KUNTAO COMBAT STUDY HAND-TO-HAND COMBATIVES CURRICULUM
4-hour clinic at our North Royalton Classroom.
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.