross, two right kicks or hook, hook,
knee, knee, push kick.

The coach would do four to six rounds with me, and then do rounds with
each of the other five or so guys who train at that level.

But in a martial arts school where you have twenty five students in a
class, it wouldnt be possible for a single coach to take everyone on the
pads. So, students have to learn to hold pads for each other. The
combinations also have to be somewhat simplified, so beginning students
can follow along.

This all leads to the development of the simplest, but most physically
demanding combination in the Kru Jak repertoire, jab-cross sixty-four.
Students are paired up, one holding pads, one hitting. The teacher calls
out the simple combinations. jab-cross, jab-cross, move out. The
combinations get more involved as they train: jab-cross two, lead kick
two. Finally, they reach the dreaded moment when the teacher shouts,
Jab-cross sixty-four. The students throw sixty-four repetitions of
jab-cross, or 128 punches.

Throwing 128 punches in succession is hard for a firs timer. And when
students finally build up enough that they can complete the exercise, they
feel good about themselves. Their self-confidence goes up, and the
probability of them ever being a victim goes down.

Kru Jak told me about one of his female students who found herself in a
date-rape situation. At just the right moment, her training kicked in, and
she threw jab-cross sixty-four, her assailant was hospitalized.

The girl in question wasnt a professional fighter. She didnt know all of
the intricate techniques that Steven Segal could do, but she hit a man
with sixty-four jab crosses that she had been practicing three times per
week for a period of months.

At the end of the day, anyone who throws sixty-four punches in quick
succession is probably going to win the fight.

For the more advanced students, and for my own training, I have added a
drill of one-hundred kicks. If you could mess up an attacker with 64 jab
crosses, imagine what one-hundred kicks would do to someone.

For effective self-defense the most important thing is simple techniques
that you practice over and over again. In a crisis situation, you wont
have time to think. Only those techniques that you trained will come out
as a natural reaction.

There is nothing simpler to understand than jab-cross sixty-four and
practicing it is simply a matter of practicing it.

Antonio Graceffo is a martial arts and adventure author living in Asia. He
is the author of the book, The Monk from Brooklyn and the host of the
web TV show, Martial Arts Odyssey, which traces his ongoing journey
through Asia, learning martial arts in various countries.

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Contact him: Antonio@speakingadventure.com

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