By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concept

At my forum we were discussing footwork that my be helpful if you are unfortunate enough to get caught up in a violent riot. Here were just some of my thoughts.

My footwork at my age is not going to help me against a bunch of 20 year olds. I am thinking what I need is outstanding positioning.

I have written so very much over the years, but the one subject that I always wanted to write about, but could never figure out how to articulate, is about the importance and concept of positioning. “Concept” is the only way I can explain it. It is the act of placing yourself in the most tactically advantageous position possible. There are so many things to consider, that it is literally impossible to convey it by the written word. At least it is for me. The situation is the dictating factor and the environment is the most important of the many factors.

Positioning seems to me to almost be instinctive. I have no idea where I picked it up from, but it comes to me with almost zero conscious thought. It comes as easy as taking a step or taking a breath. Not only have I never figured out how to write about it, I have not even figured out how to teach it. The most beneficial aspect of the concept of positioning is that it can help you completely avoid the confrontation. If that does not work, it can help you deter the attack. A position of tactical advantage is not just obvious to you, it is obvious to your adversary. There are times where all you need is for them to recognize the obvious. “Good ground” may be all that some of us can hope for, but “good ground” can mean everything.

Funneling your opponents, having the high ground, having your back covered, having your flanks covered, obstacles that slow the pursuit, obstacles that divide your adversary, creating exposure for your adversaries, lessening the exposure for yourself, having additional positions to be able to maneuver too, and having an escape route are just a few elements of the concept of positioning.

When I was young, my footwork was my claim to fame. I can no longer out run a gang of 20 year olds, but with a sharp mind, I can definitely out maneuver them.

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