Military/Law Training Goals
Concepts and Techniques as "Tools"
Our Conflict Incident Management programmes rely on concepts aimed at simplifying actions in the high-stress environment of a physical conflict. It is imperative that personnel be capable of functioning and applying techniques in a physical and emotional state when higher thought and application functions are lessened (fight or flight).
The operator is provided with effective tools through identifying instinctive responses and developing drills to enhance these within CIM concepts. Trainees use these tools in accordance with the totality of the situation. This ensures that tools used are appropriate so as to be justified and proportionate to the threat.
As with any array of tools, one single tool is not always appropriate for all situations. It can be imagined what the result would be if a hammer strike was the only tool used for every occasion. The same can be said if the action for every different conflict scenario relied on the same 'tool' to de-escalate it. For these reasons, CIM is NOT martial arts or sport based.
Real world operations and incidents mean that personnel are not placed in environments that have their comfort and safety in mind and will not have a match official standing by to declare the end of a conflict. They will not have the limits of weight class, skill level, technique or style parity. In other words, the controlled environment of a sporting competition will not exist in an emotionally charged and exhausting encounter.
It is an experienced based fact that operators will 'respond to the incident as they have trained to'. Unfortunately, it is also experienced based fact that, nothing works 100% of the time. To rely on complicated techniques takes the focus from what must be achieved to what must be done to achieve it.
Any technique, if it is to be effective, must be both forgiving by nature (to reduce the consequences of an ineffective action) and part of a planned response that is kept fluid and prioritized.
The overall goal of CIM is to gain control of a situation. The operator is constantly prioritizing and applying techniques aimed at achieving specific goals e.g. when held by the throat the overall goal is to break away from the hold and gain control but the priority is to breathe. Without the first priority, how can the goal be achieved? It then follows that once that first priority has been achieved with as simple and effective a technique as possible, the goal remains to gain control, the priority now changes and becomes create a re-active space. Again the tools to achieve the task must be effective and appropriate to the circumstances.