The empty hands combat course
Parallel with edged weapons tactics, empty hands combat’s attacks consist of all actions whereby the gap is closed sufficiently to deliver single/combo strikes to the inside/outside of the arm/body (including head, neck, leg) using a check/no-check (grab/no-grab).
Attacking breaks down and categorizes the various means of attack to fully explore each variation and their respective combinations. We put great emphasis on one’s ability to attack, for indeed that is all there is; either you are attacking or counter-attacking, there is no “pure defence” in what we teach.
In situations where you are forced to strike first, this should be as natural to you as when countering. Furthermore, because we assume you indeed may be fighting another trained person, we expect our adversaries to fight back.
That said, if you attack (outer attack) and are successful, the encounter ends, but if your attack should be countered, then you must be prepared to release your re-attack (inner attack) to achieve your objective. For this fact of combat we give attacking tactics serious consideration and due.
We train after these principles:
Our agenda for training is based on 4 basic principles:
- Understanding structure, which will lead to.
- Understanding root, which is useless if you don’t understand.
- Transferring bodyweight, which gives us the tools to reach.
- Spiral rotational force.