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Gabriel Suarez: "No one has died from excess of physical strength"

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This is the first interview of Gabriel Suarez, one of the most famous combat training instructors, for Russian readers. Suarez shared his views - sometimes quite unexpected - on the Fairburn system, the Ryabko system, knife fighting, as well as eastern and western martial arts. Gabriel also talked about the skills that the participants in his courses receive, based on concrete examples.


Gabriel Suarez: "No one has died from excess of physical strength"


You are among the top three instructors in the United States and your students are recruited without further questioning, knowing only that they have been trained by you.
Tell us how you managed to achieve this status? Let's follow your history.


Well, thanks for the kind words. We will have to redouble our efforts to leave behind the other two instructors. I think that I came to my current position because I started teaching very early. I started teaching karate as early as 13 years, so since then I have had a lot of practice. I also have an analytical mind that helps explain pupils in a very simple way. What we do is very simple, but many instructors want everything to seem more complicated than it actually is.

How did you start your journey, what BI?

Karate Kyokushin. I reached the level of sandan (third dan). Oyama was in the USA then. We did not have a lot of money, so in the dojo, which was located in the local branch of the Christian Young People’s Association (YMCA), I rode a bicycle. Gradually, I began teaching there as a chief instructor, at the age of 16.

Has this topic always been interesting to you?

Is always. I was never interested in "physical education". Only combat themes and lifting weights.

What did you do in life? From the BI.

At a certain point, a lot of politics began to appear in Kyokushin, and I never had a penchant for it, so I left and began to study different things. At one time, I studied jiu-jitsu, western boxing, Xi Pal Ki (a variant of Korean kung fu), taekwondo, Hapkido, Philippine NB, western NB, and fencing (sword).

What kind of touched and influenced you?

Hard to say. I would say that Kyokushin had the greatest influence - my basic martial art. This is a tough and brutal system, not bullshit.

What is your engine? Where did you get it from?

I think that I rather opened it, and did not study it. In our group Kyokushin was a great emphasis on mobility and leg work (maneuvering). Then the Philippine systems, which also had a strong emphasis on footwork. You learn all these things and assimilate them. In the sense that they become part of your thinking. When I was in a shootout with three armed robbers, I did not plan on how to move. It so happened that I was moving ... about the same way I had worked out in training. This did not allow them to get into me, which I think is very good.

What methods of escape from the line of attack do you recommend?

Practice explosive and dynamic movements. Forward to the enemy, at an angle. In the Philippine systems this is often done, as well as in your System. (Ryabko - approx. M. Didenko)judging by what i saw. Some athleticism is needed here, but you have to pay for everything. Sadly, too many shooting instructors in the West do not have self-discipline in terms of nutrition, and they lose their athleticism. Perhaps this is the reason that very few teach dynamic movements.



How to turn them in?

There are a lot of our videos on the web showing how to do it. That's the beauty of modern technology. Let's say the opponent is on the 12 watch. You will move with the 10 or 11 clock on one side, or 1 or 2 on the other. Do it very dynamically. As soon as you get used to moving like this, start pulling out a gun and aiming while moving.


How did you come to the study of medieval treatises on fencing?

There is an interesting story. My son fences very well with swords, and in general he participated in the Junior Olympic Games here in the USA. But he has a great interest in old methods. We also do archery together. He shoots an English longbow, and I use Mongolian. It turns east against the west. But we began to figure out how this weapon was used in reality, and this led to the study of many ancient books.

What place does fencing take in your approach? How do you use fencing techniques for modern situations?

Yes, modern fencing is a sport, and the ability to beat with swords. Funny sport. Western traditional sword - is another matter. At close range, a pistol shot is like a shot with a sword. We developed the technique shown in the video, when working with air marshals, in order to leave the firing line at close range, in a confined space (such as an airplane). This is an old duel technique: when a lunge comes in, the fencer parries and leaves the line of attack, while at the same time sticking his sword at the enemy.

What do you think about historical European martial arts? Are they better or worse than the east?

I traveled around the world. I hope one day I can visit your country too. I found that everywhere, all people want the same thing. Including in battle. Every culture has a sword, spear, bow and arrows. They could develop independently or not. So, if you give a European a sharp stick, and the same sharp stick to a Chinese monk, and leave them for twenty years, you will find very similar solutions to the question of how to use it as a weapon.

