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|The Force Continuum|
|Part 8: Summary|
Things to Think About
If you think carefully about the force continuum, you'll see that it's not just a simple staircase of options, where you escalate from one step to the next. Instead, you can start anywhere, and jump to any level.
Force levels change along the continuum often, even within the same encounter. You might apply a joint lock on someone, then they acquiesce, so you move down to just communication, but then they get a little rowdy so you go back to pain compliance or up to a joint break. All in a few seconds.
Most times you jump levels, even in an instant. You'll be talking to someone, and they take a swing at you, so you immediately jump to impact moves to put them down. Or, you're walking down an alley and you see the flash of a knife in someone's hand. If running the other way (body movement) isn't an option, escalating directly to your legally carried lethal weapon might be an option. You might jump directly to a very high level of force in a military or police situation.
There's also a continuum within each level of the force continuum. Communication can range to a smiling, friendly greeting to a shouted, authoritative command. Control moves, as we mentioned earlier, could range from mere pain to a full joint break.
Keep the continuum in mind as you train so you'll be ready in violent encounters. When trouble starts, you won't have time to mull over which response to use--you'll just have to do it!
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