KUNTAO COMBAT STUDY:
HAND-TO-HAND COMBATIVES CURRICULUM
Objective: to educate its students/attendants with the core mechanics and principles to help them escape/survive a violent attack
- Attack the attack
- Escape > fighting
- One Body, One weapon
- No Mistakes
Attack the Attack: conditions the student that a threat must be immediately and ruthlessly engaged. To take a defensive posture in a circumstance already against their favor does little to help them survive the attack regardless of its severity. Instead, students will be primed to directly engage the threat with angular advancement using short to mid-range weapons of the body. Their targets will be restricted to vital motor and structural areas of the body rather than aiming for a knockout or submission. The objective here is to train CDT students to adopt a counter-offensive frame of mind rather than one that seeks to merely stop an attack.
Escape > Fighting: the primary aim of the unarmed combatives curriculum is to teach a methodology that affords rapid escape. This fosters a technique/ skill-set that seeks to shut down two primary functions in the threat: capture/assault and pursuit. Students will learn to treat the threat’s body as a machine that, if approached properly, can be quickly disabled by taking apart its functions. This turns the combative training into an exercise in critical thinking. The student will quickly learn to identify high-value targets over conventional ones that afford little in the way of getting away and protract a dangerous engagement.
One Body, One Weapon: while the depth of the body’s weaponry will expand the longer a student stays with the CDT hand-to-hand curriculum, the foundation is built upon gross-motor movements and the already-hard bodily weapons of the human frame. While the toolset begins in a limited state, the students will learn the endless possibility of their application on an attacker, allowing them to find their own preferences upon which they can expand and refine.
No Mistakes: while this means to train to automaticity on one level, on another, it stresses to students to keep going. Conventional education conditions the brain to see a mistake, identify, halt the mistake, then repeat properly. This is disastrous for combat training. This mindset urges students to keep attacking even if something went “wrong” and that stillness = death.
KUNTAO COMBAT STUDY:
OBJECTIVE: to acclimate students with the realities/ variables of the bladed encounter
- The Inevitable Cut
- Attack the Attack
- Weapons Management
- Known vs. Unknown Knife
- No Mistakes
THE INEVITABLE CUT: perhaps one of the most terrifying aspects of knife fighting is that more times than not, you WILL get cut. The purpose of this seminar is to, ideally, stop a knife attack and safely get home. The reality though is that the blitzing nature of knife attacks means some degree of damage will be sustained. In this respect, the dual purpose of this class is to minimize just how much damage students would sustain in a bladed engagement. This is accomplished through the introduction of simple yet adaptable combative principles and paired with the blade shell.
ATTACK THE ATTACK: In a bladed engagement, it is logical for the defender to try to stop the knife by seizing the hand that wields it. While the idea is sensible, the practicality is dangerously low. The nature of the weapon affords a rapid and successive injury to a target trained or not. In the Kuntao Combat Study’s program, students are taught to implement and launch counter-attacks from the blade shell that target the knife-wielding limb. Rather than arrest the rapidly darting and slashing hand, students will be shown how to first protect their vital targets then launch crushing attacks to the knife-wielding arm in a close-quarter situation. Strikes and pulls that batter and abuse the armed limb will be mixed with strikes to vital targets on the body to afford escape or time to deploy your weapon.
WEAPONS MANAGEMENT: while it is natural to want to focus entirely on the knife, students will be made aware that violent intent extends to any and all available tools. This includes not only the knife, but the other free hand, the feet, elbows, knees, head, and even teeth of the attacker. Their capacity for violence is exponentially increased by the knife, but students MUST remember that like a knife, fingers, and teeth can be just as lethal in the right context. Subsequently, students will be taught to put themselves in a position that will provide both a safer work point as well as a source of attack to deal with the two most common knife attacks: the slash and the thrust.
KNOWN VS. UNKNOWN KNIFE: the high damage capacity of a knife is never to be taken lightly. Unfortunately, such things are not considered until a blade is in view. This is worsened when it is considered that experienced knife attackers know to conceal their blades until it is time to strike. To counter this, techniques and concepts in the Knife Course will be addressed from both the knife exposed and the knife concealed positions, elements of body language and behavioral anomalies and how to identify and respond to them being discussed in the latter.
NO MISTAKES: students will be shown techniques that are, like other scenario-based actions, ideal. That in mind, students will be made to adopt a mindset of “no mistakes.” In a high-stress situation, individuals are more likely to react rashly rather than what is deemed to be “the perfect move.” In this, students will be reminded to work from WHEREVER they find themselves and that struggling to restart or reset the countermeasure, especially in a bladed engagement, will spell disaster.