Counter Blade Tactics is Guro Jerome's personal blade and combatives curriculum. The program is designed to take students from zero to proficient in a short period of time. The program has three areas with multiple levels of emphasis in each. The structure of the program is based on the military concept of Immediate Action Drilling (IAD). Under stress and pressure, higher-order cognitive processes are severely diminished. The only response that you can hope to muster is the one that has been constantly and properly drilled. While this approach is not revolutionary to the martial arts, it is something that many modern FMA styles are losing in favor of artistic expression and visual appeal. As such CBT should not be regarded as a martial art, rather a direct, no-nonsense, and non-superfluous approach to blade and general weapon's based combatives.
Students are introduced to the basic footwork, angles of attack, anatomical concepts, and a series of 4 defensive sets to teach them the most straight forward approaches to countering bladed attacks with direct counters to the neck and eyes of the attacker. The core of CBT is the principle of training how you will fight. If you are fortunate to have a blade in hand it will likely be around the legal limit for day to day carry. This length is typically 3.5-4 inches. Therefore, the high pay-off targets that are accessible to blades of this length are limited to the anatomical structures of the neck and eyes. This approach is designed to remove the threat as quickly as possible.
Next, the student is shown a series of follows and counters to common responses to their attacks. This section covers limb destruction, clearances, trapping, arm drags, and grip breaks. The student will also be instructed on reverse grip tactics and applications for meeting and following the force applications.
In the next section, students will learn to apply all of the materials and principles previously learned in a continuous feeder based drilling format (Balintawak Palakaw). In this method of training, the feeder will present the receiver with a continuous volley of attacks and incorporate the various defenses to force the receiver's counter randomly and in real-time.
Filmed at the CBT (Counter Blade Tactics) seminar at Richmond Balintawak/ Revolution BJJ. Here I am discussing some of the major anatomical targets and angles for our blade work.
Discussing the importance of Timing, Angle, Distance, and Position in blade work utilizing CBT Defense Set 1 and associated footwork. We utilize a system of 8 defensive sets that cover all the major aspects of defanging the snake with relevant footwork, position, and distance considerations. Later, it is all incorporated into random drilling and sparring with additional defense methods.
CBT Blade to Blade Starter (Richmond, VA)
CBT Basics Seminar (Louisville, KY)
General Largo Mano Training (Chalkidiki, Greece)