April 7, 2016
, On Combatives
, Setting goals
, The CLM
, The DPT
, The EPL
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.