By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts
As I prove to my students the usefulness of the support side arm when it comes to dynamic movement, the question of how it is used is always raised. What I have found is that the exact body mechanics is dictated by the dynamics, direction, and type of movement.
Once again if we look at the term “pay attention” (keep the goal in the fore front) we have a very specific mission. My mission is to achieve and maintain a consistent index on the targeted area….no matter what the rest of my body is doing or what the adversary is doing. This consistent index can be achieved and maintained throughout a full spectrum of movement, directional changes, height changes, and speed changes. You can shoot throughout your/your adversaries movement, with zero time periods to re-index. This extreme fluidity is absolutely possible. My students learn to shoot throughout their directional changes….no matter how extreme those directional changes are.
The extreme fluidity of this consistent index is not a one-dimensional skill set. It is an ability that is facilitated by the entirety of the body. The up and down shock on the gun is mitigated by a rapid turnover of the footwork out of a lowered base (do not confuse this with the Groucho, it is much more dynamic and fast) and the firing shoulder is being used as a buffer (for lack of a better term.) The side to side movement of the gun is mitigated with efficient footwork that is linear and the use of the support side arm as a counter balance/stabilizing force. While the gun is out at extension, the support side arm counters balances and stabilizes everything that is happening to that gun during the mitigated pounding, the side to side shock of dynamic movement, and extreme angular changes of your directional changes. The natural use of the support side arm allows for the achieving and maintaining of the consistent index as much as is humanly possible. The eyes lock on to the adversary’s focal point and the index of the gun fluidly follows it.
This is simply how the human body works!
What is the required mission?
“Consistent index” no matter what the rest of your body is doing or what the adversary is doing.
How do you achieve this consistent index?
“Pay attention and your body will figure it out.”
Sometimes the support side arm is used in a very predominant manner….sometimes the support side arm is used in a minimalistic manner. It all depends on the dynamics of the movement.