In my Force Necessary (FN) courses, (oh, and remember the subtitles that go with that course title;
“Using only that force Necessary to win and/or survive.”
“Sometimes force is necessary.”
“We are Force Necessary, NOT Force Unnecessary.” – as in not doing a lot of flashy, unneeded things.
Need we mention? “It’s a hand, stick, knife, gun world.”
Though police virtually live and breathe on the line “using only that force necessary,” but my police course is called “Police Judo”. It’s not Judo-Judo. There are no guns in Judo huh? Police Judo is just an old-school name for defensive tactics I still like and use.)
- Your “drunk uncle”
- Enemy soldiers
Drunk Uncles: It is very common in life to fight people that you do not wish to really hurt. Like your drunk buddy or uncle/relative. In police work we are also expected to fight but not really hurt people unless things get “out-of-hand” and the situation escalates. But, poke your buddy’s eye out, bite off his ear, hammer-fist his throat or neck, smash his face, shatter his knee, and then see what happens to you. Usually, often, jail and lawsuits. Money and problems. There is a whole lot of domestic violence out there.
Criminals: Essentially speaking, a stranger, (or for that matter even a friend, uncle or not, officially becomes a criminal when they assault you. You could just lump your uncle into this category. But I don’t because of the intricacies about family violence. ) But, what crime is being committed? Who, what where, when, how and why? The level of crime, the situation takes the temperature of your response. Crime often starts out with an ambush. “Where,” “when” and “how” subjects.
Enemy soldiers: We know what those are. We usually like to kill them from as far away as possible, but often can’t.
Civil law, criminal law and the Geneva Convention, as well as human ethics – look at fighting these three “bad guys” differently. Our responses (AFTER the who, what, where, when, how and why of avoidance) the reactions to these confronting “uncles, criminals and enemy soldiers” are very situational and may be:
- Bargain (talk, show weapon, etc)
- Escape (you leave or he leaves)
- Hurt, on up to maim
- Detain, arrest and, or take prisoner
All are worth exploring in training. All have happened and will happen. I make it a point to cover all of the above in the Force Necessary courses. These are important subjects. This can be helpfully organized in the pursuit of the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why questions.
Since we are Force Necessary and not Force UNnecessary, I do not teach sports or arts. I have done sports and arts for decades. I investigate sports and arts. I only borrow from sports and arts for practical applications to solve these “uncle, criminals and enemy soldier” problems. Sports and arts are great laboratories, but it takes constant vigilance to know where to draw the line.
Some people never think of these things. They just head-bang. Which is why I mention them here.
Hock’s email is HockHochheim@ForceNecessary.com