Best Self Defense – Understanding the Ballad of Gross and Hicks

There are mainly two reasons why the Self Defense Training System works, Gross and Hicks. I’m talking about Gross Motor Movement and Hicks Law.

When your body is under hormone-induced stress (FEAR and ADRENALINE), it is only capable of gross motor movement. This means that movements like twisting your wrist, or even grabbing and catching are impossible. However, large movements like swinging your arm, are easily accomplished. When your body prepares for battle, all of the blood is moved away from your extremities (fingers and hands) to your organs and major muscle groups. This is evolution and you can’t fight it.

The FEAR FACTOR is difficult to replicate during training because no matter how hard you try, you always know in the back of your mind it’s only a training exercise. Still, you must train in a manner that will enable you to take advantage of your gross motor skills and ignore the finer, more-complicated techniques that have become the staple of every martial art and self defense in the world.

The Self Defense Training System (SDTS) concentrates on developing gross motor, core techniques. The result is that you will channel your body’s natural adrenalin dump to take advantage of your engineering and maximize your natural instincts.

Hicks Law is your reaction time as it relates to the number of choices you have. The more options you have, the slower you react. When your life is on the line, your ability to react quickly directly impacts your ability to survive and win. The more options you have to choose from, the slower your reaction time will be.

Instead of forcing you to learn hundreds of individual responses to hundreds of possible attacks, with the SDTS, you will discover how to adapt a handful of techniques to ANY possible situation. Think of a Special Operations soldier who trains to fire his weapon under any circumstance. While the situation changes, the act of acquiring the target and squeezing the trigger remains the same.

Once trained in the SDTS, you will see the target, acquire the target and end the threat. While there are literally hundreds of techniques for you to discover in the Self Defense Training System, it’s up to you to choose the ones that feel right and then train to adapt them any situation. This is the opposite of the martial arts model that forces you to become proficient at everything.

You can not become good at every technique. People come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. What works for one person, might not work for another. If you get injured or as you become older, you may have to adopt another technique. Even the best fighters in the world only use a handful of techniques. The trick is to find your techniques and learn to play to your strengths, which is exactly what the SDTS does.

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