This post is about a tip I picked up many years ago from a MMA seminar. It was so simple I’m surprised I didn’t see it earlier. It not only applies to martial arts, but to shooting, tactical movement and general mobility.
The tip is simple. If you ever have to kneel down while fighting, while cuffing a prone subject, are assuming a kneeling firing position or are doing something as simple as putting air in your tires there are two “options” for the leg you are kneeling on. You can place your instep flat on the ground:
Or you can place the ball of your foot on the ground:
If you try both options you will quickly see how this simple difference can effect the speed and effort of standing back up. The difference is magnified if you are loaded down with gear, vests and weapons. It’s been my experience that while you can still stand back up with the trail foot flat, you have to shift your weight entirely forward onto the lead leg. This requires an off-balance posture, additional strength requirements on the lead leg and is slower. The other option is to get back up onto the ball of the foot and stand up which wastes time. If you kneel down with the trail foot on the ball, standing back up is much easier and more fluid and balanced.
While it may seem like a trivial detail that grants a microscopic advantage in speed, its my opinion that when the shit hits the fan any advantage in speed, fluidity of movement and conservation of energy could make ALL the difference.
Give it a try.