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Up Against The Wall # 2

By Prof. Gene Roos

Editor’ Note: When I posted the first “Up Against The Wall” article, Gene Roos correctly noted that the defense shown was against an attacker who pushed with both his hands against my back trying to crowd me into a wall or other obstacle. He suggested that a slightly different version of the defense would be necessary if instead the attacker pushed with one hand while holding the other up for a possible follow up strike. He was kind enough to provide illustrations.

A common tactic for assailants is to push someone into a wall or other obstacle with one hand and then strike from the rear with the other. The initial push is used to off balance and control the victim.

This type of attack, however, can be easily thwarted.

In the following sequence, the attacker has grabbed my right shoulder with his left hand and pushed me forward while raising his right hand for a possible strike. In response I first extend both hands forward to cushion the impact of the attacker’s push and then the right hand moves upward to create a fulcrum around which I turn to the left (away from the attacker’s right hand), the pivot taking me to the back of the opponent. Here many options are possible, one of which is shown here.

As the attacker pins the defender against a wall, his left hand is holding the defender's right shoulder and his right hand is going to punch the defender.

The defender raises his right arm, which develops a fulcrum turning position.

As the defender's right hand is pushing against the wall, he right foot arc steps (and rotates his body clockwise 360 degrees). His right hand grabs the attacker's neck and his left hand grabs the attacker's left wrist. The defender also places his right knee behind the attacker's left knee.

Defender's right knee h its behind the attacker's left knee and his hands throw the attacker to the rear.

The key points, however, are two. The first is to cushion the potential attack and then pivot (turn away from it), which allows the attacker’s energy to continue forward into the hole created by exiting the initial vulnerable position.

The second key point is to ascertain from which side any follow up attack is coming so as to pivot away from it. In this sequence I felt a push with one hand and my peripheral awareness indicated a potential attack coming to my right. If the attacker had been further to my rear the hand placement of my attacker would provide a good indication from which side a follow up attack might come. In addition, having both arms raised in front of your face during the turn provides insurance against any miscalculation.

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About The Author:

Prof. Gene Roos, 10th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo, is a member of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association. He is a frequent contributor to In 1958 was awarded Shodan (Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959 was Judo State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious (Ketsugo), Dennis Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby, & Shizuya Sato (Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr. Sacharnoski (Hard Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student of Funakoshi, Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series of upcoming books on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including: "Aiki Jujitsu" (a three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly Attacks" (defense against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks- part II" (defense against an additional 30 knife, gun and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and "Devastating Throws and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against 30 advanced combat throws, knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack), For more information see:

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