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Offline swanson

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Thoughts on Developing a Self Defense Framework
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:32:19 PM »
The following might prove useful to those on this forum who are looking to study the violent, human aspect of risks they may encounter or face.

I have tailored some of the following from a thread I created on another forum, but feel, with adaptation, that it should have a home here as well. Enjoy…

FACT: Man is a creature of utter disquiet.

Combat and Developing a Useful Framework for Self Defense

Violence takes center stage more often than not as human dramas play themselves out all over the world. Combat and the many forms of interpersonal conflict are often born out of the contest of wills that each individual, nation, and society foment, encourage, and create with endless frequency.
An academic look at history as well as a brief glance at your local newspaper’s police blotter will bear out the existence of our violent nature with the most token amount of research. There is an inherent friction in being human that we all share and rarely escape in our lifetime.

Given this reality, we all know that sooner or later the specter of personal violence will invade our peaceable existence; the question is… How do we manage and prepare to meet that potential for conflict in a reasonable manner?

I propose that every individual, given their personal circumstances, must strive to create a useful and effective framework of self defense principles, tactics, and techniques that will provide the needed leverage to manage or eliminate the dangers of the potential threats that may be faced…

This framework is much more than a trip to your local gun store, range, or martial arts academy for advice and/or a brushing up on existing skills. It is a commitment to an alert and disciplined lifestyle unhindered by dogmatic approaches and beliefs.

To be effective, the framework you develop must incorporate both kinetic and non-kinetic solutions and aptly furnish the needed components that will accurately deal with your personal safety issues.

Take the time to examine what you need to expertly manage the risks you may face.

Dedicate the needed time and resources needed to develop your skills sets to better insure your safety through avoidance, de-escalation, and/or the necessary application of needed force.

Our Combative Nature

When all else fails, here’s the bottom line – in the “contest” of combat, we are looking to be the actor to most effectively transfer kinetic energy into our adversary by the most efficient means available to neutralize any existing threat.

Simply, we are predators with an alert nature that when combined with properly trained responses, we become effective actors in combat. Our effectiveness is directly related to our “training” and “pre-conditioning” coupled to a heightened understanding of the nature of the threats we face.

We are all Kinetic Energy Transfer Specialists

We are basically all kinetic energy transfer specialists seeking the most frugal approach to applying that energy to secure our intended outcomes.

Our trained combative responses rest on the fundamentals found in our varied disciplines and are sharpened by a relentless dedication to hone and train the mind and body for that moment of truth when our lives rest in the balance of violent action.

As combatants in a 'contest' involving not only our wills, but our lives, we must seek artful and scientific advantage over our adversaries, always. This means learning how and applying kinetic energy in the most rapid and efficient form available- gun, knife, impact weapon, etc,- no matter our profession.

So, always seek advantage, and do so by:
• Mastering the fundamentals of the fighting disciplines (gun, knife, stick, hand…)
• Preparing for the contest of combat with regular and sound training sessions
• Learning from the failures and successes found in experience
• Evaluating outcomes, as well as adapting, and revising tactics, techniques, and procedures as needed, habitually


Offline Jwatt

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Re: Thoughts on Developing a Self Defense Framework
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2008, 11:00:44 AM »
This is good advice for life!