Prior to the release of the CLM Directed Perceptual Testing methods ( we ran 9 months worth of final trials to test out the methods.

One of the methods we discuss in the manual is tension testing, which is the first step in the DPT process.

Training Phases Final


In the video (after the 2 minute intro) two of our students go into the Tension testing phase.  The goal being differing levels of tension applied.  If you’ve read our CLM EPL manual ( you can see that we are attention weighting a specific chain.  The wedge to break the grab and access the head, the cupped hand strike to disturb equilibrium, and then a wheel and axle in order to take the opponent to the ground.  Combining the three creates a very fast means of removing the choke to the neck or a double lapel grab.

As you can see for both students, the longer the process continues, they more they move through the training phases of the DPT.

From tension to stress, where they can’t make what work under low tension operate under higher tension.

This creates the psychological stress, and then they move to fatigue.  Once in fatigue, they begin to become sloppy, forgetting their attention weighting in the EPL, and then have a delayed response answering simple questions.

In Close Protection, we say that a detail is 90% mental, and 10% physical.  If you do the 90% right, your 10% will be from having sore legs from walking.

In Pramek Adaptive Combatives, we view fighting in a similar manner.  If a student keeps the process they learn in the EPL, regardless of how much tension or resistance is applied, they will be able to accomplish their goals and tasks because they rely on proper mechanics.  As we show in the DPT manual through graphs of what we found in testing (heart rate, breath rate, ability to answer questions) a student who remain mechanically effective, and biomechanically efficient in their movement, will have a longer period of operational time (fight time) before they become stressed or fatigued, or degenerate to using only gross motor skills.

The student also becomes better able to identify general movement patterns so when the situation changes, they can still use their skills against the body’s movement.

This is an example of the testing time put into Pramek’s concepts…in this case 9 months of monitoring, to ensure what we put in our manuals, and teach our students, is sound!

Try it with a training partner and always remember…be efficient, be safe!


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