Excerpted from Fighter's Fact Book by Loren W. Christensen
As a former police officer who has been in dozens of physical force situations, I can tell you that not one of them ever took place in a nice, wide-open space or on mats like those in your martial arts school. I've fought people on roof tops, on the edge of a dock over a river, in a slimy skid row bathroom, on stairways, inside of a car engulfed in flames, and many other places I had never thought of when I was learning my techniques.
Training in different environments is a fun and beneficial way to learn more about your favorite moves. Consider conducting your solo training in the following places around your house.
It’s a whole different world trying to defend yourself on 12-inch wide steps as opposed to a wide-open floor. Do your rep practice and shadow boxing while moving up and down a set of stairs, while leaning against the wall with one foot on a high step and the other on a low one. Evaluate your favorite techniques as to what you can and can’t do while trying to maintain your footing.Read More