WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
COMBATIVES & SELF-DEFENSE?
Combatives is generally a military or police term used to describe engaging the opponent
in a fight scenario. The difference between self-defense & combatives is that self-defense is reactionary and escape is an option. In combatives, even when reactionary, once engaged the defender has no option of escape as the response to the fight may be necessary to accomplish the mission or objective.
Another important point that should be noted when describing either military or police combatives is the Rules of Engagement. The military and police are governed by a set of rules and policies that dictate their behavior in a in a physical confrontation. These rules do not apply in a self-defense situation and they do not apply to the attacker/offender. Therefore your training must be at a level that can control and subdue an opponent while being limited to what you are allowed to do. Not an easy task and one that should be avoided if you’re troubled with conflict or have no desire to train at the level that is required for you to perform your job affectively.
This is not a sport! There are no "tap outs" and no referies. Remember, in both combatives & self-defense, you must be mentaly, physically and emotionally prepared for the confrontation.
Kane County Sheriff's Grappling Club
As part of the Tactical Operations Division, members of the Kane County Sheriff's Office meet weekly to review and train in various aspects of defensive tactics such as grappling, standing defense, weapons retention, handcuffing and weapons deployment.