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The 3-Second Rule

This refers to the Theory of 3-Seconds to end a combat engagement. It addresses the element of an improvised Defense, while applying a series of planned attack sequences. In other words - nothing about the Offense (attack) in SnowTiger is left to the chance of improvisation. It is all planned, rehearsed thousands of times and paves the way for being adept enough to end an armed or unarmed combat engagement within 3-seconds.

The Core Concept of "3-Seconds" to the Kill

Theory of the 3-Seconds to end a combat engagement: SnowTiger Combat Systems [STCS]


1.    The ‘Defense’ is improvised, hence angles and blocking (using strike blocks) / avoidance techniques should be practiced in the "freestyle" mode of training.


2.    The ‘Offense’ consists of a series of planned subroutines, that are practiced consistently, and continuously so that they are a matter of ‘language’ within the body’s muscle memory.  These subroutines are all combination techniques that are effective over 90% of the time when applied.  They are designed and set out in a “Series” that is designed to defeat the defense of the opponent – thereby making the technique “indefensible” to the opponent.  The offensive subroutine is designed to be applied with such speed and deception that the opponent can't react to it before it is executed. This makes it such that the opponent can't distinguish one technique from another.


Both offense and defense techniques exist in three consecutive 'stages' that are designed to bring the encounter to a close within 3 seconds or less.  The stages are:


1) A “Neutralization Skill: designed to temporarily stop the opponent from being able to execute an offensive or defensive technique (within striking or grappling range).


2) A “Power Skill: normally consisting of a series of hard strikes, throws, pain application, or a choke designed to render the opponent helpless (not able to mount and offense or defense) for seconds or minutes at a time.  It is at this point the STCS practitioner can decide whether to disengage from the encounter or apply a “kill technique.”


3) A “Kill Technique: which can be applied, consisting of a closing technique designed to end the engagement.






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