Imminent Action Positioning Tells: An extremely specific, sudden, sharp yet subtle change in a subject’s physical state of being that represents a signal to their preparation for an imminent attack.
Not to be confused with a subject’s escalating behavior or demeanor, these “tells” are purely physical and an immediate precursor to the action (attack).
Examining a subject’s ongoing state of mind (mentality) through a contact situation can predict what they may possibly do in the near future.
Whereas examining a subject’s state of being can allow you to pre-plan a counter to their likely immediate meanuver from their “tells”.
Essentially all initial close quarters attacks broadcast these “tells”, subtlely or overtly but always subconsciously right before the moment of action;
– Hovering or “itching” a concealed firearm
– Clenching fists, tensing arms
– Eyes intensely focusing on intended strike area
– Aggressive hunching stance
– Faux lookaway as if leaving or disengaging
– Feet positioning for momentum balance
There are countless other tells that reveal the subject’s specific oncoming move or the timing of a general attack in order to counter your own.
It’s not dissimilar to the tells of deception; facial tics and nervous hand gesturing. You just have to look.
IAPT awareness is reactive effectiveness.
[Photography was taken in Taipei, Taiwan.]