Taekwondo Pistol Disarming Technique

Gun disarm

Here is another martial arts instructor teaching handgun disarming techniques. I would like to see them try their technique on someone who knows how to use a handgun. Like keep your distance or at least use simmunition rounds. That way we can see if the instructor’s techniques can actually keep him safe. One issue I see is that the handgun is pointed all over the place. Potentially causing a round to go off and hit a bystander. If a round went off, would it be the fault of the shooter or the person manipulating the shooter?



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  • Nandor

    Against an assailant who knows what he’s doing? Not very effective. Countless internet videos of stickups however have shown that most don’t know what they’re doing and they sacrifice the distance advantage of the gun for intimidation points by sticking it in your face, and therefore arms reach to disarm them. Fist fighting against a gun is always a “better than nothing” situation.

    • iksnilol

      So a pro keeps the gun back… or just flashes it without drawing it?

      • MR

        Those who need to know this information… already know.

        • iksnilol

          I know, I was just trying to start conversation.

          • MR

            Yeah, I’m just funning ya’. Though I’d rather not be spreading the word on proper mugging technique.

          • iksnilol

            Proper mugging technique? For some reason I imagined a British lord or something mugging people, “properly”. xD

          • MR

            I think it was L.A. Story-“Hello, My name’s Robert, and I’ll be your mugger tonight.”

          • billyoblivion

            This actually happened to a FOAF in San Fran. Four young freelance socialists made the announcement “Hello, we’ll be your muggers for the evening”. Then their intended patron displayed JM Browning’s most well known piece of work and they were all “Oops, sorry, we thought you were someone else”.

            At least allegedly.

          • The Brigadier

            Two years ago, five young blacks attacked a skinny eighteen year old Asian in San Francisco and he downed four of them and the fifth ran for his life. Turns out the kid was the equivalent of first degree black belt Kung Fu student.

      • The Brigadier

        Yup. You do know that if your gun is holstered a guy with a knife some 22 feet away can close the distance so fast he can cut you before you can draw. Now reverse it. He has a gun and is five feet away from you. How fast can you close and move his weapon away from you? Faster than he can pull the trigger. Once the gun is misdirected and even if he shoots, he is yours. Learn the Kempo takeaway and the even faster Krav Maga one and you can take the weapon away without him firing a shot.

    • The Brigadier

      Exactamundo.

  • Uniform223

    here we go again…

  • Glock Guy

    If the round went off during a disarm, I think it be the fault of both persons.

    • The Brigadier

      As a victim the law does not require you stand still and die. He is the perp and the attacker. If an innocent bystander is hit, he is the perpetrator not you. Take his weapon away, shoot him in the kneecap if you are a good enough shot and call the cops. He won’t be running away.

  • Budogunner

    I’m no lawyer, but I believe that in the US use of a firearm in the commission of a crime means the criminal is liable for all harm that occurs. It would be insane to put liability on a victim defending themselves, anyway.

    Also, in my 20+ years studying martial arts I have yet to see a gun or knife disarm technique that didn’t have a very high probability of landing you in the ER or the morgue. Unarmed techniques against an armed attacker really should be for when there is absolutely no other option. Even then, they should never be taught in a way that inspires false confidence.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      These videos are always good for a laugh.
      “OK you stand there and when I give the signal raise the gun in a slow but threatening manner. Then I will demonstrate how to be #1 Karate Man.”
      If someone manages to get the drop on you and stick a gun in your face just give them your wallet and go home alive.
      Life is not a movie.
      People who have been shot at know this.

      • Don Ward

        Ninja’d by IUD.

        *Passively drops to the ground*

      • The Brigadier

        Spoken like a good little drone victim. The martial arts are not for everybody.

        • TheNotoriousIUD

          You can use karate against drones?

          • anomad101

            Once you shoot them down.

        • anomad101

          I trained for ten years. Not in dojo dancing. Your arrogance will not serve you well. The “martial arts” covers a broad spectrum. Fancy gets you killed. But I assume you are an expert.

    • Jeremy Star

      I’ve taken knives and broken bottles from people plenty of times while working in a bar. I’d have to beleive I was going to be shot anyway to try it with a gun. It’s much easier to stop someone who has to move a major body part to do you damage than it is to stop someone who has to twitch 1 digit to send a 900fps+projectile at you. (Also, a 3″ knife is suddenly inadequate when the other guy picks up a 3′ bar stool)

      • itsmefool

        Good points…still, on the last one you make, it’s much easier to swing and punch with a small blade than a stool, but I get your meaning.

