Class Notes – April 12, 2011

Instructors: David Davis and Lem Tasin

Attendance: Frank Raspa, Tyus Durant, Bryant Nelson, Jarod B, Brian Keller, Asim,


Everyone should have a general concept of the following terms such as shielding, checking, tapping, and situation awareness, as well as how these terms translate into movement that informs your decision-making. What is the difference between shielding, checking, and tapping?

  • Shielding describes the use of the back of the forearms to protect your body. (demo)
  • Checking describes the use and positioning of the live hand or guardian hand to monitor the feeder’s free limb while your main hand is tapping the attack. (demo)
  • Tapping means to deflect the force of the attack away from the body (with in the shoulder distance of your structure). In principle, you should tap with enough force so that you know that the attack is within your peripheral view.
  • Situation awareness describes the mental process that, we train our minds to perform when placed in stressful situations. Situation awareness is the single most important formula in self-awareness because it teaches you how to process patterns such as opportunity, place, and attack strategy. For instance, it is important when in situations to understand when facing confrontational individuals, their intent. For instance if there are individual wearing a particular type of clothing in an odd environment is it because, they are homeless or are they trying to conceal the patterns of a weapon?

Training method

Use 3 of 9 true left hand and double mini blade on blade to identify movements such as shielding, checking, and flanking.

Resource material

Youtube: Atienza Kali mass attack exercises


The purpose of these exercises is to use knowledge gained from 3 of 9 movement to heighten the body’s ability to react appropriately when drilling mass attack scenario and to reduce tunnel vision.


The goal and objective in multiple attack scenarios is to develop the ability to identify the Trojan horse and process behavioral patterns (various and numerous pieces of active intelligence) to inform your decision-making. For instance, the feeder should notice supple misdirection and observe movements (head nod, lips, eyes, elbows, and shoulders), and changes in behavior (silence in communication). This could be the movement in a series of steps as well as how it changes the depth of the field. How do attackers use their first step to spread your attention when they approach you, does one drift out of your peripheral view or do they bum rush you, will one sacrifice an actor, or will they circle you (Atienza, 2006; Caruso, 2005). How does this influence your reactionary and decision making gap?


In a slow to moderate pace scenario, (1) the learner will identify and adjust their movement to attack patterns, (2) observe how attackers position themselves, (3) decide which strategy will have a direct impact on their ability to evade, for instance, if this is a situation that requires you to fight or flight how you would use your movement to misdirect your intention to give your attackers the illusion that instead of attacking, you intend to escape, give yourself a destination, (5) use their footwork to make tactical decisions while processing, unfolding events, (6) and adapt principles from 3 of 9 (shielding, checking, and tapping) to influence the way they choose to fight or flight against multiple attackers.

Desensitize/exposure process

3 of 9 mini blade on mini blade (15 min)
3 of 9 true left (15 min)
Mass attack scenario (30 min)

Organize class into groups (3 feeder’s to 1 receiver), have classmates attack with trainers to force the receiver to stay calm, evade, maintain balance, and stack the attackers. The receiver must maintain their ability to think, use their footwork to transition from one attacker to the next as each attacker commits. The use of trainer’s are optional, see purpose of exercise.

Conduct this exercise at a slow pace so the receiver’s is able to respond and adjust to the stress this makes it possible for the receiver to process the information, prioritize the information, and then act decisively. Once the receiver develops this skill, their perception of slowing the decision-making process actually becomes faster.

Last minute exercise after talking with Frank Raspa, we decided to quickly assemble the class into a circle and gave each learner a chance to escape as the circle converged on the learner.

Problem to consider, should you evade the blind side punch or move into it, if so how?


Learners were assessed on their ability to demonstrate the number of times they could repeat the drill and apply aspects of it in the mass attack scenario.


Ateinza Kali (Producer). (2006). Atienza kali first mass attack video. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5bu5ZLIZ1s.

Caruso, C. (Producer). (2005). Atienza kali guys in the mass attack exercise. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_GVOpGs5ZI.


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