Kennedy Tactical Urban Defense Concepts 27-JAN-19
Urban Defensive Tactics are a way of approaching violence that is culturally relevant to the kinds of attacks we face in modern urban environments. It is the result of combining over 20 years of combative training experience in sport combat, military combative systems, and traditional martial systems with over 15 years in the private security sector. Not only are the concepts, tactics, and skill sets developed in Urban Defensive Tactics relatively easy to learn, they prepare you for real-life violence by constantly engaging you in manners reflecting modern violence. Often ambushed; often outnumbered - violence can come at the most unexpected times from the most unexpected places. Urban Defensive Tactics will allow you gain confidence as you apply your learning to realistic simulations and drills. Urban Defensive Tactics have attracted the attention of tactical law enforcement officers, correctional officers, military personnel, and private security around the world for a reason - they know real violence, and in Urban Defensive Tactics, they see a solution. Physical PrinciplesIn a modern day attack, we have no control over any of the variables, except one; our own response. But even that is impeded because of our limbic system, thrusting us into a mode of “fight or flight”, causing adrenaline to course through our bodies, making any sort of complex thought or movement extremely difficult. If you were ambushed from behind, and turned to find three attackers and one of them with a knife coming at you – your own biology would make it next to impossible to formulate a plan in that moment. It is because of this that we created a 3-step physical roadmap to follow in just such a situation – CRASH, SMASH, and DASH.It is this skeletal frame that we attach all of our physical tactics to. Through our drills and simulations, we apply this roadmap to several different contexts, hardwiring us to respond in this way regardless of the stimulus.CRASHIn most modern street attacks, when the assailant actually INTENDS to hurt or kill the victim, the assailant does not allow the victim to see the attack coming. This is called an ambush. The assailant has a significant advantage at this moment, and it is at this moment that it is crucial for the victim to remove further opportunity from the assailant to cause continued damage. Authorand self-defence instructor Rory Miller suggests a “golden standard” for a response to this type of attack in his book “Meditations on Violence,” which would:(a) Improve the victim’s position(b) Worsen the attacker’s position(c) Protect the victim from damage(d) Allow the victim to damage (or control) the assailantIn Urban Defensive Tactics, we have developed our “Trinity Block” (based on instinctive movements under threat) into a multi-tool that meets all of the criteria in the “golden standard,” allowing the victim to weather incoming attacks while crashing into the assailant, thereby beginning to flip the script in the situation.SMASHUsing the Trinity Block to crash into the assailant and close the gap, we then utilize Urban Defensive Tactics’ uniquely applied Combative Controls as a means of gaining anchor points from which to apply our close-quarter offensive tactics.DASHWhen sufficient damage has been done to the assailant such as to create a legitimate opportunity for safe escape, we run to a safe place where we survey ourselves for physical damage and contact the appropriate emergency services.Theoretical Principles (ASPIRE)Our physical values and tactics are all measured against the following canon. If a concept doesn’t fit these criteria, it is not incorporated into our combative toolbox.AGGRESSIONThe importance of action with intent to injure is unparalleled. To empower oneself in the moment of combat, one must engage with an aggressive mindset. Aggression is the ignition switch that starts the engine.SIMPLICITYCombative responses must be easy to remember, and easy to perform. Simplicity is essential. Action must be made as easy as possible to take when in an emotional and physiological state that occurs during the most violent ambush.PRINCIPLEAction must be principle-based. Variables in combat change all the time. No two encounters are the same. No prescribed set of techniques will be guaranteed effective, so one must be able to base their action on sound principles (eg. face the threat, close the distance, cause specific trauma, ARCADE, etc.)?? IMPROVISATIONBecause no combat situation is the same as another, and an attacker's response to the stimuli you provide can be unpredictable, one must be able to create spontaneous combative solutions to enable their survival. Learning to improvise combatively will increase one's combat effectiveness.REASONPrinciples that guide combative action must be based on solid empirical evidence and sound logical information. That way, through proper training, one's response becomes automatic. Evidence is drawn from a variety of relevant fields, including: martial arts history, evolutionary psychology, endocrinology, group dynamics, social intelligence and behavioural psychology, neuro-linguistic programming, trauma & recovery, ethics, criminal law, and the best field source of information - personal experience.EFFICIENCYIn a fight, every moment counts. Fractions of a second can be the difference between life and death. Movements and techniques must be as efficient as possible to increase the chance of success. ?
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