Using the Rear Sentry Takedown to Subdue an Assailant

In this outtake from Police Combat Tactics Volume 2, Lt. Kevin Dillon teaches the rear sentry takedown as it is used by law enforcement officers to subdue a suspect. For civilians, this takedown also has applications when coming to aid of someone who is being threatened or assaulted. 

Pointers on Using the Hook Punch in Kickboxing

Excerpted from Complete Kickboxing by Martina Sprague and Keith Livingston

Most kickboxers are familiar with the one-two-three punch combination (jab, rear cross, lead hook), but less often do we see fighters throw a lead hook after a jab and be successful with it. This is one of the more difficult combinations, because:

  1. Both strikes are thrown with the same hand. In order to gain power in this combination, you must reset your body before starting the second strike.
  2. The strikes employ different directions of motion. The jab is thrown straight, and the hook is thrown at an angle perpendicular to the jab.

When practicing this combination, first throw the jab,then step forward with your lead foot to close distance. Now throw the hook, simultaneously digging with the ball of your lead foot, turning the knee, hip,and shoulder in the direction of the strike. A common mistake when throwing the lead hook is to drop your guard below the level of your chin. This must not happen, as you will open a knockout target for your opponent’s counter-strike. Keep your chin tucked down behind your shoulder.

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