No styles, no systems, no rituals, no lineages, no masters, no labels, no belts, no katas, no uniforms, no dogmas;

Only the process of self actualization & personal expression of truth through functional combative movement and fitness.

On a purely physical level, we share how to individually and collectively use all of our natural tools as well as extended ones, offensively and defensively in a strategic and tactical manner and in all ranges of combat.

We're put through functional physical fitness training where we learn to push ourselves through our own perceived limitations. We also have much to offer on nutrition, health and optimum performance.

On a more cerebral level we learn about the psychology of violence, fear, stress & confrontation management skills, deescalation strategies and holistic survival tactics.

As the mind navigates the body; by challenging personal self defense dogmas and individual & core belief systems, personal growth and evolution occurs.

On a human level, we learn about the ripple effect and the moral, legal, and ethical consequences of our chosen actions while self examining our darkest emotions. We are encouraged to question everything, to learn to think for ourselves, to be more accountable and research everything we learn and to be open and responsive to life without judgment.

On a personal level, the training can make you face and slay your own demons.

Everything shared here is highly encouraged to be individually researched, to “absorb what is useful, add what is specifically of your own and disregard the rest.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Genius of the Passive Stance

That's right, I said it!  I didn't invent it so I'm not patting myself on the back.  Nonetheless, it's pure genius.  Read on and I thing you'll agree.......

    When dealing with an aggressor face to face, no other 'stance' offers the benefits the 'passive' stance ( referred to as PS for the rest of this post ) does.  In practice it's anything but passive.  Sure, it looks passive.  It's the universal sign of "I don't want any trouble".  Looking passive and or submissive could satisfy the aggressor's ego, and at the very least it doesn't challenge him.  If all the aggressor wants is to feel powerful, you might just avoid a fight by adopting the PS, verbalizing that he wins, you lose and you're leaving.  Congratulations, for a fight avoided is a fight won. This concept is displayed all over the animal kingdom.  Dogs roll over exposing their stomach,  chimps look away and show their backsides as a way of saying " I acknowledge your dominance, we don't need to fight ".  If however, the aggressor is a true predator, he wants more than to just feel powerful.  Your imagination can fill in the blanks here, but it's safe to assume he won't be satisfied until you're injured, raped or dead.  To a predator the PS indicates fear, which encourages overconfidence on his part.  Good.  Overconfidence breeds mistakes. 

    If the aggressor has already decided to attack, the PS limits both physically and psychologically the angle he can strike.  By having your hands obstructing your center line, a hooking strike is inviting and a straight jab is discouraged.  A hooking strike moves ( and is often telegraphed ) more than a straight one and thus is easier to detect and defend against.  Using the PS allows for efficient reactions to the incoming strike via economic motion.  Very little movement is required to effectively protect your head by jamming or crashing the attack. Once you've dealt with the initial blow, finish closing the gap ( if need be ) and apply the R.E.A.C.T. concept ( aka: the shred ).  

    If you are facing an attacker and you believe you must launch a preemptive strike, the PS is an awesome platform from which to do so.  Your hands are already up and normally VERY close to the aggressor's primary targets.  Combine verbal diffusion with economic motion, and the aggressor will have little or no chance at avoiding your strike to the eyes or throat. Again, close the gap ( if need be ) and get busy shredding!

Again, it's not something you can read about and consider it part of your street 'toolbox'.  You need to train it, to understand it, to feel how it works both defensively and offensively.  Once you do, you see what I mean......pure genius.

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