In my previous post I mentioned Loren’s new book: Fighting the Pain Resistant Attacker. Here’s a short preview you might like:
THE SOMATIC REFLEX ARC
Although I’ve used this for years, I didn’t know it had a name until my friend Steve Holley enlightened me and related how he too has used it in police work.
For our purposes, the somatic reflex arc is the body’s involuntary response to a blow.
- Gouge a man’s eyes, and he snaps his head back and jerks his hands up.
- Punch his liver and he bends to the right side.
- Poke his femoral artery in his pelvis, and he jerks forward.
- Kick someone in the peroneal nerve, and he twitches a little or a lot to the struck side.
This reflex action, which occurs even when the receiver doesn’t feel pain, is good news for you because it opens a window of opportunity. When the attacker automatically snaps his hands up to protect his just-poked eyes, he leaves everything from his chin to his toes open for you to do whatever enters your mind. When he arches his back reflexively in response to you kicking his kidney, he is momentarily off balance and ripe for you to take him down.
While the pain-resistant attacker might not feel the actual blow, say, to his kidney, he will wonder why he’s suddenly bending back and sucking for air like a beached fish. While he’s wondering and sucking, you follow with additional techniques or flee the scene.
To activate the somatic reflex arc, the blow needs to penetrate deeply into the kidney, as opposed to a punch that snaps in and out. Think of hitting his stomach by way of his back. Hit hard and accurately, and the attacker will reflexively bend backwards. He does this for only a second, so act quickly to take advantage of it.
Hook, hook, slam
Here’s an example:
That’s it for the preview, hope you enjoyed it. I’ll give a heads up on the book when it comes out.