Self-Defense by its very nature is reactive. This is because as the defender, you are not the attacker. In order to effectively counter the attack, and emerge from the fight as the victor, as opposed to the victim, and to survive, you as the defender, must close the reactionary gap. You are reacting to the attacker’s actions. Therefore, you are behind the time curve of the attacker’s strike.
Action is faster than reaction. Therefore, in order to emerge as the winner of the fight, you must turn the tables on your attacker, and make him react to your actions.
The instinctive response is to back up and gain distance. However, this makes you lose even more precious time, and it almost guarantees defeat.
Our Self-Defense Combatives training, or SDC for short, involves counter-conditioning and eliminating that “back up instinct”, and developing a reflexive “closing the gap response” or “enter in response” in its place.
The Self-Defense Combatives system we teach is a simple and aggressive Counter Attack Response System, or C.A.R.S. It has three components. Redirect, Enter, and simultaneously Aim and Launch. The not so accidental acronym is R.E.A.L. This acronym will make the three-step system easy to remember and help you “keep it real” as you train. A real street fight is not a dance; it is an explosion!
STEP 1. Redirect or pre-empt. When you are attacked, the first thing you must do to avoid being disabled is to redirect or deflect the assailant’s blows or strikes. You must move off the line of fire so you do not get hit or worse. If you stand there and do nothing you are sunk.
Sometimes, and ideally, if you can see the attack is about to happen, you can pre-empt your assailant’s first strike. The purpose of your pre-emptive response is to short circuit the fight. The idea is to disable your attacker so he cannot take any further actions that could hurt you.
Sometimes, when you are caught off guard, you may need to “parry” with your attacker in order to buy time to close the reactionary gap so that you can enter him and end his attack.
STEP 2. Enter your attacker. The reactionary gap, which is your disadvantage at first, is closed by “entering in” your attacker and striking simultaneously. You continue your strikes relentlessly and aggressively until your attacker is no longer a threat.
STEP 3. Aim and Launch. You launch your attack as you are closing the reactionary gap and entering your attacker. Your attack must consist of an effective combination of accurately aimed strikes that target your attacker’s vulnerable points. The idea is not to flail and strike wildly. You aim at your attacker’s vulnerable points and launch targeted strikes at those points on his body, continuing relentlessly until your attacker is stopped.