What is better for Asian systems is the cataloging of methods and their public relations. Asians are also much more traditional. We could have a full discussion, but Europeans are generally less tied to outdated systems. In any museum in Europe, progress can be traced from swords and spears to firearms.

What are your favorite martial arts books?

Bruce Lee's “Leading Fist Path” is a great book, and a little more difficult, but no less excellent, is Burton’s “Sword Spirit”.

Once you said that you are comparing business with war. Please comment.

It is an illusion that in the business all are friends and all on the same side. This is not true. This is the same as saying that all UN countries love each other, and everyone is there for the common good. Nonsense. Everyone is there for their own good and to beat all others. Similarly, in business ... as in the UN.

Do you agree that the techniques of unarmed combat originate from weapons combat techniques?

Yes, I think so.

Tell us about the use of a knife, a pistol in the fight - including in the stalls.

Fighting in the stalls is not among my favorites. I trained her, but I do not like to fight on the ground. In my opinion, if it happens on the street, you should immediately put your weapon into the game. There are methods to do this, which again include movement to the enemy from the side, so that you can reach your weapon without hindrance. The greater the angle, the harder it is to react.

How to fight with the group?

It often happens and therefore I do not like to fight on the ground. In this case, your best friend is mobility, and try not to be surrounded. On earth, you are "bound" even by one adversary, and you cannot be mobile. If I am so "bound" and the "bad guy" attacks from behind, I am "hit."

What did you take as a basis for percussion technology?

This is all Kyokushin. We beat the bags and makivare, and then broke items. And even when it is more reasonable to strike with a palm, my nature dictates a punch.

What place in your method take Fairburn's work?

I think everyone uses them, even if they don’t realize it. This is the basis from which everyone grows. Fairburn has deeply researched many different martial arts. He brought them into a very simple system for those who had neither time nor motivation. But many of his followers do not see that this ... introductory course. You can not take a fighter trained in the classical system of Belarus Fairborn and put him against the modern military melee, because a wider education makes the modern fighter stronger.

How do you feel about the stress method?

She takes her place. But should not be used immediately. You can not take a novice and on the very first day of slapping him in the face. But the training will not be complete if the student does not feel comfortable in battle. So it is necessary, but only at the appropriate stage of development.

Why not all instructors consider the effect of stress on a person in an extreme situation?

I remember that I broke my nose during Kyokushin training in the first six months ... and I was only ten years old. I think they are afraid of losing students and nothing else. The same with any hard workout. Most students do not want to train so hard.

Why is situational training an integral part of training?

This app. But training without this application is not complete. Think of a karate player who doesn't spar at all.

Do you think jogging is important for training?

What exercises a la crossfit use (if you use at all)?


I will answer both questions at once. Technique and combat skills are important, but their strength and physical form are superior. Oyama placed great emphasis on force. In fact it (Kyokushin - approx. M. Didenko) called "the strongest karate." I do weight lifting and aerobic exercises every week. In 56 for years, I lift in a deadweight over 400 pounds (approximately 181 kg) and wring out on uneven bars with a weight equal to mine - that is, with 180 pounds (approximately 81 kg). I know that I can hit a man so much that he does not want to continue the fight. Or I can, if necessary, drop it from the balcony. Nobody died from the excess of physical strength.

What can you say about working with a knife with a reverse grip?

I think my opinion about the knife is a little different from the majority opinion. Although, I learned from many instructors in NB, I think that the knife today is a weapon of attack against the most extreme case. Knife-knife situations are rare nowadays, but a knife against a healthier and stronger opponent, like a knife against several attackers, works. I also recommend using the knife as a weapon for women who do not want to carry a firearm, or for children who cannot wear it. After all, our world is dangerous. My way of learning a knife is not to show it. Then, if necessary, quickly pull out, and quickly stick in the neck, face, abdomen or groin without stopping. Think of how criminals use a knife in prisons, and you will understand the idea. In fact, it is not "art". Sometimes the knife is taken by reverse grip, sometimes direct, but the concept is the same.

Your method is interesting, when in one hand a knife, in another a pistol - what is it for?

This is the transition from one weapon - usually a knife - to a pistol. In some cases, only one weapon is available, or it is immediately at hand, but the person wants to aggravate the conflict. This method allows you to use a gun without throwing the knife.



