Movement & Survivability in a Gun Fight
By Chris Fry
Utica, NY –-(Ammoland.com)- Movement is a critical component of surviving a combative encounter.
Armies understand the value of movement, boxers spend as much time on footwork as they do on punching, and offline lateral movement during close-range gun battles has been proven to drastically increase survivability.
Two or more combatants rarely remain stationary for very long while engaging one another with empty hands, knives, impact weapons or bullets.
Possessing the ability to move during a reactive incident provides numerous advantages, including escape, getting off the line of attack, opportunity to attain cover or concealment, alteration of one’s target profile, achieving a favorable angle of attack, and gaining a time advantage (however minor).
In simplified terms, moving targets are more difficult to hit, and a moving body is harder to isolate, entangle, and control.
All combative movement should initiate from a solid, balanced platform.
This will give you the ability to move rapidly in any direction, stability in case you have to absorb forward impact from one or more attackers, and flexibility to move over uneven terrain. This platform should replicate our instinctive body alarm reaction state as much as possible.
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Chris Fry is the owner and director of training and curriculum development for Modern Defensive Training Systems in Utica, N.Y. where he conducts courses in reality driven practical combatives skills, extreme close quarters physical defense, tactical folding knife and edged weapon combatives and combative pistol, carbine and shotgun skills. MDTS offers a variety of courses for responsible citizens, corporations, law enforcement and the U.S. Military with a singular goal of providing up to date, realistic and practical personal protection training. Visit: www.mdtstraining.com