Transferring tactics

Be aware, know what to look for, and protect yourself even while inside or driving your car. And not just threats from other car drivers or road hazards, but also from people walking or lurking outside your car. (Case in point, this article, click here.)

Sounds simple enough, right?

However, something as simple as changing your environment is enough to disrupt your thinking in relation to personal protection. This is another reason we often carry over our training into various environments other than a standard gym setting.

Understanding specific tactical parallels within PTK-SMF and maneuvering (grounded in proven military tactics) you'll be able to shift your mindset from only being able to utilize tactics and techniques that you train at the gym to keeping them top of mind even while inside your house or car, while shopping, in a coffee shop, etc. That's why PTK-SMF training methodology and tactics are so versatile and valuable.

There are, of course, physical skills developed though our training, but the mind is where it all starts. From the ability of identifying a threat to understanding how to effectively respond and move your body, the SMF training method leverages your intrinsic capabilities of sense perception and cognition along with the body's movement – placing it all into a simplistic training modality. The knowledge (and specific skills) you develop, with a contextual perspective, will then transfer to the utilization of various tools and means of travel.

No, this doesn't mean you'll be the next stunt driver for Matt Damon in the new Bourne Identity movie.

It simply means that no matter the environment you place yourself, you can still transfer the principles of a strong mindset, situational awareness and observation, recognition of intent, and the fundamental understanding of how to leverage maneuvering trajectories on both a small or large scale based in accordance with effective range, timing and a dynamic flow.

On a small scale, an example would be to maneuver ahead and to the outside the arc (or line) of an assailant's edged weapon attack (to stay protected). An expanded parallel from your car would be to identify the threat sixty feet in front of you and maneuver your car off angle (with greater range) – possibly using the car itself as the equalizer and the structure of the car to allow for cover/protection. 

(By the way, taking a tactical driving course would help create more context and skill development of driving tactics and techniques. Learning to operate an ATV/UTV in general would also extend your experience with different types of transportation and have fun at the same time).

The context and environment changes, but the fundamental principles of offensive and counter-offensive maneuvering tactics, trajectory, the visual estimation of range and timing still hold true.

An effective training method will allow you to orient and process information with a universal and successive system to safely execute specific maneuvering tactics without being overloaded with an unrealistic number of alternatives. While you still must train in the specific environment or context, it's most effective when you do so only after you've acquired the core understanding and execution of the tactic and techniques.

What may change, as the above example points out, is the actual means of transportation – i.e. footwork vs car, motorcycle, ATV, etc. – and their particular capabilities and characteristics (including the affected range). An offensive flanking maneuver tactic and angular evasion in close-quarters, for example, can still apply on a larger scale.

So, in the context of a car and driving, observe getting in and out of your car (timing and feasibility), the dynamic driving environment around you as well as how to do so. Continuously scan your environment, be aware of the intent of others while driving (drivers, bikers, pedestrians, etc), in addition to the environmental threats that weather, terrain and obstacles may pose ahead. As always, search out the right training and acquire practical skill sets. 

Stay safe and don't drive angry!