Bridging the Gap

Posted: September 23, 2011 in Armed Combatives, UnArmed Combatives
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Most training is single skill focused. A martial arts class is a hand-to-hand focused subject. A shooting class is a gun focused subject. Even some of the more advanced, progressive shooting schools that run force-on-force (FOF), are focused on how to get the gun into the fight. Similarly, some advanced, progressive martial arts schools will spend time defending against a weapon.

While some Filipino based martial arts doing amazing work with the knife and escrima stick. Almost no one looks at the progression from an empty hand technique, and the deployment of our most formidable weapon in the modern age, a gun.

I recently saw a YouTube video of a traditional martial artist, wearing a gi, doing what he called a “gun kata”. I appreciate the attempt to blend the two disciplines, yet, he clearly could not go beyond his preconceived notions of a fight. First, the gi. I understand the traditional need for the gi, and even wear one on occasion. However, when we are starting to blend empty hand skills with modern weapons, we need to dress like it. Secondly, his techniques were very static and inflexible. Recently, most of the top firearms instructors are incorporating dynamic, explosive movement into their training.

This is the area that TNT Combatives is most interested in exploring. We work with martial artist, military, law enforcement, contractors, and others whom violence is common, to enhance their ability to survive the ambush, gain control, establish dominance and deploy superior weaponry.

I would encourage you to spend some time in thought, and on the mat/range exploring this topic.

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