In today’s final installment in Lessons from Sensei Jeff, my favorite TDK black belt shows you how to not only get shot in the face, but mildly irritate your attacker as well so that if you are lucky enough to take their gun away, they will now beat you to death with their bare hands. As usual, here’s our time index commentary.
- 0:35 – This technique apparently only works if the bad guy already has his finger on the trigger. Now, I’m no TKD black belt (oh wait, yes I am) but I’m pretty sure that I can’t react faster with my entire body than he can suck that arm in and start shooting me. Also, do you really want to bet your life on a technique that only works if the bad guy is already about to shoot you?
- 1:17 – why is that guy bowing every time Sensei Jeff hands his gun back? “Thank you for muzzling yourself with this gun that has a magazine in it?”
- 1:35 – Back to the booby-trapped weapon! Seriously, does this happen? Ever? Maybe I missed that this was a common occurrence.
- 1:40 – Dude, seriously. The slide is on top of the gun. The thing that you’re “packing” is called the magazine.
- 1:49 – MOST. EPIC. FAIL. YET. He has now performed a tap-rack drill, and is now pointed a cocked firearm that may or may not have a round in the chamber with the safety off and his finger on the trigger at one of his own students. Can you say “I want my money back”?
If you’re going to train gun takeaways, buy a Blue Gun. They’re cheap, they’re safe, and it is completely impossible to have an ND with a blue gun.
This concludes our lessons from Sensei Jeff. I think this video is by far the worst in terms of the technique being presented and the ridiculously unnecessary safety violations in the video. Now, we’ve all had a pretty good laugh about this, but there are some very serious issues that I’d like to address.
First off, the safety issues. Don’t train with live guns like that. It’s incredibly dangerous and it’s how people get killed. I wasn’t joking about buying a blue gun for training purposes; it’s impossible for a live round to sneak in to the chamber of a solid block of plastic. Even in dry fire I’m a little OCD about press-checking my guns, because I don’t want the magical bullet gremlins to sneak one in the chamber. Don’t do that what Sensei Jeff does. I cannot stress enough that training with a live gun like that is just so dangerous and stupid that I run out of adjectives to describe how dangerous it is.
Now about the techniques themselves. Gun takeaways are generally a last ditch effort and are going to require a lot of strength and coordination. Sensei Jeff has a slightly different technique for every situation, which is great way to put your brain in to vapor lock when the balloon goes up, as you can’t remember which complicated, finesse intensive move you’re going to need to do. Hence why I’m a big of “punch him in the throat” followed with “stomp his guts out” as options to “fine joint manipulation”. The body tends to break down under stress, and the more complicated an action is, the less likely you’ll be able to actually pull it off.
I believe that marital arts training can be valuable for the CCW holder. Most fights don’t occur on brightly lit indoor ranges or sunny days in outdoor bays, and learning to fight with your body is useful. But remember that not all instruction is created equal; and in a lot of cases the martial arts community is more fraught with shysters and “mall ninjas” than the firearms community. Investigate your trainers – a guy like Sensei Jeff probably isn’t the best choice for learning to fight.