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HICKS LAW vs. CODE 4 CONCEPTS – PART 1
By Chad Lyman, PFC Director of Combatives
This two-part article will delve into one of the most discussed philosophies and institutionalized influences in the physical defense training industry, Hicks Law, and its juxtaposition to the Code 4 Concepts platform. In this first installment, I will dispel common misconceptions about its implementation within the training industry and the C4C solution. In part two of this article, I will discuss the single biggest counter to Hicks Law and the concepts of angles.
Hicks Law is a phenomenon that is often quoted within the physical defense training industry as the gold standard for a training program’s development and implementation. Hicks Law is essentially the relationship between choice reaction time and the number of available options; the more choices you have, the longer it will take to make a decision. Within the training industry, it is often explained that if you train multiple techniques for responding to a threat, once under pressure and attacked, you will be “frozen” with indecision and unable to select any of the techniques learned. While frozen, the officer will get overwhelmed by the suspect’s actions, which often lead to the officer doing nothing but cowering in the face of the attack. During training, I have personally witnessed the phenomena of officers remaining frozen, even while being hit or shot at with non-lethal training ammunition until they are verbally prompted to fight back….. READ MORE HERE
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