Preface – Dom Lopez, October 2010
The Program Outline
1 – Self-defence Life Cycle and Dimensions of Self-defence
Four Phase Life Cycle
Dimensions of Self-defence
Explanation of the Dimensions
2 – Physical Knife Skills
Knife Drill Safety
The Fundamental Categories of Martial Technique
Categories of Defence
Commonality of Form
Mobility and Evasion
Closing the Gap
The Knife Defence Combinations
Knife against Unarmed
Unarmed against Knife
Knife against Knife
Throwing a Knife
Superior Weapon against Knife
1 to 12 Drill for Unarmed Knife Defence
3 – Universal Control and Dominance Theory
Control and Dominance Theory Overview
Control of Dimensions of Space and Time
Control of Opponent
Control of Self
4 – Optimal Body Integration Strength System (OBISS)
Introduction to OBISS
Optimal Body Integration Strength Drills
Genesis of this approach
Essentials of OBISS
On The Varieties of Form
Two Models of Motion
Ground Reaction Force
Optimal Alignment and Function of the Joints
Flattening the Shoulder for Stabilization
Extension and Stretch
Optimization and Relaxation
Gravity: Potential and Kinetic Energy
The Human Motors
Developing the Body
5 – Teaching Approaches
Planning and Structuring the Curriculum
Respect and Decorum
Criminal Records Check
Rejecting Undesirable Students
Fees and Collection
Motivation of Students
Methods of Communication
Student Learning Assessment
Teaching Effectiveness Assessment
Equipment and Facilities
Self-motivation and Growth
Appendix A – The Original Five Pillars by Dom Lopez
Appendix B – Detailed Examination of the Pillars
Appendix C – Evaluation of Martial Arts Techniques – An Engineering Perspective
Appendix D – Aliveness in Training
What is live training?
What are we trying to accomplish?
Claims of the aliveness proponents
What are the situational constraints?
What if the context is sport?
What if the context is predation?
Which arts use live training?
What is the state of the art in alive training?
Is competition training?
Is aliveness everything in the development of a fighter?
Why does alive training work?
How much better is alive training?
Choreography and improvisation mix
Handling an adaptive opponent
Dealing with uncertainty
Effect of intensity on rate, power, speed
Handling stress and pain
Validation and verification
Costs and benefits
Appendix E – Adaptive Risk Management
Prepare (Detailed Strategy and Tactics)
Practice Strategy and Tactics