Four Key Areas One has to Develop to be Proficient at Defending Yourself

  1. Technique
  2. Accuracy
  3. Power
  4. Speed

TECHNIQUE

  • Technique is where it all starts.
  • To be an effective fighter or martial artist from any level, you need to know the technique.
  • Without it, you will not know what to do in a fight or self-defense situation.
  • Thankfully, technique is one of the easier things to learn and it only gets better over time.

ACCURACY

  • What is the point of good technique if you cannot hit the target you are trying to hit?
  • Just like firing a gun at a target, you become more competent with a firearm the closer and more consistent you are on the bull’s eye.
  • This is also very true when fighting.
  • To perfect your accuracy, you should aim for smaller targets just like shooting the bull’s eye.
  • Use focus mitts or a heavy bag to perform this drill.
  • There are other resources out there that are built for improving accuracy, but for the sake of saving you money, there are cheaper methods you can use.

POWER

  • The more you develop and perfect your technique and accuracy the more power you are able to generate.
  • Some level of power will come naturally when you first start out, but for most, not enough to actually do any damage.
  • Devastating power comes over time.

SPEED

  • Speed is the last part of the fundamental training.
  • The faster you are in reflexes, shot execution, movement, and footwork, the harder it will be to hit you, block, or evade your shots.
  • Speed is a lot like power; the more you train on speed, the faster you will become.
  • You will not be fast overnight.
  • It takes dedication and a lot of hours to become faster.

THE SEVEN COMPONENTS OF POWER

WHAT ARE THE COMPONENTS OF POWER?

Power can not be conjured up by simply wishing it to be so.

Each officer — regardless of age, size, or sex — is capable of developing the ability to use the components of power to their advantage to win every undesirable, but inevitable street confrontation.

POWER IS DISTINCT FROM STRENGTH.

  • Power is defined as the ability to generate as much force as fast as possible.
  • Strength is the amount of force a muscle, or group of muscles, can exert against an external load.

Power is generated through the combination of seven forces.

THERE ARE SEVEN COMPONENTS OF POWER THAT CAN BE USED AND COMBINED TO WIN ON THE STREET.

  1. Balance
  2. Endurance
  3. Flexibility
  4. Focus
  5. Speed
  6. Strength
  7. Simplicity of Technique

1 – Balance

  • The most basic component of power is balance
  • It must be automatic, Instantly Fluid and Present During Continuous Movement and Capable of Being Maintained As Momentum Increases
  • Balance is linked with timing and is improved by working with moving targets.

2 – Endurance

Primarily of a cardiovascular nature.

Endurance is improved through aerobic exercises such as running, swimming, or bicycling.

3 – Flexibility

  • Rigidity presents tremendous problems during a confrontation. \
  • It is tied to Tension, Fear, Nervousness, and Lack of Confidence.

4 – Focus

  • A Result of Proper Mind and Body Coordination.
  • Total Concentration must be directed to a Specific Technique.

5 – Speed

  • Generated through continuous repetition.
  • Can make up for lack of strength.

6 – STRENGTH

  • Works in conjunction with the other components of power.
  • The strongest officer possesses little power when off balance or exhausted.

7 – Simplicity

Keep it short & simple!