Table of Contents

Preface – Dom Lopez, October 2010

Introduction

Major Areas

Genesis

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

Decorum

Warm-ups

The Fundamental Categories of Martial Technique

Core Theory

Categories of Defence

Commonality of Form

Mobility and Evasion

Striking Drills

Closing the Gap

Cuentada

Corridas

The Knife Defence Combinations

Sparring

Knife against Unarmed

Unarmed against Knife

Knife against Knife

Throwing a Knife

Superior Weapon against Knife

Multiple Opponents

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

Structural Integrity

Ground Reaction Force

On Leverage

Optimal Alignment and Function of the Joints

Flattening the Shoulder for Stabilization

Extension and Stretch

Spiral Motion

Optimization and Relaxation

Gravity: Potential and Kinetic Energy

The Human Motors

Developing the Body

5 – Teaching Approaches

Professional Responsibility

Planning and Structuring the Curriculum

Lesson Planning

Teaching Methods

Respect and Decorum

Safety

Waivers

Criminal Records Check

Rejecting Undesirable Students

Recruitment

Retention

Fees and Collection

Attendance

Motivation of Students

Methods of Communication

Student Learning Assessment

Teaching Effectiveness Assessment

Program Assessment

Equipment and Facilities

Self-motivation and Growth

Appendix A – The Original Five Pillars by Dom Lopez

Eye training

Rhythm

Distancing

Form

Control

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

General recommendations

Costs and benefits

Risk analysis

Alternative approaches

Appendix E – Adaptive Risk Management

Plan

Survey

Determine Importance

Strategize

Prepare (Detailed Strategy and Tactics)

Train

Purchase equipment

Prepare Environment

Practice Strategy and Tactics

Execute

Assess