As you saw from our video, the G.A.P. - which stands for Ground Attack Posture is a fairly basic posture that everyone can perform or modify. Everyone should have the G.A.P. as a part of their arsenal, because it enables us to:
- Attack & Defend using the strongest weapon we have - our legs!
- By being on the ground, we are harder to reach, control and abduct.
- And the G.A.P. offers s strong enough of a threat that, perhaps, the attacker will give up distance. If that happens, you can choose to make it to your feet, and fight or to flee.
One thing to remember however, is if our intuition tells us that the predator wants to take us to another location - being on the ground and being more "immovable" may be the best option. It may be the best option because the longer he is unsuccessful with his plan, the more likely someone will intervene and/or get caught and arrested.
Obviously "Situation dictates Response"...
AND we should all use our good judgement as to what the best course of action is or should be at any particular moment - therefore we should think and practice with these scenarios in mind (i.e. is there more than 1 attacker? Can I run? Where to? Can I find a weapon?)
THE SHIELD & CANNON
Similar to the Valkyrie, your knee and shin act similarly to your elbow and forearm. However, the joint that the femur rests in is substantially stronger than the joint that the humerus rests in (at the shoulder). The hip joint is the strongest joint in the body and can withstand tremendous pressure (approx. 750 pounds!). Therefore, it makes good sense to fend off or attack using this juggernaut.
Remember that we want to "push" the kick out, putting our emphasis on the contact point of the heel (not just "anywhere" on the foot). We also want to maximize our extension at the hip, and fire our kick in a straight line - not "hinging" or "flicking" the kick at the knee. We also want to quickly pull our leg back towards our body to harness our next powerful shot and to keep it out of grabbing range.
Self-defense is about survival, not fighting and our kicks should be strong and deliberate.
IF THE PREDATOR MOVES
If the predator tries to circle around you, adjust yourself accordingly so that you are always facing your attacker. Some important things to note:
- Keep your attacking leg's knee (the high leg) aligned to the predator's centerline. This will give you the best accuracy.
- Make sure your base leg (the low leg) is down on the same side as the predator's movement. This will keep your attacking leg slightly more "out-of-reach" and less likely to be grabbed and controlled. (for example: if your opponent is circling to your right, your right leg should be "base").
- If the predator switches direction, switch your base leg (as #2 states).
If you find yourself on the ground, try to turn partially to one side and pull your knees in close. The high hip will be your attacking leg and should be coiled and ready to strike. Some additional notes are:
- Keep the knee on the attacking leg slightly to the outside of your face so you don't accidentally knee yourself when you bring the leg back.
- Kick with purpose! Stretch with the kick; even allowing your body to advance with the momentum of the kick.
- Practice kicking with your "low side" forearm supporting the weight of your torso. Having your torso slightly elevated will help you see your predator's actions, allow you to transition and allow for a quicker get-up - if and when you need to.
- If you are flat on your back (which is not OUR ideal version of the G.A.P.), make sure you keep your chin tucked, with your eyes watching the attacker's every move. On your back, you can bring both feet up and kick in a "bicycling motion." This can be effective but it is wasteful of energy and not as conducive to deliver crippling power shots. Additionally, it takes more time to perform the Spiderwoman Get-Up, if and when the time comes.
COMING UP NEXT...
The Spiderwoman Get-Up! Stay tuned
Michael & Jennifer Joyce