"U.S. Air force Colonel John Boyd created OODA loop to explain the standard model for decision-making in combat.All decisions will happen this way until you train to shorten the step."
What is OODA loop and how can you apply this principle to your self defence training?
In last article,we talked about the important and concept of Shape in Defence Lab.But in this article we will talk about "OODA loop" and how can you apply this principle to your self defence training.
Are you ready? Let's do this!
What is OODA loop?
U.S. Air force Colonel John Boyd created OODA loop to explain the standard model for decision-making in combat.All decisions will happen this way until you train to shorten the step.
OODA loop is
First,you have to see what is happening.If you don't see it,you can't do anything about it."The hardest punch to defend is the one that you don't see it coming"is boxing quote that reflect this principle.That's why it's very important to develop your situational awareness in self defence training.
You don't get the information with commentary.First, you see a flashy thing coming at you.That's Observe."That's a knife!"
is Orienting.If you can't figure out what it is,your decision will be less effective.
After you've oriented what it is,then you can decide what to do.
You start to act after the decision is made.
If someone punch you(Act)and you see his punch coming(Observe).You begin the OODA process 3 steps behind him so it's very difficult to catch up with him.Every action is somthing to Observe.If he keep attacking you,you will recycling to the start of the loop and never act.Professional bad guys know this so they use a flurry of attacks to induce freezing in their victims.
This loop is also the basis for the maxim that"Action beats reaction."
ี How can you deal with that?
In OODA loop, the slowest parts are Orient and Decide.The ability to orient quickly is based on your experience and training.A veteran boxer can realize the slight movement in opponent's body and perform the counter-attack a lot faster& more effective than ordinary people can.
Your ability to decide is based on many things.The problem is if you're well-trained martial artist who have tons of technique in your arsenal,that will slow you down because you wast time trying to choose the best tool.You don't have much time when someone's trying to kill you.
The best way to shorten the OODA loop is to bypass the slowesr parts,Orient and Decide,and cuts it down to Observe/Act.
How can you apply this concept to your self defence training?
Professional bad guys always use surprise attack on the victims so it's neccessary to design&train "counter-attack"technique by using OODA principle.The technique you need must be;
If the move is complex;it will be too slow to use in real situation
Coach Lee Livingstone,the founder of Bigfoot BJJ and my BJJ coach,always says"Simple technique always win the fight" which clearly reflect this principle.
If you have to change the move to accommodate how the attacker attacks,you have to Orient and Decide which will be too slow in a fight.
3.Must be able to follow up
Follow up after counter-attack and use a flurry of attacks to induce freezing in attacker to gain upper hand in a fight.
After that, train that technique full speed&full power until it's your second nature by using OODA principle.When you see the attack(Observe) you can counter-attack immediately(Act) without Orient and Decide.The well-design technique will make the counter-attack more effective and surprise the attacker(because he doesn't expect to get hit)plus, you can follow up after counter-attack and gain upper hand in a fight.
In Defence Lab,the best counter-attack technique is "Shape" because shape is simple,no need to modify the move to accommodate how the attacker attacks and there's a lot of techniques for following up.
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Coach Tor Avatarnkul
is one of the coach in Defence Lab Bangkok
Besides teaching coach Tor also trains the DNA fight science continuously at Defence Lab under the instruction of Lead Instructor Anthony Ryu and trained Brazilian Jiujitsu under Coach Lee Livingstone of Bigfoot BJJ
In the past he was a boxing coach and a practitioner of traditional martial art like Xing Yi
He also have experiences in real life self-defense situation You can follow his work in DefencelabBangkok.com Blog and in the page Facebook.com/DefenceLabThai