k 1 i. i. (> r c e t k 1 l i. ii d point that, if it is possible to keep from being shot and to disarm a gunman when he is expecting you to do something (as in practice), it will be 50 percent easier to do the same thing when the element of surprise is on your side. The gunman's reactions, and the thought processes necessary to pull the trigger, will be considerably slowed when he is surprised.
At this point the same demonstration should be performed by each pair of students.
Let the student practice front and rear until he is satisfied in his own mind that he is actually clearing himself from the bullet's path. Even a slow body twist is fast enough to prevent a serious wound; a crease will be the only result. Although the body twist is used in all disarming, both front and rear, in reality it is not a separate movement of the body. It occurs naturally in conjunction with the downward sweep of the hands in the actual disarming.
Any disarming method or technique will not be successful, from the standpoint of the student having enough confidence to use it, unless he is satisfied in his own mind about his speed of movement and chances of success. This can be proved by the body twist demonstration.
The arms and hands have as yet had no place in the disarming procedure. It is well to emphasize again that the purpose of the body-twist trigger-reaction demonstration is merely to prove to the individual that he actually can move his bod}' out of the path of the bullet faster than the trigger man can think to fire his weapon.
Use of Arms and Hands. After the body-twist demonstration has been practiced, so that each individual has achieved proficiency, the arms and hands can be brought into use. With the gunman facing the student and having the gun within arm's reach, have the man with his hands in the air slap the gun away from his body area; or have him strike the inside of the wrist of his opponent's gun hand, using the flat of the hand to knock the gun away from his body. Again the student will find that he can actually knock the gun away from his body area before the weapon is fired. He must, of course, observe the simple rules, such as looking his opponent in the eye.
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