many folks reading this are current or former military,
for those that are not I will attempt explain Preparatory
Command/ and Command of Execution. When you are marching
and the person calling cadence says something like "Right"
that is to alert you that prepare you that a command
is coming. When they say "Face" that is the
Command of Execution and when you hear "Face"
you turn "Right".
My point is that I use that to teach personal protection. Picture
your training partner standing with their feet about
shoulder width apart but on the same plane. You are
standing at a 45-degree angle to them at their at approx.
their 2 O'clock position.
In most cases for them to throw a right handed lunge
punch or a roundhouse they are going to have to step
back with their right foot before throwing the punch.
That is the Preparatory Movement before the attack.
When they step back is when you should counter attack.
Not when they are throwing the punch which is the Execution
Another example would be when somebody reaches for a
fixed blade worn on the belt in a sheath. That is the
Preparatory Movement. Drawing the knife is the Execution
Movement. If you attack the attack and smother it you
have done two important things. You have kept the knife
in the sheath and probably identified the person's
Of course in most attacks there are several Preparatory
Movements. Learn to respond to them instead of the Execution