(Pistol) Firearm Disarm Redondo Beach, CA
Recently I was heading up instructor training at Elite Training Center. Those in attendance specialized in various forms of martial arts including Muay Thai Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), MMA, Krav Maga, and Kali Silat. We were covering firearm (pistol) disarm while pointed at your chest or stomach area. In our Krav Maga system, we call it a “Front Press.” After practicing the front press for more than a decade, I feel comfortable with the technique. I did not say that I have mastered the front press, but I feel confident with this disarm.
It has been about 12 years since I first saw this particular gun disarm. The technique comes from Israel, where the gun is King! Since everyone is mandated to serve in the military, everyone is familiar with firearms, and many civilians carry them.
This got me thinking about the 10 years, 10,000-hour rule. “Malcolm Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, in his book, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of around 10,000 hours.” I believe that this statement is very true when it comes to Martial Arts, as Shihan always states: repetition equates to success. The only thing I would like to add to Gladwell’s statement when it pertains to our gun disarm technique is this: Perfect practice of the technique will equal success. If you practice a gun disarm over and over and each repetition is not as perfect as possible without stress, your chances of being successful under stress will greatly diminish. Since the amount of damage a firearm can cause is significant, you do not want to take the chance of disarming someone unless you have no other option.
As an Instructor, I understand the responsibility of this knowledge and students must understand it as well. If you have less than 10,000 repetitions of this technique under your belt, you will need many factors in your favor to be successful. Surprise, speed, and luck just to name a few!
Just remember the 10,000-hour rule is a good guideline to measure your Martial Arts experience by. Master level Martial Artist will have 30, 40, 50,000 hours or more training experience. If we look at Martial Arts as a way of life and keep practicing, we will all be successful.
E. Wright Instructor
Black Belt Krav Maga