What can you say about the Ryabko system, which was mentioned in its materials? Have you taken anything from it for yourself?

I have never trained with Ryabko. I learned a little about Sistema from a former special forces member in the United States and I liked her. I see many similar properties and characteristics with other well-developed martial arts.

Do you agree that the systems in which the firearms are not studied are outdated?

Need to understand the goal. It could be health, exercise, or something like that. It may even be the preservation of tradition. Recently I saw a demonstration of Yabusame. This is a Japanese horse archery. This is a martial art, but I do not see its use in modern conditions. Someone may still admire this skill and devotion, but will its study give the possibility of practical application in the modern world? Probably not. If the goal is to be a strong modern warrior, ignoring the existence of firearms is stupid.

How do you see the future of self defense / martial arts systems?

Oh, I think that modern technology will help us overcome the oceans and distances, and even overcome the boundaries and policies, and share with each other. We have people committed to preserving tradition, and I applaud their efforts, as they remind us where we come from, but in the end there will be only one martial art. We are already seeing the beginning of this process in UFC / MMA. As self-defense goes beyond hand-to-hand combat, much will depend on what is available to people. I am told that the United States is known for "arrows." That is why we have such an opportunity in this country. And in Canada, perhaps this is no longer the case.

How is your training?

I like to teach as a professor at the university. I do not yell, and do not scream, and not annoyed. I think they are recruited in military training, where this is often the case. But special units, as well as civilian ones, who take individual lessons, pay for the training, and want to learn, and not just listen to the sergeant instructor's drill on the drill. Some American instructors have such a reputation, and I think they cover up this lack of knowledge. Most of the great teachers I saw speak politely and are "warrior gentlemen" (as I call it).

Single training, then - in a group?

Well, it depends on the situation. I do some individual training, but it’s easier and harder in a group. Easier, because the energy in the group sessions is stronger. But the time for each shooter / soldier turns out less. From a financial point of view, group lessons are more reasonable.

Learning objectives?

We define goals for each group and try to ensure that everyone achieves at least these specific goals. Someone, of course, exceeds expectations, someone is not so good. The goal of each day is to make them all better at studying.

What skills does your course graduate get?

I think the best skill is that they do not live in fear. So many people are motivated by fear motivation in their lives. They seem to be afraid of everything. Don't live like that. A properly trained person will not look for trouble (if it is not his job), but when trouble comes, he will not cry or piss in his pants. He will think: "So, I was hoping to avoid it, but it came, and I will enjoy every second." At this point, I disagree with many coaches in the United States who successfully do business on the philosophy of fear. But so you do not win. Roosevelt once said: "Every person who knows the power of pleasure in a battle knows what it is when a wolf wakes up in his heart." We learn to feed this wolf.

What courses are most popular now?

Of course, the most popular courses are guns. Everyone in the US has a handgun, and many people carry it every day. I think that if a Republican appears in power, then among other things the number of armed citizens will increase, since the laws on weapons will not be so strict.

Tell a story when your student was able to protect themselves and / or their loved ones (or completed a task).

There were a lot of them, but I respect the right to personal information when necessary. The last I received from the soldier who fought with our common enemy. His automatic rifle was damaged and stopped working, and the "bad guy" was approaching from a distance of 75 meters. The soldier pulled out a pistol (on which we put a collimator laser sight, and also drove him and his comrades through the course of work with the pistol), and fired at the "bad guy" - killing him - from a distance of 75 meters. Yesterday he sent a short message about it. Someone will say that such a shot is impossible to do - but not for everyone.
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  1. Uncle Murzik
    Uncle Murzik April 28 2016 06: 23
    +3
    it turns out that he does not know Ryabko's system!
    1. marlin1203
      marlin1203 April 28 2016 10: 02
      +1
      So what? Many who do not know her. I’m doing bi for most of my life and I don’t know either.
      1. Lt. Air Force stock
        Lt. Air Force stock April 28 2016 12: 04
        +7

