study and argument revolves around which Martial Arts
or techniques are best for self- defense. To know which
are best we have to look at it like we would to select
a tool for a specific job. What are we trying to accomplish?
In combatives that job is stopping a human being from
harming us as fast as possible. The first area of study
then needs to be anatomy or even more specialized for
our purposes, Combative Anatomy. The science of how
to stop a human from doing a specific harmful act in
the minimum amount of time. Combative Anatomy also does
not rely on pain compliance.
Just like the MCS
Combative Anatomy has to first be looked at with the
understanding that during a spontaneous attack you will
initially have to deal with attacks ranging from open
hand, impact, edged and pistols with the open hand.
This problem is two fold.
One you need to be able to defend against the initial
attack as well as make sure that you attacker is not
going to get up and chase you when you run to call for
help. Also understand that the only ways to damage the
human body it to crush or cut it. Because we don't
have claws if fighting open handed you will need to
rely on crushing attacks at least until you can produce
a edged weapon.
Crushing attacks can cause immediate incapacitation
unlike cutting attacks which can take from seconds to
minutes, and that is a long time when you life is on
the line. For this reason we will break down Combative
Anatomy into four specific systems. Lets look at your
attackers body like a house that needs to have electricity,
walls, and plumbing for aggression to dwell in it.
Central Nervous System – is made up of the brain
and spinal cord and in charge of processing information.
A hammer fist between the eyes or a slap to the side
of the head would have the same effect as cutting power
to the house. At the very least is will cause an interruption
in services. That is why we don't attack just
one system, stand back and see what happens. The CNS
is easily attacked with open hands and items typically
carried in the hand. These are crushing / impact attacks.
Skeletal System- the 206 bones of the human body that
make up our frame. Without our frame, locomotion and
the motion needed to articulate a weapon are impossible.
For fighting the two joints we count on most are the
elbow and knees.
Both joints work very well on only one plane-which makes
them hinge joints. By smashing them we can ensure that
our attacker will not pick up another weapon or follow
us when we leave. The elbows and knees are most vulnerable
when extended all the way out.
This is also why we don't lock our arms out during
a punch and make sure we have a slight bend in our knees
at all times. The Skeletal System is also easily attacked
with the open hand and feet. These are crushing / impact
Muscular System- the system that allows us to move.
The muscle needs to be cut to incapacitate. And just
like any traumatic injury having one or more muscles
cut can have little or no effect on what the rest of
the body is able to do.
If you are lucky enough to have an edged weapon in your
hand when attacked and manage to cut your opponents
strong side bicep he can still use his other hand to
use the same weapon, access another one or just run
after you as you run away.
I would view it as closing one door to get away from
someone when there is another open door right next to
it. Wouldn't make more sense to incapacitate them
so they could not chase you?
Circulatory System- system that carries blood to and
from the heart. Again this system can only be affected
by cutting. I know you are going to say what about chokes.
And don't get me wrong, chokes are great but to
do them effectively you need to be behind your attacker
and it ties up both of your hands.
Usually you will have to start defending while facing
your attacker. And whether it is a choke or a cut, both
will take time even if only a few second to incapacitate
your attacker. And in that 10 seconds he can get a lot
of stabbing done and inflict some serious damage on
human only has six basic physical weapons
Experience has taught us that the
majority of attacks are hand attacks. The mechanism
of the attack is the same whether it is open hand, impact
Combative Anatomy along with the proper mindset gives
you an easy to remember full force continuum to effectively
deal with all threats appropriately in a way that is
defensible and grounded in science not marketing.