Aspects Of A Proper "Engagement"--A Check List Of Sorts

I am one who learns by writing things down. If I listen, I'd say my retention is around 50%, if I have a visual display, my retention is somewhere around 70-80%, but if I write down the knowledge I am listening to or viewing, my retention goes up to somewhere between 90-100%.

And so I have created a list of sorts that can be used as a check list. This is great to read before you start training, to help engage your mind with your body, and to integrate the important movement concepts for effective self-defense into your being. Or, if you are practitioner of self-defense or another martial art, perhaps you can use it to learn of new concepts or to see how we see things. I believe that there is much to learn in the martial art arena, and many systems offer something unique.

Here are the concepts, in an order of how they are typically called on in an engagement. And an engagement, as I am using the term here, is when you engage an opponent for self-defense measures.

--Forward Movement & Inertia: This can be described as a sort of pressure, internally and externally, motivating you to be aggressive, on the offense, thereby controlling the situation. (Ideally that is... if not, and this concept is not being applied correctly, then it can be the exact opposite and become "out of control".)

--Choosing Angle of Approach: I break this up into 4 different axis. And yes, you must be aware of all of these. Needless to say, it takes practice.
1. Feet & Hips (Usually these two can be paired together)
A. Centerline
B. Female Triangle
C. Male Triangle
2. Waist
A. Turning to the Inside
B. Turning to the Outside
3. Shoulders & Fists
A. Centerline
4. "Knife Line" or the angle of attack of your blow
A. Centerline
B. Non-Centerline... infinite amount of angles... especially if you are open to arm and leg attacks. I only bring this up because some systems focus on face and body attacks.

--Distance of Approach
1. Feet
A. Largo (Way on the outside, Attacks are usually to weapon or forearm)
B. Medial (Medium, attacks are made to elbow and arm)
C. Quarto (On the very, very inside, attacks are made to body and face)
2. Elbows (Extension) Usually determined in relation of hands to target
A. Largo
B. Medial
C. Quarto

Lots more to come.... saving post for now

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