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By Brent Yamamoto, Suarez International Instructor What will you do in a gunfight? What are your capabilities? How will you fight to your goal, and how can you avoid getting killed? Do you know, or do you just think you know? These questions and many more are answered in Force on Force training. In the martial arts world, the training progression basically goes like this: Solo training: learning, performing, and polishing the fundamental techniques. Punching, blocking, kicking, etc. Building gross and fine motor skills. Impact work: hitting stuff. Focus mitts, kick shields, the heavy bag…things that allow you to feel impact, generate power, and condition your body. Partner training drills: interaction with a partner in controlled sequences; building control, dexterity, and the ability to apply techniques against a live partner without killing each other. Sparring: either performed slowly under very controlled circumstances…or strapping on the armor and just wailing on each other. Sparring is basically practice for beating the snot out of a moving target that is punching back at you, while avoiding damage yourself. It allows you to see... Read more →


By JD Lester – Suarez International Staff Instructor Previously I wrote on the techniques for individual movement that we might be required to use during rural patrolling. I will expand on some of the factors that affect IMT as well as some other points of consideration in this article. Volume and Effectiveness of Enemy Fire - IMT is not always used due to volume and effectiveness of enemy fire. It can be used both reactive and also proactive, I covered the reactive use in the last article so this time we will concern ourselves with the proactive use of the techniques. A few examples of proactively using IMT are listed below: We have seen the bad guys first and want to initiate the contact so we simply go prone and high crawl to a more advantageous position with less chance of our movement attracting attention. This will work equally well if we decide to "let’m pass" and do not become decisively engaged. If we are going to occupy a surveillance or ambush position we do not want to silhouette ourselves... Read more →