Yesterday I took a day off to play chauffeur for Mrs. Patterson. While she was at a doctor’s appointment I spent in an hour in Borders Books. While there I thumbed through the current issue of Black Belt Magazine. One article in particular caught my eye:
John Pellegrini, the founder of the reality-based art, teaches three self-defense techniques you can master. Added bonus: watch Pellegrini perform weapon disarms and defenses against lunges and throat grabs.
More from Mr. Wikipedia:
Combat Hapkido’s focus means it has deleted some traditional Hapkido techniques which may be impractical for modern self-defense scenarios . These include aspects such as acrobatic break falls, jump/spinning kicks, forms, meditation, along with the removal of some weapons such as swords and other weapons which would be impractical and not-typically carried around in today’s modern society.
In the article Mr. Pellegrini addresses critics of his art who say its emphasis on grappling, joint locks, and throwing makes it less effective against multiple opponents.
Pellegrini”s response–paraphrased poorly!–states that many of his techniques rely on devastating pressure point tactics. So devastating that a CH practitioner is able to dispatch one opponent and move to the next.
Given that the style apparently has adopted techniques from Jeet Kune Do and Western Boxing, I had to raise an eyebrow at that response. Granted, Pellegrini was confined to a short article and I have absolutely no knowledge of the style’s curriculum. Still if CH’s answer to multiple opponents is hoping for a successful pressure point attack then all I can say is good luck!
If I learned anything in Chin Na it’s that locks, pain compliance, etc. will not always work. There are just too many variables that range from a poorly executed technique to an attacker who is resistant to such techniques.
Both boxing and Jeet Kune Do have better answers to that dilemma — stick and move! Our Chin Na curriculum also had sound advice: if all else fails, punch and kick!
If you want to see some Combat Hapkido in action just visit YouTuber and search for “Combat Hapkido Pellegrini.” That’s exactly how I found this video:
There’s also a really good video at this link.
What stands out for me is how much many of the demonstrated techniques are similar to Chin Na. The only big difference I see is that we mostly lacked the ground work.
Anyhow, still pretty cool stuff!