A former member of the 2nd parachute regiment in the French Foreign Legion, Nick Hughes has built his combatives curriculum on his extensive martial arts background, including ju-jitsu, tae kwon do, and Zen Do Kai. During his five years with the Legion, Hughes sharpened his skills and learned combatives from some of the toughest instructors on earth. Later on, working in an executive protection detail, Hughes refined his curriculum into one of the world's most unique combatives systems.
The French Foreign Legion Combatives series is broken into six phases that reflect how a fight progresses. Most fights begin with punches and kicks. If these aren'* decisive, the next phase is usually stand-up grappling. Then, if the fight isn't resolved, someone usually trips or is thrown to the ground and a ground fight ensues. Phase four deals with an aspect that any combat curriculum must address: how to fight effectively against multiple opponents.
The situation dictates whether phase five is applicable and how it will be applied (e.g., military, police, or civilian): control and restraint. The final phase deals with weapons, including defending against bladed weapons, impact weapons, and firearms.
In Phase Il: Escapes from Holds, Hughes teaches how to get our of both front and rear holds. In almost all fights, if the initial phase of strikes doesn't resolve the situation, the participants get chest to chest and start grabbing and holding. In this situation, often called "the dance," the key is to escape as quickly as possible. With his escape strikes and techniques - and with an extensive explanation of escaping from the different phases of headlocks, chokes, full nelsons, and guillotines - Hughes teaches a proven way out of the dance.
Have you always been intrigued by the French Foreign Legion? This is your chance to learn its fighting secrets without signing up for five years!
Lengths: 2 hours, 30 min.