This article is a continuation of "Fist or palm, which is the better strike for self-defense?" and "How to train less and improve more"
When first starting to train, the student focuses on basic technical skills; how to hold the pistol, how to throw a proper punch. Once the student reaches a competent technical level, he or she can start focusing on tactics. Essentially, putting together various techniques and learning to apply them properly to different situations. However, once the student reaches a high technical AND tactical level, they can shift their training and mindset to take a more broad-based conceptual approach.
Everything falls back on the fundamentals - Basic technical skills are the basis for any tactical knowledge. In the end it doesn't matter how well you can pie the entryway if you do not know how to manage your recoil in your firearm. It also doesn’t matter how well you understand movement in a multiple attach fight yet do not know how to move properly in your fighting stance. Technical skills create the foundation for any tactics or concepts to be based off of.
Understanding combat - Tactical understanding is the "why & how" of applying the technique or group of techniques to use in a given situation. Dynamic entry verses limited penetration, creating distance in a knife defense or bursting in aggressively. This involves training in different environments and applying specific techniques to them. Some examples include; vehicle close quarter combat, multiple attacher situational training, and training in dark conditions (both armed and unarmed). Understanding combat reality allows for a proper technical response.
It is all about the mindset - The combat mindset or the understanding of the overall combat concept is the last step. Someone who understands the mindset will be able to apply technical skills to any situation. For example, what is the difference in pieing into an entry or around a car or how will the pistol disarm differ if it is in a vehicle versus standing? A person with the right combat mindset and concept understanding will be able to answer these questions without training specifically for each and every situation.
So why the shift to concept based training? There is simply not enough time and resources for the average person and even an elite special forces operator to train in every possible situation. Rather, "when understanding the why, the how will come naturally."
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