Close quarters combat/battle is a term used a realistic modern self defence system like KAPAP.
It’s a mixer of many different martial arts and adapted by door staff, military and police units to make it as effective as possible. Through trial and error, real life combat and some hard lessons taught what actually works and what doesn’t.
So what makes a quarter combat system like KAPAP so effective as a street self defence?
Working with your natural flinch instincts
It’s there so use it, the startle-flinch mechanism is a non perishable reflex that is super fast and reliable. It bridges the gap between the reactive brain and the cognitive brain. A hard-wired survival instinct utilised in KAPAP self defence training.
Muscle memory – repetition of a set pattern of muscular actions
All muscular action is controlled by the brain (motor system) which basically consists of your brain firing neuron signals to muscles to perform a task. Repetitive tasks such as walking, cycling, driving eventually turn into unconscious actions. When you learn a new skill things are clumsy and jerky as your brain hasn’t made the correct neurological connections to your muscles. When learning self defence skills we teach a short syllabus and constantly drill core skills, repeating the same technique creates a memory map.
The survival mindset
The capacity to change and adapt to changing environment. Having the ability to observe, stay calm and act decisively with confidence. Always having an alternative (several).
The four poisons to the mind
Sticking to a plan with a rigid mind is a very dangerous thing in a survival situation.
Developing the fighting spirit
Bringing out the warrior in you is easy for some and very hard for others. Having the mindset to engage aggressively in a violent confrontation when no other option is available is not everyone’s cup of tea. But deep inside it’s there, we just work on coaxing it out for the more timid student. How this is done, is by simply building confidence with fitness, consistent training and body conditioning. Weaponising your minds and bodies.