This is a discussion on Understanding Retention Position within the Defensive Carry & Tactical Training forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by claude clay [F]or me there would be no draw and retention problems.... Pocket carry might mitigate the draw & retention issues but ...
We have to have the physical skills to keep us conscious and on our feet, to start damaging the aggressor, to allow us enough control of the situation to access our tools and, then, must have a method to direct & employ those tools all while dealing with the pressure that the bad dude is attempting to apply to us.
but the greater tool--our mind, stays with us ( most of us...) all the time. and being Situationally aware, observant, allows one to act regarding a situation, or as one unfolds--to modify it.
it is better to avoid a problem than to seek an answer to it.
those words "i never saw him/it coming" mean they were not paying attention to their place in their environment.
though getting hit by a meteorite is a legitimate time to say that.
to all students i recommend at least a 6 month class in a martial arts that appeals to them. learn to move, fall, take a hit and keep in the game.
even how you stand when relaxed determins somehat your range of motion--your ability to react.
You plug 'em, I plant 'em
...kid can't read at 17 (Garcia/Hunter 1985)
Lack of preparation on your part does not necessarily constitute an emergency on mine