Now, back to the topic at hand.... The first post, copied from Mr. Phillips' post elsewhere on DC (apparently) is too full of babble-speak. So, let's analyze:There is, no doubt, one perfect solution to every problem. You can train 'til kingdom come, and not have the "perfect solution" to the problem that faces you... Even in the fictional world of Star Trek, Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru (a supposed no-win situation simulation) by re programming the simulation so that there was a way to win. So, for me the bottom line is to be able to adapt to the situation at hand by thinking about (and even acting out) completely unexpected responses.Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
Which means with a basic skill set, you need to be able to adapt them to fit various situations. as Mr. Phillips points out below(re: fluid concepts):But, then he goes on to say that no small amount of techniques and tactics will work. Apparently, you have to know them all!... Well, then, are you going to put off carrying your newly acquired pistol because you haven't yet learned all the ways you can use it (or avoid using it)?Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
Work with what you got, expand on what you know, and adapt to the situation that presents itself as best you can.Rephrased into English:Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
Every fight has basic elements.
1) If there is no fight there is no fight. If there is a fight and you are the target, you are in the fight.
2) Your mission is to survive... but it would be better if you win (or prevail, if you want to use "magic speak").
3) Distance is your friend... Run if you can safely, engage from as far away as possible, or not at all if you can get far enough away.
4) React quickly... he who hesitates is lost.
Deadliness may not be necessary. But if it is do your best to "prevail," by being as deadly as you can.What is, IS! Profound!Originally Posted by Mr. PhillipsYou better not have anything to do with the start of the fight, except for being there when it started, or you are the aggressor, and you will go to jail.Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
"The requisite understanding." What magic knowledge is that? "That if I don't act I will surely die?" Okay, I need to act to save my bacon... that's pretty elementary..
So, now my "head is right." I know that I will use whatever skills I have, in whatever ways I can; to survive, and hopefully prevail. I may not have to be deadly in order to do that...Knowing that 2+2 = 4 will not make you a CPA. But, if you know the basics, you can add up the numbers to win (survive or prevail)... And I don't care how you get there, just get there.Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
But, just as you don't kneed to know all the formulas and functions in a spreadsheet program to do your household budget, you don't need to know how to do the Vulcan death grip (or some other obscure and unique self defense tool) to survive any encounter you are in.Translation: You may not be able to use your Weaver Stance, Front sight focused, breathe, hold, squeeze (or press) to save your bacon... you might even have to use "the other hand"...Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
So, adapt... or die... Certainly the more you practice various shooting positions, and non positions, the more likely you will be able to function at a survivable level of competence when the reality of the melee is upon you. So, practice in whatever ways you can, as often as you can.
Below, I've added in bold my responses to the remainder... I just cant keep up this quote on/qoute off stuff!I mean no disparagement to Mr. Phillips here... And a lot of this was meant to be humorous (at least slightly). But we need not all be warrior ninjas to survive encounters which may or may not require the use of our weapons... And we don't need to spend every waking moment practicing every possible scenario, method, and "paradigm" to survive...Originally Posted by Mr. Phillips
Remember Indiana Jones?
Sometimes, even if you got a whip and a knife, you don't bother with letting the fight even get to you...
Lighten up...Train, yes. be prepared to use any little bit of training you have to give yourself a chance at survival... If you're "INTO IT" get more training. But just because you have Kindergarten knowledge does not mean you will lose... after all, some of the simplest answers are the best.
Sorry for the long-windedness, I just didn't want my discussion to be "curt."