      • The Brigadier

        The nerve impulse from brain to digit is the same as the impulse from brain to major muscle. First the gun holder has to perceive the threat and then react. You give a misdirect just like stage magicians do to get them focusing on something else when the takeaway occurs. It really is simple when you know how to do it. Go to a class and watch and don’t take my word for it. These techniques have been around for the last 2500 years and they still wouldn’t be taught if they didn’t work. Better yet look up Krav Maga pistol takeaway on YouTube. I saw this one and instantly saw it was superior to the main one I was taught.

    • Paul B.

      I’ve studied martial arts for over 10 years, shooting for 20, and if I am teaching this stuff I always make three points. First, knife disarms are even harder than pistol disarms since a knife works in all directions and can’t be made to jam. Second, if an assailant knows what he is doing (e.g. stays just out of reach and is alert to any disarm attempts) then the chances of succeeding are quite low, especially if the techniques are not constantly practiced. Third, having said all of that, I agree that if your assailant wants more than just your property, there are situations where you would have nothing to lose by trying for a disarm, and you might actually prevail.

      • anomad101

        If you are going to die, die fighting.

    • Grindstone50k

      ” It would be insane to put liability on a victim defending themselves, anyway.”

      You mean like the UK?

      • MR

        Plenty of American ambulance chasers only too happy to file a civil suit against anyone for any reason.

    • The Brigadier

      if you have 20 years of experience, then study harder. I have 40 years of experience and its amazingly easy if they get too close. If they keep their distance I can do nothing. Get within five feet of me and you are going to be shot somewhere.

      • Budogunner

        What martial art and what school teaches a 5 foot distance gun disarm? I’d like to research that.

        • The Brigadier

          Every combat martial art, and even some better sport martial arts. Five feet from an expert or a master and you are as good as dead. I have three black belts and all train against knives, clubs, chains and guns. I learned two while in the Air Force and one after I left the service and worked at a Texas university. I discovered a friend and fellow director was an eighth grade grand master of Shinjimasu, a brutal Japanese combat style all about bone breaking and ligament tearing. He taught me up to a 1st degree black belt and I taught him Shorei Ryu Kempo and he earned his 1st black belt from me. He moved to Tennessee at UT and we stay in touch.

          Shinjimasu has a lot of weapon takeaways that involve broken bones and ripped ligaments. Its really simple to takeaway any weapon if you are willing to commit yourself to any combat martial art regimen. Give it a year and a half and you will be a formidable opponent they won’t expect.

          • CommonSense23

            I can’t tell if you are insane, or just trolling to a level not even heard of.

  • Douglas Chandler

    Well I heard of an Aikido student who was working with the police and some other students on drills for taking tricky people into custody. They were supposed to resist arrest and getting cuffed. The student goofed up and thought he had an opportunity to take an officer’s pistol when they were getting out of a car. He got nailed with a simunition round. Lessons learned all around.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Did the officer have a ponytail??

      • Budogunner

        I see what you did there.

    • The Brigadier

      Yeah either a poor distance or insufficient practice.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Tackle and grapple.

  • Tim V

    Redirect,control, attack, take away. These will work if you practice enough and the guy is stupid enough to get close to you and negating his extreme advantage of distance. The firearm will will likely discharge but by moving your body out of the line of fire first, you decrease the likley hood of being hit by acting within the assailants perception reaction gap.

    • HKGuns

      Pretty much exactly how it is taught in the Navy.

  • Joshua

    If only people rolled over and flopped around in ways you want them to in real life.

    • Don Ward

      This comes naturally when you have studied the moves of a master.

    • MRHapla

      The throw works,,,the tricky bit is the gripping hand being quicker than the trigger hand

  • Pete Sheppard

    If the assailant has the gun within arm’s length and there’s no other option, try to knock the gun to the side (you may still get shot, but hopefully not mortally) and grapple him. OTOH, if YOU have the gun and are forced close to an opponent, hold the gun close in a ‘retention’ position and be ready to point-shoot.

