For anyone involved in possible confrontational employment, or a citizen concerned about personal security and in the specific realm of combat; how apt this phrase is.
At its most basic level all this phrase does is remind us that by moving, any sort of moving, helps negate the 'Freeze' effect.
This then leads us on to the fact that you should be, must be, constantly moving, either physically or mentally while in both the pre-combat and combat phases.
'Move or Die' can be applied to all aspects of combat, on the street and battlefield or in the ring and cage.
The civilian running for safety or pre-empting a first strike.
The executive protection operator getting his principal off the X - out of the kill zone.
The soldier hard targeting across open ground making it harder for a kill shot.
The boxer or MMA fighter ducking, bobbing and weaving so as not to get hit.
Like any normal person I am not a fan of getting hit, sure I can take a punch and have done so while competing and defending myself on the street. But hitting and not getting hit is a far better option all the same.
The Citizen walking down the street, scanning the far and middle ground, observing the near ground and deciding on the best / safest route to walk or maybe even cross over the road or double back if potential trouble is spotted.
The soldier coming under fire goes to ground but doesn't stay there as that being the last place he was seen; that is where the enemy will Fire. He crawls forward or rolls to either side away from the spot where he went to ground.
The close protection team, changing formation, changing positions, changing the distance between the personal escort section and the principal (Concertina movement) as possible threats come and go.
The boxer and MMA fighter using footwork to close the distance to strike and then again to get out of range to avoid being hit.
For the unaware / untrained citizen and novice self - protection student it's easy for the mind to take itself off wandering, and as you have no doubt seen this happens a lot prior to combat taking place. For the professional though this should never happen, in fact it must never happen.
By the time you realise you are in the crap and you have to get yourself back on the clock it could be all over. It's always harder playing catchup, especially when your life, the life of someone you are protecting, or the life of a colleague is on the line.
In what way can you improve on your movement? It may just be a subtle shift in body position or it could be a whole new procedure for deploying a team with a principal due to a new threat.
Move or Die - The choice is yours!