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|The Force Continuum|
|Part 6: Impact Moves|
Ah, finally we get to use our martial arts training. Generally, if you follow the force continuum faithfully, you won't get to this point--you would've used your less-than-lethal weapon already. But there are individuals who don't respond to pain compliance from a kubaton or pepper spray. What do you do then?
The answer, of course, is to use your training to defend yourself. Many styles teach set responses to attacks: "If he gets you in a bear hug, you stomp on his foot, then palm-heel strike to the chin". However, real altercations don't aways work the same way as in training.
Better to be ready to improvise, should you be presented with an opponent who is bigger/smaller/faster/wilder than your usual training partners. You can still memorize your set responses in the dojo, but be ready to use them in different ways and combinations.
Combat-oriented techniques, like those derived from military combatives, are the way to go at this level of the force continuum. At this point, you've been surprised by your attacker, and are just one step away from using lethal weapons. Your attacker won't respond to negotiation or control moves, and you can't use your less-than-lethal weapon, for whatever reason. This is where techniques like eye gouges, ear rips, or bone breaking come in--you need to stop your opponent fast.
These may sound like barbaric techniques, but at this level of the force continuum you want to stop the fight as quickly as possible. Things are serious now, and a prolonged battle could place you in danger. Also, if you've escalated to combatives because your less-than-lethal weapon was ineffective, your opponent might be high on drugs or otherwise immune to pain. You'll need to remove his ability to fight.
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