Risk Model (RM)

A Combat System exists for 'damage limitation'

The Risk Model is unique to Eskirmology, but is rightly an important factor for all considerations of combat. This important theory, which is central to the Eskirmological Approach, attempts to identify the discrete factors which contribute to Risk in combat.

Eskirmological Theory maintains that all Combat Systems (i.e. Martial Arts in the case of Hand-to-hand or Interpersonal combat) are solutions to the problem of Risk. By identifying the factors which constitute Risk, and noting the degrees in which they manifest, we may establish a ‘Risk Scale’ and explicitly state the fundamental differences between Restricted Fighting with its sub-types (i.e. ‘play fighting’, tussling, sparring etc) and Unrestricted Fighting with it’s sub-types (i.e. brawling, duelling, historical regimented fighting etc).

The Risk Model identifies the following factors and allows for quantification of its features:

The above is a highly simplified example of some of the factors involved; particularly those which are noted in the Risk Formula. With all these factors taken into account, it is much easier to understand what circumstances have much risk, and which require particular solutions and responses. Given that this Risk Equation is in the most part quite unwieldy, designed for ‘high-brow’ academic discussion of the topic rather than amongst practising Martial Artists, I have also generated a more ‘user-friendly’ version; known as The DANGER Model:


  1. Determination
  2. Armament
  3. Number of attackers
  4. Gravity/Severity of the blow
  5. Exposure rate
  6. Reaction to stress