You're short a little cash, and so you pull up to an ATM machine to get out a couple of twenties. You wait for the man that is using it in front of you. Being the martial artist that you are, you naturally look him up and down to see if he is a possible threat or not, and you determine that he is not based upon the totality of circumstances.

After completing his transaction, and walking away, your hunch is confirmed that he is harmless, and then it's your turn to withdraw your money.

Be honest. Is that extent of your situational awareness at an ATM machine? You observe who is standing there, and then you determine in your mind, Friend or foe? If this is the case, it's certainly a good ending, but not a good start.

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The Timeline of events deals with mostly what we DON'T train in a martial arts class. That 2 to 20 seconds of violence.

So far in the three-part series I've discussed the build up from leaving your house, to the Pre-Incident warning signs which lead to the fight itself. In simple terms when I get asked 'How do you defend [insert any bad position here]' I respond 'What went so wrong in your self-defense that you ended up in this position?'

It's fun and interesting to explore the fighting but this is not the end of the confrontation. There is a final part of the Timeline.

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How do U.S. Army soldiers handle opponents armed with knives? Their top combatives expert (who just happened to write their modern hand-to-hand combat manual) shows you three methods he's taught them.

Editor's Note: In this exclusive close-quarters-combat video, Matt Larsen — Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) creator and author of the critically acclaimed book Modern Army Combatives: Battle-Proven Techniques and Training Methods — discusses and demonstrates training protocols for assessing and responding to opponents armed with edged weapons. Modern Army Combatives Trains Soldiers to Efficiently Employ Self-Defense Moves for Any Situation Knife fights don't really start in the way that a lot of people train for. They don't start, for example, with the knife in somebody's hand. They start just like any other fight, only one of the people has a knife on his or her person. So the first thing is: How do you know whether the person you're fighting is armed with a knife or a gun — or anything? Most of the time you don't, so you have to fight everyone as if they're armed.

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Knife fighting has always been one of the most misunderstood topics in self-defense. Although everyone agrees that the knife is a potent weapon, there's no consensus when it comes to effective edged-weapon tactics. Some practitioners swear by the traditional European and Asian systems. Others look to military combatives as the ultimate source of blade techniques.

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