        Recently I came across a video on the Internet.
        1. gridasov
          gridasov April 28 2016 12: 38
          0
          In my generation, the vast majority of exercises in general physical training, as well as techniques veiled from combat use, have been in school teaching methods since the first grade of high school. Therefore, we were ready for the army from school. This must be done now. The technique was excellent, as the basic one, on which it was possible to sculpt any special training in the future.
        2. AlexSK
          AlexSK April 28 2016 12: 39
          +4
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    2. Razvedka_Boem
      Razvedka_Boem April 28 2016 12: 14
      +4
      I don’t know either) A universal training system for a fighter has not yet been created. There is something more suitable, something not very .. A lot of factors play a role here - from the very nature of the person and his physical data to the instructor himself.
      I heard, I don’t know how true it is or not, that attempts were made to create a system of hand-to-hand combat using a computer, a special program was written for this, and powerful processors processed each movement, looking for the most economical and efficient. According to rumors, it turned out something very good, so much so that everything is classified ..)
      For an army, an ordinary conscript, it’s enough to work out to automatism a couple of punches and kicks and a couple of bundles with them and that’s all. The reality of hand-to-hand combat, on the modern battlefield, tends to zero. Hand-to-hand combat in the army, first of all, is a means of tempering the spirit.
      In ordinary life, too. You can’t walk all the time in a state of full readiness - this is stress, and we are not scouts behind enemy lines. Therefore, boxing, sambo or hapkido, in ordinary life, is primarily a means of tempering the spirit and improving health. You begin to radiate an aura of confidence that will frighten off the punks and allow you to extinguish everyday conflicts in the bud. Something like this..)
      1. gridasov
        gridasov April 28 2016 12: 50
        +3
        You are somewhat mistaken. The system of human psychophysics is built in such a way that if we carry out in a certain, for each, dimension of the duration of the preparation period, then stress as a negative symptom disappears altogether or the bar of its influence simply rises. Motility is developed for action and for the level of reaction. At the same time, computer modeling is useless and ineffective. It's just that many basic exercises were performed not in a single repetition, but more than a thousand times (in our case) for each arm or leg movement. After that, it is commonplace to simply move the arms and legs along trajectories optimized by nature itself, when in a critical state of stress and fatigue, the organs themselves began to work as efficiently as possible. For example, blows to motionless "makiwaras" - wood, concrete, formed the resistance not only of the most striking zone of the fist, but of the joints along the entire length of the arm. Therefore, a person and his brain is itself a computer, which simply needs to be put into operation correctly.
        1. Razvedka_Boem
          Razvedka_Boem April 28 2016 17: 25
          0
          I do not pretend to the truth in the last resort) Everyone has different experiences, your view of stress understood, but I will remain with my opinion)
          1. gridasov
            gridasov April 28 2016 19: 35
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            Of course. Moreover, I do not claim to have expressed an exhaustive answer on this definition. And even more so because in the nature of events in general, everything has its own dimension by definition. Analytics, it can not be uniform in the statement. It should describe the process algorithms. and everyone chooses that. that he is able to choose and understand. Therefore, in the security system as well, sometimes goals and objectives change according to their own algorithms, and even more so, their solutions.
  2. Razvedka_Boem
    Razvedka_Boem April 28 2016 06: 50
    +2
    At this point, I disagree with many coaches in the United States who successfully do business on the philosophy of fear. But you won't win that way. Roosevelt once said: "Every person who knows the power of pleasure in battle knows what it is like when the wolf awakens in the heart." We teach how to feed this wolf.

    I agree with him.
    1. Maki Avellevich
      Maki Avellevich April 28 2016 08: 07
      +3
      Razvedka_Boem

      We are teaching to feed this wolf.

      I agree with him.


      Really said exactly. in battle you feel like some kind of beast, or at least a beast ..

