My friends and I’m sure your friends as well have pointless discussions all the time like…
Dude, who do you think would win in a street fight between (insert Hollywood actor here) and (insert another type of celebrity here)?…
Who do you think in Hollywood today can really kick ass in real life?
Well, if you ask me, in my humble opinion, my money would be on Liam Neeson.
You know the guy that stared in the movie about the former CIA agent that goes on a mission to rescue his daughter from a bunch of sex traffickers that wanted to sell her virginity to some fat, rich guy?
“I don’t know man, doesn’t ring a bell, there’s a lot of movies about sex trafficking now a days.”
You know I’m talking about the one when he’s on the phone and the kidnapper taunts him with “Good luck” after they take his daughter…sh*t what was the title?…it was…oh, right, “Taken.”
“WTF?! Why that guy? He’s not even jacked like (insert name of steroid using celebrity) and can’t even do any of the flying, spinning (insert whatever flashy bs Hollywood Kung Fu dance move) that (insert name of some celebrity) did in (insert name of popular action movie)”…
The reason is because Liam Neeson, or at least someone working on the set of the movie had to have studied WW2 combatives because some of the combos ARE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE SDTS! The stuff that has been PROVEN to work from the Shanghai Municipal Police to the trenches of WW2 where this type of fighting was used regularly by raiding parities that would infiltrate enemy foxholes and kill or capture the Nazis and Japs.
So for the first one, at 00:01, Neeson is holding a handgun in his right hand and is hiding behind a corner. Bad guy with both hands on handgun is about pass, Neeson immediately DROPSTEPS and DRIVES a HEEL OF HAND w/ his left hand, CLEARING THE WEAPON and SMASHING IT INTO THE BAD GUYS FACE.(Module 8) He than follows with an edge of hand w/ his right hand to the collarbone and another to the back of his neck for the knockout. Yes, that was an edge of hand, even though he was holding the gun in his right hand. It’s all the same gross motor, “chopping” movement (If you ever do this, make sure your index finger is against the barrel and NOT on the trigger so the gun doesn’t go off when you use it to strike. I know Detective Lieutenant Ed Kane explains this in Citizen Support Initiative.)
and of course in Module 8, only difference the “bad guy” is holding the gun with his right arm instead of the left. Neeson, at 00:05 clears the gun w/ either an edge of hand chop or a heel of hand(it’s hard to tell because it’s so fast, but it doesn’t matter) than follows up with a vertical edge of hand right into the carotid artery side of the neck and finishes him off with a saddle kick to the groin(straight out of Module 1)
For the third one, he’s standing behind the bad guy, delivers an edge of hand to the back of his neck with his right hand(which is also holding a handgun), bad guy drops to his ass, Neeson grabs his hair with his left hand and delivers another chop w/ the right hand to crush the bad guy’s throat. Btw, while Damian does teach sentry removal with chokes in Modules 3 and 12, realistically, if you ever find yourself behind someone, the simplest way (which is the “best” way) to take someone out is with the edge of hand to the back of the neck used in this manner, especially because you have time to wind up, you can lead with power and follow with power like what TFT teaches since in this case, the guy(that broke into your house in the middle of the night) has no idea your sneaking up on him.
Neeson is on the ground and does EXACTLY what Damian Ross shows in 60 Minute Self Defense and Module 3, he avoids getting into a grappling situation or worst, a ground and pound, by keeping his feet up, his lead foot jabs the dude right in the face and than in the groin. He tries to get up, (technically he shouldn’t have since his attacker didn’t really back off and give him enough space, he should have used one foot to hook the bad guy’s ankle and drive the other foot into his shin for the takedown…
Anyways, he’s able to recover from this “mistake” though luckily because there was a car behind him that he gets slammed into(If there wasn’t a car to hold him up, he would have gotten taken down and his attacker would be on top of him in a ground and pound mess). He chops down on the arm that grabs him(should have done a punch stop/shoulder stop instead-enter your email here and go to FREE Lethal Lesson 3 to see EXACTLY what I’m taking about) At this point he’s reacting, he uses an “x-block”(don’t worry what this is, found in some WW2 manuals but not in the SDTS since it’s too defensive and reactive) against the first punch BUT he does manage to parry it out to the side which perfectly sets up an edge of hand with his left hand right into the wind pipe. He than uses his right edge of hand as a strike and grabs the back of his attackers neck with a hand yoke grip for a side arm and head takedown(Module 10) or an underhook takedown(Guardian Defensive Tactics)…
A great use of adapting and improvising with the environment just like in the final “throat chop #1” at 00:20 of the first vid served up on the silver platter.
All of these techniques (edge of hands, ground fighting, weapons defense, SENTRY REMOVAL, etc.) as well as tactics(using objects from your environment, etc. ) AND MORE are exactly what Damian Ross will show you in the Self Defense Training System. Now while hopefully your not going to have to save your daughter anytime soon from some sex traffickers, training in Damian Ross’s revolutionary system whether in all 12 Modules or even just 60 Minute Self Defense, you WILL HAVE the SKILLS of a REAL LIFE CIA agent and YOU WILL be able to SAVE THE DAY when YOUR WORLD comes crashing down whether that’s an angry employee, a mugger, or some drunk at a club.
Now while Hollywood has made Liam Neeson “tone/ water down” his fighting style to be more palatable to a mainstream audience in more recent movies, when push comes to shove in real life, I’m sure he would revert back to the “dirty” moves that WORK and have been PROVEN to work.
Hit the Weights. Hit with Hate. Seize the Day.
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