Directional Fighting Method  

A Reality-Based Modern Combat System

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Theories of Directional Fighting Method

Angles of Evasion

The Directional Fighting Method is based on eight angles of evasion and uses these to evade, block and strike as one movement.

The eight angles of evasion are made up of a + and X. These are the positions that a defender can move to avoid being struck by an incoming blow.

crossxThe cross angles are static and don’t change position. But the X angle can move its position and still be a X. You are at the centre where the lines cross – these are the Angles you can evade along.

These angles are the basis of Directional Fighting Method’s badge.

logoThe eight angles of evasion and centre line theory are represented on the badge by the red lines. They also represent the angles of attack. 

The broken lines show that you don’t have to move your foot fully along the line – these represent short movements. The solid red dots represent some of the different ways you can evade an attack. 

The single red circle dot represents the idea that the X angles can be flexible and that your foot movements can move off the ‘normal’ X angle.

The inner border circle represents the inner small circle used in turns and entries, and also small and large circular techniques.

The outer circle represents the bringing together of all the principles into one art – Directional Fighting Method.

Angles of Attack


The eight angles of evasion are also the same angles that you can attack and be attacked along by an opponent. These are called the angles of attack.

If an attacker struck at you from directly behind you he would be using the back attack angle. If he struck at you from your right hand side he would be using the right cross attack angle, and left side would be the left cross attack angle.

In Directional Fighting Method both the eight angles of evasion and the angles of attack are combined together so an evasion is turned into an attack.

Flinch and Freeze

When people are surprised by a sudden movement or something coming towards their face they instinctively flinch away from the source. Or alternatively they freeze. Blocks and parries in DFM work with the natural flinch mechanism so students block incoming blows in a natural and instinctive way.

Guard Positions

There are certain body language gestures that human being naturally adopt in uncertain, hostile or threatening situations. These evaluation and appeasement gestures are the guard positions in DFM. These positions are taught in Conflict Resolution Training to help defuse confrontations. Because DFM students are taught to defend themselves from these Guards, if attacked they move instinctively.