Inverted Theory

Inverted Theory

This is a discussion on Inverted Theory within the Defensive Knives & Other Weapons forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Many now are familiar with Inverted Edge Tactics. It is actually only a part of our over all Inverted Theory concept. This is what separates ...

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    Inverted Theory

    Many now are familiar with Inverted Edge Tactics. It is actually only a part of our over all Inverted Theory concept. This is what separates the MCS system from others that advocate the inverted edge. We use Inverted Theory to train open hand combatives in addition to contact distance weapons, like impact weapons and edged weapons for self-defense. Notice, I said contact distance weapons. To use these weapons two things are needed-
    * The attacker has to be attacking you, thus extending himself towards you, Law of Extension.
    * You need to be within contact distance of your attacker, including the distance of your weapon.
    The basis of the Inverted Theory is that we train to react from the natural position of the hands, down at your side. The reason is that during an attack your hands will be coming up. This is key because your attacker’s arms will likely be extended towards you. Especially, during the initial attack. Think about it, whenever we are locked up with someone, it is either your hands or their hands on top and bottom.

    We know that under hooks are a key in grappling. For sport they allow us to move to our opponents back. In combat, they allow us to move to our attacker’s outside. This puts us in a better position and offers protection for your center.
    By using this natural body reaction, we are able to use a classic teaching principle, using the known to teach the unknown. This is key when teaching those with little to no experience. Not only does it cut down on training time, but it builds confidence and that motivates learning.

    More and more we have MCS Alumni bringing their spouses and children to courses, knowing that they need to be able to protect themselves and will likely only dedicate a short time to do it. What they find out is that by building early confidence, their family usually wants more.
    As for those with previous training, there is a fixation with using their tool box and holding onto and fighting an attacker, instead of fighting to safety. This is senseless unless you are duty bound.
    Too much training is geared toward the prolonged, drawn out fight instead of how to end an altercation as fast as possible.


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    "The basis of the Inverted Theory is that we train to react from the natural position of the hands, down at your side."

    How do you define contact distance?

    Maybe I'm missing something but I have always trained and taught that your hands come up in some form of defensive posture (doesn't have to be the traditional boxing stance) anytime someone that could be a threat appears to be attempting to break contact distance.

    Of course contact distance will depend on the weapon being used, an empty hand/fist versus a long staff. My understanding of contact distance is the distance at which the opponent can touch you with that weapon without having to take a step. If you allow someone to breech that distance while your hands are down you can expect to get hit.
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