It’s rare to be involved in a fight where a walls, fences, cars, poles… cages are not involved. I can rarely think of a real fight that I have seen (whether on video or in person) where the fighters have not had hard objects around them. Yet sometimes in our training, we ignore the important value of fighting against a wall (I’ll use wall as a blanket term for all of the previously mentioned hard objects). Most of us martial artists train in an open environment where the wall is not used, not trained against, and is not taken into the equation of real combat training.
Luckily for myself and those who have trained in the H2H Combat System over the years — the wall has become a very important part of our training. Personally, I use the wall extensively in my training. One of favorite training environments was in my instructors home built dojo. It was a shed that was converted into a traditional Japanese Ju-Jitsu dojo in his backyard. It could fit about 12 adults. The walls were re-enforced and when we sparred, the walls were ALWAYS used. We would pin each other against the wall, do takedowns against the wall, use it to our advantage to get up, or to keep a stronger opponent down.
The wall can either be your friend in self-defense or an enemy. Using the wall to take an attacker down obviously has it’s advantages, but when your pinned — it can be a very dangerous position. Now think about a real fight gone wrong. You could have been attacked in the ATM and an attacker throws your down or presses you up against the wall — you’re in dangerous position! You could have been car-jacked and thrown down against your car or the ground, how are you going to get up? Or you may have a wild and stronger attacker swinging for your head and you drive them against the wall using a crash technique (see our future video) — how are you going to get this stronger person down? Well — below we’ve shot two videos: how to take an opponent down, and how to get off the wall.
These techniques are obviously useful for self-defense and real combat. You can learn to use the wall effectively to subdue your attacker — but you also must learn how to defend against being taken down against the wall.