Multiple Person Drill

Great to see a similar multiple person exercise from another martial art school.

Our multiple person drill has some 'gaming' rules. Lately, we have not been using this as a sparring session due to the number of beginners. The drill has been however incorporated into our warmup sessions - and really maxes everyone out.

The game rules are simple. The person who is 'IT', needs to align the two or three others that are rushing him - 'IT' is allowed to grab. The people doing the rushing are trying to come at him from either side - and are not allowed to grab.

Having Fun in Multiple Person Drills
Where it gets fun is when 'IT' attempts to use one of the opponents as a shield. As I have done so before, this can be in a form of a hair/uniform grab, arm lock, fish hook into the neck, or choke.
1. Also fun is when 'IT' breaks free and runs away from both opponents as they try to approach him.
2. It is cool to abuse the shield, then immediately discard the shield and lunge towards the other baffled opponent who was trying his best to get to you.
3. It is even more cool to drive the shield into the other opponent.

The speed at which we do this helps people cope with the rush when dealing with a dynamic situation. As you can see from the video, it's not pretty. Self defense is not pretty at all. What is driving both sides are simple objectives. Keeping those in mind, you will then have to look at the environmnet and make it work for you.

To read the original post, and see a few good discussion points, go to Video: Check and Move from TDA Training.


Multiple Opponents video


Potatoe Fist said…
I was thinking this was about as unsexy as fighting videos go, but after reading the commentary I had to reevaluate what the goal and outcome were. Good lesson for me.

When we try this at my school we don't take up the whole room maybe I'll consider this next time...
Colin Wee said…
Yep, you don't see any martial 'artistes' in the video, that's for sure.

An idea you can play around with is to remove the striking element from the exercise at first, work on movement and shielding, then pull in the sparring elements when the participants figure out how to work in a multiple person setting.

Make sure your students don't crash into the curtains! :-)


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