Manifesto

"To know the root, is to know all the fruit"

What is Eskirmology?

Eskirmology is an applied scientific process designed to deliver increased understanding about the universal laws of conflict. Eskirmology is not a new approach, but an attempt at formal codification of the approach is entirely new.

This having been said, Eskirmology has a defined jurisdiction, and therefore like any science it has its limitations. Eskirmology might better be understood using the following brief outline:

  • It is a framework for inquiry using observation and measurement
  • It is a method for stable results
  • It is comprised of scientifically derived processes designed to lead to improved understanding
  • It investigates conflict outside the bounds of social or cultural paradigms and naming conventions
  • It is ultimately a process, not a product
  • It is a means for discovery, not a 'new martial art'
  • It is open to constant revisionism

Because Eskirmology is a process, applying it's framework to the investigation of Martial Arts means that the same framework may be applied elsewhere as a benchmark for accurate results. In this way, Eskirmology is a catalyst for open and transparent demonstration of Combat Systems, and a means through which conflict may be better understood. This process allows for better communication and potentially consensus.

Because it's method is based upon data-handing, it is designed to convert combative behaviours into statistical measurements, meaning that techniques used in 'Working Examples' (i.e. set components of a curriculum, usually in the form of Prearranged Movement Patterns (PMP) both singular and multiple) are counted, and compared to other Combat Systems.

Observations derived from these key data-points suggest statistical relationships between Combat Systems.

OUR CORE BELIEFS

  1. Combat Science (Eskirmology) belongs to mankind, and cannot be owned by any one System or Martial Art.
  2. All Martial Arts share the same root functions of Risk, Security and Control from two perspectives
    1. We believe that the underlying basis of all Martial Arts is the human body applied to reducing risk and increasing control in interpersonal conflict
      • Action Selection: No single Martial Art can represent the entire scope of possible Strategies, Tactics or Techniques
        • Cause: Risk and Somatotype are the Determinants of Action Selection
      • Combat System as a Sum of Selections: The properties comprising those 'determinants' may be studied
      • Selection is a type of specialisation, which is ultimately a form of 'exclusion'
      • The form of the human body is universal (i.e. two arms, two legs), only its proportions are unique
      • The value and function of all components of a Combat System are relative to the advantages and disadvantages between the constituents in conflict
      • The presence or absense of components on any dimensional level are due to components of Combat Logic which favour the relative advantages of one constituent over another
    1. Martial Arts may be studied using the principles and methods of Science
    2. Martial Arts may be measured using Data Handling methods, coupled with Statistical Analysis

Combined, these abovementioned definitions make Eskirmology a unique entity. Eskirmology represents the attempt to apply formal method to the study of the dynamics of conflict, as well as the existing body of knowledge on this topic known as 'Martial Arts'. This offers the ability to cross-compare Martial Arts on a behavioural level, rather than an historical one, meaning that the world of Martial Art becomes simplified.