Lets talk about the Entry
phase for a bit...
I'll summarize what I think;
- I don't think it's practical--as taught--for the non martial artist
- I think your opponent will "enter" for you
Now these are just blanket statements obviously because there will undoubtedly be examples of where such techniques are/were effective.
But I'm more interested in what I refer to as "High Percentage" technique. I define high-percentage as something that works at least 80% of the time against at least 80% of the people you try it on, under high pressure
situations. You'll come to see in that environment, that really doesn't leave a hell of a lot! That's the truth.
The operative expression there is "high pressure". Adrenal state, fight or flight, fog of war, loss of fine motor skills moments require high-percentage, pressure tested technique.
What I've found is that the "Crash Helmet" (or just, "helmet") is perhaps the best interceptor/entry maneuver that I know. This is particularly applicable when you have that wild, aggressive opponent swinging for the fences and coming in on you. The helmet allows you to meet that incoming force with a bit of force of your own. It would be about the only thing I would use.
Eye jabs and destructions, as taught in the RAT program, are something you'd use if you had an opponent who was more passive than aggressive. He's content to stay outside and you're both "pot-shotting" each other. You decide you have to get in. Maybe you catch one of those shots and gain a moment of timing that allows you to move in. But in my experience, it's your lucky day if you find an attacker who is passive and on the defensive, lol. Just not that many of those guys out there. That guy doesn't really want to fight. If you push it, you're the aggressor.Pressure
is something every fighter understands. When you have your opponent reeling and trying to back peddle, you smell blood and move in behind shots for the kill.
Using the Boxing Blast (a series of crosses) helps you to re-establish space if your opponent manages to escape from your Anderson Silva-like neck tie clinch.
So it's 8-step process:
1) Forklift posture as a neutral position (talk with your hands, keeping elbows in tight)
2) Helmet on the shot or movement into your personal space
3) Seek for the center position (neck clinch, pinch headlock, etc)
4) Knee the Bejeebers out of the guys testicles
5) Blast his ass as he reels backwards
6) Repeat as necessary
7) Run like hell to avoid the PO-leece
8) Head back home to get more time on the Mook Jong