Students have expressed concern that, in spite of the wealth of self-defense studies available, few seem to address that many crimes, such as muggings, occur in darkness. My teaching emphasizes a basic layout of the human body. By mastering this fundamental principle, one is more likely to inflict injury upon an opponent, even in relative darkness. This approach to ‘mapping’ provides a sense of relative distance from one target to another. For example, when one knows the location of the knee, the location of the groin is known. When this technique is mastered, an opponent’s hand on the back will provide one with sufficient information to fight back effectively. 

As a general rule, the combat principles I teach in regular lighting will work in darkness; however, effective fighting in such situations should be handled much more slowly. 

Tim Larkin is the creator of Target Focus Training. Tim Larkin is also the author of the self-defense book "How to Survive The Most Critical 5 Seconds of Your Life."
Target Focus Training (TFT) is designed to allow even slight, non-athletic and unfit individuals to effectively fend off a wide variety of assaults. Employing simple and intuitive methods, the movements of TFT are designed to stop attackers by inflicting crippling pain and injury. The system uses many of the same techniques taught to military and government personnel. Those who have faced “kill-or-be-killed” scenarios have learned that close-combat martial art maneuvers, such as those included in the TFT program, serve as excellent last-ditch survival tools.

TFT is available through live sessions and on DVD.

About the Author:
An author and teacher with advanced training in a variety of martial arts techniques, Tim Larkin created Target Focus Training nearly 20 years ago. He developed the self-defense system using the experience he gained while training elite military and law enforcement divisions. In demand as a speaker and instructor, Larkin has been sharing the benefits of the TFT system ever since.