Sure, many self-defence systems have “principles”, but those are very theoretical in nature and are not necessarily practically implemented in the way you train.
We have striven to develop an evolution of Krav Maga that is very principle driven and we continue to evolve every day.
What’s the difference?
So here’s how I see it.
If you’re presented with a scenario and given a particular technique to solve the scenario and you then simply mimic or parrot the technique, you’re not being taught a principle based system. Also, if you need to apply a different technique to almost every unique situation, you’re not being taught a principle based system.
Instead, if you’re given a scenario and you understand the different overarching principles of self-defence, you should be able to come up with a technique to a scenario by yourself.
Where the wheels come off
So the problem with being taught techniques that solve a particular scenario, is that if that scenario has any variation, your brain will freeze or you’ll execute a technique that’s not correct for the given scenario.
In reality, this means you’ll need a tool-belt with hundreds or thousands of techniques to adequately prepare you for reality! I’m sure you can see there’s a problem with that approach.
Think about a principle as a Tetris block. Let’s say we have 20 of these blocks, but they can be stacked and combined in thousands of variations. So even though you still end up with a technique to the particular problem, the approach of how you got there is totally different.
EvoFight Krav Maga Principles
We have 7 principles, each with some sub-principles as they apply to say knives or guns. We teach drills for each principle and then have our students come up with solutions to scenarios by themselves before we look at the options and optimal strategies/techniques.
This teaches you to really understand self-defence and adapt to any situation, as there is no parroted technique to find in your tool-belt.
We’ve found that under pressure and simulated “random” attacks, this approach delivers results that are night and day apart from being taught techniques.