You'll notice something new on the site - the incorporation of my other pursuit, Pastless, into Pramek. For those who have been around Pramek awhile, you might be thinking, 'Ok, what the heck? Is Matt going soft?' For those who have heard me on numerous personal growth...Read More
The other day I had to work with a student on the range - he had every piece of high-dollar equipment, down to the Krye pants. I'm pretty sure his battle belt cost more than my Glock (and that's saying something), all of his rifles...Read More
Last year we did a lot of knife videos. I was extremely proud of our Virtual Class on Knife Defense. as well as the videos we did with Sage Dynamics on the subject - especially the reality of disarming a knife, as seen here where I...Read More
Recently I read a post by an MMA instructor stating, ‘Why are people making things more difficult than they are? Punch someone in the face…a punch is a punch, a face is a face. It’s not all this biomechanics and thought. Don’t overcomplicate what you are doing.’
I chuckled, wondering how many times this instructor had competed and watched a fight tape of an opponent…or perhaps trained for a specific hold because he saw a weakness in an upcoming opponent.
We aren’t overcomplicating anything – we are looking for one thing: a head start. A short cut. Or, as some people say these days, a ‘hack.’
The above diagram is from our manual in combatives learning, CLM1: Efficient Perceptual Learning (which is undergoing an revision currently!) Available here: http://pramek.com/p-shop/product/clm-manual-1-efficient-perceptual-learning/
I often speak of combat being a machine, like a car. When your car breaks, you take it to a mechanic. The mechanic doesn’t look at the car, he looks at the systems within the car to find what to fix.
Looking at the diagram, we see the break down in how Pramek approaches combat – with a goal in mind. Not mindless swinging, not punch and a face – but a goal. We take the goal, develop a strategy to reach it, and then employ methods and tactics to achieve our goal. The idea being that if you know what you goal is, you can work toward that goal, position and control the fight to get there – while your opponent adapts to you.
Can you survive an attack at the vehicle? In this excerpt of one of our most popular videos ever, Matt and a student walk you through what it takes to survive an attack at the vehicle. Remember, join the newsletter for 25% off before you buy! Prepare to...Read More
What is a feedback loop? What is signal anxiety? Why do people freeze? In Matt Powell's new article at BreachBangClear, he answers these questions and the answer to them: Mental Models. Two reactions are possible when we have panic-inducing anxiety. First, the mind can be overwhelmed with...Read More