Unified Combat System

Combat is a universal human concern, and conflict between two or more human bodies is also universal. To learn how to speak is universal, but the language spoken is local to the individual speaker. Likewise, learning to fight is universal (the form of the body against another using transactional force) and is the same the world over. The terminology, the devised drills (for complex motor-skill development) and the particular world-view on combat are all inherited from the local culture, yet the principles of combat; to exert force within Time and Space are the same. The motivations too are the same, and when we realise the shared function of behaviour in combat, we recognise that all Combat Systems are essentially the same.

The Unified (or ‘Anthropic’) Combat System is a combat system devised,

  1. from a modern, globalised world-view of the martial arts,
  2. using Cybernetics and principles of Data Handling,
  3. Statistical analysis and assessment of the martial arts,
  4. with Scalability in mind ‘from recreational to eskirmological’,
  5. Compiled into a single ‘normalised’ syllabus,
  6. for the experience of combat which transcends cultural origin,
  7. But admits the capacity to experience any and all cultural solutions to martial arts problems.

Whilst there are many moderns combat systems designed for the reality of the street or military scenarios, very few of them reconcile the data available from the entire human race into a single, functional and compatible combat system.

The Eskirmological Approach is to study an Anthropic Combat System, or one derived from logical deduction of the underlying dynamics and motivations involved in combat. This is based purely upon the logic of ‘Function‘ – deducing the values of behaviour into their dimensions, and applying demarcation where appropriate.

Eskirmology reduces inter-personal combat down to a set of ‘Problems’, and suggests that any given Martial Art supplies the logical ‘Solutions’. In this case, we are interested in ‘which solutions are present’, and then ‘what problems would these solve’. These ‘Solutions’ encompass all dimensions of conflict.

The ‘Eskirmologist’ therefore is armed with a ‘toolkit’ of understanding, using which he may approach any system or style and appreciate it for the values inherent within its skillset, or indeed cultural background. We consider the unique features of our approach to be:

  1. Investigation of Combat Logic using an interdisciplinary method. This study encompasses a five-dimensional approach
    1. Social Dimension – drawing from ethology, biology, anthropology, sociology, history to explore motivations and wider contexts.
    2. Strategic Dimension – involving Game Theory, Cybernetics, Psychology (NLP, CBT).
    3. Tactical Dimension – involving biomechanics, anthropometry.
    4. Technical Dimension – involving statistical analysis, somatotyping, physics.
    5. Pedagogic Dimension – involving pedagogics et al.
  2. Application of approach 1 to understanding existing Combat Systems (‘Martial Arts’)
  3. Statistical Analysis of Behaviour Sets
  4. Corroboration of historical data to inform Social Dimension
  5. Deconstruction of Martial Arts: ‘Combative forensics’ and ‘backward-engineering’
  6. Compilation and distillation of information into a ‘Unified Combat System’
  7. A teaching method based upon information derived from parts 1 & 2.
    1. Cross-reference and Application of Combat Logic and Unified Combat System to related fields:
      1. Contrast & Comparison, Conflict & Competition
      2. Historiography
      3. Military Strategy
      4. Business and Marketing
      5. Relationships
      6. Theology
      7. Epistemology
      8. Philosophy

Gichin Funakoshi

It is no exaggeration to say that the original sense of Karate-Do is at one with the basis of all martial arts

Destreza (Francisco Antonio de Ettenhard, 1675)

Nowadays, the martial arts (destreza) are constrained to exhibitions and they must be taken back to their roots; it must be a science again, learning from nature, allowing masters to show and share their opinions.

Chang San Feng

Although there are innumerable variations, the principles that pervade them remain the same.