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Five Principles Knife Defence Seminar

Saturday 6th of July 2019, 10am to 1pm, Beverley, East Yorkshire

What is your strategy for keeping safe?

Do you actually know the difference between strategy and tactics and why it matters?

If you are training for sport fighting then you can assume that you are going to win, or lose, a fair fight. Sport fighting might be fun, but it does not necessarily prepare you for self-defence situations which are not fair fights. If an assailant is robbing or assaulting you there is no fairness involved.

  • Real combat training teaches you to think in terms of strategy, tactics and the operational art of choosing which tactics best serve your strategy.
  • Strategies are principles of action which apply in any conflict scenario. Strategic principles will be used by a general fighting a major war. The same fundamental principles apply to a one on one in the street.
  • Tactics are the skills, knowledge, and tools with which to protect yourself. Martial arts training should provide you with a wide range of tactical assets. However, we should not fall into the: 'If all you have is a hammer then every problem has to be a nail' syndrome. Just because you know how to fight does not necessarily make violence the best tactic for resolving every conflict situation.
  • Understanding Strategy and having tactical resources will not do you much good without knowing how to apply the operational art. The operational art enables us to match the best tactics to our stategic intentions. This takes thought, self discipline and a willingness to rein in the ego. Deciding on the right tactics is a skill we must learn. In the worst case, choosing the wrong tactic can get you killed.
  • Five principles knife defence is a training method derived from the Stav five principles of combat. These five principles are strategies which can be summed up in the following ways:

  • Trel (slave), whose priority is personal safety and self-defence
  • Karl (Freeman), whose priority is defending space and territory
  • Herse (Warrior), whose priority is controlling of individuals who might otherwise hurt others
  • Jarl (Lord), whose priority is controlling a number of people in a command position
  • Kong (King), who may be willing to self-sacrifice for the greater good
  • Five principles knife defence teaches you which of these five strategic principles best applies to you when danger threatens.

  • Having identified the the relevant principle it is then necessary to consider the tactical resources and knowledge which you have at your disposal.
  • Knowing martial arts may give you greater range of tactical options to choose from. However, the simplest tactics are often the best. For example, the best tactic to serve the Karl strategy is usually to just shut and lock the door.
  • Sometimes you simply do not have the tactical resources available to make a particular strategy work. That is okay, there are five principles altogether, just choose another one which you can make work. All five strategies might save your life.
  • Five Principles Knife Defence does not just teach you how to deal with violent confrontations. All challenges in life should be met with strategy, tactics and the art of matching them to work together. The lessons learned through training with Five Principles Knife Defence can be applied to all of life's problems and in pursuit of any of your goals.
  • Five Principles Knife defence is not just a series of techniques. Techniques are taught as examples of tactical skills. Important martial principles of movement, stance and posture, body mechanics and ballance disruption are taught and practised through Five Principles Knife defence. However, these are not as important as the strategic principles. There are many tactics which will serve the five strategic principles and the best ones may not involve direct physical confrontation at all.
  • How can I learn More?

    Come to the Five Principles Knife Defence Seminar

    Beverley, East Yorkshire on Saturday 6th of July 2019, 10am until 1pm

    Instructor, Graham Butcher

    Maximum 6 people training

    Cost: £20, Ice and Fire Stav members £15

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