Combatives System (MCS) is based on the belief that
self defense training needs to be based on defending against
the ways you are most likely going to be attacked and
counter attacking in such a way that makes it hard for
your attacker to defend.
Most spontaneous attacks whether they are with an open
hand, stick knife or gun will require you to respond initially
with your open hands. That is the cold hard truth. At
best you will have a pen or flashlight in your hand. But
that is OK, because in Modern
Combatives System we believe that there are only two
types of weapons when you get down to it. Edged and impact.
And since a pen or flashlight does not have an edge you
strike with it.
The first part of MCS
is recognizing pre assault indicators and preparatory
movement that is required for someone to attack you. The
second part is teaching you to defend against the mechanism
of the attack instead of the attack it self. Whether it
is a roundhouse punch, a swing with a tire iron or a slash
with a knife the angle is the same and so should the defense.
This is achieved by an intense study of human anatomy,
human response to stress and human patterns.
Combatives System is only concerned with interpersonal
combat within seven yards since this is where most people
are attacked, fall apart and die. In keeping with MCS'
belief in training over toys the system is broken down
into three skill sets that mirror both the likelihood
of the attack and the mode of defense.