Combative Sciences
Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Combative Sciences and how does it differ from martial arts?

Combative Sciences is not a martial art. It is a combative/survival enhancement and personal protection system. It is designed for one thing and one thing only and that is increasing your survivability. There are martial arts that have elements of combative applicability but are riddled with speculative movements and what if scenarios. There are of course systems that have more applicability than others. We in combative sciences do not dabble in survival skills or what ifs, we teach real life saving skills based on real situations.

2. How young can you start and when are you too old?

Due to the nature of the Combative Sciences curriculum and the responsibility that MUST go with learning the system we usually do not teach anyone under 18. However anyone under that age wanting to learn will be evaluated on a case by case basis. You are never too old to learn personal protection.

3. Is prior martial art experience beneficial or necessary?

Well that depends, for some it is in fact beneficial and for others it is not. Is it necessary? Absolutely not, it is designed for those who have no training. Combative Sciences is for anyone whether you are seasoned martial artist, a special forces operator, or a civilian with no prior knowledge of combat.

4. What is an anatomical arsenal?

The anatomical arsenal is your entire body: Hands, forearms, elbows, shoulder, head and so on that can be used as a weapon.

5. Can you explain what you mean when you say bio-motor?

Bio-motor refers to your physical attributes such as: Speed, Agility, Strength, Mobility, etc.

6. Definition of Awareness?

Awareness is the overall immediate perception of ones surroundings and well-being.

7. What are Instincts and how do we use them?

Instincts are your hardwired survival mechanisms that you were born with. Things like fear and anger are survival signals and need to be recognized as such so you don't freeze when you experience them. There are also flinching responses that happen when presented with a spontaneous surprise attack. You may throw up your hands, turn away, drop to the floor, close your eyes, or any combination of the four. Once we determine what your instinctual reactions are then they can be strategically molded into actual survival tactics. So in essence we help you learn about your own body and how it deals with combative stress.

8. What is a psychological state?

Psychological state has to do with if you are mentally tired, depressed, happy, angry, stressed out, upset or any number of things. The reason you want to be aware of this is if you are stressed out thinking about bills while you are walking down the street then most likely you will be caught off guard if you are assaulted. Also depending on what state you are in will determine how you react in some instances.

9. What are senses and how do we use them?

Senses are your sight, hearing, smell, taste, and tactile abilities. I do tend to believe in a sixth sense, nothing mystical of course. I consider the sixth sense your intuition.

10. What things do we need to take in to consideration in regards to physical condition?

Are you hurt, sick, out of shape, tired etc. You tactical response will vary depending on your physical condition at the time of the engagement. In combative sciences we train for these probabilities.

11. What do we need we need to take into consideration in regards to dress?

What do you wear during the summer, fall, and winter seasons. If you are going to the beach in flip flops and shorts then some of your tactical options will be limited to an extent. Likewise if you are putting on three layers of clothes and a thick coat for the 10 degree weather in the winter your mobility and speed will be limited to an extent as well.

12. What do you mean concerning awareness in the work place? I am not in a dangerous alley or alone so can you explain this further?

Danger doesn't just exist in an alley or when you are alone. It is a possibility no matter where you are. Consider the instances that someone has been shot coming out of a court room, at point blank range no less. The food establishment where some guy comes in randomly shooting people for no "apparent" reason. Even the school massacres that have happened in recent years. And no one can forget the term "going postal" on someone. It is very important to be aware of possible dangers, or threats in the workplace. This is why so many companies give sexual harassment speeches. Violence is not prejudice or biased, it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time.

13. What is environmental awareness?

Environmental awareness is the awareness of your surroundings including: terrain, weather, people, possible barriers, improvised weapons, positions of cover, position of concealment, exits that can be used, or made (through a window), and so on.

14. Definition of Tunnel Vision?

This is where your vision becomes fixated on one thing to the exclusion of other potential dangers.

15. Why does hearing shut down in a combative situation?

This of course does not always occur but it has happened to many. It happens because the individual begins to go into shock or the "I can't believe this is happening to me" mode. This is called audio exclusion.

16. What is the fight of flight syndrome and how does it apply to the physiologic changes under combative stress?

Fight or flight syndrome is something that was coined years ago. When presented with a sudden stimulus that is perceived as dangerous or life threatening some people will immediately begin to fight and others will run. Many times they do either without thought and regardless if it is advantageous to do so. In combative sciences we recognize four specific spontaneous responses: Fight, Flight, Flinch, or Freeze. All of these things apply to the physiological changes under combative stress because they are instinctual physical reactions. They can be modified and bonded to a combative skill and this is where combative sciences comes into the equation.

17. What is Critical Incident Amnesia...and why does it happen?

During a sudden violent assault there are in many cases "sensory overload" in which the entire confrontation seems to happen in a blink of an eye. Often times people will say "I don't know what happened", "I blacked out", and so on. That is critical incident amnesia and it happens because of the "sensory overload". This term was coined by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman & Bruce K. Siddle.

18. What is hyper vigilance?

Hyper vigilance could also be called hypersensitivity. You become in a sense acutely paranoid and are easily startled.

19. What is shock?

This is when your body essentially shuts down. The nervous system and the mind are overloaded and cannot deal with the suddenness or the trauma of the situation.

20. What is freezing?

This is a part of the Fight, Flight, Flinch, or Freeze continuum I was speaking about earlier. You panic and you literally freeze and are unable to defend yourself or move to safety.

21. Where are the large muscle groups?

Large muscle groups include the chest, back, legs and so on.

22. What is the difference between fighting, martial arts, street fighting and self defense?

Fighting to me is a mutual exchange between two people. Martial Arts are aesthetic classical movements that are not purely based on the realities of modern confrontations. Street fighting is the same as fighting. Self-defense is supposed to be about protecting yourself and your loved ones at all costs. That term is used by nearly every martial art. I prefer the term personal protection because self-defense implies a defensive attitude. To survive a serious hostile engagement it is vital to have an offensive mindset first. If you feel that your life is threatened....ATTACK FIRST.

23. What does habituate mean?

This means to become accustomed to something. In combative sciences it refers to becoming acclimated to combative stress so that you can use all of the physical and psychological tools available to you to increase your survivability.

24. You will fight how you train....I am a busy person does that mean that combative sciences is not for me? I cant train for hours a day? How do I maximize my benefit in the minimum of time?

You don't have to train hours a day to be able to protect yourself effectively. You will fight how you train refers to the quality of the training not the quantity. In order to survive real world situations you must have real world applications and skills. Would you want to practice a jump kick or something that is much more likely to save your life?

25. I don't understand when you say the physical is the result of the psychological?

Your attitude, mindset, and willpower are the MOST important things in regards to survival. You could learn everything you need to know about personal protection and still not survive an assault if you do not have the mental resolve to protect yourself at all costs. Everything starts with the mind, if you believe you can protect yourself and you have realistic training to back it up then your odds of protecting yourself increases 10 fold. Your will to live has to be greater than the assailants will to hurt, maim, or kill you....that’s the bottom line.

26. Psychologically weak individuals?...does this mean that I am emotionally unbalanced?

A person definitely could be emotional unbalanced. A street predator preys on those who have low self-esteem, are timid, shy, easily intimidated. That is what I mean by psychologically weak. In combative sciences we motivate individuals to believe in themselves and to have a high level of self-worth. To walk with confidence and not be intimidated, we give you the tools to empower yourself.

27. What is vigilance?

Vigilance is being alert and watchful.

28. Who coined the phrase Complacency is the root of mediocrity?

I did 12 years ago.

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