Lets Get Physical

We've explored the psychological aspect of hand-to-hand combat in the previous posts. Now, lets get physical. This is barely the tip of the ice berg, but it'll give you a basic set of principles and techniques to begin building the foundation of your arsenal. 

Targets dictate weapons, weapons dictate movement.
— Richard Machowitz, US Navy SEAL


Know the target, select the weapon, move into optimal positioning

If the target is hard, i.e., skull, wrists, knees, use a soft weapon, i.e., hammer fist, palm strike, bottom of the foot. If the target is soft, i.e., eyes, larynx, groin, use a hard weapon, i.e., tip of the thumb, ridge hand, knee. 

Basic Targets - Eyes, Throat, Groin, Shins.

The acronym represents the targets as well as the objective, ETGS - Escape To Gain Safety
— Paul Vunak

Basic Weapons - Hammer Fist, Palm Strike, Knee, Low Line Kick. These are four weapons that almost everyone can execute without training. Pretty basic, but combined with the psychological elements discussed in the previous posts they can be deadly. 

Get to the hit!
— Richard Ryan

If you think there's going to be a physical confrontation, strike first. But only after setting up the ambush. If you're leading from love, I can't imagine you'd be placing yourself In a situation where it wasn't justified. 

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
— Bruce Lee

I know plenty of MMA fighters with a vast array of modalities, but most are dominate in one. If they found themselves In a life or death situation I can almost guarantee that would be there default line of defense. It's not about quantity, it's about quality. Take these four basic weapons and drill them over and over and over and over and... you get the idea.

Stress Inoculation - The truth is unless you practice being placed in uncomfortable situations with appropriate mock force, you'll never be able to physically prepare yourself for a real life encounter. Find a coach like myself who can train you using a full body armor suit similar to High Gear. You need to practice detecting danger, attempt to diffuse it and only if necessary, defend.

I wholeheartedly believe an individual who embodies these first six posts in defense and implements them into a training regimen will not only greatly increases their chances of survival, but develop stronger personal awareness, confidence and the ability to lead with grace and compassion.

Peace and punches! 


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