Training Methodology and Underlying Philosophy

The following concepts form the foundation for our proposed combative framework.

Prioritization – Combative Formatting

Prioritization is the identification of the most probable challenges and objectives that will be required of the combatants and providing them with the skills and tools that will consistently produce success.


Training needs to address and resemble skills that are relevant to actual threats and objectives the individual will encounter in the line of duty. Scenario training is an important aspect of training. Physical conditioning should be focused on developing attributes required in actual field duties or at the very least create the combative mind-set necessary for combat.


Emphasis of various skills and attributes in training are directly related to the probability that they will occur in the line of duty.


Skills included in our training programs are selected to deal with the objective at hand. This supersedes and lays the basis for skills not relevant to the situation and allows for new skills to be easily integrated if and when the need arises.


Continuity in training ensures against the attrition of skills and serves to improve on and specialize where necessary. Foundation training is essential and instils attitudes that can last a life-time, yet continuity of training instils good practice and re-enforces effective utilization of skills. With base line skills in place, specialization of application and use of skills is easily integrated into more specialized training.

Belief and value system

Warriors need be able to set themselves apart from other men and women by changing their mentality from survivor to that of a victor. Pride by association with the team or unit is of primary importance as a motivating factor for excellence and decisive action. To quote Lt Col (Prof) Grossman in his book On Killing, “Without having a code of conduct, there is nothing to distinguish the sheep dogs from the wolves”. The training and tools we provide enables members to function effectively within the value and belief system framework that they are expected to live by (unit traditions and values).

Combatives vs. Martial Arts

Clearly distinguishing the difference between combative and “martial arts training” is vital to ensuring that training objectives related to “in field combat” are achieved in a limited time frame.Combative training requires that combatives are able to solve a wide range of complex threats under pressure with training that transfers easily between their empty hand skills and weapons at hand. A martial arts philosophy or training methodology lends itself to the pitfall that skills and mental attributes acquired in training are not readily transferred to combative tasks related to a soldier’s duties. A martial arts training methodology requires enormous amounts of dedication and time for combatants to acquire and refine skills that may or may not be useful in a soldiers combative arsenal

Avoiding the pitfalls

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