Luke Holloway/RAW Combat YouTube Video Critiques
As discussed in this thread, Luke Holloway is an RBSD instructor whose claims of training and instruction do not seem to have any veracity. He claims to be "a professional operative", per his YouTube channel.
In this thread, we will critique the various videos he has posted on YouTube. Holloway has videos teaching knife offensive & defensive skills, Silat, and what he claims are counter-terrorist techniques & law enforcement training. As discussed in the previous thread, Holloway has not disclosed where & from whom he received his law enforcement & counter-terrorist training, though he claims "hand's on experience".
If any of our military or law enforcement members could peruse the videos he has posted and critique them, it would be appreciated.
If any of our posters have any experience with Silat, their critique of the appropriate videos would also be appreciated.
I will begin with a video filmed here in Maryland, last June. Despite what the video states, it was not filmed in Baltimore, but Kent Island, which is an hour's drive from Baltimore. It was not official Afghanistan Deployment Prep, rather, one member (off screen), is claimed to have been getting ready to deploy. This is typical of many other bullshit martial arts instructors we have seen who state they trained the Army Rangers or other unit, when in reality, they only trained individual members of the Armed Forces, and not actual units in an official capacity.
1. First Set
In the technique demonstrated at 0:45, Holloway demonstrates redirecting the knife, striking to the head, and smashing the hand to disarm. As his attacker slices toward him, Holloway makes no effort to move his body out of the path of the blade, but rather utilizes a downward sweeping motion with his rear hand to redirect the knife arm. On his redirection, he has no control of the attacker's knife arm, and relies on the compliant mindset of the demonstrator to prevent being further attacked. He then throws a strike to the attacker's head, again, without control of the arm holding the blade. Following this, he then strikes to the knife hand to disarm his attacker.
We see in this set several fundamental flaws that anyone with any actual experience in edged weapons would consider beginner's mistakes. They are as follows:
- *Sole reliance on redirection of the knife arm, without out even cursory body motion to move off angle of the knife attack
*No attempt made to control the knife arm or attack the knife arm
*Attacking other parts of the opponent's body before securing or disarming the weapon
*Disarming the weapon without securing the weapon
The opportunities for his attacker to kill Holloway in this set are numerous, and could be avoided by the most basic fundamentals of edged weapons defence. Without securing the weapon or immediately disarming it, Holloway is teaching his students how to get killed by a knife-weilding attacker.
Luke completes the set by demonstrating neck manipulations where he had no control of the attacker's body, and recommends kneeing the attacker in the top of his head to crush his spine.
Remember, this is being demonstrated to a member of the US Armed Forces about to deploy to Afghanistan.
2. Second Set
Beginning at the 1:00, Holloway demonstrates another set of techniques that once again ignore the most basic fundamentals of edged weapons and grappling.
At his attacker's thrust, Holloway takes a firm grip with both hands on his attacker's forearm. THIS IS GOOD. Holloway then releases one hand, leaving only one hand on his attacker's wrist. THIS IS BAD. His grip is with his thumb toward his own body. His attacker would not have to be trained in any sort of formal technique to simply twist out of that grip and impale Holloway before Holloway could even complete the rest of this set.
Holloway makes no attempt to secure the knife arm against his own body in any sort of clinch, nor does he attempt to jam the blade back toward his attacker. He relies on a complaint demonstration partner who will not attempt to stab him.
Holloway let go with his left hand to reach around his opponent's back to cup his chin and attempt another neck wrenching throw. At no point does he have control of the knife arm.
Releasing a firm grip for a weak one without securing the blade or disarming it is asking to get stabbed, repeatedly.
In his second demonstration of this set, he states two priorites:
1. Neutralize the attack.
2. Disable the threat.
In the second demonstration, Holloway adds in a headbutt, but still does not secure the knife arm by clinching or disarm the blade, and trades a strong grip for a weak grip in order to complete his compliant throw.
The third time he demonstrates this set, he now utilizes the same scooping redirect as in the first set, and only secures a grip on his attacker's arm with one hand, though he does demonstrate using his chest to apply pressure to his attacker's elbow to apply a simple arm bar. Again, because of the weak, insecure grip, his attacker would simply have to turn his wrist outward & roll his elbow and Holloway would have a knife being drawn across his belly.
Holloway continues by once again demonstrating the neck wrenching throw.
He states he teaches this technique set because it can be remembered very easily.
Because Holloway has not revealed who his instructors were, I cannot surmise as to his actual training. If I had to guess, he learned these techniques by watching videos, which would account for the lack of understanding of the fundamentals of edged weapons.