Larry Wick – Split Second Survival Knife Defense
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If you believe Split Second Survival, Larry Wick’s type of gun and knife defense, is just another modern martial art or self-defense school, you’re mistaken. Wick, a seasoned instructor and tang soo do black belt, has a unique approach to dealing with two of the most frightening street weapons, and he’s on a mission to share it with the rest of the globe. The Fairbanks, Alaska-based teacher feels that the majority of what is taught in knife- and firearm-defense classes is not only inefficient, but also catastrophically defective.
Larry Wick (left) and Dr. Mark Cheng
“Split Second Survival is about looking at some of the most heinous scenarios and figuring out the most effective route out,” explains Larry Wick. “In most cases, individuals are unarmed, untrained about genuine firearm defense, and unable to deal with several attackers.” Our priority is to educate them on some of the solutions available to them to help them survive.” Wick is so certain of the correctness of his theory that he is prepared to go to extremities to prove it. Take a peek at his Live Fire DVD for proof. (Avoid Trying What You See!) Wick utilizes actual firearms and real bullets on the disc to demonstrate the flaws of common self-defense strategies. In one case, he discharges a handgun adjacent to, but not at, a mannequin head to demonstrate the harm that may be inflicted by a firearm’s muzzle blast. In another demonstration, he attempts a typical defense of gripping the slide of a semiautomatic pistol to prevent it from cycling — and swiftly slashes into his own hand. “Somethings we can get away with in the forest that I wouldn’t even consider doing anyplace else,” he acknowledges.
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Split Second Survival’s essence, according to the cartoon Alaskan, is comprised of eight tenets: • Never concentrate on the weapon. • Always keep moving ahead. • Make certain that any strategy takes into consideration the likelihood of many attackers. • Avoid making a motion with both hands. • Never employ force against force. • Do not deliberately fall to the ground. • Throw out the kicks, punches, locks, sweeps, and throws. • Complete all methods in under a second. Larry Wick, dressed in street clothing, begins my introduction to Split Second Survival. “If your self-defense training only works while you’re wearing a uniform, barefoot, on a matting surface, or in any other staged environment,” he says, “it’s going to be a disadvantage when your life is on the line.” Wick then takes a training knife from his pocket and instructs me to press it to his throat. To boost the ante, he has me hold his jacket so I can shove the blade deeper into his flesh. He dares me to “cut” him whenever I sense him attempting to attack, defend, flee, or otherwise move. His expression remains kind – until he delivers the deadly blow. He cuts my wrist with my own blade, throws me off-balance, and finishes me with a potentially lethal wound to the throat faster than you can say “Split Second Survival.” It all comes to an end before I can mount a real attack, knife or otherwise. OK, I guess, that was a fluke that won’t happen again. “Are you still not convinced?” Larry Wick inquires. “Let’s give it another go.” He narrates his way through the same actions this time. His system is physically distinct, and I’m starting to notice it. Kelly McCann Combatives 2: Stick & Ground Combat is the latest product from combatives master Kelly McCann and Black Belt. It’s a video course that you can watch on your digital device. Watch the trailer and then sign up by clicking here. Wick, true to his principles, moves his gaze from side to side, as if looking for accomplices. His gaze isn’t fixed on the threat — it’s as if he’s looking right past me — but I can see the blade and everything else in his peripheral vision. He explains that if he fixes his gaze on me or the weapon, I’ll be able to predict what he’ll do by watching his line of sight shift. He’s correct; I’ve used the same level of awareness in sparring. Less experienced martial artists frequently telegraph their movements by shifting their focus from one body part to another. That’s why some trainers instruct their fighters to look at their opponent’s sternum, which keeps all four limbs in view. That works fine in one-on-one sparring, but in a street fight, there’s the X-factor of multiple opponents. “In a street fight, you almost never know if you’re dealing with one person or five people,” Larry Wick says. “Your eyes must continually take in information about your surroundings without seeming worried.” You can’t do it if you’re looking at the attacker’s chest or eyes. If you’re dealing with multiple attackers, the person closest to you is only one of many, so your brain must be able to take in information on all of them, or as many as possible.” Wick appears to be at ease, and his gaze is not drawn to me or the blade. It’s as though he’s casually browsing a store to see if anything strikes his eye. He’s playing with my mind, distorting my understanding of what’s going on. Wick has set everything up so that I don’t react in time, like a sleight-of-hand expert. His relaxed body language is mentally disarming, and his movements are almost completely counter to what you’d expect in this situation. Everything in Split Second Survival appears to serve two functions. There are not only physics-based and strategic reasons for what he’s doing, but also psychological and neurological ones. This is clearly advanced material.
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None of his movements are jerky, and any muscular tension is difficult to detect. Picking up on his movements and reacting in time to cut or shoot him is nearly impossible for someone without tactile-sensitivity training. Every touch and movement in Split Second Survival is designed to elicit the least amount of reaction from the opponent. Few, if any, moves are dependent on speed or strength. “If I have to be athletic, strong, or fast to pull this stuff off,” Larry Wick says, “that severely limits the audience to which this body of knowledge applies.” “Additionally, if I am able to move in that manner, how will an attacker react to those movements?” You’ll actually improve his performance by increasing his awareness and making him more focused on killing you.” Wick is getting ready to show how the softness and consistency of his movements don’t set off that little red warning light in my brain. From the same my-knife-to-his-throat starting point, he executes a similar escape, but in a tense, jerky manner typical of other self-defense systems. The alarms in my head go off, and I easily cut his throat and wrist. The next time, he goes soft, and his movements are over before my brain has time to react. I’d be bleeding all over if it had been a real knife. “What will your reaction be if I try to jerk the blade away, slap your arm away, or do anything remotely fast?” Larry Wick inquires. “You go faster, track better, and become more energized.” When I move with tension and jerkiness, the situation worsens. “What if I’m so relaxed and moving with so little muscular force that you can’t tell I’m moving?” You’ll react more slowly because my movement doesn’t register as a threat until it’s too late. As a result, we use a two-finger grip and a relaxed hand.” The Greg Jackson Mixed Martial Arts Core Curriculum, an online course from Black Belt magazine and the world’s leading MMA coach, has been reduced in price! On your tablet or smartphone, you can learn the best fighting techniques, combinations, and strategies. More information is available here! Larry Wick’s soft-touch methodology is incorporated into the Split Second Survival two-finger grip. The primary contact points are the fourth and fifth fingers. “You minimize the use of strength against the attacker by using the two weakest fingers in the hand,” he claims. This tends to shorten the lead time. It prevents the attacker from determining your intentions when combined with a relaxed or detached expression. When Wick performs another demonstration, I pay close attention to the quality of his movement and touch. His hand’s muscles are completely relaxed, to the point of softness. He has no tension in the two fingers that grip my wrist. They are simply a means of connecting and sensing and guiding my movement. It’s unsettling. By the time I notice the grizzled Alaskan is moving, he’s cut my wrist again, disarmed me, and run the training blade across my carotid artery. (In Part 2, Larry Wick will discuss Split Second Survival’s approach to gun defense.) Dr. Mark Cheng is a Southern California-based traditional Chinese medicine physician and martial arts researcher. Visit his website by clicking here. Rick Hustead’s photographs