Chapter 9

Freestyle Sparring

Learning to Fight Back—Emergency Operations Planning

Abstract

Karate students in many schools or dojos will practice putting all of their various skills together in freeform sparring drills. Two or more students will face off against each other and test their skills, responding to any possible attack or combination of attacks in real time, building their instincts and ability to counterattack. For a business, the equivalent is emergency planning that establishes the way to respond to real-life disasters. Emergency management has received more attention, in part due to the impact and concerns from 9/11 and from the impact of Hurricane Katrina, when we saw an entire American city put out of service. Advance planning is ...

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