Phase 1 – is what was just discussed. The FAI and the FAS. This also includes the use of projectiles for entry, which is the favored entry for most of the more experienced AK practitioners.
Phase 2 – taking behind the elbow control (BEC). BEC allows the AK practitioner to secure the motion his opponent after entry and still have sensitivity for any counters that his opponent may try to execute. This is a transitional phase, happens very quickly.
Phase 3 – the weapon hand is completely controlled with locks and holds. The blade is still constantly working here to bleed out the opponent. Body shielding is done in this phase in mass attack.
Phase 4 – an optional phase in Atienza Kali. This where the opponent is thrown to the ground and controlled where the final bleed out is done. We say optional because in amass attack situation phase 4 may not be done.AK practitioners understand that the opponent will not fall immediately unless the brain is separated from the central nervous system. Most of the time the opponent must be bled out, that takes time. If your opponent is armed with a blade or firearm he can still kill with the time he has left. That’s why phases are used in Atienza Kali. This is to make sure that there is complete control of the opponents’ weapon hand until the kill is successful.
Real Combat Exercise
Once the student learns the evolution, the isolation of individual techniques from the evolution begins. One way to do this is through Real Combat Exercises (RCE’s). Once the techniques are nearly perfected in form and footwork, a specific technique are isolated and fed in real time. When we say real time we mean real energy and real intent. Atienza Kali Chiefs instructors find that this training gets the student ready for the real energy and mindset of an actual violent encounter. In their opinions most attackers are successful against martial artists because the student wasn’t shown the reality of a violent attack. By taking what they have experienced and putting them into RCE’s the student is on the way to having the proper mindset.
Atienza Kali Mass Attack training
Mass attack training is introduced fairly early in the curriculum. In the beginning of a student’s mass attack training, techniques are isolated from the evolution and attempted in the mass attack exercise. The added stress of multiple attackers serves to magnify any weaknesses in the student’s form. At the same time, it introduces him to how a mass of people move, allowing him to develops the proper movement and footwork needed to clear the attack. This results in the refining of both the specific technique and the student’s performance against a mass attack.
Atienza Kali Mass Attack scenarios
Since it was such a common occurrence, the Atienzas very early on categorized the many different ways a mass can attack. This eventually was called Atienza Kali Mass Attack Scenarios. They categorize 5 different scenarios.
1. Forward rush – attackers move in a straight rush overwhelming the AK practitioner
2. Sacrificing the one – one of the attackers in the mass tie up the AK practitioner so the rest of the mass finishes him.
3. Closing circle – one of the mass attackers takes the attention of the AK practitioner while one or 2 attackers try to position themselves behind the AK practitioner.
4. Closed circle – the circle of mass attackers just closed now the AK practitioner has to fight out
5. Clearing hell – the AK practitioner has to clear mass attackers who are using Atienza Kali reverse mass attack strategies. The hardest and one of the most impossible to clear since the mass is now tactically organized. Projectiles are a must in this scenario.
Atienza Kali Mass Attack Strategies
These are the actual strategies that Atienza Kali practitioners use to clear the mass attack scenarios. All require and aggressive offensive mindset and exceptional footwork.
1. Body shielding – using the next attacker as a shield from the last attacker you the AK practitioner just engaged.
2. Mass attack in sequence – using some sort of bottleneck (doorway, parked cars etc.) so mass attacker move in a straight line momentarily. The mass attackers are dealt with one at a time as the come at AK practitioner in sequence from bottleneck.
3. Attack the wall – AK practitioners are taught to deal with a wall of attacker momentarily until they can get back to body shielding.There is a brief overview of what the Atienza Kali family system entails.
Currently Allain, Carl and Darryl Atienza head Atienza Kali since the death of their father “Butch Atienza “ in January of 1999. Since the introduction of Atienza Kali to the public in 2002 Atienza Kali training groups have started all over the U.S. and in Europe with Atienza Kali Instructor candidates in the same locations.Atienza Kali blade work has also made its way into educating military and law enforcement about the destructive capability of the blade and has given the military and law enforcement community solutions based on Atienza Kali blade principles. In November of 2005 a New Jersey police officer new to the force thanked the Atienza brothers for their Atienza Kali blade awareness class done at the Passaic county police academy. The officer claims that the information from the blade awareness class saved his life against a knife-wielding suspect.
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