Learning is Behavior Change

“So y’all just do flow drills?”

“This is only working because the attacker isn’t going full speed.”

“So when do you test the skills at full speed?”


With our focus on flow drills and repetition, we often get questioned on the efficacy of the concepts at full speed.

Again, valid questions, and understandable ones based on the dynamics of a knife attack.

We do in fact test at full speed, and spend 98% of our training at learning pace for the student.

“Intensity” is relative.

We’re firm believers in the concept that it takes time to truly increase the ability to survive a knife attack ***if we can’t simply run away etc…***

The delivery system, and student path, is just as important as the curriculum.

When fundamentals are truly honed, and intensity is meaningfully increased over time, great things happen.

To build true fundamentals, and regulate intensity to the needs of the students we have a simple process.

When introducing any new technique we first begin static, then we introduce choreographed energy at low intensity.

The student knows exactly the type of energy the attacker will present and are able to more quickly feel and adapt.

As the student shows competence at that level, we begin to increase intensity.

From there, we introduce variable energy, allowing the attacker more freedom to make decisions and challenge the defender, again starting at low intensity and gradually increasing based on the competency of the defender.

This model resets and continues with each new skill we learn.

Along the path, the student build competency in more skills, and those skills can be plugged into the core of the training.

Remember, learning is behavior change.

To genuinely learn, we have to work at meaningful intensity to allow ourselves and our students to truly process and own the positions.

Then, we can test, assess, and refocus training.

For the full video on building meaningful intensity, click here!

Go forth and be awesome! 😎

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