A) replicate an injury or altered state
B) train safely when we are not feeling 100%.
For example: in replicating an injury or altered state, we have often (responsibly) gotten our students to drink alcohol (those that are occasional or frequent drinkers) prior to training. Another thing we do is tie up one of their arms in a sling, have them carry a baby, put thumbtacks in their shoes to replicate a swollen or bad ankle or foot. The thumbtacks stops them from putting their weight on that foot therefore forcing them to go through the scenario with a bad leg, figuring out how they’d move, react, etc. in order to create the proper mental blue prints. Be creative in replicating these dis-eases.
The answer is the body language and behavioral delivery prior to the initial assault. The shove will land; the 'martial technique' for the most part may not due to familiarity of the launching pad. Again, sparring isn’t fighting.
When sparring, we are in fighting stances. What is the first thing we do when sparring or sport fighting? We touch gloves then step back in a chosen fighting stance dictated by our style or system creating distance and begin to circle each other, strategizing our offensive while aware of our defensive maneuvering. Therefore the launching pad for the technical tools are familiar and therefore, generally telegraphic to a certain extent through familiar body language.
Martial technical applications are obvious fighting gestures. The delivery system, contrary to common and popular belief perpetuated by sport fighters is not the same in the street as it is in the ring. There are similarities and over laps but the differences are strong and present enough to trigger a variety of emotions and drastically change the outcome.
The problem is that most systems and styles start the defense from the physical point of the attack where fights/confrontations begin much earlier. The foundation of your confidence lies in your ability to deal with the behavioral element prior to the physical contact. If every defensive maneuvers you train begins physically, it is very likely you will predispose yourself to wait for the completion of the attack in the street. If you don’t think of doing it in training, what makes you think you will do it for real under the stress, adrenaline and emotional inertia of the situation? A real fight carries with it a reason. If that 'reason' isn't identified, analyzed and strategize then you're missing 90% of the fight and are training only for 10%.
The idea is in creating a formula that will permit you to authenticate the theoretical self-defense aspects of whatever style or system you study within a non-consensual yet safe training paradigm. Will your physical arsenal coincide with the situation you are facing?
Through experience and years of researching violence and how fights begin and evolve, we have created a step-by-step process (formula) that allows you to experience the emotional and behavioral elements as well as the physical variables of a real assault.