THE FORCE CONTINUUM…. BECAUSE OPTIONS ARE GOOD!
You’ve made a decision. You want to protect youself. You’re probably thinking “I need to buy a gun and learn how to safely handle and shoot it” Ok. fair enough, but have you even considered the force continuum and how it applies to self defense?…. Right now you’re probably saying “force contin-u-whaaaaa….and what does that have to do with me getting a gun for self defense?” Hold that thought.
Many people buy a firearm thinking it is the “end all be all” for protection. However, a firearm is at the top level of the Force Continuum. That’s Lethal force. Its use for civilians is very narrowly defined. That being said, let me be clear. I am in no way discounting a firearm as an effective self defense tool. Unfortunately self defense encounters or what we refer to as critical dynamic incidents can be very complex. The levels of force presented by an attacker often times do not rise to the level of deadly force. In those situations a firearm can become a liability. This requires us to possess a broader range of skill-sets/tools. What about avoidance and de-escalation techniques? What about proven combatives techniques? All to often these invaluable self defense skills are neglected or ignored outright, because the gun is supposedly the “end all be all”. Do not fall prey to that mistake. The reality is, you need a bigger toolkit, defensively speaking.
Let’s get back to the force continuum for a moment. What is it? Simply put, The Force continuum is a standard used by law enforcement and civilians that provides guidelines for how much force may be used against a resisting subject or an assailant. Knowing these levels, as well as when and how to apply them, is going to give you multiple options to solve a critical dynamic incident. Resorting to force options other than a firearm can greatly limit your liability post incident. Wouldn’t it be better to use a lower level of force in defending oneself, thereby reducing risk of personal injury and personal liability? Wouldn’t it be better to know that you have multiple force options at your disposal, so that you can respond appropriately to various levels of threat? The answer is yes.
This is where Combatives/ Martial Arts training comes in. Most people thinking of carrying a firearm do not even consider self defense training that incorporates lower levels of force. Additionally, Many training facilities that teach “real world” self defense focus primarily on firearms and neglect the lower levels of force.
CDI’s Civilian Combatives Program and Women’s Self Defense classes address these shortcomings. In these classes students are taught to know the force continuum and understand its applications in self defense. The classes utilize a comprehensive curriculum that incorporates training in avoidance/de-escaltion skills, combatives/martial arts, and weapons defense techniques. CCP and WSD are martial arts based classes offering training for students of all skill levels and abilities. CCP and WSD are held twice a week, Monday and Wednesday evenings. Students pay a low monthly fee to attend.
Come try a class! Never trained before? No problem. Let us help you build your toolkit. Do you already have some training? Glad to hear it. Let us add some tools to your toolkit. You’ll be glad you did!
Oh yeah…so what are those other levels in the force continuum? You’re going to have to come to class to find out!