Conflict invokes reactions from individuals, groups and countries. The
initial reactions to conflict ultimately determine the survival of those
involved. Since the beginning of mankind individual and group systems have
developed to deal with conflict.
Military and martial personnel attended a two day integrated combative system course conducted in Australia by instructors Hunter Armstrong [Chip] and Hunter C.S. Armstrong. The course covered both theory and practical exercises associated with combative behaviour and performance. The particular focus was on combative human behaviour and basic principles to be applied in dealing with empty-hand and weapons attacks.
The theory sessions commenced with a broad overview of the development of
combative capabilities of both individual and group behaviour over thousands
of years. The link between the evolution of mans combative behaviour and
the development of functional movement focused the group on practical
training principles. The tutorial on posture and the linkage of the
legs/hips as transport and the torso as a weapons carrying and shock
transmission mechanism was particularly beneficial in understanding human
behaviour and performance.
Practical instruction involved applying the principles associated with
dealing with a variety of different weapon attacks. Attendees focused on
approaching, closing and entry strategies to be applied when dealing with
the attacker. As attendees gained a better understanding of combat
principles they were introduced to the logic of the weapon.
Towards the end of the course there was an increased awareness of targeting,
timing and distance. Understanding and having the right mindset was
emphasized as critical to survival in conflict.
Overall the course was rated highly both for the factual base material
presented and principle based drills contacting both the logic and
biomechanics of human behaviour.
Attendees included: Maj. Travis Faure, Neil Phillips, Dan Vickers, Zoltan Bacskai,
Rob Preston, Liam Keeley, Matt Nolan, Justin Pringle, Michael Griffiths among others.