“Adversary combat includes three vital components – APPROACH, CLOSE, ENTRY. These three components are inherently contained in classical combat training systems (i.e., pre-modern, non-pop fighting arts), and are vital parts of military small unit tactical training. However, the integration of approach, close, and entry are usually lacking in the more recently developed fighting systems, from self-defense training to recreated or reconstructed systems, whether empty-hand, handheld weapons, or firearms. For the most part, the modern-based systems tend to ignore everything up to the moment of impact on the adversary entry, ignoring the other two thirds of the combat engagement – approach and close.
APPROACH begins at the point where one becomes aware of the threat/risk presented by the adversary. It is at this point—around 20 ft (7 meters)—that one should start movement towards the adversary in preparation to close and dominate the situation. In essence, approach refers to the direction one takes in approaching an adversary. Approach is always a part of every combative scenario, and is a particularly important aspect as it is based on and takes advantage of combative awareness and dominance. It is the main stage in which to either avoid/avert the potential for physical confrontation or make decisive the assault. In military tactics, it is the tactical maneuvering used in setting up a military assault.”
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