Gerakan Suci uses the concept of fighting distances to measure an opponents strengths and then move to a distance of relative weakness or discomfort. We refer to these as Interview, Fighting, and 2nd Interview.
Interview is the minimum distance at which conversation, harassment, or “sizing up” occurs but beyond which weapons are not effective. Each weapon has a different minimum distance and you must familiarize yourself with these and internalize this minimum safety range for each type. Minimum interview distances for example weapons are five feet for empty-hand; 6 feet for knife; 8 feet for stick or short sword; 11 feet for staff or long sword; projectile weapons such as bow, pistol, or rifle have no minimum distance! Only intervening hard cover allow proper interview distancing.
Interview distance also refers to being able to freely communicate with the opponent so that any attempt at talking down a situation, Defuse, can be clearly heard.
Fighting distance can be subdivided, for convenience, into kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling. Punching and kicking are somewhat vague distinctions because most modern martial arts have a mix of techniques. But people have a tendency to concentrate and have expertise in one form of fighting or another.
Examples would be such as boxing which is a hand art and Tae Kwon Do which relies heavily on kicking.
Trapping is the “comfort zone” for Gerakan Suci fighters because this is the distance that crowds an opponent without yet going to the ground. Trapping is defined as limiting the movement and immobilising the weapons of your opponent without making yourself vulnerable to your environment. Besides the obvious checks and traps to the arms and head, trapping also includes leg sweeps, throws, and takedowns.
Grappling is defined as groundwork where opponents are focused exclusively on each other and at least one of them is on the ground. Techniques include control, pain compliance, and submission. Gerakan Suci does everything possible to not join an opponent on the ground when applying a submission because this leaves us vulnerable to our environment, specifically the opponent’s buddies who are likely to kick you in the back of the head while you are engaged.
Either trapping or grappling leads us to 2nd Interview which is the position of control or pain compliance that induces an attacker to reconsider their aggressive stance in light of their subordinate physical position.
The Gerakan Suci practitioner will use the Three Leaves at Interview distance. Once aggression is unavoidable the practitioner will move to a Fighting Distance of relative weakness or disadvantage for the attacker based on a quick analysis of the situation. The Gerakan Suci practitioner will evade the initial attack, reply with a shocking counterattack to stun the attacker, off-balance the attacker through colliding or trapping, apply pain to one or more joints, throw the opponent to the ground in a controlled but decisive manner, and while keeping an eye on the surroundings, begin the 2nd Interview by revisiting Defuse.