23 May 12

Stationary Momentum!

“Real-time will predictably sabotage the execution of even the best of plans. No plan ever works perfectly. Most never come close! However, having thought through options ahead of time, you can tweak your plan on the fly, instead of standing there in motionless panic, trying to go several directions at once.

Get moving and stay in motion! Act immediately, even when you’re not sure you’re going in the right direction. You can always get people turned-around and pointed the correct way, so long as they’re already moving. Overcoming ‘stationary momentum’ is invariably the most critical task, and the one that must be realized at the earliest moment.”


We’ve all read much about the “Fight-or-Flight Syndrome.” Sounds breathtaking, but, in reality, neither is likely. When confronting a genuine threat, the vast majority (1) freeze, or (2) panic.

Being in constant motion is a personal doctrine that must be practiced during training. You may look as if you’re running around like a “chicken with its head cut off,” but that represents a vast improvement over standing still… like a dead chicken!

In our Classes, we stress continuous motion. We encourage students to move quickly and stop suddenly. Then, back in motion. Motion needs to be unpredictable and confusing, before and during.

The key is to keep your enemy guessing! He should be continually confused, his “plan” repeatedly disrupted.

Even today, much defensive firearms training fails to stress movement. There is far too much “standing in one place,” during weapon presentation, reloading, stoppage-reduction, et al. During all those activities, we need to be in motion!

Get comfortable with thinking and moving at the same time!

“The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis.”

… from a post-war debriefing of a German General