The Mastro Handshake: Lighting fast fight finisher for bouncers
This fight-ender was initially developed by Fred Mastro for bouncers, who often engage from neutral positions. The shock from the initial strike disorients the subject immediately for appropriate follow-up controls. It is part of the Fred Mastro Silat Defense System.
The Belgian born Mastro is a Silat master, celebrity bodyguard, fight choreographer, bouncer, and badass. Even if you are not familiar with his work, you may have already seen it, as he taught Liam Neeson a set of skills used to dramatic effect in a number of action movies including the Taken series.
In the eyes of many, there is a clear split in martial arts between disciplines that employ trained, active resistance as a central part of their development process (Judo, Sambo, Wrestling, Boxing, Kyokushin, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, etc) and those that don’t (Aikido, Kenpo, Chi Ball throwing, etc.). There are a lot of etcs in the latter category.
From this perspective, hearing that Mastro’s system is based on the obscure art of Silat likely raises dismissive impulses for some. However, Mastro is skilled in a variety of martial arts, and holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, for example. He even has some exposure to Ameri-Do-Te 😉
The Mastro Handshake is a lightning fast technique executed from a neutral, non-threatening position. Mastro begins by throwing a right Brachial Stun, impacting with the outer bones of the wrist. Simultaneously, a left reverse open hand strike to the other side of the head is executed.
The right hand then immediately grabs the collar.
Then – and again, there is no time for an “and” – a twisting action is used to thoroughly off balance the subject, and bring him down, where a nearly limitless number of attacks, pins, or verbal techniques can be employed.
If you only learn one bouncer technique, make it this one!
WARNING: Do not practice this at home. Serious injury can result. Only practice under expert supervision.