What is a Paladin?

According to Wikipedia:

Paladins were knights in Charlemagne’s court.

A definition I really like:
“To some we are Holy Warriors, destroyers of evil, but to me it is deeper than that. Paladins are symbols of all that is good and right in the world. We are the defenders of the defenseless. We are the voice of the law, but we are the bearers of justice. We fight for law and order, but laws can be corrupted, and twisted to fit the needs of the enemy. We are the voice of pure justice when the law no longer works. Paladins are the best of two worlds. We hone and partake of the scholarly pursuits, so as to better control and use our warrior abilities.”

Have gun – Will travel
A western tv series that aired from 1957 to 1963, starred Richard Boone as Paladin.Paladin was a gentleman gunfighter, who preferred to settle problems without violence, yet when forced to fight excelled.

My Definition:
One trained in and willing to use a myriad of martial abilities to defend oneself or family. A Paladin must not be just a gunman but also trained in other aspects of combatives. He should also be able to render basic aid in medical emergencies. A Paladin should not act on emotion but rather tactical comment sense. Mans laws must be obeyed when possible, but God’s laws always.


What are Combatives?

Combatives doesn’t even come up as a recognized word on most spell checks. So what are we talking about? A big part of the history of combatives starts with Fairbairn and Sykes and their training of the Shanghai Municipal Police Force. The goal was to take largely untrained men and QUICKLY and effectively prepare them for violent close quarters combat. Though many may think of hand to hand when they think of combatives, we are also talking about weapons as well. Once WWII was forgotten combatives started to fade. They have ben making quite a comeback lately and with good reason

As opposed to the traditional martial arts (TMA’s), combatives are designed to be simple, effective, and easy to learn. In the TMA’s you can expect to study for years and years to actually become skilled enough to be competent at self defense. This isn’t because there aren’t good techniques in most traditional martial arts, there are, but they are spread way out with a lot of other stuff in between. TMA’s are full of wonderful benefits to include the learning of tradition, self discipline, honor, physical fitness, and a whole lot more. If you plan to spend hours and hours a week for years, they can also be good for self defense. Most people however don’t have the time or inclination to spend that much time learning what they want to know.

In combatives, whether it be armed or unarmed, the goal is to get to a minimal level of skill in the shortest amount of time possible. You can of course continue from there, but always with the goal of efficiency and learning just what you need to know. Does this mean I don’t have to practice combatives? No, it doesn’t mean that. You just can’t get something for nothing. What it does mean is that you can concentrate your time on a relative few number of simple concepts and techniques that will prepare you to meet violence and overcome it. How do I know that it will work. That is another quality of combatives. They have to be tested under pressure to make sure they will work when needed. Most anything will work with a compliant partner. We only want to use techniques that will work under extreme stress. This means that some of your training has to be done in practice, not just in theory. Whether it be with some pads and a partner or airsoft or simmunitions and structured Force on Force training, you will have to do some pressure testing.

There you have it; Paladin Combatives.