    OF course, sitting comfortably at our computers, we cannot really know how we will react in the terror and stress of an armed encounter. 🙁

    • The Brigadier

      Once you have the gun blow his leg off and call the cops.

  • Don Ward

    I can’t wait for the video showing a pistol disarming technique with nunchuks.

    • eriky

      That one is easy. Just work on his douchebagy side and convince him to trade his gun for your awesome nunchucks.

    • The Brigadier

      Nunchuku is very good against knives and clubs. I would throw them at the feet of a gunman and hope he gets within five feet of me.

  • Bruce

    When I was younger I did some martial arts, a couple of empty hand techniques against guns. They still seem usable in that they work, but you have to be perfect. We all know what the odds of that are when staring down a gun barrel and some crazy dude is pointing a gun at you. Like most self defense stuff, you just keep practicing and hope you never get to use it.

    • raz-0

      A good summation of my experience with the martial arts. Techniques that require perfection on the part of those performing them, and idiocy on the part of those they are used against, should be explained as such at the very least. Possibly avoided altogether.

      I attended one school that was pretty open about experimenting with techniques from other disciplines, evaluating them, and integrating them if they worked well. Doubly so if they had a good learning curve. Despite them teaching several weapon disciplines, it was a foreign concept to them that knives and guns could actually have technique applied to them by someone you might actually ever run into.

  • Blake

    HAHA 1:35 is just adorable! I like the dude’s stance, if I remember correctly it’s called the ‘pedophile penetration’ stance.

    • MRHapla

      The effect is deafening,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • smartacus

    First of all; that 90’s pony tail ain’t even gonna stop a cold
    Second; guns are not usually presented that close to the victim like here have my gun,
    no really i’ll even look away for you.

  • eriky

    This works best on those ”monday” robbers. They just woke up from a drug induced stupor and aren’t really into it. That why they don’t pay attention and are hardly holding the gun.

  • Anthony Smallwood

    I needed a good laugh today. Thanks. I’d love to play paintball with this guy and see how many paint pellets he likes taking in the groin trying to disarm me.

    • The Brigadier

      Try it up against an expert or a master. When you come to, see if you still have your paint ball gun. The worse thing you can feel when carrying a gun is that you are invincible. Guns are as limiting as they are dangerous. If you draw one in public, it better be against a real threat. On the other hand, if you know unarmed combat techniques you can get up close and see if a threat is real and respond if necessary, but also stand off if it isn’t or also if its untenable – Like a crazy man threatening every one. When I do carry I also carry a stun gun. One is lethal or crippling and the other is instant submission. Its nice to have options isn’t it?

      • Anthony Smallwood

        Clearly you need a good laugh too. I guarantee after being shot in the nuts with a paintball gun just once you will seriously reevaluate your skill at martial arts. After a 2nd time, you’ll be lucky if you can stand, breathe or function at all. I’ve been trained in both armed and unarmed techniques by people that know what they are doing, so I’m not exactly worried. And one can draw their firearm keep at the ready up and close to a threat as well. A trained person with a firearm would shove their offhand right into your throat or nose while pumping your gut full of rounds with their sidearm at the ready postion, but what do I know? That’s why everyone is laughing at this video and you.
        The funniest thing in the world will always be the martial artist that shows up in his pajamas at a gunfight.

        • The Brigadier

          Go to YouTube and look up Krav Maga pistol disarming. You obviously know nothing about combat martial arts. You ask, “but what do I know?” Go to YouTube and get educated about this.

          • anomad101

            Is that where you went?

  • anomad101

    Excuse me, how much do you want for that gun?

  • I tend to agree with you. Having been active in martial arts for many years and a police officer for almost 30 I’ve had my share of violent encounters. These types of moves just aren’t real world at all.
    I have disarmed an armed robbery suspect but my reaction was very different from what you see in the video. I was standing to close so when the gun was pulled from an old small camera bag I pinned him against a car and grabbed his wrist and gun and kept him pinned while the second officer used a flashlight to convince him to release his grip on the gun. There was just no time to draw and fire without one of us being shot by the suspect.

    • Anthony Smallwood

      Phil I’m happy you and the other officer were not hurt. My hands on training in the military taught me that no one technique or method will be perfect, and no one is predictable. Someone with a weapon and INTENT is very different from a training video.