      a small problem is that then, in the city, at work, etc. sometimes sensations pop up.
      how many years and until then, it’s not uncommon for a moment that I can feel the machine in my hands and my teeth are firmly clenched.
      and then take a deep breath and go further twist the nuts.
      there was excitement. and the fear was ..
    2. gridasov
      gridasov April 28 2016 11: 22
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      Potentially, each person is different from each other. Therefore, one must first of all understand where the "ideal fighter" can be created from. And in general, what is ideal. And this is quite simple. An ideal fighter is one who can, in specific operational situations and with a set of his potential, at the moment, capabilities, perform this or that task of ensuring or not ensuring security. Output. the best fighter and technique is the one that can be used in a certain part of all other techniques, which means that the fighter must be able to choose a method that will suit a specific situation. All this does not yet apply to the application of the appropriate technical, chemical-biological and many other methods of providing the task that can combine the use of all this and another in a specific situation. A very important component is what processes accompany the entry and exit from a specific situation of a collision with a potential or real enemy. That is, you need to do it loudly or imperceptibly and quietly. In general, whoever understands all this, he knows that there are no trifles. And of course, Without an inner desire to be an ideal fighter, it is impossible to achieve at least some result.
  3. ovod84
    ovod84 April 28 2016 06: 54
    +1
    And why would he need it if he has his own system. I think he was superficially acquainted with her.
  4. Maegrom
    Maegrom April 28 2016 07: 52
    +1
    A very logical philosophy. Only Ryabko’s ads spoil the interview.
  5. Riv
    Riv April 28 2016 09: 02
    +2
    Hefty, self-confident moose. These are the half dead drug addicts in the gateways, penknives.
    1. Chiropractor
      Chiropractor April 28 2016 10: 41
      +1
      Well, not themselves, but their civilian students ...
      1. Riv
        Riv April 28 2016 11: 06
        -1
        And them too.
        Dude really got arrogant. You see, at 9 years old his nose was broken, and at 16 he taught karate. In fact, he was never seriously beaten. :)
        1. yastr
          yastr April 28 2016 18: 13
          0
          )))) they broke me at 10 and without karate)))
  6. lukke
    lukke April 28 2016 11: 08
    -1
    I started teaching karate at the age of 13, so since then I have had a lot of practice.
    So all his "practice" is teaching? well, not counting one showdown in the alley with three armed (not sure if all three were armed) and apparently stoned niggas)
  7. Squirrel has come
    Squirrel has come April 28 2016 11: 33
    0
    I know that I know nothing...:-(
  8. Kenneth
    Kenneth April 28 2016 11: 42
    0
    Pleased with the emphasis on the ultimate functionality. The technique of using a knife really delivered
  9. gridasov
    gridasov April 28 2016 11: 42
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    Practically no one takes into account such important elements of a clash as the duration of its period, as well as the "level of tension" so to speak of the battle. Many say I can lift, break with an arm or a leg, and how long can a fighter retain these potentialities during the battle so that at a critical moment he can use them. And in general, one does not often hear about the methods of ensuring security with an enemy superior in all respects to his potential. In this case, you must win, but on the algorithms of the process, which the enemy is not even able to subject to analysis. At the same time, it is often necessary to apply the methods and methods of using this enemy force. I understand that someone will say that this is demagoguery and theory. BUT a fighter can still be prepared to a certain level approaching the ideal. In any case, there is a criterion for the direction of training, when a fighter will not be driven into the framework of the techniques that he owns and only, but will be able to use all potential opportunities, up to the use of the method that is used against him and this will be for him for the first time
  10. saygon66
    saygon66 April 28 2016 14: 06
    +2
    - Suarez has an interesting course on working with AK ... "Fight with a Kalashnikov assault rifle." A look from the other side ...
  11. Raider
    Raider April 28 2016 23: 20
    +1
    Most of all our educational films pinned good Obviously, not conscripts, but the second one in the army was demonstrated, I especially liked it with a chain up the hill, it was really effective, at first the first, leaning on the rear trunks, rise, and then they pull, on the banks of steep rivers and quarries they tried. There really was still working off on disembarkation from the car "shishigi" like. Not bad for that time, but pain points, when they show, while now "Mers" have. All the guys were just chatting about secret points laughing , you know them, you are invincible !! What school it was, I remember the "training", 6 months of hell, "Soldier Jane" nervously smokes on the sidelines, but I remember now - the pride is bursting! This is in 2 years. What is interestingly taught now in a year ??? KBM probably a couple of days ... I remember I came from the army, on barbecue, a friend walks in an embrace and bam, the hourly hand turned his right hand in motion, I myself did not understand how I tumbled over myself and got to my feet. A friend froze, looked: "You're not lying! Everyone falls on their backs, they taught you well!" And continue to drink ... I never repeated it again, I kept thinking how I did it automatically ... Probably it was not for nothing that they still drove us to 7 sweat. Plus for educational films !! And also pay attention to the shoes in the second film, dress shoes?!?!? Good luck everyone!