Close Quarter Form

By Tom Arcuri

In Combatives, Videos

September 01, 2007

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Tom Arcuri of Blauer Tactical Systems presents the Close Quarter Form (CQF), a sequence of moves that drills a set of biomechanically efficient and effective close-quarter combat tactics. It is part of their S.P.E.A.R. system, which teaches that the most efficient, effective moves you can use in a fight--and in training--are ones that leverage the body's natural, instinctual, unavoidable behaviors (such as the flinch reflex, for example) and convert them into efficient protective and combative tactics.

The problem with a lot of martial arts and/or self- defense training is that it doesn't mimic the conditions of a real fight. The CQF is specifically designed to assist in visualization, muscle-memory, balance, target selection, and tactical flow--tools you can use in actual confrontations. Each move in the drill is a response to some aspect of a real fight. As a drill it is performed in a specific order not because a real fight would follow this sequence, but simply for conditioning and patterning purposes. Practicing the CQF helps prepare you to respond to an ambush or the rapidly changing elements of a fight as effectively as possible.

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We are taught similar tactics with the police in the jurisdiction of Australia where I work (no names). The stances are labelled "Field interview" or "Weaver" instead of "combat stance". Alot of the transitions, once grappling with the subject, are attempting to use weight against the subject to force them to the ground and stabilise them with the help of your patrol partner. It's interesting to see the transitions from the SPEAR are about single/multiple strikes using elbows (always taught to us as a high level of force). Even palm strikes are kept low on our curriculum. I think we spent one day out of ten on palm strikes. On the job training doesn't always make up for it when you are forced on the back foot by holes in your training/response. Only a slight criticism.

The SPEAR method though looks great for one on one combative incidents where you probably don't mind elevating your use of force to gain subject control. It certainly fits the Rapid.Intense.Specific and Competent model (RISC)!

These videos are an excellent source of information. Cheers.

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